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We performed a comparison between Huawei NGFW and WatchGuard Firebox based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Firewalls solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Huawei NGFW vs. WatchGuard Firebox Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""It just works for us.""For our very specific use case, for remote access for VPN, ASAs are very good.""The features that are most valuable within the firewall are the IPS as well as the Unified Communications. We also really like the dynamic grouping.""It is extremely stable I would say — at least after you deploy it.""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.""IPS and Snort are very important because they also differentiate Cisco from other vendors and competitors.""It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective."

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"Huawei support is excellent. I rate it 10 out of 10.""We have found the initial setup to be straightforward.""The support for the solution has been excellent. If we ever had an issue they would send an engineer to help us with our problem.""We make use of the new data center, specifically the containerized data center which is built and reviewed by Huawei, including all the device's infrastructure.""I like that the initial setup is straighforward. It's also a scalable solution."

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"I like intrusion detection the most.""Their support is excellent, and the stability is very good.""The main features of the solution are the control of the site-to-site network access and the overall features.""There are no problems with the technical support. If a problem occurs it gets resolved immediately with our technical support partners.""The set up was quite straightforward and we handled it in-house. It took a few hours to deploy the product.""What I found most valuable in WatchGuard Firebox is that it's a functional platform that works, and each of its features works well. The solution also has good reporting and dashboard capabilities. I also find the overall performance of WatchGuard Firebox great.""I have found the DNS Watch feature for intrusion and prevention response and APT Locker most valuable to me.""The most valuable features are the VPN and web blocker security."

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Cons
"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.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement.""A major area of improvement would be to have more functionality in public clouds, especially in terms of simplifying it. The high availability doesn't work right now because of the limitations in the cloud.""The ability to better integrate with other tools would be an improvement.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""Technical support takes a long time to respond.""Maybe the dashboard could be a bit better.""I would like to see them update the GUI so that it doesn't look like it was made in 1995."

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"One issue is integration. Huawei can't detect Indicators of Compromise (IoC). I can get a lot of information about security, but can't automatically input the EP, domain URL, and file hashes I get from Hackersworld into my blocklist.""The solution could be more secure and have better integration.""The solution is scalable but it is difficult because you need to purchase new systems, it is not just one click.""With the Huawei firewall, none of the features comes at the top. We found out later that customer support is really not good. For this firewall, because of our customers' routine, for example, every six months they'll do a penetration test to find weaknesses. So whenever they came up with VAPT reports, they are looking to Huawei for help. I think that's basically because it's a different culture. Chinese culture and our culture is different. They have always tried to help find some excuses or say some other things that cannot help you solve the problem immediately.""The user interface could be more user-friendly."

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"What could use some significant improvement in WatchGuard Firebox would be its interface and policy management. An additional feature I'd like to see in the next release of WatchGuard Firebox is the ability to modify an existing policy instead of having to recreate a policy when changes are necessary. At the moment, there's no possibility to modify the policy. You have to delete the policy and recreate it.""There's always room for improvement, especially if the threats are getting more sophisticated and the IT department cannot sufficiently meet this kind of sophistication with their own knowledge and experience. Knowing that this solution can get up to the level of addressing a lot of these threats is something that everybody wishes for. If we look at the dark web and the lawful web, they are two opposites, and if these two good and bad collide in the world of the internet, you want the best possible product—especially if you cannot get to that point of knowledge. I am just an individual and end user, with limited knowledge of usage. That's why I say there's always room for improvement, from their side and also from mine, because by knowing exactly what they can achieve and the knowledge that they can get on an everyday basis, and the portion that is understandable to me, it's an improvement for them as well.""I would like to see more training become available for us.""The solution is lacking a professional website, they should be updated more often.""Its documentation could be improved. Sometimes, you need to search a bit longer to find what you are looking for.""There is room for improvement in the threat protection, data packet inspection, and performance of the solution. Generally, it's just a lower-end product. It does the job but doesn't do it very well.""Some of the configuration options are somewhat confusing.""Firebox would be improved with integration for endpoint protection solutions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If we compare it with FortiGate and the co-existing ASA, FortiGate is better in price."
  • "They seem to be at the top end in terms of pricing, but they are worth the price. They are probably a little bit lower than Palo Alto. If the customers are relying on Cisco products and they are thinking more in terms of scaling to another layer in a year, it is pretty much in a good price range."
  • "We're using the smart license for this firewall. The models that we have require licensing for remote access."
  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "I just bought it off the shelf, and I'm using it with my previous one, so I have not spent that much."
  • "The price is fair. It's not the cheapest, but it's not bad."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The product is very expensive."
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  • "The price of the license of this solution is high."
  • "When you compare the price with other products, it's quite cost-effective. But the problem is always after, let's say, two years or three years later because they are not able to provide updates or patches very quickly."
  • "I believe that we are entitled to a one-year extension on our licensing."
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  • "I spent $600 or $800 on this product and I'm paying a couple of hundred dollars a year in a subscription service to keep the lights on, on it... It works out to $100 or $200 a year if you buy several years at once. It's fair."
  • "The primary reason that we went with Firebox was its cost. It is very economical and it provided us with all the security functions that we were looking for at the time. And the throughput was more than what we required, so it was a very cost-effective device to deploy on our network."
  • "I find the solution to be very affordable."
  • "It's fair pricing, but it could always be reduced."
  • "It has a very good price. It is not the most expensive one, and it is also not the cheapest one. It is just spot-on in terms of price."
  • "They have an annual subscription license. Initially, we had opted for three years. After that, we went for another three years, and after that, we have been doing it yearly. They also have a license for five years."
  • "The licensing contract we have is on a three-year basis. There aren't any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees—usually, every three years, we just purchase or renew the same license and we are okay. Every six years, we completely change the firewall, but that's the usual schema. So after three years, we just renew the licenses for another three years, and then after that particular period of time, we just purchase another firewall equivalent to the ones that we currently use."
  • "The licensing costs are comparatively lower than other providers, and I would rate the pricing as five out of five."
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    Top Answer:Huawei was able to assist us in the installation of their product. The installation was very fast.
    Top Answer:The licensing was a cause of concern for us. The price ended up being quite high. We weren't expecting it.
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    Top Answer:We are providing our services to all WatchGuard customers in the region. 
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    Top Answer:We're a hospital and we use it for developing our incoming and outgoing policies, and we also use it for VPN.
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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
    Huawei USG Firewalls, USG9500 Series, USG6600 Series, USG6300 Series
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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.

      In addition to all the functions of conventional firewalls, Huawei NGFW also provides more advanced security functions, such as IPS and anti-malware functions, to identify applications and prevent application-layer threats. Huawei NGFW provides a global context awareness architecture for granular controls based on application, content, time, user, attack, and location (ACTUAL). The innovative SmartPolicy technology and management interfaces that can be easily integrated simplify the O&M management. The Intelligence Awareness Engine (IAE) uses an integrated architecture to perfectly balance security and performance. Huawei NGFW provides next-generation security featuring comprehensive protection, granular control, and OM simplicity to meet the requirements of enterprise networks on access control, scope of protection, usability, and performance in the new ICT landscape.

      WatchGuard Firebox is a unified security platform that offers organizations protection from cyber threats through a powerful network security device that controls all traffic between an external network and a trusted network. The solution is ideal for small and midsize businesses as well as for distributed enterprises. WatchGuard Firebox protects the entire network from intrusions, phishing attempts, malware, and ransomware by using cloud and virtual firewalls, AI-powered malware protection, and enhanced network visibility.

      WatchGuard Firebox Features

      WatchGuard Firebox has many valuable key features, including:

      • Policy management
      • Strong security
      • High performance
      • Network configuration for multiple clients
      • Built-in SD-WAN
      • Application control
      • Threat detection and response
      • Network discovery
      • Intuitive interface

      WatchGuard Firebox Benefits

      Some of the benefits of using WatchGuard Firebox include:

      • IT administrators can create and implement policies for content filtering, VPNs, and network inspections.
      • The solution is easy to set up, manage, and maintain.

      Reviews from Real Users

      Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by WatchGuard Firebox users.

      PeerSpot user Kelly C., IT Manager at a hospitality company, mentions, “One of the most valuable features is the Gateway AntiVirus. We scan all traffic as it's coming through. We also use spamBlocker to scrub spam. We use content filtering, which is critical in any corporate environment to make sure that people don't surf things they're not supposed to. WatchGuard has a very easy VPN and branch office VPN setup, so we use those pretty extensively too.It's very easy to use. In terms of performance, WatchGuard has always worked well for us. Regarding the reporting, I was in the Dimension server earlier today. It's very powerful. I like it. And the management features are easy to use. I like the fact that I can open up the System Manager client or I can just do it through the web if I'm making a quick change.”

      A Director of Information Technology at a retailer says, “Among the most valuable features is the ease of use — love the interface — of both the web interface and of the WatchGuard System Manager. It's a stable platform. The devices are pretty rock-solid.”

      Jason M., IT Director at a healthcare company, explains, “The policy monitoring and allowing different traffic flows are the most useful features for us; regulating which traffic comes in and out. In terms of the throughput and performance, we don't have a problem or any bottleneck there. We downgraded the size of our appliance because we're a small facility, and what we had before was actually too big. The one we are now going with seems to be doing a great job.” He also adds, “The management feature is pretty nice.”

      Steve R., President and Owner at Peak Communication Systems, Inc., comments, "It saves us time in the respect that we now have the template built for it so we can get in and get it done. We've had much less problems supporting Voice over IP technologies from different companies. Because our client base has grown over the years, we're probably saving 20 to 30 man-hours a month now that we've got this on a good stable level."

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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.
      KMITL, Peking University
      Ellips, Diecutstickers.com, Clarke Energy, NCR, Wrest Park, Homeslice Pizza, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, The Phoenix Residence
      Top Industries
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      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Government8%
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      Comms Service Provider20%
      Computer Software Company19%
      Government7%
      Educational Organization5%
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      Comms Service Provider25%
      Financial Services Firm13%
      Government13%
      Engineering Company13%
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      Comms Service Provider21%
      Computer Software Company18%
      Financial Services Firm9%
      Government8%
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      Manufacturing Company21%
      Construction Company12%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Healthcare Company7%
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      Comms Service Provider21%
      Computer Software Company18%
      Government6%
      Retailer5%
      Company Size
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      Small Business36%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise40%
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      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise53%
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      Small Business64%
      Midsize Enterprise9%
      Large Enterprise27%
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      Midsize Enterprise15%
      Large Enterprise60%
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      Small Business68%
      Midsize Enterprise23%
      Large Enterprise10%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business38%
      Midsize Enterprise20%
      Large Enterprise42%
      Buyer's Guide
      Huawei NGFW vs. WatchGuard Firebox
      November 2022
      Find out what your peers are saying about Huawei NGFW vs. WatchGuard Firebox and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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      Huawei NGFW is ranked 25th in Firewalls with 5 reviews while WatchGuard Firebox is ranked 3rd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 22 reviews. Huawei NGFW is rated 7.4, while WatchGuard Firebox is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Huawei NGFW writes "It's reliable and simple to use ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of WatchGuard Firebox writes "Competent, basic front-end; the ports that I have assigned appear to be unattainable to outsiders". Huawei NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and pfSense, whereas WatchGuard Firebox is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Meraki MX and Sophos UTM. See our Huawei NGFW vs. WatchGuard Firebox report.

      We monitor all Firewalls reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.