Cisco ASA vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW

Cisco ASA is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 75 reviews vs Cisco Firepower NGFW which is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 10 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA writes "Syslog generation and forwarding are good but it lacks many UTM features". The top reviewer of Cisco Firepower NGFW writes "The most valuable features are the IPsec VPN and web filtering. It seems very clunky and slow". Cisco ASA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Juniper SRX. Cisco Firepower NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Cisco ASA. See our Cisco ASA vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW report.
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Pros
It protects our network.The stability of the product is good.Cisco ASA is very strong.It is a secure product.It is scalable and stable.At this point, we find that this product has high productivity and high availability and there is no need for improvement.It is a highly stable product. We rarely receive any serious outdates, so it works quite well.The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature.

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The most valuable features are the IPsec VPN and web filtering.We can shift traffic, block certain content, or redirect policies.The GUI is among the most valuable features,Valuable features include DMZ segmentation, and IDS and IPS.It is easy to create interfaces and routing, which all can be done at the GUI level.Management Console and user profiling to define activities.

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The pricing is a bit high.Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time.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.<p>If there is old hardware, or appliances, it does not necessarily work with the new Cisco generation firewalls.At times the product is sluggish and slowMore intuitive support for SIP services are needed. This took a long time to configure properly for the user.

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It seems very clunky and slow. I would like to be able to tune it to be a more efficient product.I would like the ability to pick and choose different features of it to run in a packaged infrastructure or modules, therefore I would like to have more customizability over it.The use of it has really bogged down our response time for certain problems, given we have to go through AT&T for everything.We would like to see MS Word BPM as a feature.It could use a web-based portal for VPN. Earlier they had it in the ASA model, but currently they don't have it.It's lacking one feature: VPN. Also, the 2100 Series lacks a DDoS feature. If they could add that to those platforms, that would be good.Cisco suffers from some integration issues with other products... There is a problem with the Cisco Catalyst Switches in terms of assembling bursts and having them interact properly with the Cisco Firepower.The product needs real-time logs to be able to monitor our services, so we can know if any our services have been blocked via the firewall or on the application side.

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The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.It is considered on the "high end" of the spectrum.The cost of keeping the licensing up on the ASA is very expensive. It has a lot of positives, but the cost of going with it is really starting to be a major negative right now.Commercial leasing is the best option.ASA pricing seems high compared to other firewalls, such as the Sophos XG models.The licensing features are getting more complicated. These should be simplified.

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We pay a lot of money for it.It is a great solution for medium or big enterprises, not so much for small businesses, mainly due to the financial costs.Cisco Firepower is a great solution, but it is expensive compared to others that can provide similar benefits for much less.In terms of scalability, it is really expensive. It is scalable, but when it comes to pricing, the upgrading is a bit high.All our requirements which we need performed by the firewall (e.g. VPN, URL white-listing, or IP based white-listing, etc.) have separate licenses and costs.

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Adaptive Security Appliance, ASACisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER
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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. Our Cisco Firepower NGFW appliances combine our proven network firewall with the industry’s most effective next-gen IPS and advanced malware protection. All so you can get more visibility, be more flexible, save more, and protect better.

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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, and City of Tomorrow. Shawnee Mission School District
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Financial Services Firm
15%
Manufacturing Company
15%
Comms Service Provider
13%
University
7%
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Financial Services Firm
17%
Comms Service Provider
12%
Manufacturing Company
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Government
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Financial Services Firm
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Comms Service Provider
20%
Healthcare Company
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Transportation Company
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Small Business
37%
Midsize Enterprise
29%
Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
41%
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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