Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
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 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.
A good network security system for medium-sized businesses with an excellent GUI interface that gives a graphic view of network status.
The solution is extremely scalable.
This is an easy means of setting up high-availabilty firewall protection.
The initial setup is easy. It's the easiest firewall installation process on the market. I work with three or four other products and this one is the easiest.
The most valuable feature of this solution would be the caching feature.
It has a lot of scalability abilities which makes it easy to scale.
What I like about this solution, is that it is the only solution that currently offers VPN for clients.
The technical support is very good and the assistance they gave was very good.
It seems to be a durable, stable product.
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.
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.
While it is a solid solution, there are some product limitations which exclude it from deployment in some situations.
The solution needs to adjust its pricing models. With the way they are structured, everything is very disparate and sold separately, and, depending on the solution, it can get quite pricey.
The support is not very good, but the product is stable so it is not so much of a problem.
In terms of what needs improvements, the troubleshooting could use improvement. When we work with other products like Cisco ASA, Palo Alto, and Check Point, we see a big difference in the troubleshooting. It's not easy to find a report.
Their technical support needs improvement.
In terms of what needs improvement, the pricing could be lower. The price is very steep.
In the future I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a drop in the price.
The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure.
They need to improve their research team and they need to study their data to analyze it and build the product.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
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.
Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses.
We pay $100,000. That covers the cost of the hardware that we run the VN's on. That also includes any SGNA costs for the internal support tech.
Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue.
We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.
The program is expensive.
It costs about 8 to 10 thousand dollars per year for 500 users, standard licensing fees included.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA||Sangfor NGAF Firewall Platform|
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.
Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.
Sangfor NGAF is capable of detecting in real-time threats at every step and provide a rapid response on how to deal with them. In order to meet the challenges of escalating attacks, it's not enough to provide the detection of static elements. We need a total security collaboration between each module to continuously detect unknown & new threats to quickly issue policy based on detection results to refine the scope of the threats.
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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.||Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data||Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Malaysian Road Transport Department, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Punjab Medical College (Pakistan)|
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Comms Service Provider11%
Software R&D Company27%
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