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Researched Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: The technical support is good, but there are issues with managing the client
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls vs. SonicWall NSA 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:
"Cisco ASA is very strong."
"It protects our network."
"The stability of the product is good."
"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."
"We standardized on the product and got rid of several other types of firewalls from different vendors."
"It is very scalable."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to deeply analyze the connection or connection type."
"One of the things I really like about it is that we have the same features and functions available on the entry-level device (PA-220), as do large corporations with much more costly appliances."
"One of the best firewalls on the market."
"Good functionality and features."
"The basic configuration will only take 15 minutes to set up"
"The solution is very stable."
"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."
"I really like the performance; there are no delays and no latency, which is a unique quality in firewalls nowadays."
"With the deployment of the SonicWall NSA solution, we never suffered a problem due to invasion or contamination of any kind."
"It allows us to block applications, i.e., websites by application type category. It is far more capable than content filtering alone."
"Support has improved dramatically since their separation from Dell."
"Setup is easy. Anyone with basic firewall experience can do it."
"The most valuable features are that it is reasonably-priced and works well."
"The most valuable feature is the Global Management System."
"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."
"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."
"I would like integration with Evident.io and RedLock."
"The data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities need to be beefed up."
"Overall it is good. It is reliable and easy to understand. However, the monitoring feature could be improved."
"The initial configuration is complicated to set up."
"The user interface is a bit clumsy and not very user-friendly."
"Could also use better customer support."
"Customers don't want to buy extra things for extra capabilities"
"Generating reports is not so easy."
"I feel that the SSL VPN client software needs a lot of improvement."
"The cloud services may be in need of some improvement."
"This product is unable to secure access to endpoints for our external employees."
"The anti-spam requires a specific Java version on the server side (do not update it, otherwise it will break)."
"They are not ready for managed security services. Their Cloud GMS product is weak, barely out of beta (buggy)."
"Do not even consider NetExtender - probably one of the most horrific, nightmare grade Java-based VPN clients. We have but all given up trying to make it work reliably."
"I would like U.S.-based technical support."
"Having to deal with too many lower-level people in technical support means that it takes longer to resolve issues, so escalating support tickets should be faster."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"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."
"Annually, the licensing costs are too much."
"Pricing is yearly, but it depends. You could pay on a yearly basis, or every three years. If you want to add a device or two, there would be an additional cost. Also, if you want to do an assessment, or other similar add-on, you have to pay accordingly for the additional service."
"It will be worth your time to hire a contractor to set it up and configure it for you, especially if you are not very knowledgeable with PA firewalls."
"Don't buy a device with more power than you really need, because licensing depends on the cost of the box you have."
"The licensing is annual, and there aren't any additional fees on top of that."
"The price of this product should be reduced."
"The pricing is competitive in the market."
"This is an expensive product, which is why some of our customers don't adopt it."
"Considering the market, I believe that the price of this solution is great."
"In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive."
"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."
"If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee."
"SonicWall is a one-time purchase and there is no renewal license."
Questions from the Community
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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||Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series||NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA|
|Cisco||Palo Alto Networks||SonicWall|
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.
Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.
|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.||SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments||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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