Cisco ASA NGFW Scalability

NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The scalability is based on module support. We have a stand-alone version. It is not 100% applicable to talk about scalability at this point. There is another Cisco ASA module available that is more scalable than ours. For the module I have, the stand-alone, the scalability is not as good as on the higher model. The 5585 model, allocated for data center security, can be facilitated into the switching spot or the working spot in our data center. We can recommend the scalability there. For the module I have, I'm using it as a stand-alone. I don't think it is scalable too much at this point. I'm using Cisco ASA in my organization to support about 150 staff. For maintenance, I do all of the work myself. View full review »
Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
We are growing. In the next two years, we will have an additional 600 users, so we will double the capacity. We will see even more in the next three years. It will be like very tough. In about five-year cycles, you need to update the firewall and add other new Cisco devices for the next generation of innovation. In five years, we will be ready for a complete upgrade cycle for everything. The stability and scalability of the Cisco ASA NGFW are good for when we need to grow. For the next five years, everything is fine. After that, we will see because there will be a lot of changes. View full review »
Jijish Gopi
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Scalability is not that good, I think. Other firewalls, upgrading is a very easy task; from the graphical user interface, you just need to import the firmware versions into it and install it. In this firewall, you need to have a third-party solution in both. It's a process. It's a procedure, a hard procedure, actually, so there is no straightforward procedure for upgrading. View full review »
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Frank Theilen
IT Adviser/Manager with 51-200 employees
You need to buy a new product if you want to scale. I once tried to put in another network card and ended up in a support nightmare. I had to buy more support, licenses, and it was more expensive than buying a new one. View full review »
Ahmed Nagm
CEO at PCS
As far as scalability, I haven't had any performance issues so far. There really isn't high utilization coming from the operations environment, so I don't need to upgrade the tier at the moment. View full review »
Nadika Perera
CEO at Synergy IT
Cisco is expensive and when you want to grow, it means you're going to need to spend some money but you can justify it. We have closer to 50 users on the firewall at the moment and do have plans to increase usage. View full review »
In432TchMn89
Information Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is very good. We use the 5600 models and the lower 5000s. We were able to upgrade as needed. We added a ton of VPN tunnels to them and they handled all that traffic quite well. View full review »
Hassan Javaid
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
The scalability is good. View full review »
ipmplspr538920
Security Governance at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Yes, the throughput highlighted on the datasheet (10Gbps) should be reviewed. This throughput is only for a UDP running environment, which you will never find in the real world. Rather consider a multiprotocol throughput. View full review »
reviewer818484
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
It should be well scalable. However, we didn't see a good centralized management/monitoring system like the one that Palo Alto has. View full review »
Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
It can easily scale. If you want, you can scale it to a lot of traffic. It's an X file, so all of our users are going through it. We only require one administrator for the solution. For deployment and maintenance, it depends on how many developers you have. We require two dedicated staff at a minimum. Naturally, we employ both security technicians and administrators. Cisco ASA NGFW is being used at all our branches, and we'll continue using it in the future. View full review »
Seang Haing
User at deam
ASA is limited in terms of its scalability because of our customer environments. They are in the banking and microfinance sector. Our clients always want to move to the next generation firewall so they like FirePOWER. When we move clients to Firepower, they need to integrate with Sourcefire and move into more complicated management. We have the staff perform the migrations to Firepower. We redirected traffic with Sourcefire and also require the use of FMC by our management center with Firepower. View full review »
Fabrizio Volpe
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
No, an assessment about the workload is important to select the right device. View full review »
NetworkE721d
Network Engineer with 201-500 employees
We never had an infrastructure that required scalability. View full review »
Pete Nixon
Senior Network Security Engineer at a university
Alin Prodea
Network Security Administrator at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There were no problems in terms of scaling an existing solution, though very expensive. View full review »
Danut Agache
Computer Networking Consultant and Contractor
No. Based on their recent acquisition of Firepower, Cisco added "multi 10Gbps" NGFW performance in their solutions portfolio, which can be used by us, as a Gold Partner with Advance Security Architecture Specialization, in our network architecture proposals. View full review »
Alexander Kostov
Senior IT Networking and Security Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
In terms of scalability, this always depends on how the product was chosen and what purpose it will work for. I haven't experienced any issues with the scalability of the product. View full review »
Rizal Meijer
Networking Specialist at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is limited depending on the chosen model. View full review »
BogdanV
Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Some clustering functions are not available in the unified image. View full review »
Sergei Chernooki
IT SecOps Manager at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I believe scalability issues are caused by poor design. View full review »
ramesh1923
Technical Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees
All product-based firewalls will encounter scalability issues. The firewall sizing is important during the sizing. View full review »
Timothy Ames
Member of the Board of Directors at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not had scalability issues. View full review »
Kiarash Barzoodeh
Security Engineer at ODI
This product is very scalable in our experience. View full review »
Syed Razvi
Network and System Engineer at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
I did not encounter any issues with scalability. View full review »
Johnsey Kivoto
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is a bit limiting, to be honest. In terms of when you look to changing landscape in terms of threats, I think to me, my personal it's a bit limiting. View full review »
Alvaro Picado
Systems Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
No scalability issues. View full review »
AccountMe9ae
Account Manager
No scalability issues. View full review »
Meei Ling Tan
Senior Network Specialist
We had a scalability issue, as each feature is based on license or hardware support. View full review »
it_user477366
Security Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We did not have scalability issues with the high end devices. View full review »
Mahmoud Ashoub
Team Leader, Information Risk Engineer at National Bank of Egypt
The scalability is good. View full review »
Tulga352
Network Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sometimes, the throughput and CPU counter issues were faced, maybe because we started to use it a long time ago. View full review »
Sedef Koker
IT Manager at a manufacturing company
InfSec4893
Information Security Officer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is fine. We have no problems with the solution. We have two of them in a standby configuration. View full review »
it_user456837
Project Manager with 11-50 employees
We did not encounter any issues with scalability. View full review »
it_user346116
I.T Security Consultant
No scalability issues. View full review »
Joseph Kingori
IT Support Engineer
I have not had scalability issues at all. Maybe it is because I have not used it quite extensively. View full review »
Tech432SrvcMn
Technical Services Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The scalability of the solution is OK for me. It basically fulfills my requirement. View full review »
Tahir Javed
Manager Network Security at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
As of now, no. View full review »
Reviewer8932
Technical Administrator at a tech services company
No scalability issues yet. View full review »
ICTmanager564855
ICT Manager with 1-10 employees
It can be used by multiple users. View full review »
Net823Eng2
Network Engineer at a media company with 51-200 employees
It is a scalable product. We have a lot of demand. But, it supports any additional network that we add. It expands easily. View full review »
Aaron Solis
ESS Security with 201-500 employees
No scalability issues. View full review »
Fabian de Wit
Corporate Information Security Officer
We did not encounter any scalability issues. View full review »
reviewer994896
Center for Creative Leadership at a professional training and coaching company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is good. I'm happy with the service. We are around twenty users. Some are in finance, some are in a mid-user roles, and some are in other official roles. View full review »
Dorin Berbescu
Executive Manager with 11-50 employees
I have not encountered any issues with scalability. View full review »
it_user614874
Gerente de Telecomunicaciones at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have to buy more licenses to get more VPN connections. View full review »
Mohamed Shehada
Senior Network & Data Communication Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Yes, before Clustering was introduced. View full review »
Deanna Acre
Information Systems Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Arshad Mohammad Khan
Security Consultant at Accenture
Shaikh Muhammad Adeel
Sr Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Moraima Matilda
Coordinator Network Support at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
It is scalable. We have had no issues. View full review »
it_user413292
Regional Manager - Pre Sales at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It requires additional licensing to enable 10G ports. View full review »
AhmadManzoor
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
No scalability issues. View full review »
it_user470943
ICT Manager - Network Operations at a healthcare company
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