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Find out what your peers are saying about Kerio Control vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"At this point, we find that this product has high productivity and high availability and there is no need for improvement."
"It is a highly stable product. We rarely receive any serious outdates, so it works quite well."
"It is a secure product."
"It is scalable and stable."
"Cisco ASA is very strong."
"It protects our network."
"The stability of the product is good."
"It is a comprehensive suite and complete package."
"Technical support is good. They respond right away."
"Kerio has improved my organization's security."
"The statistic feature enables us to better use bandwidth management. We monitored the use by mobile, type of application, department, and by users. The bandwidth was solid. Our internet speed is optimized for our research."
"The flexibility of the system, the capacity to provide the right level of security, and the ability to be integrated into different kinds of infrastructures are the most valuable features."
"The most valuable feature is to provide users with the ability to log in to the portal page, keep track of their data usage and perform bandwidth management."
"All of the features of Kerio Control are equally good. Most valuable to us are the firewall rules, the intrusion detection system, and IP address features."
"What I like the most about Kerio is that I can use the software appliance as a solution, so if the hardware fails for any reason then I can quickly replace it with hardware that I have in stock."
"It prevents people from visiting undesirable sites and ensures that they use the internet for their designated jobs."
"It has the ability to create Palo Alto VM-series using software."
"It is nice to have a rock solid security platform that we can count on."
"AWS has improved our agility to apply firewall rules. It has reduced the amount of time that it takes to apply firewall rules because everything is based in the cloud."
"It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations."
"It gives us the ease that we are secure. We have set up the proper things that help make our data safe."
"It allows us to see all our traffic to properly secure it and only allow what is needed through the firewall."
"You already can scale it if you put it in Auto Scaling groups. If you put it in a load balancer, it should already be able to scale."
"It provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are."
"<p>If there is old hardware, or appliances, it does not necessarily work with the new Cisco generation firewalls."
"It is not easy to configure."
"The scalability is a bit limiting, to be honest. In terms of when you look to changing landscape in terms of threats, I think to me, my personal it's a bit limiting."
"Tech support could not answer all of our questions. I had to do research on the web to solve my issues."
"Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time."
"The pricing is a bit high."
"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."
"I would like to see them develop a bit more flexibility creating VLANs."
"They should add wireless features."
"I would like for them to add more security features."
"The improvement that we are looking for is for when decide to move some part of our application to the cloud."
"I would like to be able to inspect https packets for the purpose of virus scanning."
"Kerio Control has just improved on their biggest problem, which was to introduce better support for high-availability requirements in production."
"Their support is getting better but still needs improvement."
"Improvements are needed to the Next Generation Firewall Protection, specifically with user-level protection."
"In the next release, I would like to see better integration of multi-factor authentication vendors."
"We have run into some issues with scaling and limitations associated with some of the configurations."
"We don't know how it will scale once we start putting more load on it."
"I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels."
"AWS doesn't integrate well with third-party firewalls."
"On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region."
"The product could provide protection above Layer 3, which gets into the application layer and provides better visibility into those aspects of application security."
"It can definitely improve on the performance."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market."
"It is considered on the "high end" of the spectrum."
"Cisco recently has become very expensive."
"The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market."
"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."
"Pricing is good, but the licensing took a lot of time."
"The price is inexpensive."
"It's very affordable."
"The pricing is in-line with our expectations in terms of the quality that we get for it."
"There is a yearly upkeep fee."
"My advice is to use your own hardware, and do not use theirs."
"It is priced low enough for entry-level, but it has the power to grow with a company without them having to replace it."
"The biggest advice that I could probably give people is when you buy the solution be prepared to either buy the unlimited license or buy more licenses than you think. Each user license gives you one employee and each a user gives you five devices. In the world nowadays where everybody has a cellphone, tablet, desktop, and laptop, that's four devices. You still get one more device per person. That covers your servers and back-ends."
"Some parts of purchasing through AWS Marketplace are good, such as this product was easy to find and launch. Some of the other parts could be clearer in the AWS Marketplace, e.g., how to properly do an annual subscription."
"The pricing and licensing are reasonable."
"We found purchasing process the product on the AWS Marketplace to be very good."
"The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to be."
"Purchasing on the AWS Marketplace was simple, effective, and easy."
"AWS is available as a AMI that you can purchase from the AWS Marketplace. Therefore, you need to purchase the licensing, since it is per AMI. Then, you deploy it on a regular EC2. Then, for on-premise, you can use both Palo Alto's software and hardware."
"Because the solution was getting deployed on AWS, it was the best place to go and it was available there."
"One of the factors for selecting Palo Alto was they had flexible pricing. They had a pay-as-you-go model. Comparable to other products, such as Check Point, the price point was definitely a plus."
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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|
|Cisco||GFI||Palo Alto Networks|
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.
Kerio Control brings together next-generation firewall capabilities -- including a network firewall and router, intrusion detection and prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, VPN, and web content and application filtering. These comprehensive capabilities and unmatched deployment flexibility make Kerio Control the ideal choice for small and mid-sized businesses.
The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.
The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.
In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.
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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.||Triton Technical, McDonald's||Warren Rogers Associates|
Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider13%
Computer Software Company27%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider38%
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Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider14%
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