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"It is a comprehensive suite and complete package.""The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward.""The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.""It provides security for our company and users.""Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control.""Its VPN and ASN features are very stable.""The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick.""This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good."

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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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"The security of this system is fantastic, including the IPS and IDS."

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"Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on.""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.""The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.""The initial setup was complex.""There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates.""In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders.""The phishing emails could be improved.""There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."

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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 to see the reporting opened up and have several more opportunities for automatic reports."

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"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.""Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase.""With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy.""We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.""Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.""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."

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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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"Our initial purchase, which included a three-year term of support, was about $25,000 USD."

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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.
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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 »
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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvSonicWall Network Security Virtual
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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.

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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.

NSv delivers complete advanced threat protection, including high-performance intrusion and malware prevention, and cloud-based sandboxing with SonicWall's RTDMI technology. NSv ensures lateral movement protection, plus inbound and outbound traffic protection.

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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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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company11%
Computer Software Company7%
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Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company24%
Media Company5%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government6%
Media Company4%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise49%
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Azure Firewall is ranked 23rd in Firewalls with 10 reviews while SonicWall NSV is ranked 27th in Firewalls with 1 review. Azure Firewall is rated 7.4, while SonicWall NSV is rated 8.0. 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 SonicWall NSV writes "Easy to use, stable, and the security features work well". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Check Point NGFW and Fortinet FortiGate-VM, whereas SonicWall NSV is most compared with SonicWall NSA.

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