Most Helpful Review
Researched SonicWall NSA but chose Cisco ASA NGFW: Advanced Malware Protection works well to protect against cyber threats
Provides a secure mechanism for remote access. However, they are not ready for managed security services.
Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MX Firewalls vs. SonicWall NSA and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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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.
Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and point-to-point VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
I like the automatic firmware updates. We use the Active Directory to authenticate VPN users.
I use Meraki in my POCs and with my customers as well.
The internet traffic shaping has been very valuable.
Deployment takes no more than one working day.
The initial setup for me was straightforward.
A strong, reliable solution for small companies with little or no dedicated IT department.
With the deployment of the SonicWall NSA solution, we never suffered a problem due to invasion or contamination of any kind.
I really like the performance; there are no delays and no latency, which is a unique quality in firewalls nowadays.
Our old firewall was running as HA (High Availability) on two different but identical rack mounted servers. Moving to SonicWall allowed the company to move to one unit, yet accommodate more connections because it had sixteen ports and handled fail-over better than the old firewall solution.
Content Filtering and sandboxing are valuable features.
Anti-Spam reduces unwanted mail on corporate exchange services.
Content filtering reduces the load on the available bandwidth and restricts employees from using distracting websites on the job, which leads to more productive hours.
It has good reporting, the reporting is marvelous.
Support is usually good when it comes to helping with issues.
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.
Meraki tech support staff have a lot more visibility into your network than you do, which is frustrating at times. I understand the approach is to keep the dashboard easier to understand. This will frustrate more advanced users at times.
Expensive licensing and firewall stops immediately working if the license is not renewed at expiration date.
I need more UTM protection security features.
The IPS, the Intrusion Prevention System, can be improved.
Load balancing options and ability to manage a couple of Internet connections.
Right now, you can postpone the update but eventually, if you don't do the update, it will install the updates automatically for you and that's something that is not working for me.
The client-side VPN is weak. The product could be improved with deployment templates.
The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection.
This product is unable to secure access to endpoints for our external employees.
The cloud services may be in need of some improvement.
I feel that the SSL VPN client software needs a lot of improvement.
The only thing that we would want would be single-pane management, which it has, but the GMS is not very good. It's purely the management of multiple devices for multiple customers, that's the only thing that it's lacking.
After-sales support and hands-on training facilities are not available in my country.
The problem primarily with SonicWall is it's a Unix box. And it's all software, all the activities, blocking, censoring, everything has to happen in the software. If you start hitting the box with a lot of sessions it slows down and that's not what I expect from a firewall.
It's very hard to manage this box. You really need a lot of skills to operate the SonicWall. There is training and the like, but it's just hard to manage. Even if you have the knowledge, there are too many options. The menus are not very clear, where you should find the information.
Port forwarding could use streamlining.
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.
Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
Meraki is also expensive, but it's a little bit less expensive and it's easier to configure than Cisco ASA.
Pricing varies as per the type of license.
In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive.
Considering the market, I believe that the price of this solution is great.
Additional resources are too expensive.
Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance.
The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product.
A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy.
You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls||MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600||NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA|
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.
|With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.||Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.|
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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.||Hyatt, ONS||Orange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre|
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