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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SonicWall TZ ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.5

Cisco Secure Firewall

85%
8.7

SonicWall TZ

87%
SonicWall TZ ranks higher in 6/11 features

Identification Technologies

7.9
79%
14 Ratings
9.1
91%
9 Ratings

Visualization Tools

7.6
76%
14 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Content Inspection

9.4
94%
14 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.8
88%
14 Ratings
8.2
82%
9 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

7.2
72%
13 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.9
89%
14 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.3
83%
14 Ratings
8.0
80%
9 Ratings

VPN

9.4
94%
12 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

High Availability

9.9
99%
14 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.3
93%
14 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

Proxy Server

7.2
72%
12 Ratings
8.1
81%
7 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • SonicWall TZ is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Cisco Secure Firewall

94%
14 Ratings
9.1

SonicWall TZ

91%
15 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall

80%
1 Rating

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

79%
6 Ratings
9.5

SonicWall TZ

95%
13 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall

If you are already using [a] Cisco product like the Cisco ASA Series and you need more security on layer 7 then you can upgrade with firepower. This is well suited for middle and big organizations. If your company deals with credit card information then you should buy this firewall. It provides you all the features to stop any type of advanced attack on your organization
Anjali Nair | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

Based on my experience, this is a solid platform for a small to mid sized company, especially when there is someone who has IT experience, or can get outsourced IT help. I would not recommend for someone who is a technology novice. Also, this is a competent device for someone who is looking to add VPN services for remote workers.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • Updates with the HA Pair are incredibly easy and automated
  • FMC with Firepowers provide a single place to view information about devices and connections
  • Tedious policy changes can be staged during the working hours and then deployed in one click after hours
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • If you have multiple sites and you want the connect the sites through secure medium this is best firewall for you.
  • There are very advanced features helps you to connect the device easily and securely.
  • Easy to connect the sites through advanced routing protocols.
VINAY Mandora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • The UI in Cisco Firepower formerly Sourcefire) is complicated and entirely redundant. A lot of these features are not useful, and therefore, it can be removed from the main window.
  • The interface is very slow, with each operation taking a lot of time. Searching through the logs takes too much time.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • management is confusing has many items that could be improved to facilitate the work to the network administrator
  • in the diagnostic tool I would improve the response times, that is, if a ping test is required, it should be quick, since in cases of failures it is sought to minimize the impact as much as possible.
  • each function has a different license item, I would place a single license package for all team functions
Jhoneis Milano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Secure Firewall Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

SonicWall TZ

General

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

Starting Price

$414.04 per month

SonicWall TZ Editions & Modules

Edition
SonicWall TZ270 (hardware only)$414.04
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$689.16
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$502.57
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$796.76
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$930.24
SonicWall TZ370 (hardware only)$618.34
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$973.82
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1085.50
SonicWall TZ370 High Availability$493.04
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$708.23
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1107.29
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1232.60
SonicWall TZ470 (hardware only)$973.82
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1596.25
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1805.99
SonicWall TZ470 High Availability$776.33
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$1063.71
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1729.72
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1876.82
SonicWall TZ570$1240.77
SonicWall TZ570 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1450.51
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2006.20
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2200.97
SonicWall TZ570 High Availability (HA) Unit$988.80
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC$1356.54
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1588.07
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2192.80
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2442.04
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$769.52
SonicWall TZ270 High Availability$329.60
SonicWall TZ670$1596.25
SonicWall TZ670 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1867.28
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2574.15
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2868.34
SonicWall TZ670 High Availability (HA) Unit$1273.46
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Additional Pricing Details
See pricing link for TZ Series (Gen6) editions. All prices have been converted from pounds. Conversion rates may change.

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
Kenneth Ma | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall 7.9
Based on 6 answers
Cisco support is not at all suitable for this product, at least. It takes a long for them to help us with our server issues. A lot of the time, the customer support person keeps on redirecting calls to another person. They need to be well versed with the terminologies of the product they are supporting us with. Support needs a lot of improvement. Cisco Fire Linux OS, the operating system behind Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire), also doesn't receive regular patches. In short, average customer service.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

SonicWall TZ 9.5
Based on 13 answers
I have used the SonicWall TZ 350 for years and I can say that it is an excellent and complete firewall. It is easy to configure and administer because it has a friendly interface. It is safe, it offers several types of security features, VPN, and also protection against malware. Support and warranty also recommended. It's fast and the problem was solved in less than 1 day.
João Mauricio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall

pfsence is a very complicated firewall and there is lots of documentation available on Cisco website for help. The configuration is very difficult and less documentation available. Cisco Secure Firewall provides us all the security features in low cost and this is very easy to configure firewall.
VINAY Mandora | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

SonicWall and WatchGuard are both fine appliances, but I am accustomed to the Barracuda NG. The Barracuda Control Center is so powerful and useful that it beats out the other two. SonicWall does a great job of dividing up firewall rules and NAT policies, but this is a preference among engineers.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
  • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
  • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • VPN access allowed employees to be more flexible and being able to get internal resources from anywhere.
  • Lower licensing price compared to competitors saved some money.
  • Protecting from unnecessary connections increased performance and uptime.
  • One of the firmware versions caused CPU performance degradation that slowed down the Internet speed which caused issues in the call center.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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