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Owner at David Strom Inc.
Dec 19 2017

What do you think of Cisco ASA?

Cisco ASA has better application granularity, a more flexible means of policy creation, and easier to use controls and more powerful reports than its predecessors. We tested the ASA-5525-X in January 2013 and found a much improved user interface and lots of content-aware features.
Jijish Gopi
Real User
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

If you compare it with other products, other firewall products in the market, at this moment, it doesn't have that many features, no impressive feature in it, in fact. The one... more»

What needs improvement?

It doesn't have a proper GUI to do troubleshooting, so most people have to rely on the command line. Its a sort of legacy product nowadays. The firewalls which are the next... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was actually using ASA and I switched to another one.

What other advice do I have?

If I were to advise others who are looking into implementing this product I would say I don't think they will like it. They would be able to meet business requirements better with... more»
Neil McFadyen
Supervisor of Computer Operations at a university
May 31 2018

What is most valuable?

* Most of same old ASA 5520 config could be used for the new 5516-X model. The ASDM interface is improved and can also be configured to the Firepower settings. * I am used to the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It works better through specs than our old ASA 5520. It seems to perform the same functionality unless you buy the additional threat protection licenses, so this is a... more»

What needs improvement?

* It is confusing to have two management interfaces, e.g., ASDM and Firepower Management Center. It would be nice to have a Windows program instead of a virtual appliance for the... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

ASA pricing seems high compared to other firewalls, such as the Sophos XG models. The licensing features are getting more complicated. These should be simplified.
Akshay Balaganur
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 20 2018

What is most valuable?

A good feature of Cisco Catalyst is that it records crash log files which can be used to literally identify the cause of a crash because they have a lot of information. And Cisco... more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, Catalyst is completely proprietary with Cisco. They should have programmability options, through open-source controllers. Also, some features, are very complex to... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side. But I am not involved in the commercial part.

What other advice do I have?

I would give this solution an eight out of 10. To get to a 10, it should become more open-source friendly, more customizable, easy to configure, and less complex in terms of the... more»

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