Most Helpful Review
Researched SonicWall TZ but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: Feature-rich VPN connection, scalable, stable, and has perfect support
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured."
"Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good."
"I haven't had any major problems so I haven't had to open a ticket with technical support."
"The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature."
"I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy, straightforward on your left side pane you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty straightforward."
"We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area."
"The initial setup was completely straightforward."
"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."
"I have found the stability of this product to be excellent."
"I have found this solution to be easier to use when compared to other products, such as those offered by Cisco."
"SonicWall TZ is stable."
"The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator."
"The stability is very nice."
"The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention."
"No negative impression of the scalability."
"Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable."
"The phishing emails could be improved."
"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."
"Some of the features, like the stability, need to be improved."
"In the past though, colleagues have had issues during the upgrade process. The failover didn't work and production was down."
"At times the product is sluggish and slow"
"If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own."
"Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems."
"We have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly."
"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."
"An additional feature that I would like to see is reporting that includes metrics to give me more information about the number of viruses that it has actually detected and interrupted."
"The lack of support is having me look into other solutions to replace SonicWALL."
"I can't get the support that I need from SonicWall."
"We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work."
"There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side."
"The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon."
"The small business line has less PPS throughput."
"They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement."
"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs."
"I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable."
"With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect."
"This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run."
"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."
"The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good."
"The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses."
"Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees."
"License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000."
"The price is high compared to some other solutions."
"Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."
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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||NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA||Dell SonicWALL TZ|
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.
|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|
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company7%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company22%
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Comms Service Provider25%
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SonicWall NSA is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 22 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 19 reviews. SonicWall NSA is rated 7.8, while SonicWall TZ is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SonicWall NSA writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". SonicWall NSA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, WatchGuard Firebox, Sophos XG and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Sophos XG and Barracuda CloudGen Firewall. See our SonicWall NSA vs. SonicWall TZ report.
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