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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 9.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

Excellent enterprise grade solution with full features to perform any security scenario. Available licenses that can be customized to suit the security needs. Backed by Cisco Talos security centre that provides IPS and security signatures to keep the business protected at all times. Backed by manufacturer support and excellent help desk resources.
Victor Lau | 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

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.5
SonicWall TZ
9.5
Identification Technologies
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.9
SonicWall TZ
9.5
Visualization Tools
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.6
SonicWall TZ
9.3
Content Inspection
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.4
SonicWall TZ
9.6
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.3
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.1
SonicWall TZ
9.3
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.6
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.5
SonicWall TZ
8.7
VPN
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.1
SonicWall TZ
10.0
High Availability
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.7
SonicWall TZ
9.4
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.5
SonicWall TZ
9.7
Proxy Server
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.7
SonicWall TZ
9.5

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

  • Its very fast
  • Cisco products are generally very stable.
  • Cisco is on top of bug fixes.
  • You get well built hardware at this price point.
  • Compatibility with most 3rd party equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • Great security services package under Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite (GW AV, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, app control, etc.).
  • Flexible customization of access rules, NAT policies, objects, etc.
  • Geo-location filtering cut a lot of bad and just suspicious traffic.
  • Ease of management and administration.
  • Good hardware and firmware performance (after an upgrade to the most recent version).
  • Low or competitive cost compared to other vendors.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

  • The integration between ASA/Firewall functions and SourceFire functions could use some work.
  • Some little glitches in the interface which require refreshes or additional clicks.
  • Cost is high but it is likely because you're now buying two products in one.
Anonymous | 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

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW) 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 (formerly Firepower NGFW)

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW) 8.0
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 9.4
Based on 10 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 (formerly Firepower NGFW)

We selected Firepower after evaluating all features in nonproduction environment and validated against other similar vendors such as Fortinet, Palo Alto, Checkpoint, Sophos and Watchguard. NGFW provides flexibility in selecting the licensing model and is very cost-effective, easy to integrate with third-party tools and applications and offers user-friendly control.
Anonymous | 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 (formerly Firepower NGFW)

  • Not having security levels on the Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire) negatively impacted when we cutover.
  • It has been rock solid in the running, has not been any downtime.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • Adding the VPN to the network, through SonicWall TZ, has allowed remote users to access the files they need remotely, without additional fees or convoluted methods, thus saving quite a bit of time.
  • This device is less expensive than the previous device in terms of licensing.
  • Due to the reputation of the company, this device is less likely to require hardware updates as quickly as competitors, thus saving my client from purchasing new equipment unnecessarily.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

General

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

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

SonicWall TZ

General

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

SonicWall TZ Editions & Modules

Edition
Tz270Contact for pricing
Tz300$872
Tz300-POE$460
Tz350$979
Tz370Contact for pricing
Tz400$756
Tz470Contact for pricing
Tz500$996
Tz570$1,116
Tz600$1,316
Tz670$1,436
T600-POE$1,396
    Additional Pricing Details
    SonicWall TZ appliance pricing starts at $300 for small scale firewalls, up to $2,300 for large-scale appliances.

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
    8.9
    SonicWall TZ
    9.9

    Usability

    Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
    8.0
    SonicWall TZ

    Support Rating

    Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
    8.0
    SonicWall TZ
    9.4

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