23 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100
29 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Firepower 2100 Series ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.4

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

84%
7.8

SonicWall NSA Series

78%
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series ranks higher in 8/11 features

Identification Technologies

7.0
70%
1 Rating
6.1
61%
3 Ratings

Content Inspection

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

6.0
60%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

9.0
90%
1 Rating
5.0
50%
3 Ratings

VPN

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.9
99%
3 Ratings

High Availability

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.9
89%
2 Ratings

Proxy Server

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Visualization Tools

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Firepower 2100 Series is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

90%
1 Rating
8.0

SonicWall NSA Series

80%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SonicWall NSA Series

90%
4 Ratings

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 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.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

  • 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.
Kenny McGarrity | 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

  • Ideal with smaller businesses. Would have to examine for more complex needs of larger businesses.
  • Scalability might be an issue for super large 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

Starting Price

$0 per appliance

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

Starting Price

SonicWall NSA Series Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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 4 answers
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.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

No answers on this topic

SonicWall NSA Series

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.
Geoff Johnson | 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

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