Cisco Firepower 4100 Series vs. F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
The Cisco Firepower 4100 Series’ 1-rack-unit size is presented by the vendodr as ideal at the Internet edge and in high-performance environments. They further state that it shows what’s happening on your network, detects attacks earlier so you can act faster, and reduces management complexity.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 4100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Editions & Modules
Firepower 4100
50,000-250,000
per appliance
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Firepower 4100 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 4100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Top Pros
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Features
Cisco Firepower 4100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
8.0
3 Ratings
6% below category average
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
8.6
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Identification Technologies9.83 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Visualization Tools9.63 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Content Inspection8.03 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.83 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP7.22 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Firewall Management Console9.93 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Reporting and Logging6.13 Ratings8.02 Ratings
VPN7.03 Ratings10.01 Ratings
High Availability5.23 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Stateful Inspection9.83 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Proxy Server5.52 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cisco Firepower 4100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.8
(3 ratings)
8.3
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Firepower 4100 SeriesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
When we are asked by local partners which security equipment we use we always recommend our Cisco security products. The Firepower firewall is no exception and we can easily recommend this to others who need a fast, secure, and well built system that integrates well with all your existing hardware and software.
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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
  • Policy management in the GUI. I'm old-school, and still create ACLs in the CLI, but using the GUI for this is very nice.
  • Event monitoring and reporting is great, and you can get very granular when it comes to what information you are viewing.
  • I really like the troubleshooting features that are built in, especially the packet tracer and the ability to generate and download a troubleshooting package to review or send to TAC.
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F5
  • Load balancing using pools
  • SSL offloading
  • iRules for threat handling
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Cons
Cisco
  • When deployed as Firepower Threat Defense, configurations cannot be made within the device itself.
  • Troubleshooting can be difficult if the Cisco Firepower 4100 Series firewall is managed by the Cisco Firepower Management Center.
  • There are two operating systems in Cisco Firepower 4100 Series, firmware upgrade process will take a long time.
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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
As I mentioned before, the Fortigates have better failover. I think the Cisco interface is easier to use that that of the FortiGate. My only criticism would be that with multiple CLIs, it can get a bit confusing when you are trying to configure something or troubleshoot from the CLI.
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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
  • Positive impact would be our increased security network wide.
  • Another positive would be the increased processing power, saving us time and [from] needing more equipment.
  • A negative impact would be the increased need for having to learn a new interface.
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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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