Most Helpful Review
Researched Fortinet FortiGate but chose Cisco ASA NGFW: Behind in technology with lots of hidden costs
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.
The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.
Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.
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 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.
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
The most valuable feature is the VDOM, which allows the customer to have multiple firewalls in a single campus.
The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere.
It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us.
Anti-Spam web content filterinG.
This solution has solid UTM features combined with a nice GUI.
This is a quality product with ok support, and it is better than the competition we've tried.
The features that we have found most valuable are the SSL VPN and the User Portal.
It lets me monitor in live time if someone is 'hogging' bandwidth.
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.
We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.
Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.
In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.
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.
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 think there could be more QoS features
Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas.
Technical support for this solution can be improved.
I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.
The Web-filter in this solution is not very good.
FortiOS is not simple.
This product could be improved with Active directory integration and better handling in IPsec and GRE Tunnels.
I use the FortiGate 60D model and realized the 300Mbps bandwidth limitation. Because it is a product that offers many services, I think it could have greater bandwidth capacity.
I would like to see lower antivirus pricing.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.
We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
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.
Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.
The pricing for this solution is good.
Before choosing a piece of equipment you have to take into account the cost-benefit offered by each one. Sometimes it is not worth paying a very cheap price to have a minimum level of security.
Each feature costs money, so it is important to study your needs.
I would say that all things considered, the pricing is pretty good.
Fortinet is reasonable in pricing and licensing. Overall, FortiGate is affordable. The licensing fee can be a little high, depending on the budget for your project.
Our licensing costs are on a yearly basis.
Compared to Palo Alto, which we have used in the past, pricing and licensing are okay.
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, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls||FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate||Dell SonicWALL TZ|
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.
The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.
|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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