Cisco ASA Review
Once set up properly, it can run for a whole year without any major issues


What is most valuable?

This is our perimeter router. We used it purposely for NAT and to port forward traffic. Other essential features of a firewall are handled separately by a UTM.

What needs improvement?

The ASA needs to incorporate the different modules you have to integrate to achieve UTM functions, especially for small businesses.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues at all, the most stable firewall I’ve ever worked with.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Quite good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We’ve always used ASA from the get go. We added the UTM is to compliment it.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is why we had to go for a UTM. For us to achieve what we needed, if we had gone with the ASA, the cost would have been high compared to getting one box (UTM).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Juniper, Check Point, Astaro

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. I really like how, once you get the ASA set up properly, it can run for a whole year without any major issues, apart from the normal daily administration.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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