Huawei NGFW vs Zyxel Unified Security Gateway comparison

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"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.""One of the nice things about Firepower is that you can set it to discover the environment. If that is happening, then Firepower is learning about every device, software operating system, and application running inside or across your environment. Then, you can leverage the discovery intelligence to get Firepower to select the most appropriate intrusion prevention rules to use for your environment rather than picking one of the base policies that might have 50,000 IPS rules in it, which can put a lot of overhead on your firewall. If you choose the recommendations, as long as you update them regularly, you might be able to get your rule set down to only 1,000 or 1,500, which is a significant reduction in a base rule set. This means that the firewall will give you better performance because there are less rules being checked unnecessarily. That is really useful.""We found the initial setup to be easy.""The most valuable feature would be the IP blocking. It gets rid of things that you don't need in your environment.""With the pandemic, people began working from home. That was a pretty big move, having all our users working from a home. More capacity needed to be added to our remote VPN. ASA did this very well.""All the rules are secure and we haven't had a significant malware attack in the five years that we've been using ASA Firewall. It has been a tremendous improvement for our network. However, I can't quantify the benefits in monetary terms.""I have experience with URL filtering, and it is very good for URL filtering. You can filter URLs based on the categories, and it does a good job. It can also do deep packet inspection.""The clusters in data centers are great."

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"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.""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.""Huawei support is excellent. I rate it 10 out of 10.""I like that the initial setup is straighforward. It's also a scalable solution.""We have found the initial setup to be straightforward."

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"The solution can scale well."

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"They need a VTI. I know it's going to be available in the next software version, which is the 6.7 version. However, the problem with that is that the 6.7 is going to deprecate all the older IKEv1 deployment tunnels. Therefore, the problem is that we have a lot of customers which are using older encryptions. If I do that, update it, it's not going to work for me.""There are some limitations with SSL. Regarding the security assessment for the ISO 27000 standard, there are certain features that Cisco needs to scale up. Not all products support it, so you need to be slightly careful, especially on the site track.""The maturity needs to be better.""The initial setup could be simplified, as it can be complex for new users.""The solution is overcomplicated in some senses. Simplifying it would be an improvement.""The graphical interface could be improved. From what I have seen, Fortinet, for example, has a nicer GUI.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""The content filtering on an application level is not as good as other solutions such as Palo Alto."

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"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.""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 user interface could be more user-friendly.""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."

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"Sometimes it reboots when you least expect it, and that's the main issue."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "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."
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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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    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:This is a capable appliance and the standard features work well for us.
    Top Answer:Although manageable, the user interface is a little bit slow and could be improved. There are two user interface options… more »
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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

    Cisco Secure Firewall is a suite of Cisco ASA Firewall and Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall among other Cisco products. 

    Anticipate, act, and simplify with Secure Firewall

    With workers, data, and offices located all over, your firewall must be ready for anything. Secure Firewall helps you plan, prioritize, close gaps, and recover from disaster—stronger.

    Turn intent into action

    Unify policy across your environment and prioritize what’s important. Having security resilience is about shoring up your architecture against threats and using automation to save time.

    Achieve superior visibility

    Regain visibility and control of your encrypted traffic and application environments. See more and detect more with Cisco Talos, while leveraging billions of signals across your infrastructure with security resilience.

    Drive efficiency at scale

    Only Secure Firewall includes license entitlement for Cisco SecureX, our open orchestration and XDR platform. The combination increases productivity across your teams and hybrid environments, while reducing threat dwell times.

    Make zero trust practical

    Secure Firewall makes a zero-trust posture achievable and cost-effective with network, microsegmentation, and app security integrations. Automate access and anticipate what comes next.

    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.

    ZyWALL USG Series delivers high-access quality to help businesses satisfy the demand for always-online communications. For internal deployments, the ZyWALL USG Series provides active-passive High-Availability (HA) service to support device or connection failover.

    With Device HA Pro service, the ZyWALL USG Series also supports instant failover, so connections are always maintained when a failover event occurs. For external deployments, the ZyWALL USG Series features multi- WAN load balancing/failover and a comprehensive mobile broadband USB modem support list for WAN backup operations. The ZyWALL USG Series also supports IPSec load balancing and failover, providing additional resilience for mission-critical VPN failover with VTI Interface deployments.

    ZyWALL USG110/210/310 thoroughly protects networks with industry-leading firewall, Anti-Malware/ Virus, Anti-Spam, Content Filtering, IDP, and Application Patrol functionality. Regulate unauthorized use of Web applications over your network, such as Facebook, Google apps, and Netflix, among others. Zyxel security measures are enhanced with SSL Inspection, blocking threats hidden in SSL-encrypted connections while facilitating deeper policy enforcement. Furthermore, newly improved Content Filtering 2.0 enhances HTTPS Domain Filter, Browser SafeSearch, and Geo IP Blocking for an array of security enhancements to ensure clean Web connections.

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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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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Government8%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government13%
    Engineering Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government8%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Retailer4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Huawei NGFW is ranked 25th in Firewalls with 5 reviews while Zyxel Unified Security Gateway is ranked 9th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 1 review. Huawei NGFW is rated 7.4, while Zyxel Unified Security Gateway is rated 3.0. The top reviewer of Huawei NGFW writes "It's reliable and simple to use ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zyxel Unified Security Gateway writes "Low cost but unresponsive technical support and very unstable performance". Huawei NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Check Point NGFW and Zscaler Cloud Firewall, whereas Zyxel Unified Security Gateway is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Sophos XG and Sophos UTM.

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