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Ryan Partington
Real User
Systems Administrator at Universal Audio
Dec 09 2018

What needs improvement?

Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version. We needed the ability to failover to one of the others to do maintenance, and this is a glaring issue. However, it is one of their cheaper products, so its understandable. It is just that we would hope by now, because it has… more»

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

We purchased the product through the AWS Marketplace. While I wasn't part of the buying process for Cisco ASA, I have used it to purchase AMIs. The AWS Marketplace been great, but it could be a bit more user-friendly from an aesthetic perspective. It is fully functional and easy to figure out once you are in it. However, the layout of the AMIs has a lot missing… more»
Vikram Arsid
Real User
Cyber Security Software Engineer at Fireeye
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

It is a comprehensive suite and complete package. We have the following with the product: * Interest point detection * Firewall stuff * VPN * It's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, it serves a purpose and has everything that we need. Performance-wise, it is top-notch.

What needs improvement?

Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on. While I like the UI and dashboards of Cisco ASA, if you… more»

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

Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click. It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants.

What other advice do I have?

Once you deploy a virtual database or virtual machine for any product, like Cisco. The first thing to do with your data is test it. So, you need to… more»
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Alberto E. Luna Rodriguez
Real User
Network Security Coordinator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Outstanding NGFW capabilities, Site to site VPNs and High Availability. Also the integration of FirePOWER services (Web Filtering/IPS/Malware… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We purchased a pair of ASAs to handle all perimeter traffic in and out of our network. This devices enabled us to secure all our perimeter traffic… more»

What needs improvement?

Only problem in my opinion is ease of use. You really need to know your way around the CLI and complex feature set to get things working. The ASDM… more»

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

ASAs are expensive. The initial cost is high compared to other similar solutions, and chances are the personnel that will operate them will require… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to have a SonicWall and an older ASA 5510 platform. Both were replaced by a Cisco ASA cluster using a pair of 5525x.
Munish Gupta
Real User
Partner - Consulting & Advisory at Wipro Technologies
Dec 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.

How has it helped my organization?

From a security perspective, we are getting assurance with the respect to the the infrastructure which is getting built or the threats which are… more»

What needs improvement?

The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these… more»

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

We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.

What other advice do I have?

When you are going to select a product, don't look at the cost, but at the functionality. Also, look at the stability. These days, the startups… more»
Aimee White
Real User
Website and EComm at a local government with 10,001+ employees
Jan 16 2019

What is most valuable?

Top features: * Easy to deploy for staff to use VPNs * Ease of setup * Integrated threat defence * Great flow-based inspection device * Easy ACLs * Failover support * Each virtual… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of spinning one up: The hourly charge has made demos and testing better because it’s a truer representation of a real-life situation. It has allowed us to reduce costs and to… more»

What needs improvement?

We didn’t find any huge issues. Obviously, there are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates. Admin rights need… more»

What other advice do I have?

Almost all IT staff have used, or can easily learn how to use, the Cisco ASA appliance because it’s been around for years and is so popular (with good reason). For us, we stuck with… more»
Cristian Serban
Real User
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 20 2019

What is most valuable?

We use ASA as a simple, scalable firewall. Its main advantages are the stability. We use it as an active standby and as a failover solution. We depend on this solution, we've used it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's a reliable solution and a stable firewall. It helps us to manage the security policies in different areas of our network.

What needs improvement?

* Interaction with the equipment * Different interface with the product * A more simple procedure in delivering policies to the equipment * Simplified upgrade procedure * Tracking… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine out of ten.

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The Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance is a virtualized network security solution. It supports both traditional and next-generation software-defined networks (SDN), as well as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) environments. The ASAv provides policy enforcement and threat inspection across heterogeneous, multisite environments.

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