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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

It is good hardware with advanced security features known as Next Generation that can be purchased through license subscriptions. I recommend to use it in the edge scenario of the internet. It is great to offer protection to the internal network, servers, PCs, sensitive data and to offer the remote service to company users remotely from the use of an SLL VPN. It is important to measure the number of users and the speed of internet links to find the right Cisco ASA model for your scenario.
Flavio Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Any scenario where a dedicated firewall administrator is on staff and a secure firewall solution that requires high availability is needed will be a good solution for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product. The McAfee Firewall Enterprise however comes with some of its own parlance that is different from other vendors and does require some comfort on the administrators side when it comes to working in the command line. Added knowledge of protocols and how they interact is a must for any firewall admin but particularly for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product due to its flexible nature. If the environment is to be mostly hands off where a very limited rule set is to be configured and not likely to change often, I would defer to a different product
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.6
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.9
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.6
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.1
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
VPN
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
9.1
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
High Availability
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
9.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
7.7
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
6.7
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • Based on the SecureComputing Sidewinder firewalls, the McAfee Firewall Enterprise does similar backend containerization of each service which provides for added security in the unlikely event of failures or breeches.
  • Tie in reporting services (if used by the admin) provide very granular details on rules accessed and the firewalls response to the requests.
  • Configurable options are plentiful. Unbound DNS can be configured on each "burb" (SecureComputing/McAfee parlance for interface), similar options for sendmail while rulesets can be configured at the application level down to simple IP-filter making options for enhancing security as well as troubleshooting equally as useful.
  • Full control over shell for scripting and/or scheduling (cron) purposes.
  • Solid HA and patching architecture.
  • Support was always helpful, knowledgeable and insightful (especially the staff that migrated from SecureComputing).
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

  • Performance when using FirePower services make the unit slow
  • Capacity of what the FirePower services need
  • The interface is better than ASDM but these still need ASDM and that can be a challenge to get the correct Java version loaded
  • Certain 5500-X models are different than previous versions with no switchport options
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • For an application-layer firewall the applications supported (at the time I managed them) were too few and would need to be expanded and the application ruleset needed to be expanded as well.
  • The remote access VPN client configuration was overly complex for the average user and would need to be supplemented with a configuration file that had already been generated. Other solutions from CheckPoint or Cisco ASA are not as complex for end user remote access.
  • Enhancing the GUI with a builtin "packet capture" feature would be useful for administrators not familiar with tcpdump.
Jacob Corzine | 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

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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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

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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Performance

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 8.6
Based on 7 answers
Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER is very good for a middle-sized organization and you will not face any issue deployment in the existing network. But, GUI is not good so you have to go with CLI for fast work. The main advantage of Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER is the technical support and lots of easy documentation and training videos for implementation and configuration. URL filtering is also not the best because it syncs with the bright cloud website. Sometimes, URLs detected in the wrong category.
Vipin Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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Support Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services 8.8
Based on 11 answers
I always say this (based upon my experiences) Cisco has the best support both onsite and offsite. Cisco does the RMA of faulty device within the defined 24 hours. And their TAC support is very good as it's also available in India. Overall, I would say Cisco has the best Customer Support.
Chandan Singh Rathore | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

No score
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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

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

I used pfSense open-source tool in which technical support and documentation is not available like Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services firewall. so I choose ASA just because this version of cisco ASA is really offering new advanced-level security in the normal budget for my organization.
Rajesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Compared to other firewalls I've managed (Palo Alto, Cisco ASA & CheckPoint) I would say that McAfee Firewall Enterprise was probably at the time not the leader in its field however it is a product that proved its reliability and flexibility over the other vendors. The addition of many new features usually comes as a detriment to some other area (restricted CLI, decreased logging etc.). In my experience this product gave the flexibility and options that the organization needed.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

  • As an integrated appliance, we saved costs on getting other security technologies.
  • It provided secure access to our remote users, saving costs and time as our users could get access to the network anywhere and anytime.
  • Since we have other Cisco devices, integration was seamless.
  • Integration with Active Directory meant we did not need to create addition user accounts.
Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • In its highly available configuration the impact on any business objective has been positive given the fact that any downtime of the firewall would negatively impact all business objectives.
Jacob Corzine | 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

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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
8.4
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Usability

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
6.9
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Performance

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.6
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Support Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.8
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Implementation Rating

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services
8.2
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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