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Cisco ASA

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 7.9 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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

If you can control the rollout of the client the Pulse Connect Secure is user-friendly. We often have a federation of endpoints that we do not control and those endpoints invariably cause pain during major upgrade cycles. It’s also not obvious that some of the default choices (like what type of VPN to use) actually degrades the service.
John Keenan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA
8.3
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA
7.8
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA
7.1
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA
7.9
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA
8.8
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA
9.0
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA
7.4
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA
7.9
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
VPN
Cisco ASA
9.0
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
High Availability
Cisco ASA
9.5
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA
9.3
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA
7.4
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

  • Very stable, it's not one of those products that require restarting from time to time.
  • Policies are easy to build.
  • Can be deployed on many platforms, cloud/on-prem, physical/virtual appliances.
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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

  • Noisy SIEM integration.
  • Major upgrades are tough to implement.
John Keenan | 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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
There’s a lot of Google searches for knowledge base articles as opposed to just calling an expert and getting a specific quick answer.
John Keenan | 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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

The F5 product was more complicated to manage and requires more time to get used to. Juniper VPN is simpler. F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager may be better if you need other side solutions like load balancing and GSLB. So, it really depends on your requirements.
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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

  • The deployment was very quick.
  • It improved security by using compliance checks.
  • Access to resources by external parties was improved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ASA

General

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

Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

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
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA
9.0
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)

Support Rating

Cisco ASA
8.4
Pulse Connect Secure (SSL-VPN)
7.0

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