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Executive Summary
Updated on Nov 23, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Secure Firewall and Sonicwall TZ based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of Cisco Secure Firewall share mixed reviews on deployment. Some find it easy while others say the setup is not straightforward. Users of Sonicwall TZ say deployment is easy and intuitive.
  • Features: Users of both solutions are happy with the products’ stability and scalability.

    Cisco Secure Firewall users like that the solution has good security and filtering and good application visibility and control. Users say they would like to see an improved interface and better logging functionality, and that it would be nice if the solution had a policy-based routing feature.

    Users of Sonicwall TZ like that the solution is easy to use, has a good NSM feature, and has good integration. Reviewers would like to see enhanced automation, and better load balancing and data filtering.
  • Pricing: Users of Cisco Secure Firewall have mixed opinions on the pricing. Some consider it to be expensive. Others say it is comparable to other solutions. Reviewers of Sonicwall TZ feel the solution is affordable.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the technical support they receive.
  • ROI: Users of Cisco Secure Firewall report a good ROI while users of Sonicwall TZ don’t mention ROI.

Comparison Results: Of the two solutions, Sonicwall TZ seems to be the more desirable product because of its easy deployment, great set of features, and affordable price.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Secure Firewall vs. SonicWall TZ Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"I have not contacted technical support. There is a lot of information on the internet for troubleshooting. All you need to do is use a search engine and you will find the information you are looking for easily.""It brings us the ability to work from anywhere and has allowed us to work remotely without having to incur a lot of other costs. If we didn't have this type of solution, since we have so many on-prem services that are required, we would have likely lost money and been unable to deliver. We have a video services team who helped build the content for our sporting events. When you are watching a Leaf game and those swipes come by as well as the clips and things, those are all generated in-house. Without the ability to access our on-premise resources, we would have been dead in the water. So, the return on that is pretty impressive.""The user interface is very easy to manage and find rules. You can do object searches, which are very easy. Also, the logging is very simple to use. So, it is a lot easier to troubleshoot and find items inside the firewall.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""Cisco's technical support is the best and that's why everybody implements their products.""When it comes to the integration among Cisco tools, we find it easy. It's a very practical integration with other components as well.""I like the ASDM for the firewall because it is visual. With the command line, it is harder to visualize what is going on. A picture is worth a thousand words.""It's very scalable. You can go to different models of the ASAs and they scale up to as big as you want to go."

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"The most valuable feature is the user-friendly navigation.""The site-to-site VPN connections, content filtering, and in our current remote working situation, SSL VPN remote desktop connectivity are the most valuable features.""We like the central interface and we like the security features. Additionally, we use SonicWall with VPN connectivity and we have had no problems with SonicWall all these years.""Technical support is good.""SonicWall TZ is very user-friendly and has network MAC binding. Additionally, the firewall works well.""I've found the technical support to be helpful.""Its user interface and simplicity are the most favorite parts for our clients. They find it stable and easy to use. Its performance is also good.""We like the unified threat management for defense-in-depth. We can terminate our site-to-site and remote access VPNs with it."

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Cons
"It would be great if some of the load times were faster.""It needs to provide the next-generation firewall features that other vendors provide, like data analytics, telemetry, and deep packet inspection.""If they want to add better features to the current Cisco ASA, they can start by increasing the encryption. That is the only thing they need to improve.""We are replacing ASA with FTD which offers many new features not available using ASA.""I think the ASA layer is thin. It's always Layer 3 or Layer 4 source controller and doesn't control the Layer 7 traffic. It's important, and you'll need an additional firewall.""I have used Fortinet, Palo Alto, and Check Point previously and I prefer the process of everything working together.""Cisco Firepower is not completely integrated with Active Directory. We are trying to use Active Directory to restrict users by using some security groups that are not integrated within the Cisco Firepower module. This is the main issue that we are facing.""Cisco is still catching up with its Firepower Next-Generation firewalls."

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"The solution should provide some additional ports.""The marketing of SonicWall has to be increased. Currently, when it comes to firewalls, most people go for Cisco and Palo Alto. SonicWall should improve its marketing and branding policies to increase sales. Other than that, it is good.""I think content filtering is the area this product should improve. It's a little tricky to get put in correctly.""Support for SonicWall TZ needs improvement, particularly the time it takes before you're able to speak to a support person, e.g. you have to wait for at least 30 minutes on the phone.""I would like the solution to build in more redundancy. I""Its pricing can be better. It is very expensive.""It could probably be more user-friendly, and it could be more scalable with releases and subscriptions.""Its reporting can be improved. Currently, we cannot directly get the user names. It only shows the IP, which makes it a bit confusing because we need to use the IP to find the user. If we could directly get the name of the user, it would be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case."
  • "I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs."
  • "It is affordable. The hardware is not that expensive anymore. It is a matter of licensing these days."
  • "Cisco is not for a small mom-and-pop shop because of the cost, but if you're in a regulated industry where a breach could cost you a million dollars, it's a bargain."
  • "I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way."
  • "We are happy with its price. Licensing is on a yearly basis for technical support. There is one license for technical support. There is another license for IP Version 2 VPN and IPS."
  • "I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing."
  • "Their pricing is very aggressive and good. Even a small company can afford it. I am happy with its pricing. Its licensing is on a yearly basis."
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  • "The price is fair."
  • "The license that we purchased is good for three years."
  • "Its price is very high, which makes it difficult to convince the clients to buy this solution."
  • "The price is fair for the solution for the quality you receive."
  • "You need to purchase multiple licenses to manage multiple devices which is cost-prohibitive for the value you would receive."
  • "Customers are required to pay for a yearly subscription."
  • "It has a yearly subscription."
  • "It is a bit expensive. We have to purchase the license and the reporting part separately, which makes it a bit pricey. This is the main reason why we have thought of moving to another firewall. It would be good if they combine both of these."
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    Also Known As
    Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall
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    Overview

    The Cisco Secure Firewall portfolio delivers greater protections for your network against an increasingly evolving and complex set of threats. With Cisco, you’re investing in a foundation for security that is both agile and integrated- leading to the strongest security posture available today and tomorrow.

      From your data center, branch offices, cloud environments, and everywhere in between, you can leverage the power of Cisco to turn your existing network infrastructure into an extension of your firewall solution, resulting in world class security controls everywhere you need them.

      Investing in a Secure Firewall appliance today gives you robust protections against even the most sophisticated threats without compromising performance when inspecting encrypted traffic. Further, integrations with other Cisco and 3rd party solutions provides you with a broad and deep portfolio of security products, all working together to correlate previously disconnected events, eliminate noise, and stop threats faster.

      The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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      Sample Customers
      There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.
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      Top Industries
      REVIEWERS
      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Government8%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Computer Software Company20%
      Comms Service Provider17%
      Government8%
      Educational Organization5%
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      Construction Company12%
      Healthcare Company9%
      Non Profit9%
      Financial Services Firm9%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Computer Software Company18%
      Comms Service Provider16%
      Retailer6%
      Government5%
      Company Size
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      Small Business35%
      Midsize Enterprise25%
      Large Enterprise40%
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      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise18%
      Large Enterprise53%
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      Small Business64%
      Midsize Enterprise21%
      Large Enterprise15%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business42%
      Midsize Enterprise16%
      Large Enterprise42%
      Buyer's Guide
      Cisco Secure Firewall vs. SonicWall TZ
      January 2023
      Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Secure Firewall vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
      672,411 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      Cisco Secure Firewall is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 91 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 38 reviews. Cisco Secure Firewall is rated 8.2, while SonicWall TZ is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Secure Firewall writes "The ability to implement dynamic policies for dynamic environments is important, given the fluidity in the world of security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Multifeatured firewall solution with a user-friendly interface, high availability, scalability, and stability". Cisco Secure Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, pfSense, SonicWall NSa and Meraki MX. See our Cisco Secure Firewall vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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