Good firewall, but not the latest line anymore.
March 24, 2020

Good firewall, but not the latest line anymore.

Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

We use the Cisco ASA 5500-X both in our data centers and on our ~300 remote locations as the primary firewall. These devices establish a site-site VPN between the data centers and the customer site and provide firewall security for all users and equipment.
  • IPSEC tunneling
  • OSI Layer3-7 security
  • Protocol inspection on OSI layer 4
  • Usage of Snort to detect and prevent intrusions
  • ASA software and firepower software are still disjointed
  • Been able to deploy the same device to all our branch office
  • 1 kind of device means 1 update cycle
We came from the 5505 & 5520 devices, so choosing the 5500-X was a logical choice.
I haven't had to deal with support yet. Therefore I cannot comment of the quality of the support. I assume it's the same TAC support as for other Cisco products, and therefore I assume it's good.

Do you think Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services live up to sales and marketing promises?

No

Did implementation of Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services go as expected?

No

Would you buy Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services again?

No

The Cisco ASA 5500-X covers the entire range from SMB locations with the 5506 to Datacenter/Internet edge with the 5585 models. As it's the same software/management tool being used you can keep using your skills.
Be aware that as soon as you get above 25 sites, you're going to have to pay for the management center software as well.

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services Feature Ratings

Identification Technologies
8
Visualization Tools
9
Content Inspection
9
Policy-based Controls
9
Active Directory and LDAP
8
Firewall Management Console
9
Reporting and Logging
7
VPN
10
High Availability
10
Stateful Inspection
10
Proxy Server
Not Rated