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The Cisco ASA is well suited for data centers, enterprise, and small offices. The fact that there are several models big, medium and small makes it easy to deploy certain models for small offices and bigger models for datacenters. I personally believe this firewall is great for many scenarios, l have deployed a pair to manage internet line failovers and single entry-level ones for small offices with ingle internet lines.
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In the past few months we purchased thousands of dollars in brand new networking equipment from Ubiquiti. IT DOES NOT WORK CORRECTLY We bought 2 sets of hardware. 1 for home office and 1 for work. They both have the same issue (internet stops working). We have emailed literally dozens of times with customer service and they have not been able to resolve the issue. We have requested escalation to more trained technicians and have asked them to log into our system to assess. None of this has happened and our internet continues to intermittently work.
Read full review Pros How we can manage: ASDM the GUI is so much easier to manage it even for a new guy also. Traffic handling capacity More secure and the different features it gives. Support from the TAC team or from the community manages to handle issues very efficiently. Read full review AP's are very affordable. Most of the AP's are highly reliable and can be used indoors or in covered outdoor spaces. Outdoor Mesh AP's with an external directional antenna can effectively cover outdoor spaces with dual band wifi better than much more expensive APs. Unifi Protect via the Cloud Key Gen2+ is probably the slickest, most affordable IP camera system on the market right now. Unifi controller is powerful yet simple to administrate. Remote management of entire networks through a single pane of glass is easy to accomplish with the Unifi controller. Cloud Key Gen2 solves problems with the first Cloud Key wiht a built-in battery backup. When you are "full stack" Unifi with wifi, network switches and gateways, the control you can wield over a network in just a few clicks and the amount of data you can glean from a quick glance in the controller is incredibly impressive. It makes an IT guy wish every product/service could be so tightly and well-integrated. Community support is excellent, Unifi staff monitors their official forums and responds to almost every thread. Read full review Cons The Java based ASDM can botch commands and isn't compatible on some more locked down systems. Monitoring. Really the same complaint as above, the monitoring available through the ASDM is crappy at best. A much better solution is to send the logs and mirror packets to a SEIM, but that can create issues of its own when looking for realtime analysis. Compatibility across other ASA models. ASA 5520s don't play well with 5525X which don't play well with older 5510s. Each is great on it's own, but it's next to impossible to logically stack them or have them as layers of firewalls in an infrastructure. Lack of cloud based management. The Cisco Meraki security devices do this well, but the ASAs are still behind in this regard. Read full review VLANs: They can make these work more smoothly. Setup can be more intuitive. Cloud Key: These need to be stabilized; they lose their programming a little too easily. Stop selling the Gen-1 cloud key: No battery means you need an external power source or you must be onsite to power it off before updating. Portal can be modernized. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
To be honest there has been now great products out in the market compared to Cisco ASA. I beleieve Cisco has to do a lot of improvement in this area. The other defeiniete factors is the cost when it comes to renewals which is always a premium on Cisco products
Read full review Usability
UniFi's system is intuitive in how options are placed and explained throughout the interface. What is not directly explainable within the interface, Ubiquiti does provide several knowledgebase documents explaining best practices and methods of troubleshooting when things don't go exactly right. We've been using them for over three years, and the benefits vastly outweigh any negatives we could come up with on the equipment and system.
Read full review Reliability and Availability
I generally have not noticed the outages, however since it's a machine it can malfunction, we need to implement the firewall infrastructure in such a way that it is highly available with device failure, region failure etc. Else any solution will be having the issues if they are not build with resiliency.
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The support is usually very good and gets back to you very quickly. However I had some instances of when two engineers will give me wildly different answers to what I thought was a simple question. Overall however I do rate the support highly and they are generally always very good.
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Support tickets can be proactively created within the dashboard with full detailed documentation. The Ubiquiti website provides detailed documentation on support. Forum and user groups also provide the interested community with information that covers all aspects of issues or questions users can encounter with the latest and most updated information.
Read full review Implementation Rating
It was quite a good one, how ever requires an expertise to deploy hence the SMB segment would be finding it difficult to implement this product. The one good reason is that there are lot of ASA certified engineers in compared to the other certified engineers. Hence this resembles positively on the deployment as you have quite a lot of experienced engineer on your deployment
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Ubiquiti is overall easier to work with. There is no special training needed to accomplish many of the things required with a Cisco product. Since my time is stretched thin, I need something that I can manage without being weighed down by command-line communications. Also, I am able to use my wireless devices to maintain every Ubiquiti device on my network.
Read full review Return on Investment Most network engineers have worked with ASA, so there is no need for re-training when adding or turning over staff Current configs from older devices plug in easily, and are operational on larger devices if an upgrade is required Many support options available Read full review The access points and switch were extremely affordable and we've had minimal downtime over the life of the products. The switch was in our main rack and there was a bug in the firmware that would reboot the switch if you made a change to one of the switch ports (that was not in use at the time). This caused our entire organization to have a network outage, in the middle of the day. Fortunately we didn't have any customer refunds to issue. We've had to purchase different switches for the main racks, and place the UniFi switch in a better suited place. Read full review ScreenShots