Cisco ASA FW in front of SDN
Jyrki Halonen | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 04, 2019

Cisco ASA FW in front of SDN

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco ASA

We are using a Cisco ASA firewall in front of our SDN data centre network to form first line protection against the Internet. We automate all our configurations to this platform with other Cisco tools and ASA fits fine to this zero touch day 2 operation model.
  • Well suited to automated operation/configuration
  • Well known technology
  • Price
  • Basic features ok, but NGFW features could be better
  • Lowers down the operation costs because of the automation we use for operation
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Reliable technology
For next generation firewall feature sets FortiGate is a bit better and gives better value for the investment. However in the whole Cisco environment I find Cisco ASA to work better when defining end to end use cases with some orchestrator. Over all we have found the place for both of these firewalls in different roles.
We haven't used support functions too much for this platform so can't really rate ASA focused support. However I rated over all Cisco support against our environments and it has been working quite well for the many platforms we have in our environment. The quality, speed and results have been at a good level.

Do you think Cisco ASA delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Cisco ASA's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco ASA live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Cisco ASA go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco ASA again?

No

[Well suited] to an environment where other Cisco products are also used.

Cisco ASA Feature Ratings

Identification Technologies
7
Visualization Tools
8
Content Inspection
8
Policy-based Controls
Not Rated
Active Directory and LDAP
Not Rated
Firewall Management Console
9
Reporting and Logging
9
VPN
8
High Availability
9
Stateful Inspection
9
Proxy Server
Not Rated