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Pros
"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.""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."

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"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."

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"We standardized on the product and got rid of several other types of firewalls from different vendors.""It is very scalable.""The most valuable feature is the ability to deeply analyze the connection or connection type.""One of the things I really like about it is that we have the same features and functions available on the entry-level device (PA-220), as do large corporations with much more costly appliances.""One of the best firewalls on the market.""Good functionality and features.""The basic configuration will only take 15 minutes to set up""The solution is very stable."

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Cons
"<p>If there is old hardware, or appliances, it does not necessarily work with the new Cisco generation firewalls.""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."

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"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."

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"I would like integration with Evident.io and RedLock.""The data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities need to be beefed up.""Overall it is good. It is reliable and easy to understand. However, the monitoring feature could be improved.""The initial configuration is complicated to set up.""The user interface is a bit clumsy and not very user-friendly.""Could also use better customer support.""Customers don't want to buy extra things for extra capabilities""Generating reports is not so easy."

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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."

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"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."

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"Annually, the licensing costs are too much.""Pricing is yearly, but it depends. You could pay on a yearly basis, or every three years. If you want to add a device or two, there would be an additional cost. Also, if you want to do an assessment, or other similar add-on, you have to pay accordingly for the additional service.""It will be worth your time to hire a contractor to set it up and configure it for you, especially if you are not very knowledgeable with PA firewalls.""Don't buy a device with more power than you really need, because licensing depends on the cost of the box you have.""The licensing is annual, and there aren't any additional fees on top of that.""The price of this product should be reduced.""The pricing is competitive in the market.""This is an expensive product, which is why some of our customers don't adopt it."

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Answers from the Community
David Prieto
author avatarRicardoGranados (Ingram Micro Inc.)
Consultant

Palo Alto's Vulnerability Protection (IPS) has a good rating from NSS Labs and allows the use of Suricata and Snort signatures. The PAN-OS 10 release includes local machine learning that protects against zero-day attacks.

author avatarUmesh Wadhwa
Real User

Pricewise Cisco. But PA has better rating.

author avatarBingyu Zhang
User

Palo Alto is better.

author avatarNguyen The Huy
User

In my Oppinion, Palo Alto is better than Cisco. You can refer in NSS Lab 2018 & 2019 DCSG-SVM, NSS-labs-NGIPS-Comparative-Report, and some report from Forester about Zero Trust Architecture, and Gartner SASE report to discus more advantages of Palo Alto in the future 

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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvCisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWvPalo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
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Overview

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.

Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense 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 NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
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.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.

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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.Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, WestfieldSkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider26%
Media Company6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm36%
Comms Service Provider21%
Manufacturing Company14%
Transportation Company14%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company27%
Government5%
Media Company4%
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Financial Services Firm22%
Computer Software Company22%
Construction Company11%
Wholesaler/Distributor11%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Media Company7%
K 12 Educational Company Or School6%
Company Size
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise28%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,478 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 20 reviews while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is ranked 8th in Firewalls with 27 reviews. Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is rated 8.4, while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is rated 8.2. 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 Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls writes "The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry". Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Meraki MX , Azure Firewall and Sophos XG, whereas Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Sophos XG, pfSense and Check Point Virtual Systems. See our Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls report.

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