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Wlodzimierz Betkowski
Real User
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jul 21 2019

What is most valuable?

It's difficult to say what features are most valuable because ASA is not a cutting-edge device. It's rather more stable and proven than modern. It's difficult to suggest adding features because with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco ASA serves a purpose more than it improves us. It is good at what it does. We are using other vendors and splitting the traffic to different devices based on what they do best. Even though we… more»

What needs improvement?

My opinion is that the new direction Cisco is taking to improve its product is not correct. They want to make the old ASA firewall into a next-generation firewall. FirePower is a next-generation… more»

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

About one-and-a-half years ago we implemented a different solution to handle certain situations like BGP. But when we upgraded our Cisco devices just few months ago, we could have BGP on ASA. Now our… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think I can rate this product as an eight out of ten. A strong eight. The newest version of software and solutions often have bugs and functional problems because they have not been rigorously… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My current company has been using ASA for quite a long time, so I was not involved in the choices. I have been participating in choosing a new vendor and new equipment for some specific purposes as we… more»
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 been in use in a lot of different… 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, e.g., you have to side click to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our network guy looked at alternatives and settled on Cisco ASA. It was the cheapest available option, virtualized, and he was familiar with Cisco, like many people are because it's a great company. It made the most sense at the time, because our VPC was a sandbox at first. Now, it has grown, which is where the pain point is: the scalability of the ASA. We have sort of wedged ourselves into a… more»
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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 configurable. * It guards with its own threat… 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 compare them to Palo Alto or Fortinet, they have much… 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 be prepared with the test that you want to test… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also checked Fortinet and Palo Alto, their AWS versions. When compared products, Cisco ASA is easy on AWS. We received a trial version. It is easy to setup and evaluate. We also already had Cisco… more»
Real User
Technical Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the important aspect when deploying Ciso ASA firewall, it’s oblige you at the beginning to define your security level, which will make it easier when making your security policy ( traffic allow From Source to Destination) A security level will define how trusted is an interface in relation to another interface on the Cisco ASA. The Higher is the security level, is the more trusted is the… more»

What needs improvement?

Normally in terms of design, the user prefers to use Cisco ASAv as a border router or a border firewall, because you have two different kinds of firewalls. You have a firewall when the data communication enters the network, and then you have a firewall, for when you've been inside the network. So, for the inside network firewall, Check Point is better because it can make a better notation of your… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's difficult to give specific advice on the solution because it always depends on the design solution and the strategy. So what I would recommend is to use different firewalls and to use Cisco ASAv as a border firewall. I would rate this solution as 7.5 out of 10. I wish the Cisco interface was not so granular. Check Point was easier to create specific rules than on ASAv, so that's why I say… more»
Engineinfo677
Real User
Senior Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is part of a suite. If you pay for it, it has basically a view that's called Firepower, and it's really good at being able to analyze exact bits of a pack, at… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For business purposes, it's a very detailed solution, which is it's greatest benefit, as you can get almost any piece of information you need from the solution. It allows… more»

What needs improvement?

I would definitely say the pricing could be improved. If you're going to get the latest and greatest of this solution, it's very expensive and it's actually the reason my… more»

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

My company is moving away from the solution because it is quite expensive.

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

I had not previously used another solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would just say that it's expensive. The product is fine on its own, it's high end. It's got a high brand name attached to it. I would recommend the product, however. The… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've looked at the Fortinet solution. The Fortinet FortiGate.
Jonathan LELOU
Reseller
Ingénieur technico-commercial at Inter-Continental Business Machines (ICBM)
Jul 18 2019

What is most valuable?

We haven't deployed all the possible services from Cisco yet, but I started to research more of the ones that are available and I think Firepower will end up being the best, most valuable solution for us.

What needs improvement?

I think the visibility of the network can be improved, at least from our current setup. I do not know everything about the solution and exactly how it can be modified. Another way they can improve is their pricing. One thing I notice is about the price is that it would be good if they could adapt… more»

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

Before I used Fortinet FortiGate. But when I moved from the previous company to this company they had a different solution. That is why I switched.

What other advice do I have?

If people want to build a solid security solution for their company, I think this solution is the best but it would depend on the configuration of your company. For a good company to have a good solution for security, you can choose the Cisco firewall for that and be confident. I think I can give… more»
George Karani
Real User
IT Manager
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is the Cisco VPN Interconnection. The file features are useful as well. They're good at packet tracing. They are very straightforward. I would say that the Cisco ASA ASDM makes it very easy to manage the… more»

What needs improvement?

I would say the pricing could be improved. It's quite expensive, especially for the economy. I'd like to see them more integration so that I don't need other parties for protecting my network. If I could just have ASA firewalls for… more»

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

This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.

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

I previously used SonicWall. I'm not the one who decided to switch, I just know that previously we used SonicWall.

What other advice do I have?

The functionality is fine. When they prove to me they cannot be hacked then I can give them a ten. I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.
Farhad Foladi
Real User
Cloud Services Operation Engineer at Informatic Services Company (ISC)
Jul 05 2019

What is most valuable?

We are using the Cisco AnyConnect for our end-user VPN with the ASA. If a user wants to connect to our network, they access it via the Cisco intranet and connect to the firewall at the edge.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco ASAv is part of our central solution. You can use the ASA family or go on the portal for normal ASAv. We use FirePower at the edge of the network. If you are working with cloud services, it's better to use the ASAv family or other… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't have any experience with the price, but ASA is a comprehensive solution. In the next update of the Cisco ASAv, I would like to see them release a patch for ASAv, i.e. to put the FirePower solution into the cross-platform… more»

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

The pricing for Cisco ASAv depends on your license. With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect. Our license is for one year only, renewable at variable pricing.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product at nine. Cisco ASAv is good in many advanced networking features. I'm working with Cisco. They have competition with many vendors.
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What is Cisco ASAv?


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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Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance
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