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Researched Huawei NGFW but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: A trusted and reliable solution with a good interface and good technical support
Researched Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall but chose Huawei NGFW: Can help during implementation, however, offers bad documentation and technical support is not helpful
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall vs. Huawei NGFW and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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"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."
"It provides security for our company and users."
"Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control."
"Its VPN and ASN features are very stable."
"The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick."
"This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good."
"The architecture of FTD is great because it has an in-depth coverage and because it uses the AVC, (Application, Visibility, and Control) and also rate limits. Also, the architecture of fast paths is great."
"Stability is perfect. I haven't had any problems."
"We chose Cisco because it had the full package that we were looking for."
"Because of the deeper inspection it provides we have better security and sections that allow users broader access."
"An eight because it's a good security solution. It's more mature than its competitors."
"Cisco Firepower NGFW is really easy to use right now to determine when my file requires a shift from primary to secondary status, and it can be done with automation. Earlier we used to do this with patching."
"I like the way Firepower presents the data. It gives you two classifications for the evidence, something based on the priority of the evidence and another classification based on the impact of the evidence in your environment. This makes it very easy to spot the evidence that is most impactful to my environment. Instead of having to go through all the evidence based on that priority, I can focus on the evidence that has the most impact on my environment."
"The most valuable feature of the Firepower solution is FireSIGHT, which can be easily managed and is user-friendly."
"I had no difficulty using the Huawei NGFW."
"The mapping features and traffic logging are good."
"The security is good. It's as effective as anything else on the market."
"The user interface is very, very good."
"Huawei was able to assist us in the installation of their product. The installation was very fast."
"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."
"The initial setup was complex."
"There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates."
"In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders."
"The phishing emails could be improved."
"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."
"The license system is also good but it's not very impressive. It's a very regular licensing system. They call it a smart license which means that your device will connect to the internet. This is a little bit of a headache for some customers. It doesn't make the customer happy because most of the customers prefer not to connect their firewall or system to the internet."
"I would like for them to develop better integration with other security platforms."
"The stability and the product features have to really be worked on."
"Cisco should redo their website so it's actually usable in a faster way."
"The security features in the URL category need more improvement."
"One feature lacking is superior anti-virus protection, which must be added."
"Also, they have a Firepower source file that I can work on the ASA device and on Firepower devices. A problem here lies in the way that you manage these devices. Some devices do not support the FMC, and some devices have to be managed through ASDM, and others have to be managed through FMC."
"I would like to see the inclusion of more advanced antivirus features in the next release of this solution."
"I would like to see an antivirus solution included with the product."
"Wi-Fi scanning and Wi-Fi analysis would be useful features to include in the future."
"The solution requires a more interactive dashboard. That would make it easier than playing with configurations the way we have to now."
"The solution doesn't seem to be very mature. Our networking team says they are experiencing a lot of issues in the firewalls and some routers."
"The documentation needs to be improved. When they retire old models, they also retire the documentation. However, if you are still using an older model, you still need access to that documentation. And yet, they go ahead and removed it. It's gone. You are therefore stuck with a device with no documentation and technical support that isn't very helpful as they also remove support assistance as well."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy."
"Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision."
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions."
"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."
"Based on the services that you will get, especially the AMP license, the price is very reasonable."
"It's more expensive than Fortinet and Juniper. The price is high compared to other vendors. In general, for the license, it's not that expensive."
"The Cisco licensing agreement in Bangladesh is different than the one in India and in Dubai. It is not a problem, but if you want to subscribe to the yearly subscription, the original cost is really high. Also, if you go for an anti-virus, you pay for an additional yearly subscription."
"The price of this solution is not good or bad."
"The Firepower series of appliances is not cheap. I just got a quote recently for six firewalls that was in the range of over half-a-million dollars. That's what could push us to look to other vendors..."
"Our subscription costs, just for the firewalls, is between $400,000 and $500,000 a year."
"Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide."
"The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high."
"Licensing fees are billed on an annual basis."
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: Firepower requires significant systems to suit adjacent to an ASA to support IPS and other aspects of the solution… more »
Top Answer: Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to… more »
Top Answer: I had no difficulty using the Huawei NGFW.
Top Answer: Licensing fees are billed on an annual basis.
Top Answer: The firewall needs to be more configurable. I would like to see an antivirus solution included with the product.
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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||Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv||Huawei USG Firewalls, USG9500 Series, USG6600 Series, USG6300 Series|
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.
Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
In addition to all the functions of conventional firewalls, Huawei NGFW also provides more advanced security functions, such as IPS and anti-malware functions, to identify applications and prevent application-layer threats. Huawei NGFW provides a global context awareness architecture for granular controls based on application, content, time, user, attack, and location (ACTUAL). The innovative SmartPolicy technology and management interfaces that can be easily integrated simplify the O&M management. The Intelligence Awareness Engine (IAE) uses an integrated architecture to perfectly balance security and performance. Huawei NGFW provides next-generation security featuring comprehensive protection, granular control, and OM simplicity to meet the requirements of enterprise networks on access control, scope of protection, usability, and performance in the new ICT landscape.
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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.||Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield||KMITL, Peking University|
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Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 27 reviews while Huawei NGFW is ranked 25th in Firewalls with 5 reviews. Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is rated 8.4, while Huawei NGFW is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall writes "Enables analysis, diagnosis, and deployment of fixes quickly, but the system missed a SIP attack". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Huawei NGFW writes "Good interface and easy to set up but needs more documentation". Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Meraki MX, Azure Firewall and Check Point Virtual Systems, whereas Huawei NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, Juniper SRX, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. See our Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall vs. Huawei NGFW report.
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