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"Our subscription costs, just for the firewalls, is between $400,000 and $500,000 a year.""Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide.""The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high.""We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't thing there are any other hidden charges though.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""There are additional implementation and validation costs.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."

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"OPNsense is open source software so at this time it is free for us to use.""OPNsense is a well known open-source tool.""It is not an expensive product. Basically, I deployed it because it was the fastest solution to satisfy our needs in open source.""OPNsense is an open-source solution and it is free to use.""The solution is not expensive.""As an appliance, it's in the medium price range."

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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Thunder Convergent Firewall, Thunder CFW
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

A convergent firewall that empowers enterprises and service providers to streamline their networks by consolidating security and application networking into a single, high-performance solution. Thunder CFW combines a Secure Web GatewayData Center FirewallGi/SGi Firewall and IPsec VPN together and leverages the ACOS Harmony platform to deliver outstanding performance.

OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
SK Telecom, NEC
CompuNet Systems GmbH,
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company21%
Government6%
Educational Organization3%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm8%
Educational Organization6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider46%
Computer Software Company15%
Government6%
Media Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise75%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise18%
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A10 Networks Thunder CFW is ranked 33rd in Firewalls while OPNsense is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 10 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder CFW is rated 0.0, while OPNsense is rated 8.4. On the other hand, the top reviewer of OPNsense writes "A solution that detects and blocks malicious content with good reporting and visibility, but the reliability needs improvement". A10 Networks Thunder CFW is most compared with Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Fortinet FortiGate, Zscaler Internet Access, Juniper SRX and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas OPNsense is most compared with pfSense, Untangle NG Firewall, Sophos UTM, Sophos XG and Fortinet FortiGate.

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