Most Helpful Review
Researched SonicWall NSA but chose Cisco ASA NGFW: Advanced Malware Protection works well to protect against cyber threats
Weak firewall. Licensing mechanism is a trap. Woefully inadequate VPN clients and methods. Look elsewhere
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It lets me monitor in live time if someone is 'hogging' bandwidth.
I find the security we are able to do with the policies to be valuable. The monitoring is valuable as well.
Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable.
They give good protection to my network and support it.
No negative impression of the scalability.
The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.
The stability is very nice.
The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.
In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would like to see lower antivirus pricing.
Full monitoring obviously needs to be improved. We need full monitoring covered under the security licensing.
They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application.
I currently have two of the issues from SonicWall. One issue is that the IP is not the public IP. Sometimes it moves to an alternate source and I have to refresh the new IP then we can go on.
The small business line has less PPS throughput.
The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.
There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.
We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.
Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.
The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.
The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.
Getting licenses in our country, Ghana, is not easy. Though, once we have them, adding them is quick (about a day).
SonicWall has authorized distributors in our country. They have about two or three distributors in the country, so it makes it a bit easier. What we do is to request a quotation from these distributors, then we do a value for money analysis and see which one of them is giving us a competitive price.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls||NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA||Dell SonicWALL TZ|
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.
|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.||The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.|
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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.||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||AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat|
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