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"It is a secure product.""It is scalable and stable.""Cisco ASA is very strong.""It protects our network.""The stability of the product is good.""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."

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"The most valuable feature is the IPsec VPN.""The Smart Dashboard and other user interfaces are very easy to use and can be handled without any significant IT skills.""After introducing this NGFW, we have improved our security posture, and now, have peace of mind.""It is easy to configure and it is a valuable antivirus protection. I especially like the IPS feature of this product.""We never had an outage of the appliances or the consoles. Stability is very strong. I never had a problem related to stability.""We use Check Point to complete the network compliance rules.""The initial setup was very straightforward. You can customize it and change it as you need.""The solution is easy to use. I like the monitoring the most."

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"The most valuable feature is the monitoring. We can easily monitor what kind of stuff comes over to our network and we can then check the dashboard and work accordingly.""It's a high-performance device. The network performance is also really good. We check how much time it takes for the servers. Our network performance has increased since using this solution.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that you can start off with a simple firewall and expand it to UTM.""The program is very stable.""We find Check Point valuable because they are 100% focused on security. It totally closes the potential vulnerability channel. We can check our mail and our attachments and we can scan everything easily. We get an immediate report about the situation of the attachments. We can discover if the target's security attack was started from phishing, etc. We also enjoy using the additional features that protect our internal customer from targeted attacks.""The IPS, application and URL filtering, as well as Identity Awareness, are all very valuable features.""A unique architecture makes this product stand out from other solutions.""As per the solution's blade design, there are many options. For example, you have to buy a UTM blade and an advanced malware blade, etc. If the blade license is there, we can configure from the firewall GUI."

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"It is not easy to configure.""The scalability is a bit limiting, to be honest. In terms of when you look to changing landscape in terms of threats, I think to me, my personal it's a bit limiting.""Tech support could not answer all of our questions. I had to do research on the web to solve my issues.""Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time.""The pricing is a bit high.""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."

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"Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air. It only supports Windows versions.""The presentation of the reports need to be more user-friendly.""I would like for them to develop the ability to manage a cloud firewall with the same console. That would be very helpful.""This product has room for improvement in technical support for Africa.""Although they have it now, we don't have a license for it, and I think mobile device security should be a standard feature. I cannot control someone bringing their device to my network and what they do.""All the advanced features of automation, especially the first installation of tunnels, need improvement.""Reporting has to be improved.""One of the biggest disappointments is the GUI."

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"The initial setup was a bit complex.""The initial setup is difficult. It took me three tries to get it right. The setup took two or three hours.""The management console can be simplified because at the moment, it is a bit of a challenge to use.""It is a very expensive program and there are additional costs despite the standard licensing fees.""The stability of the solution could be improved, but this is the problem of all the solutions in the market. This isn't just a problem specific to Check Point.""Sometimes, if you aren't familiar with the solution, it can be a bit complex, but it does become easier to use with time. However, every time they launch a new version, it becomes more complex and you need to take time to get familiar with all the changes. For every version that they upgrade, you need to upskill yourself.""It can be difficult to install properly without prior training""If you compare the GUI with the Palo Alto and Forcepoint in the Cisco, they're very easy. Check Point, due to its design, is a little bit complex. They should make the GUI easy to use so that anyone can understand it easily, like Fortinet's GUI. Many companies end up using Fortinet because the GUI is very easy, and there's no need for training. They just deploy the box and do the configuration."

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"The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.""It is considered on the "high end" of the spectrum.""Cisco recently has become very expensive.""The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.""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."

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"The price is high in comparison to other solutions.""We pay $5,000-$6,000 a year.""Maybe the pricing is a bit high but you get the durability and the duration.""Licensing issues may be confusing at times.""It is quite an expensive product, although security is a top priority.""This product is not cheap and there are additional costs that depend on what model or package that you buy.""Palo Alto is somehow not as good as Check Point, budget-wise and performance-wise. Palo Alto is more costly than Check Point.""Comparatively, Check Point pricing is a little high. However, if you have that budget, I would recommend anybody to go with Check Point."

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"On average, it is normally on the lower end, being less expensive than Palo Alto or Cisco.""It is more expensive than other solutions and would be more competetive in the market if it came down in price.""We pay approximately ‎€150,000 ($166,000 USD) per year."

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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvCheck Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation FirewallCheck Point VSX
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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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Offered via the Check Point Infinity architecture, Check Point’s NGFW includes 23 Firewall models optimized for running all threat prevention technologies simultaneously, including full SSL traffic inspection, without compromising on security or performance. Learn More about Next Generation Firewall and What is Firewall?

Check Point Virtual Systems taps the power of virtualization to consolidate and simplify security for private clouds while delivering a lower total cost of ownership. It enables customized security against evolving network threats with the extensible Software Blade Architecture. Virtual Systems is supported on Check Point Appliances, including the 61000 Security System as well as open servers.

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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.Control Southern, Optimal MediaBentley Systems, Almaviva TSF S.p.A, Yankuang Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. Check Point Virtual Systems and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,283 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Check Point NGFW is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 57 reviews while Check Point Virtual Systems is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 10 reviews. Check Point NGFW is rated 8.6, while Check Point Virtual Systems is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Check Point NGFW writes "Central architecture means we can see an end-to-end picture of attacks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Check Point Virtual Systems writes "Reliable solution with a unique architecture that creates flexibility in the deployment ". Check Point NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Meraki MX , Juniper SRX and OPNsense, whereas Check Point Virtual Systems is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Sophos XG. See our Check Point NGFW vs. Check Point Virtual Systems report.

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