2018-04-06T07:51:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco ASA NGFW?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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KUMAR SAIN - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Administration at Rackspace Technology
Real User
2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
May 14, 2020

In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.

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RO
CEO at a security firm with 1-10 employees
Reseller
2020-05-07T05:03:00Z
May 7, 2020

It is expensive.

MR
Security Officer at a government
Real User
2019-11-04T06:15:00Z
Nov 4, 2019

Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us. The only additional cost is Smart NET. That also depends on whether you're doing gold or silver, 24/7 or 8/5, etc.

JS
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
Real User
2019-10-07T11:43:00Z
Oct 7, 2019

We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs. They both do what it is we need them to do. At Orvis, what we need to do is very basic. But the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution. We pay Cisco for maintenance on a yearly basis. There are no additional fees that I'm aware of.

Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-09-20T12:56:00Z
Sep 20, 2019

Always look for the history of the products and their evolution, as this will reflect their prices. As for the licenses, be smart and choose the ones you are going to use AS PER YOUR NEED. More features=More Licenses=More work time=Increase in Cost. Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions (i.e. "If it takes you three hours to do an analysis report and the solution you are getting has this feature to reduce your time to five minutes then you can consider this license. But, if there is a feature where you can have access to the machine from the cloud and you are always connected to the company by VPN, there is no need to buy this license").

Heritier Daya - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2019-08-28T09:52:00Z
Aug 28, 2019

We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months. In terms of licensing, this product costs a lot, but this cost can save my assets that could be millions for my company. There is no choice.

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SN
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
Real User
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
Aug 26, 2019

The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology. If we compare Huawei or FortiGate or others then the prices are lower, but the higher Cisco price is acceptable because of the stability, trust, and reliability.

PC
Network Security/Network Management at a educational organization with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
Aug 25, 2019

The licensing is very expensive.

Ahmad Alkoragaty - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at MOD
Consultant
2019-08-22T05:49:00Z
Aug 22, 2019

There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees.

FL
Integration / Wireless Engineer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
Jul 2, 2019

The cost of this solution is high.

BD
Solutions Architect at Siemens Industry
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
Jul 2, 2019

With respect to the routers and switches, or the core stacks that we get, they seem to be pretty comparable so I don't have any issues with the licensing. Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.

CS
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-09T16:21:00Z
May 9, 2019

Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs. We bought much beefier Palo Altos for a less expensive one-time and annual cost.

Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
Real User
2019-04-18T09:59:00Z
Apr 18, 2019

Our licensing costs for this solution is on a yearly basis. Just for the firewall, it's about $1.5 million USD.

Beka  Gurushidze - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at ISET
Real User
2019-04-10T10:52:00Z
Apr 10, 2019

We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement. The Cisco license was not yearly. It was a yearly license for the firewall. For the router and switch, it was a lifetime license.

MD
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
Real User
2019-04-02T07:02:00Z
Apr 2, 2019

The licensing for Cisco ASA is on a yearly basis. We have to renew the Firepower module license. We are in the process of renewing this one. I just made the demand. They have the management who is charge asking about the price and payment terms on different offers.

NP
CEO at Synergy IT
Real User
2019-03-12T07:26:00Z
Mar 12, 2019

Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions. Especially in other regions because people are very careful when it comes to spending on IT infrastructure. My suggestion is, first test it, once you see how good it is you will definitely want to renew it.

HJ
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
Real User
2019-02-11T08:11:00Z
Feb 11, 2019

The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market. I would rate the cost as a six or seven out of ten.

Ahmed Nagm - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Solution Consultant at PCS
Reseller
2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
Feb 10, 2019

My advice, since I have to pay for licensing each feature that I need to enable, like URL filtering, is to look at a pfSense. That is what we are doing because you have to pay for greater protection, a total solution can be very costly. We are looking at a pfSense, to bring down the total cost. The correct price point, in comparison to other platforms, is the main factor here.

GS
Center for Creative Leadership at a training & coaching company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-01-22T10:45:00Z
Jan 22, 2019

Pricing is high, but it is corporate's decision.

MM
Coordinator Network Support at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
Nov 22, 2018

The initial setup was complex. But, after that, to maintain and keep creating rules it was easy.

KS
Technical Services Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-28T09:33:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.

it_user588258 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
2018-10-10T08:56:00Z
Oct 10, 2018

Cisco has recently become very expensive. Other solutions on the market are cheaper than this solution.

BS
Information Security Officer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-08T17:34:00Z
Oct 8, 2018

I would consider this solution on the "high end" of the pricing spectrum.

Johnsey Kivoto - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-10-08T17:34:00Z
Oct 8, 2018

The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.

CM
IT Manager at Citizens Bank
Real User
2018-08-19T09:34:00Z
Aug 19, 2018

The cost of keeping the licensing up on the ASA is very expensive. It has a lot of positives, but the cost of going with it is really starting to be a major negative right now.

NM
Supervisor of Computer Operations at Neil McFadyen
User
2018-05-23T01:27:00Z
May 23, 2018

ASA pricing seems high compared to other firewalls, such as the Sophos XG models. The licensing features are getting more complicated. These should be simplified.

BURAK YESILDERYA - PeerSpot reviewer
IT System Administrator at PFW HAVACILIK
Real User
2018-04-06T07:51:00Z
Apr 6, 2018

Commercial leasing is the best option.

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