Likelihood to Recommend
I think it is well suited for smaller companies or (as in our case) extension to a central system with higher performance. My personal guess is, that it can be quite annoying with those delays in bigger environments, when 20 or more devices needed to be managed. From the point of security, support and updates it works quite good and seem to have no downsides.
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SonicWall NSA is best suited for small to mid-size companies or small to medium K-12 school districts. It's less appropriate for larger businesses and schools. This is due to their ease of use and well-rounded feature set but lacks in advanced configuration, performance, and reliability.
Read full review Pros My organization is all Cisco and wants to stay in the Cisco life cycle, Firepower 1000 series is great for small to medium-size office. Very robust enterprise-grade security solution with updated threat features to handle any current and upcoming threats. The solution is backed by Cisco to ensure constant security updates. Integrated AnyConnect remote client VPN is a big plus to allow for secure remote workers access. Easier to set up a site to site VPN due to the large user base and case studies published on integrating to other manufacturer solutions. Read full review Relatively inexpensive compared to some of the higher-end products, like Palo Alto Networks. Easy to set up, as the SonicWall NSA interface is consistent across all models. Read full review Cons ACLS in gui are PIA cant see object details Objects in ACLs dont show IP addresses Have to renames every object to name+ip to make acl GUI useable Speed to data can use improvement. Health warnings should allow you to resolve you have to dig n search in some cases. Read full review Ideal with smaller businesses. Would have to examine for more complex needs of larger businesses. Scalability might be an issue for super large organizations. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
It is quite good, robust and reliable but not always so easy to manage and configure. The tools could be improved and the price is not low for an entry level firewall
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Firepowers are secure, reliable, central management and configuration is easy and they fit in well with our existing Cisco infrastructure. Good feature set and support. Good management and control with chassis manager and central control with additional Firepower Management Centre.
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Has not let me down yet.
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Great performance even on the lower end model of the series. You can push a lot of traffic through these devices without much performance impact. If you decide you want to inspect encrypted traffic however, you may take a big hit on the cpu and memory of the box, but they still manage to keep up even with all the bells and whistles turned on.
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I have had troubles with Firepower Management Center and the FTD's in the past. Sticking to a Gold Star image and upgrading when the "bugs" are fixed is great. That still doesn't mean you are left vulnerable though. The extra features are just not enabled yet. Great product and calling support is readily available for any issue.
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Most of the time, calling SonicWall NSA Support, you get an expert who can help resolve your issues. RMAs are pretty easy once they determine there is an issue with the hardware. Support is available 24x7, which makes emergency calls easy. The only downside is the support engineers may have thick accents; however, their expertise more than makes up for any language barriers.
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Utilize the new FMC cloud which is available in Cisco Defense Orchestrator.
Read full review Alternatives Considered Cisco Meraki MX
is much more simple to configure it if you compare to Cisco Firepower 1000, but it is more limited to pur some complex configurations. The Cisco Firepower 1000 Series is typically deployed as a physical appliance, while the Meraki MX can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance.The Firepower 1000 Series has a more complex user interface, with a steeper learning curve, but offers more customization and configuration options. The Meraki MX has a simpler, more intuitive interface,
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We compared the
to Sonicwall and continued with Sonicwall as we were a mid-size school where the Sonicwall was performing adequately, and the learning curve was steep to switch platforms. The Sonicwall offered everything the
did, and was not as costly, both in the appliance and in licensing.
Read full review Return on Investment We have seen improved throughput on our internet. It took several attempts with Cisco engineers to configure the device; it requires a deep set of knowledge to set up in a more complicated environment. This will allow us to move forward with a more stable and configurable environment with security available we didn't have before. Read full review Saved money on implementation and administration staff. Covered the sophisticated needs of many organizations. Read full review ScreenShots