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"Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.""The firewall power that comes with Cisco ASAv is the most valuable asset. They are are very easy to manage.""The web interface was easy for me. The configuration is logical, so it's easy to use and easy to understand how to protect, how to open a port, how to manage and how to route a device. That's why I prefer Cisco. It's robust and I never have issues with the hardware. That's why I choose Cisco and not another vendor.""The features I found most valuable in this solution, are the overall security features.""The basic setup is fine. We're just one person. It's only when you want to do some more sophisticated setup like channeling and stuff like that that it's more complicated.""We are using the Cisco AnyConnect for our end-user VPN with the ASA.""The most important feature is its categorization because on the site and social media you are unified in the way they are there.""The feature I find most valuable is the Cisco VPN Interconnection."

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"Previously, anyone in the organization would see any data point in the wall. They could just go and connect their machine with that data point and could access the network. But now, even if someone came and tried that, they will not be given access.""We use Cisco IOS Security mostly for routers to route off the firewall. It's a next-generation device.""The VPN is the most valuable feature.""You can scale it when you need to.""I've found their network routing to be very good.""Cisco IOS allows us to keep the same security features as our principal offices.""The stability of this solution is excellent.""Technical support for this solution is very good."

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"The product is a combination of management and monitoring from the same interface.""It would normally take us a handful of days to install one FortiGate instance on one site. But with this technology, zero-touch deployment, we need just one hour or maybe as little as 30 minutes to install one site. It is much more efficient.""The user interface is very easy to navigate.""The most valuable features are the centralized management of the firewalls.""A fully integrated solution.""We look at the traffic to segment the network and it improves and increases the performance. When we have a mobile connection and local laptops are on the same network. We have seen a big performance upgrade.""Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account.""For the whole security fabric from Fortinet, with a simple click you can see if some workstations or services are affected by an attack. You can really easily quarantine it, check the solution, and fix it."

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"With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.""We found it difficult to publish an antennae sidewalk with the ASDM. I think Cisco should improve this by creating a simpler interface for the firewall.""The service could use a little more web filtering. If I compare it to Cyberoam, Cyberoam has more the web filtering, so if you want to block a website, it's easier in other solutions than in Cisco.""It could also use a reporting dashboard.""The user interface is old fashioned.""I would like to see them release a patch for ASAv with cross-platform FirePower integration.""I see room for improvement when it comes to integrating all the devices into a central management system. Cisco doesn't provide this, but there are some good products in the market that can provide it.""They should allow customers to talk to them directly instead of having to go through the reseller."

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"We have a very bad experience on the support. They take too much time requesting logs, and they are not coming directly online to resolve the issues.""Most of their features are meant for Cisco. You cannot integrate them with any other vendor.""The routers, don't have like long-term tendency features, or higher availability features available for the IOS. It could also use a better user interface.""If they could increase the performance a little better because the device sometimes gets slow.""I wish it would be more like the next generation firewall technology. There should be more selection between the application and filtering.""I think setup could be one area for improvement, because sometimes we don't have people inside so we have to move to the place.""In the next release of this solution, we would like to see support for the 100BT and 7000 models.""I would love it if it has a link-by-link feature, integration with Unified Threat Management (UTM), and load balancers. They haven't got any link-by-link feature right now, which can be a very attractive option. This link-by-link feature can also be made available for Cisco's UTM firewalls. The link-by-link feature is available in some of the other firewalls. Currently, integration with UTM is missing. Cisco IOS Security also doesn't have the load balancers and a few things that need to be done to get a good UTM firewall. Normally, other firewalls have UTM. As a next-generation firewall, it's good, but as a UTM, it has to do some work."

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"The areas that need improvement are implemenation and support. In terms of implementation, it mainly needs clear documentation.""Troubleshooting for Fortinet products is more difficult than competing products like Cisco and Palo Alto.""Regional support in African countries needs to be improved.""It's a difficult process to transfer one interface from one virtual domain to another.""Can be difficult to configure.""Performance issues should be improved. We have problems when we have more mobile connections than local devices. Most of us have two to three devices.""The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker.""Fortinet is releasing quite a lot of new versions and I would say that most of the versions are not well tested before they're pushed out. Even the new versions sometimes are a bit buggy before it's all correct."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.""I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable.""With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect.""This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.""Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.""The cost of this solution is high.""It would be nice if pricing could do more to reflect the economy of the country where the product is being implemented.""The program is very expensive."

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"The pricing is very expensive. Normally I do a yearly contract; I don't know the exact pricing, but it's around $75,000 USD per year. That's the standard licensing.""The licensing is on a subscription basis, and it is fairly costly. I would prefer a one-time payment.""The licenses for this solution are expensive.""It is an expensive solution.""The pricing is okay. It is competitive. It costs more when you need get more features.""Price is certainly something that the IOS technology has fallen behind the competition on.""It is necessary to pay for a license in order to use the solution. It is on a yearly basis and the price is high.""Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico."

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"Fortinet FortiManager is not expensive at all if you compare it with other vendors like Check Point and Cisco. Fortinet products are the least expensive on the market in the category of firewalls.""The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use.""In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable.""Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers."

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Questions from the Community
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Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
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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
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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.

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Cisco IOS Software delivers a sophisticated set of security capabilities for a comprehensive, layered security approach throughout your network infrastructure. Cisco IOS security technologies help to defend critical business processes against attack and disruption, protect privacy, and support policy and regulatory compliance controls.

Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

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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.
Arup Group, Brunel University London, City of Biel, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, K&L Gates , New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Offshore Northern Seas, Transplace
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company10%
Computer Software Company7%
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Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company21%
Government5%
Media Company4%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider17%
Media Company8%
Security Firm8%
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Comms Service Provider46%
Computer Software Company16%
Media Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider29%
Manufacturing Company14%
Wellness & Fitness Company14%
Computer Software Company14%
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Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company25%
Government4%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise55%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise39%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise38%
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Cisco IOS Security is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 16 reviews while Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 12 reviews. Cisco IOS Security is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco IOS Security writes "Prevent unauthorized use of network resources and integrate branch offices with reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click". Cisco IOS Security is most compared with Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Kerio Control and Fortinet FortiOS, whereas Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Cisco DNA Center, Fortinet FortiOS and Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection.

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