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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

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

Sophos XG Firewall

In the SMB space [Sophos XG Firewall] can be very well received and utilized, even without a dedicated IT staff. Larger companies can use it as well but I feel there are better options as the company scales up.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.7
Sophos XG Firewall
8.5
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.9
Sophos XG Firewall
8.2
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.9
Sophos XG Firewall
8.9
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.6
Sophos XG Firewall
8.4
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.0
Sophos XG Firewall
8.6
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.2
Sophos XG Firewall
9.5
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.8
Sophos XG Firewall
8.9
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.4
Sophos XG Firewall
8.6
VPN
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.5
Sophos XG Firewall
8.6
High Availability
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.4
Sophos XG Firewall
8.7
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.7
Sophos XG Firewall
7.5
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
6.7
Sophos XG Firewall
8.1

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

Sophos XG Firewall

  • Remote 2FA authentication
  • Controls the user web and application access.
  • Shows all the activities in the dash board.
  • Making remote site to site SSL VPN.
nawas khan | 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

Sophos XG Firewall

  • Mobile app is needed for IT folks.
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

Sophos XG Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a good and pleasant experience to use Sophos XG firewall and it offers more then what we expect and the price is ok in the current market level
nawas khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sophos XG Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Honestly we didn't get the premium support from them, but our partner has been supportive. Online forums are also a good place to learn things from.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sophos XG Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sophos XG Firewall

The firewall that was in use at the first location before expanding was a cheaply made open source box that couldn't do much even as a basic firewall. We had looked at various companies but came to the conclusion that Sophos was the right fit for us and it has been that way for years now.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sophos XG Firewall

  • It helped mitigate a potential DDOS attack.
  • Being able to easily create VLANs and then utilize DHCP to push out IPs are valuable tools to have when dealing with compliance situations.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

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

Sophos XG Firewall

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.1
Sophos XG Firewall
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Sophos XG Firewall

Usability

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
6.9
Sophos XG Firewall
9.0

Performance

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Sophos XG Firewall

Support Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.0
Sophos XG Firewall
9.5

Implementation Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Sophos XG Firewall

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