Cisco ASA 5500-X Scalable Firewall
June 21, 2021

Cisco ASA 5500-X Scalable Firewall

Binita Kharbanda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

We used Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER [Services] in our organization to secure our organization Infra. We were able to secure our network with its security features and also used it to create the Site to Site IPSec VPN with our clients and partner and it worked so smoothly. We used the Remote VPN Cisco AnyConnect to connect the office resources from home.
  • URL Filtering
  • Categorization issue and false positive
  • Packet capture (pcap) not available in troubleshooting

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?

No

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

Yes

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

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

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

No

  • Cisco AnyConnect for remote users saved company extra cost
  • Smooth Appliance failover
  • Content inspection filtering issue
  • Automatic VPN failover with secondary link
We are using Cisco AnyConnect to connect the office resources from home and its good to have this kind of tools because it went with so ease. Even when sudden lockdown announced in our Country so all the workforce shifted to home and this AnyConnect became so handy for the users.
Cisco ASA 5500-X [with FirePOWER Services] handles the multi-layered attacks with its threat prevention techniques, but it lack when it comes to URL traffic filtering and gives so false responses. Also, I have seen many times Automatic failover of links do not happens in Site to Site VPN use case if VPN is configured with both the links.
Cisco Customer support is good as its also available locally in India as well. They have one problem, when it comes to firewall part their support is good and Support engineers are able to resolve the issues but when [there] is any FirePower related URL filtering issues they are not able to do it quickly.
In comparison to Sophos Firewall, Cisco ASA 5500-X is still better with Firepower services. Reason is first its support and second its scalability. It has catered the request for all the users in our company without any throughput issue while using the Cisco AnyConnect remote VPN services and Site to Site VPN services.
If any company wants to secure their network infra only, they can [with] Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services but if they want to use its other features like URL filtering then my advice would be to please avoid as we are pissed off with its URL filtering functionality it has huge false positive ratio.

Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services Feature Ratings

Identification Technologies
10
Visualization Tools
8
Content Inspection
5
Policy-based Controls
9
Active Directory and LDAP
10
Firewall Management Console
9
Reporting and Logging
8
VPN
10
High Availability
10