Compare Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls vs. SonicWall TZ

Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 12 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 14 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls is rated 8.8, while SonicWall TZ is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls writes "Valuable firewall solution for enterprise organizations who need reliable flexible security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "The product's modular nature is a huge plus, but work is needed on the ransomware application". Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, FireEye Network Security and Cisco Firepower NGFW, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and Cisco ASA NGFW. See our Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls vs. SonicWall TZ report.
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Pros
The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.

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The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.The technical team is always available when we have problems.The stability of the solution is very good. We can see that it gets even better with every release.The most valuable feature is that it has the ability to divide the network into three parts; internal, external, and DMZ.A powerful enterprise security solution that is dependible.The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to integrate vertically.An efficient, easy to deploy and dependable firewall solution.

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I find the security we are able to do with the policies to be valuable. The monitoring is valuable as well.Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable.They give good protection to my network and support it.No negative impression of the scalability.The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.The stability is very nice.The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.SonicWall TZ is stable.

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Cons
Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.

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I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.I would like for the user interface to be easier for the admin and network admin. I would also like to be able to access everything from the GUI interface. The way it is now, it needs somebody experience in iOS to be able to operate it. I would like to have a GUI interface.The GUI interface could be improved when compared to other solutions.There used to be information displayed about the packets in a module called Packet Flow, but it is no longer there.The interface for monitoring could be improved to allow better views to make troubleshooting easier.The inclusion of an autofill feature would improve the ease of commands.

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Full monitoring obviously needs to be improved. We need full monitoring covered under the security licensing.They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application.I currently have two of the issues from SonicWall. One issue is that the IP is not the public IP. Sometimes it moves to an alternate source and I have to refresh the new IP then we can go on.The small business line has less PPS throughput.The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.I can't get the support that I need from SonicWall.

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Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.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.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.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.

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We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months.The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology.The program is very expensive.The cost of this solution is high.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.

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License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.Getting licenses in our country, Ghana, is not easy. Though, once we have them, adding them is quick (about a day).SonicWall has authorized distributors in our country. They have about two or three distributors in the country, so it makes it a bit easier. What we do is to request a quotation from these distributors, then we do a value for money analysis and see which one of them is giving us a competitive price.

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASASourcefire FirewallsDell SonicWALL TZ
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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.

Sourcefire Firewalls help ensure your network's availability and the security of your company's resources by protecting the network infrastructure against network- and application-layer attacks, viruses, and worms.The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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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.Aegean Motorway, EllisDon Corporation, Linz AG, AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm18%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider12%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company8%
Media Company8%
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Financial Services Firm40%
Logistics Company10%
K 12 Educational Company Or School10%
Healthcare Company10%
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Construction Company30%
Manufacturing Company20%
Insurance Company10%
Healthcare Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company16%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company7%
Media Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business59%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise15%
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