Compare Cisco ASA NGFW vs. SonicWall TZ

Cisco ASA NGFW is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 62 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 15 reviews. Cisco ASA NGFW is rated 7.8, while SonicWall TZ is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA NGFW writes "Gives us visibility into potential outbreaks as well as malicious users trying to access the site". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "The product's modular nature is a huge plus, but work is needed on the ransomware application". Cisco ASA NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Cisco Firepower NGFW, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and Cisco ASA NGFW. See our Cisco ASA NGFW vs. SonicWall TZ report.
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Pros
For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.

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It lets me monitor in live time if someone is 'hogging' bandwidth.I find the security we are able to do with the policies to be valuable. The monitoring is valuable as well.Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable.They give good protection to my network and support it.No negative impression of the scalability.The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.The stability is very nice.The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.

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We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.

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I would like to see lower antivirus pricing.Full monitoring obviously needs to be improved. We need full monitoring covered under the security licensing.They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application.I currently have two of the issues from SonicWall. One issue is that the IP is not the public IP. Sometimes it moves to an alternate source and I have to refresh the new IP then we can go on.The small business line has less PPS throughput.The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.

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Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.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.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.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.

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License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.Getting licenses in our country, Ghana, is not easy. Though, once we have them, adding them is quick (about a day).SonicWall has authorized distributors in our country. They have about two or three distributors in the country, so it makes it a bit easier. What we do is to request a quotation from these distributors, then we do a value for money analysis and see which one of them is giving us a competitive price.

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Ranking
3rd
out of 50 in Firewalls
Views
70,004
Comparisons
52,209
Reviews
60
Average Words per Review
333
Avg. Rating
7.7
14th
out of 50 in Firewalls
Views
29,670
Comparisons
25,664
Reviews
14
Average Words per Review
405
Avg. Rating
7.5
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASADell SonicWALL TZ
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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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.AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company11%
University8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider16%
Media Company8%
Retailer5%
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Construction Company30%
Manufacturing Company20%
Comms Service Provider10%
Software R&D Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company23%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer6%
Media Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise39%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise45%
REVIEWERS
Small Business61%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise14%
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