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"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.""Its VPN and ASN features are very stable.""The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick.""This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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.""The phishing emails could be improved.""There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."

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"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."

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"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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.""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."

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"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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"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."

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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvNSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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Overview

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.

Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

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.

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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Sample Customers
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.Warren Rogers AssociatesOrange 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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Financial Services Firm19%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company11%
University6%
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Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company24%
Media Company5%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Manufacturing Company18%
Healthcare Company9%
Retailer9%
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider16%
K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
Government5%
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K 12 Educational Company Or School14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Construction Company7%
Media Company7%
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Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company20%
Retailer6%
K 12 Educational Company Or School6%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business69%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise15%
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. SonicWall NSA and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,228 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 9th in Firewalls with 20 reviews while SonicWall NSA is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 19 reviews. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.4, while SonicWall NSA is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "An excellent solution for the right situations and businesses". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall NSA writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Fortinet FortiGate-VM, Juniper SRX and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, whereas SonicWall NSA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, SonicWall TZ, WatchGuard Firebox and Sophos XG. See our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. SonicWall NSA report.

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