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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. WatchGuard Firebox and other solutions. Updated: March 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."
"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."
"I could still keep the data rates really high, up near the two gigahertz data speeds, without compromise on the security perimeters being acted simultaneously."
"The reports are detailed."
"The most valuable feature for small and medium businesses is the support for various protocol proxies."
"The most valuable feature is the GUI, especially the real-time bandwidth usage report. Also, its integration with WiFi access points is nice."
"The Dimension control, the one-spot reporting and control, has been nice. It's been easy to go in and make sure people are doing what they're supposed to be doing and that only the right stuff is getting in."
"I like the High Availability features of the newest ones I'm using because they allow a firewall to fail and still be up and running."
"I like their management features a lot. Their System Manager server as well the System Manager software make managing them, and tracking changes, very easy and complete."
"The most valuable are the VPN and proxy features."
"<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 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."
"Setup of this solution is complex, it's not plug and play."
"This solution needs the option to add an external hard drive."
"It would be wonderful if the WatchGuard team develops nice products for threat intelligence."
"We bought Firebox four or five years ago, and with the first version I had to reboot it every two or three months for no apparent reason. We upgraded last year to the M370 and it's been running, but it is rebooting from time to time. I don't know why."
"A 12-hour power outage... got our batteries."
"The documentation for the System Manager/Dimension configuration, could be a little bit clearer... The use case where you have multiple sites with multiple firewalls, and one site that has the System Manager server and the Dimension server, wasn't really well defined. It took me a little bit of digging to get that to actually work."
"It's very hard to get information from their website, for exactly what I need to do. Sometimes I end up having to open a lot of support tickets... It's a navigational issue which makes it hard to find what I'm looking for and it's just so broad."
"One other shortcoming is that there is no backup for it. We really haven't figured out how we might solve that problem. We may want to put a duplicate in... With WatchGuard, we just have the one box. If that were to fail, we'd probably be really hurting."
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."
"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."
"The subscription that was purchased is for three years, but it is usually for one year at a time."
"The cheapest configuration, for maybe five people, is approximately $500."
"The price is so small that I don't pay attention to it anymore. I think we pay a few thousand dollars for two to three years, so about $100 per month. That's for all of our users. There is an additional cost if we want to go with a deeper licensing model, but we just pay for antivirus, IPS, and main product support."
"I haven't seen the pricing since 2017, but it was competitive. SonicWall, Barracuda, and WatchGuard were all about the same price when we did our last pricing."
"Each one, for the primary unit, was $8,600 and the High Availability unit was $2,000. That's with three years of subscription and support and the Total Security Suite."
"We only license our corporate one and the one we have at our DR site, we don't worry about the branches. It doesn't pay for us to license the ones at the branches. What they charge for what they call basic maintenance is extremely high for those little fireboxes."
"The two larger devices are about $1,000 each and the smaller ones are about $500 or $600 each... It's cheaper and you have more control because it's self-managed."
"The cost three years ago was about $800."
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cisco FW for peace of mind
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: I have been working with Palo Alto for more than 5 years now and I think I have worked with almost every other firewall… more »
Top Answer: This is arguably the best security protection that you can buy.
Top Answer: Palo Alto is a little expensive compared to every other solution, but you get what you pay for. The question I have been… more »
Top Answer: I recently went from an M200 to M270 through their trade-up program. It cost a few dollars more than the subscription… more »
Top Answer: The main reason we went with it was the security protocols. They were more robust on this device.
Top Answer: The pricing was in line with everyone else; maybe slightly higher. That's why it's not a 10 out of 10.
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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|
|Cisco||Palo Alto Networks||WatchGuard|
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.
WatchGuard's approach to network security focuses on bringing best-in-class, enterprise-grade security to any organization, regardless of size or technical expertise. Ideal for SMBs and distributed enterprise organizations, our award-winning Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances are designed from the ground up to focus on ease of deployment, use, and ongoing management, in addition to providing the strongest security possible.
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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||Ellips, Diecutstickers.com, Clarke Energy, NCR, Wrest Park, Homeslice Pizza, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, The Phoenix Residence|
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