Cisco ASA NGFW Review

It is very stable. Setting it up is not as intuitive as other more modern NGFWs.


What is our primary use case?

Solid datacenter firewall, but the ASA software is old with no application recognition. If only a Layer 4 FW is needed, this is a good solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Do not use it in cluster mode. It is not worth it. These firewalls can do 10G, so just design the rest of the network around this.

Do not do cluster to add more bandwidth.

What is most valuable?

Nothing fancy about ASA capabilities, it does its job and does it well as long as you only care about filtering ports and protocols.

What needs improvement?

The needed features are already being done on Firepower, but this software is still in flux. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

How was the initial setup?

Setting it up is not as intuitive as other more modern NGFWs.

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