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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."

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"It handles our current load with ease, and I think it can handle a bit more. It definitely can handle a lot more capacity than we currently use.""FortiGate is a nice and very good product.""The product is quite user-friendly so we didn't have a lot of issues that needed to be addressed.""The standard features, including the filtering, are quite good. All the basic features are pretty useful for us.""The most valuable features are site-to-site connections and UTM.""The stability of the solution is good. We haven't faced any issues at all while using the product.""The most valuables features are the ease of use and deployment.""In terms of administration, it's perfect."

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"I have found the stability of this product to be excellent.""I have found this solution to be easier to use when compared to other products, such as those offered by Cisco.""SonicWall TZ is stable.""The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.""The stability is very nice.""The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.""No negative impression of the scalability.""Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable."

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"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."

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"The GUI could be improved.""FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better.""Customization needs improvement.""We haven't attempted to scale the solution just yet. If we want to scale this solution we may have to look at other models. With certain requirements, we probably wouldn't be able to scale it so well as it is right now.""When new versions are deployed they tend to be a little buggy, so they should be more fully tested before release.""The user interface needs to be improved.""In the next release, we would like to see full integration with VMware NSX virtualized networks.""The interface needs to be updated and simplified."

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"An additional feature that I would like to see is reporting that includes metrics to give me more information about the number of viruses that it has actually detected and interrupted.""The lack of support is having me look into other solutions to replace SonicWALL.""I can't get the support that I need from SonicWall.""We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.""There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.""The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.""The small business line has less PPS throughput.""They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application."

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"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."

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"The price of this product is great compared to others.""This solution is very expensive.""The price is similar to Symantec Endpoint, but it's more expensive than Forcepoint solutions. Fortinet is better than Forcepoint.""There is a benefit in terms of the cost of using this solution because the price is very good.""It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits.""Of all the firewalls that we compared, FortiGate is the cheapest and most affordable, so we are satisfied with the pricing."

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"The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.""The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.""Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.""License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.""The price is high compared to some other solutions.""Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."

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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvFortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VMDell SonicWALL TZ
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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.

FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

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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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.Security7 Networks, COOPENAEAeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 21 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 12th in Firewalls with 19 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.0, while SonicWall TZ is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Clearly captures each and every thing for the backup capture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, pfSense, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and Juniper SRX, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, pfSense, SonicWall NSA and Sophos XG. See our Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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