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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA is an excellent mid-range firewall suitable for branch office locations that expect a lot of network traffic. The higher-end NSA can take the bandwidth requirements of thousands of users while using Deep Packet Inspection and Antivirus features. We currently have SonicWall NSA deployed in a high availability mode configuration, and amazingly can failover to the backup hardware without dropping VPN connections. SonicWall NSA series is not recommended for companies who integrate VPNs with Cisco devices, as I've had difficulties with the VPN staying up.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
8.4
SonicWall NSA Series
7.9
Identification Technologies
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
7.0
SonicWall NSA Series
7.8
Content Inspection
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
9.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
9.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.4
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
6.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
10.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.4
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
9.0
SonicWall NSA Series
6.0
VPN
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
10.0
SonicWall NSA Series
9.0
High Availability
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
10.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.6
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
8.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.0
Proxy Server
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
6.0
SonicWall NSA Series
Visualization Tools
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
SonicWall NSA Series
7.2

Pros

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

  • Nice HTML5 web interface instead of the old java client
  • Many added features over the ASA
  • Firepower built in and faster than before
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Ease of configuration. Easy to add WAPs, etc.
  • Reliable.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall NSA Series

  • The logging interface is voluminous and difficult to get quick and good information from.
  • SonicWall NSA is trying to mimic Palo Alto Network's investigative features but falls far behind.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA Series 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Cost, ease of use and reliability after implementation. It's a great and easy product to use to meet the needs of smaller organizations that want a more "legitimate" setup without going overboard or spending Cisco money. Great product. Can be rack mounted or stand alone. VPN easy to setup and update. A great product to start with and grow with in a developing organization.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

No answers on this topic

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA series interface is way better than either Watchguard or Checkpoint. Even though people want to dismiss SonicWall NSA, they have the advanced features of its competitors, but with the easy interface. With all things being equal, I consider Palo Alto Networks to be the most preferred enterprise firewall, with SonicWall NSA being second and the rest trailing far behind.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

  • Simplifying our lives by reducing our time spent in a console
  • Being comfortable knowing the full might of Cisco is safeguarding your network
  • A good excuse to bump up the IT budget in the next fiscal year!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Saved money on implementation and administration staff.
  • Covered the sophisticated needs of many organizations.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

General

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

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series Editions & Modules

Edition
Firepower 21003,000-20,0001
  1. per appliance
Additional Pricing Details

SonicWall NSA Series

General

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

SonicWall NSA Series Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
9.0
SonicWall NSA Series
8.4

Support Rating

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
SonicWall NSA Series
9.0

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