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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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"We enjoy the reduction in terms of labor.""Barracuda is very prompt at blocking any new spam which comes out.""The product is foolproof. It has done everything that we have needed with the amount of email that we receive, and it handles it quite well.""The most valuable feature for us is the ability to offer firewall support to our clients.""The most valuable features are SD-WAN, URL filtering, IPS, and virus scanning.""The features I find most valuable is the VPN and the fact that we can apply our policies to the program.""Scalability is good; the company wants to be able to handle large customers.""Their GPS possibilities and the security that it has, especially the SD-WAN functionality, is very good."

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"The solution is a whole vertical solution, so it doesn't need any other components in order to provide basic features.""The dashboard is user-friendly. It's very simple to use.""The Meraki SD-WAN solution is simple to deploy.""The dashboard is the solution's most valuable feature.""The solution's ability to prioritize traffic is its most valuable feature.""This product has a simple configuration that can be accessed through a web interface or the API.""This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI.""The most interesting feature is the amount of information you can get from overseeing the system from a centralized place."

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Cons
"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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"The usability for the administrator's experience needs improvement. My system administrator has some questions about its overall connectivity and flexibility.""To start working with spam, it takes a while because the product has to see that multiple emails are coming in with all the spam. If it could reduce that amount of time, then we would reduce the amount of users who are receiving spam.""We would like to see a solution that is focused on container deployment, which is very important right now.""The technical manuals, at times, have images that don't match the actual screens and are not always as clear as they could be on the configuration.""I would like to see a more user-friendly dashboard and an easier interface.""If you experience an attack it can take a very long time to find a solution.""If you have another brand of VPN where you have to put an SSL VPN between two devices, Barracuda doesn't support that at a certain point. You can't actually build the VPN between Barracuda and a different device of a different brand.""Technical support used to be at a very high level but it is now a bit less so."

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"The adoption of endpoint services or endpoint security should be developed in future releases.""The solution could be improved if it added more features, especially monitoring and reporting features.""They stopped doing WAN optimization as a feature set, which is lacking. They need to relook at that and consider WAN optimization as an option.""The solution lacks a certain amount of functionality and features.""The solution needs a multi-use provider portal.""It should be easier to install BGP and it should have a better backup.""When there is an issue, I find it difficult to figure out what is going wrong because the logs do not provide as much information as solutions from HP.""There could be more options for integration between other devices — sort of being able to more easily make everything integrated in one solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"It would be nice if the pricing and licensing offered for less.""Purchasing through AWS Marketplace was good. We did it because it was easy.""In general, it tends to be cheaper than most solutions.""We pay around 150 to 200 Euros per year and there are no additional costs.""The solution costs more than 800 Euros to purchase an F18, which is an entry model, and then another 500 Euros for instant replacement, and 500 Euros for energized updates. The total package would be around 1,900 Euros for five years license and all updates for an entry model.""The 600 series is about USD $10,000 a year and the 80 is USD $400 a year."

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"Meraki solutions come with a choice of several different subscription options including one year, three years, five years, seven years, and ten years.""The licensing fees are approximately $1,000 USD annually.""The pricing is fair, but if they can make it less it would be even more attractive.""Any license you buy until January 2021 gets you an extra year for that purchase.""like everything else, it's negotiable.""If you purchase a Meeraki box, you have to purchase a license, and it's already the basic license, you will have you SD-WAN included."

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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvBarracuda NextGen Firewall, Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls
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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.

Barracuda's Cloud Generation Firewalls redefine the role of the Firewall from a perimeter security solution to a distributed network optimization solution that scales across any number of locations and applications, connects on-premises and cloud infrastructures, and helps organizations transform their business.

Software-defined WAN is a new approach to network connectivity that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multi-site deployments, allowing network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure the highest possible level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy. For more information on deploying and configuring SD-WAN on the Meraki MX Security Appliance, see the Meraki SD-WAN Deployment Guide.

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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.ARZ, Bauer, CBCX Technologies, Diamant-groep, Eissmann Group Automotive, European Youth Olympics, Exalo Drilling, FineLine Technologies, Geocell, Grimaldi, Infront Sports & Media, Odlo, Schenker Deutschland AG, Tilak, Verbandsgeneinde Zell, Conservas El Cidacos S.A., Institute for Emergency Medicine and Medicine Management, Erwin Muller GmbH, Info-Tech: NGF is Champion, Schoellerbank, IZB Informatik-Zentrum, RHI AG, Berglandmilch, Antenne Bayern, SanochemiaÉcole Jeannine Manuel
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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is ranked 19th in Firewalls with 12 reviews while Meraki SD-WAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 14 reviews. Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is rated 8.2, while Meraki SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall writes "Good SIEM and a dynamic VPN with good scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki SD-WAN writes "Ultimate flexibility in this solution lends opportunities for creative problem solving and cost savings". Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, SonicWall TZ, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and SonicWall NSA, whereas Meraki SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Cisco SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Cradlepoint NetCloud and Citrix SD-WAN.

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