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Researched Palo Alto Networks VM-Series but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: Lots of bug fixes are required and it did not pass our in-house evaluation
Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"It has the ability to create Palo Alto VM-series using software."
"It is nice to have a rock solid security platform that we can count on."
"AWS has improved our agility to apply firewall rules. It has reduced the amount of time that it takes to apply firewall rules because everything is based in the cloud."
"It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations."
"It gives us the ease that we are secure. We have set up the proper things that help make our data safe."
"It allows us to see all our traffic to properly secure it and only allow what is needed through the firewall."
"You already can scale it if you put it in Auto Scaling groups. If you put it in a load balancer, it should already be able to scale."
"It provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are."
"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."
"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."
"In the next release, I would like to see better integration of multi-factor authentication vendors."
"We have run into some issues with scaling and limitations associated with some of the configurations."
"We don't know how it will scale once we start putting more load on it."
"I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels."
"AWS doesn't integrate well with third-party firewalls."
"On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region."
"The product could provide protection above Layer 3, which gets into the application layer and provides better visibility into those aspects of application security."
"It can definitely improve on the performance."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"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."
"Some parts of purchasing through AWS Marketplace are good, such as this product was easy to find and launch. Some of the other parts could be clearer in the AWS Marketplace, e.g., how to properly do an annual subscription."
"The pricing and licensing are reasonable."
"We found purchasing process the product on the AWS Marketplace to be very good."
"The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to be."
"Purchasing on the AWS Marketplace was simple, effective, and easy."
"AWS is available as a AMI that you can purchase from the AWS Marketplace. Therefore, you need to purchase the licensing, since it is per AMI. Then, you deploy it on a regular EC2. Then, for on-premise, you can use both Palo Alto's software and hardware."
"Because the solution was getting deployed on AWS, it was the best place to go and it was available there."
"One of the factors for selecting Palo Alto was they had flexible pricing. They had a pay-as-you-go model. Comparable to other products, such as Check Point, the price point was definitely a plus."
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cisco FW for peace of mind
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: Centralised dashboard for all checkpoints gateway with options of copying policy from 1 gateway to another Providing… more »
Top Answer: Licensing issues may be confusing at times.
Top Answer: I have been working with Palo Alto for more than 5 years now and I think I have worked with almost every other firewall… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.
Top Answer: The price of this solution is very high for some parts of Africa, which makes it a challenge. If it were lowered then it… 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||Check Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall|
|Cisco||Check Point||Palo Alto Networks|
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.
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?
The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.
The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.
In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.
Learn more about Cisco ASA Firewall
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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 Media||Warren Rogers Associates|
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