Cisco Firepower 2100 Series vs. SonicWall NSA Series

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
Score 8.7 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
SonicWall NSA Series
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
The SonicWall NSA Series is the company's mid-range next generation firewall (NGFW).N/A
Pricing
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
Editions & Modules
Firepower 2100
3,000-20,000
per appliance
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
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 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
8.4
1 Ratings
1% below category average
SonicWall NSA Series
7.8
3 Ratings
9% below category average
Identification Technologies7.01 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Content Inspection9.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.01 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP6.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.01 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Reporting and Logging9.01 Ratings5.03 Ratings
VPN10.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
High Availability10.01 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Proxy Server6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Visualization Tools00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
Small Businesses
SonicWall TZ
SonicWall TZ
Score 8.3 out of 10
SonicWall TZ
SonicWall TZ
Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
Likelihood to Recommend
5.5
(2 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSonicWall NSA Series
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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SonicWall
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.
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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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SonicWall
  • 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.
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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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SonicWall
  • Ideal with smaller businesses. Would have to examine for more complex needs of larger businesses.
  • Scalability might be an issue for super large organizations.
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Support Rating
Cisco
No answers on this topic
SonicWall
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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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
No answers on this topic
SonicWall
We compared the FortiGate 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 FortiGate did, and was not as costly, both in the appliance and in licensing.
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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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SonicWall
  • Saved money on implementation and administration staff.
  • Covered the sophisticated needs of many organizations.
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