Cisco ASA vs. Sophos UTM

Cisco ASA is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 75 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 25 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA writes "Syslog generation and forwarding are good but it lacks many UTM features". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". Cisco ASA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Juniper SRX. Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and WatchGuard XTM. See our Cisco ASA vs. Sophos UTM report.
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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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It works well without any maintenance. So far, it has worked pretty well regardless of the traffic.It has made our organization more secure, because we are using a VPN. We are not accessing services directly. It allows us to segregate some of the traffic for individuals which may be more of a developer role rather than an operational role needing access to developer resources, but not necessarily production operational resources.It makes it a lot easier for us to maintain things. Prior to it, things were more difficult. This means less time on us. We can focus on other things. The recovery is more in man-hours for us than anything else.It helped to connect our satellite offices to the main Amazon infrastructure in a circular way.Sophos has a single pane of glass which allows me to manage all my VPCs from a single instance, managing all my firewall from one place.The most valuable feature is that it is easy to administer.I have no problem with the cost or licensing of this solution. This is a primary reason whay I wanted this solution. It does the same thing cheaper than other name brands.It helps us with protection, with concurrent use of the VPN.

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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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The product could be simplified and made more self-explanatory.The documentation during the AWS integration was a little fuzzy on getting it to work with how the whole public exposure versus private exposure, then routing some of the traffic.We had some problems with the configuration. They had provided a CloudFormation template, and we had to go several rounds to make it work.They could definitely improve on the support, especially in other countries.I would like them to move from the Classic Load Balancer to the Network Load Balancer. This would make it easier to do certain things with Amazon. They are able to do some enhancements with Network Load Balancer that they are unable to do with Classic Load Balancer.The pricing is an issue.The memory and processing were problematic. The interface could be better.During initial configuration, I encountered a few issues.

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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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Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is pretty straightforward. Because were entirely on AWS and don't have anything anywhere else. It made the most sense for us as a one stop shop.The pricing is pretty reasonable. I don't think that it is overly expensive.Purchasing it through the AWS Marketplace went smoothly. We did not have any issues and the pricing was decent.We originally purchased the solution through the AWS Marketplace. I started my proof of concept doing pay-as-you-go, then moved to a VAR for a 'Bring Your Own Licence' (BYOL) licensing model. The BYOL license still requires you to accept the terms of the AWS Marketplace to deploy.The price is something that one will need to consider.I have no problem with the cost or licensing of this solution. This is a primary reason whay I wanted this solution. It does the same thing cheaper than other name brands.We purchased the appliance with five years onsite support and licenses.Pricing for the upgrade was very competitive as Sophos wanted to retain existing customers.

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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.

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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. One Housing Group
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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
8%
Government
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Construction Company
9%
Mining And Metals Company
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Legal Firm
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Insurance Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Retailer
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Small Business
37%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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