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"The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature.""I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy, straightforward on your left side pane you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty straightforward.""We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area.""The initial setup was completely straightforward.""I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.""The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.""The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.""Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization."

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"The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs.""The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive.""Performance and stability are the key features of this product.""The solution has many useful features. For example, the solution allows users to create virtual IP addresses.""Great security and connectivity.""We secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall.""The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.""The solution can autoscale."

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"We standardized on the product and got rid of several other types of firewalls from different vendors.""It is very scalable.""The most valuable feature is the ability to deeply analyze the connection or connection type.""One of the things I really like about it is that we have the same features and functions available on the entry-level device (PA-220), as do large corporations with much more costly appliances.""One of the best firewalls on the market.""Good functionality and features.""The basic configuration will only take 15 minutes to set up""The solution is very stable."

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Cons
"At times the product is sluggish and slow""If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own.""Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems.""We have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly.""The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used.""One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.""Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.""There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products."

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"This solution is not mature when it comes to handling perimeter traffic like internet browsing.""We find it's different implementing it region-to-region. It might help if it was universal across all regions.""The product could be made more customizable.""The solution doesn't offer the same capabilities of Fortinet. It should offer intrusion prevention and advance filtering. These are two very useful features offered on Fortinet that Azure lacks.""The interface could be improved, it's not very user friendly.""There are a number of things that need to be simplified, but it's mostly costs. It needs to be simplified because it's pretty expensive.""Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment.""Azure should be able to work better as a balancer also, instead of just being a firewall. It should have a wider mandate."

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"I would like integration with Evident.io and RedLock.""The data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities need to be beefed up.""Overall it is good. It is reliable and easy to understand. However, the monitoring feature could be improved.""The initial configuration is complicated to set up.""The user interface is a bit clumsy and not very user-friendly.""Could also use better customer support.""Customers don't want to buy extra things for extra capabilities""Generating reports is not so easy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.""The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.""We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.""Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.""I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable.""With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect.""This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.""Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment."

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"Azure Firewall is more expensive. If Microsoft can make Azure Firewall cheaper, I can see that all clients will think of using it. One client used FortiGate because it is much cheaper. Some clients ask me for Cisco, but in the cloud estimate, I found its cost is the same as Azure Firewall."

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"Annually, the licensing costs are too much.""Pricing is yearly, but it depends. You could pay on a yearly basis, or every three years. If you want to add a device or two, there would be an additional cost. Also, if you want to do an assessment, or other similar add-on, you have to pay accordingly for the additional service.""It will be worth your time to hire a contractor to set it up and configure it for you, especially if you are not very knowledgeable with PA firewalls.""Don't buy a device with more power than you really need, because licensing depends on the cost of the box you have.""The licensing is annual, and there aren't any additional fees on top of that.""The price of this product should be reduced.""The pricing is competitive in the market.""This is an expensive product, which is why some of our customers don't adopt it."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and… more »
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of the exact pricing, however, I do believe it is less expensive than Fortigate. For Fortinet, we pay… more »
Top Answer: Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment. They… more »
Top Answer: Pricewise Cisco. But PA has better rating.
Top Answer: Ease of Use - GUI familiarities  and adoption level can differ from user to user. - Personally I found CISCO  ASA… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv
Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
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Overview

Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN 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 ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.

Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv 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.

Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.

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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.
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SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company10%
Computer Software Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company22%
Government4%
Media Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company24%
Media Company5%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise38%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise52%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise30%
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise28%
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Firewall vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Azure Firewall is ranked 22nd in Firewalls with 10 reviews while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is ranked 8th in Firewalls with 51 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.4, while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall writes "Easy to set up, good integration, and the technical support is good". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls writes "The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Check Point NGFW, Fortinet FortiOS and Sophos XG, whereas Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, pfSense, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. See our Azure Firewall vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls report.

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