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187 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA

CISCO ASA is suitable for every organization from MID range to HIGH RANGE. However, for small customers, they can buy Cisco product but support cost will be the challenge. However nowadays one tool is never enough, but Cisco gives us a unified way of managing infra with there different solutions. I agree they are more stable products comparing any products which are available in the Market.
Jitu Mani Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is good for large organizations that need to have a consistent experience for all end users. Might be a little much in the terms of complexity for smaller organizations. Either way, it provides a strong solution that meets the needs of both the IT security group and the end-user.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA
8.3
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA
7.7
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
7.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA
6.9
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
8.0
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA
8.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA
8.9
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA
9.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA
7.3
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA
7.7
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
VPN
Cisco ASA
8.8
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0
High Availability
Cisco ASA
9.4
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA
9.3
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
8.0
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA
7.9
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0

Pros

Cisco ASA

  • Consistent commands. A lot of the general commands used on other Cisco switches and routers also work here, making it easy script common tasks and changes across multiple devices without having to switch command structure.
  • Processing power. The ASA is incredibly fast and doesn't introduce much if any latency.
Brian Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

  • Central management.
  • Strong security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ASA

  • The gui interface is good, but often lacks the ability to perform full tasks without command line.
  • Integration with other products can be complicated and you may need to find the custom commands from the 3rd party or support to make it work.
  • A lot of their advanced features are present, but aren't fully integrated yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

  • If unsure, can be overly cautious.
  • There are few changes the end user can make.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I am committed to low-OpEx usage model, know most (nearly all) hw and sw features and have a good customer base to continue to use Cisco ASA.
Sergei Chernooki | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 8.4
Based on 12 answers
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.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager 9.0
Based on 2 answers
F5 Advanced Firewall Manager has been a solid, strong solution to both keep our systems safe and being seamless for our end users. Most of the time, the end-user is not impacted and does not even know F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is running which is exactly what we are looking for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco ASA

Cisco made sense from the standpoint that my engineers already knew it and there was little learning curve. Personally, I prefer a purpose-built hardware solution. Untangle is not ready for the enterprise as a whole but works great to do web/application filtering . Checkpoint and Palo are VERY high cost and have few support options
Larry Chisholm | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is a bit easier to initially set up than F5 Advanced Firewall Manager but not as robust in its ability to manage different devices with different profiles. Different machines need different access and F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is better at allowing flexibility in identifying different devices and managing what they can access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ASA

  • We've gotten every penny's worth of use with our Cisco ASA firewalls - they were a few thousand dollars to purchase, even in HA, and have been in production for over 5 years
  • I'm glad that when the Cisco ASA IKE buffer overflow vulnerability was released, Cisco provided a code update, even though the 8.2-series code was EOL. This saved us and many companies from scrambling and spending big $ and time to put a workaround in.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

  • Easy maintenance reduces support hours.
  • Consistent experience reduces user learning curve.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ASA

General

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

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA
8.2
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA
9.0
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

Support Rating

Cisco ASA
8.4
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0

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