Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Reviews & Product Details

Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Overview

What is Cisco ASA 5500-X Series?

The industry's first threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW).

Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Details
Product Description

The industry's first threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW).


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Cisco
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NASDAQ:CSCO
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Phone
847-678-6600
Year Founded
1984
HQ Location
San Jose, CA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$51,904
LinkedIn® Page
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91,169 employees on LinkedIn®
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Cisco delivers intent-based networking across the branch, WAN, and cloud. We provide end-to-end security, automation, and analytics with award-winning services and support.

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Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cisco ASA Xseries is a next-generation firewall.in the next-generation firewall. we can easily manage and configure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Expensive license prices like Anyconnect or Firepower licenses. otherwise no any dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a product of extreme quality, but with awareness in use on your network, where due attention should be given to the configuration of access and remote and internal use, being a great help to network administrators. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cisco ASA 5500-x Improve compliance & risk management, create internal & operational efficiencies Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We heavily use FirePower Services to gain realtime and retrospective verdicts of files traversing the network. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We have a 5512-x, and it appears that many of the newer features needed more memory. Additionally, the Management console went through many changes during the time when Cisco bought Snort. Similar systems from other vendors, in terms of age and price, didn't have these issues. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Strongly consider all of the features you want for the future. Bundle options can save money and get you more options. Adding licensing in the future is more expensive and can cost you time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are longtime fans of the ASA platform, upgrading from a 5505. The "-x" added many features. It is hard to find an ROI on "not being hacked" or "more security", but overall it has added value. We find value in the reports it can generate and the available features save us time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CO
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Convenient management, if you spent a lot of money on Cisco Security Manager Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cisco ASA is an expensive, poorly scalable firewall. I have been working with him for over 5 years. Just because he is at the moosh of customers, and they can not get rid of him. Being able to make good routers and good firewalls are two different skills. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use, if you have a lot of money for hard, software and consultants. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My customers purchased Cisco for perimeter protection. Cisco does a good job of this if you need to completely close the perimeter or leave 1 or 2 ports open (80, for example). But if more, you will immediately get a bottleneck of performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technical Analyst III
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The biggest plus for the Cisco ASA is the community of the installed base. Because there are so many in production, it is easy find answers the problems between the documentation and community. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Cisco GUI for the ASA is the ASDM. While it is pretty good on it's own, it still relies on Java which is a royal pain. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The venerable 5500-X series is nearing it's end, but the heritage will continue in the FTD appliances. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Cisco ASA has provided strong security appliances for my business allowing us to worry about the configuration of security and not worry about the appliance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AG
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Simple firewall that is easy to manage so long as you have a good understanding of Cisco CLI and ASDM. The newer versions i.e. 9.x have continued to add more features to the appliances as Cisco migrates to FirePower. We use our firewalls mainly for User traffic filtering and Remote Access VPN. It doesn't have the best UTM features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Weak UTM features and has to be used with a Firepower engine so as to function as a UTM

Has a very high maintenance cost for both support and subscription services.

Lacks internal log management capability Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Simple firewall that is easy to manage so long as you have a good understanding of Cisco CLI and ASDM. The newer versions i.e. 9.x have continued to add more features to the appliances as Cisco migrates to FirePower. We use our firewalls mainly for User traffic filtering and Remote Access VPN. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website fire-walling

User browsing filtering

Remote Access VPN

Site to Site VPN Services Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Administrador de Redes y Seguridad
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

ASA it is really easy to use ... if you have the proper knowledge, otherwise you will suffer too much for any little thing and I mean ANY. The thing is if you are a Cisco admin and have used Fortinet products via CLI then you would find ASA a piece of cake but if you are a Checkpoint admin then you will need to learn new concepts.

Tallking about automation ASA it is the best of the best Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Like i said if you dont have enough knowledge then ASA will be a pain in your heart and you need to have in mind that it has NO auto loggin system like Checkpoint does. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Learn first and play after no the other way around Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed virtual firewalls over a physical box and the case of ASA its called 'contexts' and its awesome, easy to automate, to troubleshoot and to backup. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The Cisco ASDM makes it a breeze to manage this product and there are a lot of features that we don't fully utilize. When setting up your firewalls and troubleshooting, the packet tracer is one of the best tools. Also if you want to learn some of the command-line, turn on the preview commands in ASDM which allows you to see what is being sent to the device before it executes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The FirePower module always attempt to load when you sign-in even if you don't have it configured which is an annoyance. Although the ASDM makes it easy to setup certain things, the way it configures things is sometimes not optimal and you are better off configuring it through command-line. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main reason we have deployed this is for our site-to-site VPNs with remote offices and large job sites as well as the Cisco AnyConnect Mobility VPN solution.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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ICT Assistant
Hospital & Health Care
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The company has a very good support, that would help the user during the installation process. The software also integrates well with various systems, and is extremely reliable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The reporting functionality particularly for the VPN function, should somehow be improved so that one can be able to know when another user logs in or out of the network. Upgrading the software can be a little bit challenging at some point, and the price is a bit higher. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a great tool for VPN devices and has an efficient firewall system . Other protection features such as Firepower also work in handy in preventing malware infections. As long as the user has the right license of the the product, satisfaction is guaranteed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The software was excellent in solving the company's VPN needs both through VPN phones and VPN networks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Manager
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its the cost effective and powerful firewall.

It’s been implemented at our branch which helps in packet filtering and traffic monitoring. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It’s no easy tool. Requires experience and training to handle. A team of IT is required to handle. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Firewall for network protection Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Spam protection, mail filters. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Associate Business Analyst
Computer Software
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

They are stable and reliable platform which we have been using for quite a few years. I'm very much happy with the software as it provides rigidity and has never given us a single issue. I use it with a data analyst who's quite expert in it and which has further more given us the opportunity to run and administrater it easily. Yet at times I'm able to queries myself if there's an update to be madr Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has some Java language dependency which make it quite tricky at times to use. And has some issues associated with it. Lastly UI can be much better. Rest application is amazing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps us in creating internal as well as operational efficiencies and lastly for drive innovation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AG
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

FirePower services -- specifically the effectiveness of the IPS and Web Content Filtering Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Dependency on ASA and SF modules, thus if you want to upgrade one, you may have to upgrade both which increases operational risk for downtime. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

- Content filtering works quite well, but has a few quirks with rules (i.e., blocking a domain with a word that is the subset of another domain will result in an unintentional block

- IPS works great, alerting not so much, not very customizable

- Access to snort rules is nice

- Failover works quite well

- Most upgrades are time consuming, but simple

- Integration with AMP is nice, but would be better if AMP for endpoints was represented here as well (it exists as a separate portal) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We utilize many of the NGFW features, one of the main benefits that we received was combining multiple disparate products into a single platform. Instead of having an IPS and Web Content Gateway that are separate, they now work in a single pane of glass so to speak. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AL
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The 5500x series really have been the work-horse of the internet edge. Providing security and features that are hard to match. They also offer quite a bit of flexibility on the internet edge or used as a data center security device. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are quite a bit of security patches that are required to keep these devices secure. Seems like there is always a critical exploit that requires a software patch. It is also a good sign that the code is continually being updated though. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The firewall is definitely helping us segregate our internal network. It also helps us maintain good security posture on the internet edge. It is an essential device in the layered security design approach. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ASDM interface is solidly made and feature-full. All commands can be made through the console interface or by command line.

The ASDM interface navigation is intuitive and uses logical separation of tabs and sections.

Documentation and support is top notch - if you ever get stuck, there is a ton of help available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The ASA is not a next generation firewall and therefor is behind on newer features that are becoming commonplace. The ASAs are not compatible with modern VPN connections to Cloud services. The 5500-X series ASAs will be phased out soon if they don't update the architecture of them to become next-gen type devices. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's 2019 and it's time to consider a next generation firewall. These did a great job for their day, but their time is over unless the architecture is modernized for today's IT needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had used these for firewall protection as well as VPN connectivity for uses, remote vPN devices, and site-to-site VPN connectivity between offices and between Azure classic ASM networks to on-premise networks. These devices provided one solution for all of these needs, thereby saving us from having to need multiple devices for each need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Network Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the GUI interface and the multiple functionality of this firewall. I also like the failover functionality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The VPN setup can be a little daunting, but with a bit of help from TAC, it worked out fine. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should probably be at least certified as a CCNA before attempting a setup. It's not required, but it would help. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fierce, scalable solution for network protection, the benefits of which are immeasurable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Enterprise quality with huge options available for the users

The security is best in class, Real-time protection against DOS Applications, detection and filtering of network activities from different types of threats

The timely updates are awesome

Similarity with other CISCO products makes it easy to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Licensing is a huge complicated process and some hidden costs involved

No options available to rollback the configuration if an error occurs while implementing the new configuration

VPN not supported in context mode

When purchased with FirePOWER the Cisco ASA can be configured to inspect the application layer of the packets for better threat detection.

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Recommendations to others considering the product:

For companies that want more granular security when it comes to internet access both external and internal the Cisco ASA can be configured in many ways. For smaller companies the Cisco ASA may not be good fit as someone with network experience needs to administer the ASA. Other firewalls can be setup for use out of box. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using CISCO ASA as our primary internet firewall to protect our systems against all the security threats and also for site-to-site and client-to-site connectivity. It helps in providing security policies, business-to-business connectivity over the internet.Our customers use VPN sessions to access their servers over the public network. We have multiple site to site VPNs along with Cisco AnyConnect VPN for users accessing corporate resources when out of the office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cisco support and ability to handle the bandwidth traffic we had was much better than the other products we tested. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As with most Cisco products price is always at a premium. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using the ASA to protect our data and allow us a secure way to access data onsite as well as from remote locations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Medical Researcher
Hospital & Health Care
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

User friendliness is a major component of this product's success. I really enjoy the interface. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I think there are a few too many options in the toolbar Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would definitely recommend this product to others due to the ease of use and reliability of the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Security for our servers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Specialist
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to connect to my server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There were a few problems we ran into, but not enough to have any dislikes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are about the effectively able to use it as a firewall. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Admin
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cisco has always been top of the line with what they come out with and this is no different. I highly recommend it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Only thing I don’t like is the price of the product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Networking Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AT
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Same commands, and same familiarity that you expect in a Cisco product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We ran into multiple bugs that really hurt our business, licensing, and lack of features as Cisco doesn't seem to innovate like they used to. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simply needed a firewall, this fit the bill. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The inexpensive price for a great service that works great with having to spend a fortune on high performance firewall Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I personally don’t have any dislikes with this product Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It provides a protective firewall Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

delivers integrated threat defense for the entire attack continuum - before, during, and after an attack. c Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

if you don't install it correctly or use the recommended advice, your information can be compromised Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

N/A Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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