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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

If you were looking for a internet edge firewall and wanted to add the modern day "next gen" features than I would say the [Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services] would do the job. The packages Cisco offers with the hardware is pretty easy to understand and you can add the right feature sets to it. If you don't need next gen functions for basic NAT/PAT then it still would be a good firewall. If you wanted it for a data center to inspect traffic going from the LAN to the Data Center it would be a good fit. If you do not size these correctly you might quickly run out of performance or capacity when using the FirePOWER Services. The smaller 5506-X with Firepower really seems to struggle when adding FirePower with it. I would say you would be less likely to use it if your organization has more than 100 devices. You would need to move up to a 5508-X, 5512-X or larger units.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

When we are asked by local partners which security equipment we use we always recommend our Cisco security products. The Firepower firewall is no exception and we can easily recommend this to others who need a fast, secure, and well built system that integrates well with all your existing hardware and software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.7
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
7.5
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.9
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
8.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.9
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
9.0
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.6
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
9.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.0
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
7.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.2
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
5.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.8
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
9.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.4
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
2.0
VPN
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.5
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
10.0
High Availability
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.4
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
10.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.7
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
7.0
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
6.7
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
7.0

Pros

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

  • Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services are very well suited for most environments.
  • Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services have a variety of networking features including NextGen, web content filtering, data analysis, high availability failover, packet inspection, context-based ACL, and other features to protect your networks.
  • It's easy to deploy and manage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

  • Lots of expansion modules available for add-ons.
  • SFP ports are fast and plentiful.
  • Well designed hardware blends in with our other modern Cisco equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

  • GUI to be HTML5 rather than needed JAVA and ASDM
  • In relation to Firewall power, the Management console is rather lacking support.
  • Better 10 gig support
  • Cost is high compared to comparative providers of firewalls.
  • Better DNS object support / there are a number of shortfalls
  • Layer 4-7 firewall features
  • Better threat defense options
Dave Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

  • Initial install and configuration can be complex.
  • May need to learn the new interface if coming from ASA.
  • Buggy web interface can at time cause issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Overall, it does most of the things we want without too much effort. Support is good but expensive.
Dave Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

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Usability

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 6.9
Based on 2 answers
Cisco firepower provides automatation for an organisations security operations to detect and stop the most advanced threats fast. It also assists in preventing attacks in using intelligence and innovative solutions.
Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

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Performance

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 8.2
Based on 3 answers
[Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services] is really powerful at looking at attacks from multiple points. The updates come from the Talos group which is constantly adding new threat updates to the devices. This does give me some peace of mind that we are being protected from the newest viruses. The users who sit behind the firewall have no had any issues with the ASA's performance for general connectivity. If an outside device tries to get in they are blocked without much of an issue. The internal users who sit behind the firewall have no noted any performance issues over the years. I think if you heavily use the firepower services on the box you can tax it pretty hard and that will affect performance. When using the interfaces of the firepower you can watch it struggle sometimes. ASDM doesn't seem to be affected by it as much but when using IDS/IPS you can see performance go down a bit. It's still usable but you can tell it was not designed to handle the most modern engines.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

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Support Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 8.0
Based on 7 answers
Cisco TAC support is as painful to deal with as most technical support situations. However, they do offer good online tools that prevent a phone call. When a replacement has been needed, Cisco has sent replacement equipment quickly and well within the service level agreement. Having your ducks in a row (registration, accounts) before you experience an issue can save you time.
Jason Lachowsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

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Implementation Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 8.2
Based on 2 answers
We find these easy to deploy and we have a process we follow. We normally take 1-2 days to deploy.
Dave Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

I have some familiarity with other products in the firewall space, but I feel that Cisco offers the best ability to integrate all of our data sources together, being that the majority of the infrastructure is Cisco. That being said, Check Point, Fortinet, F5 and others offer strong competition to Cisco.
Jason Lachowsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

  • The upgrade from the previous firewalls increased the throughput available by over 100%.
  • The team has direct insight into traffic flowing in and out of the network.
  • It has required a greater staff investment to configure properly.
Zar Jerome Cajudo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

  • Positive impact would be our increased security network wide.
  • Another positive would be the increased processing power, saving us time and [from] needing more equipment.
  • A negative impact would be the increased need for having to learn a new interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Cisco ASA 5500-X pricing starts at ~$400 and scales up to $20,000 for higher capacity appliances.

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series Editions & Modules

Edition
Firepower 410050,000-250,0001
  1. per appliance
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.1
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

Usability

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
6.9
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

Performance

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

Support Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.0
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

Implementation Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

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