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Cisco Secure Firewall ASA Virtual - PAYG with 30-Day Free Trial

Cisco Systems, Inc. | 9.19.1

Linux/Unix, Other 9.19.1 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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    Aimee W.

Keeps costs low and provides granular control using appliances familiar to the team

  • January 15, 2019
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

Whatever you have that’s potentially public-facing, you need to protect it. As our technology moves to the cloud, so our need for security transfers from physical appliances to virtual ones. This is the classic Cisco ASA device, virtualised.
How has it helped my organization?
Ease of spinning one up: The hourly charge has made demos and testing better because it’s a truer representation of a real-life situation.
It has allowed us to reduce costs and to make sure we provide rounded, secure products to customers.
What is most valuable?
Top features:
* Easy to deploy for staff to use VPNs
* Ease of setup
* Integrated threat defence
* Great flow-based inspection device
* Easy ACLs
* Failover support
* Each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control
* Has own memory allocation
* Multiple types of devices: 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps
* License control
* SSH or RESTful API
What needs improvement?
We didn’t find any huge issues. Obviously, there are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates.
Admin rights need to be given out carefully as they give overarching control to all devices - but that’s the same for everything.
How was the initial setup?
We went with this solution via the AWS Marketplace because it’s been made so easy to use an ASAv on AWS with simple drop downs to set it up. Our demo machines were also in AWS so we wanted a one-stop shop where we could spin them up or down as needed and configure the ASAv before it was launched.
What other advice do I have?
Almost all IT staff have used, or can easily learn how to use, the Cisco ASA appliance because it’s been around for years and is so popular (with good reason). For us, we stuck with what we know. It was an easy sell to get it signed off by higher-ups as they’d also heard of the ASA device from their time in IT.

    Munish G.

It provides the transparency of a single UI to ensure security

  • December 13, 2018
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

Our primary use case is security.
How has it helped my organization?
From a security perspective, we are getting assurance with the respect to the the infrastructure which is getting built or the threats which are emanating from the Internet. With these, we can obtain the visibility that we need to know where we need to improve.
What is most valuable?
The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.
What needs improvement?
The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.
For how long have I used the solution?
Three to five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The stability is alright.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
Scalability is not an issue.
How is customer service and technical support?
Its technical support is the main reason why we selected the product.
How was the initial setup?
The integration and configuration are transparent and easy.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We evaluated VMware Virtual Networking and Check Point.
We chose Cisco because of the support and their roadmap for the changing technology landscape is good. Therefore, it is always better to be partnered with them.
What other advice do I have?
When you are going to select a product, don't look at the cost, but at the functionality. Also, look at the stability. These days, the startups will show a new function or functionality, but when looking for a partner, make sure the company is sustainability for the new four years? Do they have the funding?
We have a large ecosystem system: Symantec, McAfee, Splunk, Check Point firewalls, Cisco firewalls and IPS IDS from Cisco. They integrate and work well together. Cisco has been security leader for the last 20 years, so the products are quite stable working in sync.

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