Cisco Firepower 2100 Series vs. F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Cisco offers the Firepower 2100 Series NGFW, designed to allow businesses to gain resiliency through superior security with sustained performance. The Firepower 2100 Series has a dual multicore CPU architecture that optimizes firewall, cryptographic, and threat inspection functions simultaneously, to achieve security doesn’t come at the expense of network performance.N/A
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
F5 Networks offers the F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager, a firewall software combining a number of features including DDoS, DNS security, and other protections.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Editions & Modules
Firepower 2100
3,000-20,000
per appliance
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Top Pros
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Features
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
8.4
1 Ratings
1% below category average
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
8.6
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Identification Technologies7.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Content Inspection9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP6.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Reporting and Logging9.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
VPN10.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
High Availability10.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Proxy Server6.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Visualization Tools00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
5.5
(2 ratings)
8.3
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco [Firepower] 2100 [Series] is an easy sell for anyone looking. You already know Cisco excels in the security department, but now that firepower lives right on the box and inline with the rest of the firewall data flow you can save yourself a lot of time and headaches. Unless you cant quite afford Cisco's 2100 line, there's not much reason to go with the competition.
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F5
We were able to eliminate a firewall from our network architecture by integrating the module into our existing F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM). This allowed us to save on tech refresh costs, since the F5 was able to handle the module without much additional strain on the device. However, if a firewall had features that the AFM lacked, then using that firewall in tandem with an F5 would be preferable.
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Pros
Cisco
  • For us, to power the whole system does scaling quite a bit. So we can definitely have a lot of room to grow if needed. The device can support a lot of way more than we need right now, but in the future, if we need more it seems to be a big pro of that. Also the support of Cisco, knowing that it's backed by Cisco definitely is good. You guys are the largest players in the market
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F5
  • Load balancing using pools
  • SSL offloading
  • iRules for threat handling
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Cons
Cisco
  • Cisco patches bugs quickly but patches are slow to install and reboot
  • Smart licensing is getting better but still can be troublesome
  • Some weird visual interface glitches that require clicking the same options a few extra times
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F5
  • If unsure, can be overly cautious.
  • There are few changes the end user can make.
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Support Rating
Cisco
No answers on this topic
F5
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
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F5
Both F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] and Radware require training as they are not easy to use. But Radware uses some configuration that needs deep learning and proper labs. From an admin's perspective, Configuration and management for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager are] less. Also, the cost of implementing F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] is lesser than that of Radware Alteon.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • It's keeping threats out like a firewall should. Definitely cost wise it is at a higher cost center than other alternatives. Especially when it comes to licensing. Cisco is generally the higher, for perhaps, definitely for good reason, right? I mean, definitely positive impact as far as working as it should that's at cost.
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F5
  • When we had to decide on whether to buy different hardware our team were all in support of renewal for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager]
  • F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] requires proper training on tools and clear concepts of packets, headers, and content to create WAF policies
  • Overall, we are satisfied by the ROI provided by our F5 AFM and GTMs
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