Cisco ASAv Initial Setup

Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think it is not the simplest solution to set up because it is sophisticated equipment. For engineers to work with vendors and incorporate totally different solutions, it could be difficult. It is also different from the other Cisco devices like Cisco Router IOS. It differs in a strange way, I would say, because the syntax or CRI differs. If you are used to other OSs, it is not easy to switch to ASA because you have to learn the syntax differences. It's common for there to be differences in syntax between vendors. But, I would say that this is more complex. The learning curve for start-up and configuration of ASA is at mid-level when it comes to the difficulty of implementation. View full review »
Ryan Partington
Systems Administrator at Universal Audio
The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward. View full review »
Technical Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The setup is always different. If you have a small company, the setup is quite easy, but if you have a bigger company the setups are quite complex. Cisco is pretty good in routing. So in bigger situations, configuring the ASAv file is pretty straightforward. The deployment also depends on the customer's site. So, the time changes because most of the time we have to do a migration. For example, some customers have an old firewall, and you have to migrate things to a new one. And sometimes, it's just copy/paste, but in some situations, we cannot migrate all firewall configurations to a new one. In terms of how many people you need for deployment and maintenance, again, it's dependent on the company strategy around the help desk. You should have a maintenance engineer who should be part of a team. The deployment will be done in a team. You can have one person to do the deployment but usually, you always have a backup, so it would be two. And then, for the maintenance, it can be one person or two. The maintenance can be done on the site desk, operating after office hours, so it depends. View full review »
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Senior Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
I was not with the organization when they originally rolled it out, so I can't speak to how straightforward or complex the initial setup was. There are about six people who manage the solution. We have security engineers and network engineers. If someone is trying to get an idea of how many people are required, it varies because a lot of organizations will have multiple firewalls in different locations. Six for one organization may be way more than somebody needs or way fewer than somebody needs. View full review »
Jonathan LELOU
Ingénieur technico-commercial at Inter-Continental Business Machines (ICBM)
The initial setup was a little complex for me because I had been using a different solution. But how complex something is will depend on the mind of that person. For me, it was a little complex for me. However, it really only took one day to set it up. Step by step, when I work with the product for a longer period of time and gain experience, it will be very easy for me. View full review »
George Karani
IT Manager
The initial setup was straightforward. Within in an hour you're done, including with your basic training. For implementation, you need one to two people. You should have one senior network administrator. Two people can maintain it if they have the skill. View full review »
Farhad Foladi
Cloud Services Operation Engineer at Informatic Services Company (ISC)
For me, ASA is easy. The deployment of ASAv is done in 20 minutes. View full review »
Donald Fitzai
LAN admin at Cluj County Council
The initial setup for Cisco ASAv was fairly simple. It wasn't very complicated, it would be okay for an intermediate professional. It can be made easier. I believe almost anybody could set up an ASA in a few hours. It took about two to three weeks for the platform to work properly. View full review »
Munish Gupta
Partner - Consulting & Advisory at Wipro Technologies
The integration and configuration are transparent and easy. View full review »
Nasser Abd EL Rahman
IT Infrastructure Manager at Beltone financial
The initial setup was straightforward and it took me about two days to do the installation. The fine tuning took about a week. I am the IT Infrastructure Manager of our company, but I don't believe that individuals without IT knowledge would struggle to do the installation themselves. View full review »
Aimee White
Website and EComm at a local government with 10,001+ employees
We went with this solution via the AWS Marketplace because it’s been made so easy to use an ASAv on AWS with simple drop downs to set it up. Our demo machines were also in AWS so we wanted a one-stop shop where we could spin them up or down as needed and configure the ASAv before it was launched. View full review »
Cristian Serban
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was not so complex. Most of it was straightforward. We just needed to discuss different scenarios that we had to consider regarding the deployment scenario, what could go wrong and what could happen in the future. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The basic setup is fine. We're just one person. It's only when you want to do some more sophisticated setup like channeling and stuff like that that it's more complicated. Deployment takes about 4 hours. View full review »
Bashir Bashir
IT Administrator at Bash and Co
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
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