Cisco ASA 5508-X with FirePOWER Services - security appliance

Mfg. Part: ASA5508-K9 | CDW Part: 4153883 | UNSPSC: 43222501
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  • Security appliance
  • 8 ports
  • GigE
  • 1U
  • rack-mountable
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Security appliance
  • 8 ports
  • GigE
  • 1U
  • rack-mountable
Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services brings distinctive threat-focused next-generation security services to the Cisco ASA 5508-X next-generation firewalls. It provides comprehensive protection from known and advanced threats, including protection against targeted and persistent malware attacks. Cisco ASA is the world's most widely deployed, enterpriseclass stateful firewall.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Data Link Protocol: Ethernet , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
Features: Firewall protection , VLAN support , VPN support
Form Factor: Rack-mountable
Ports Qty: 8
Type: Security appliance

Interface Provided
Connector Type: RJ-45
Qty: 1
Type: 1000Base-T (management)

Connector Type: Type A
Type: USB 2.0

Type: Mini-USB

Type: Console

Qty: 8
Type: 1000Base-T

Compliant Standards: CISPR 22 , CISPR 24 , CNS 13438 , EN 300 386 V1.6.1 , EN 300.489.1 , EN 61000-3-2 , EN 61000-3-3 , EN55022 , EN55024 , FCC CFR47 Part 15 , ICES-003 , VCCI V-3
Encryption Algorithm: AES , Triple DES
Height (Rack Units): 1

Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90% (non-condensing)
Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F
Min Operating Temperature: 32 °F

Brand: Cisco
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Cisco GSA Hardware
Model: 5508-X with FirePOWER Services
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Cisco ASA

Power Device
Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz
Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V
Type: External power adapter

Storage Hard Drive
Capacity: 80 GB

Type: Concurrent sessions
Value: 100000

Type: New connections per second
Value: 10000

Type: IPSec VPN peers
Value: 100

Type: Virtual interfaces (VLANs)
Value: 50

Type: Application control (AVC) throughput
Value: 450 Mbps

Type: Application control (AVC) and NGIPS throughput
Value: 250 Mbps

Type: Application control (AVC) or IPS sizing throughput
Value: 180 Mbps

Type: Stateful throughput
Value: 1 Gbps

Type: Multiprotocol firewall throughput
Value: 500 Mbps

Type: VPN throughput (3DES/AES)
Value: 175 Mbps

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 11.3 in
Height: 1.7 in
Weight: 6.61 lbs
Width: 17.2 in

Flash Memory
Installed Size: 8 GB

Hard Drive
Form Factor: mSATA
Installed Qty: 1
Type: SSD

Installed Size: 8 GB

Product Reviews
Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 30reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The FirePower IPS, AMP and URL filtering add value to the firewall. Valuable Features:Cisco ASA has a well-written command-line interface. Cisco’s AnyConnect SSL VPN is by far the best client VPN technology I’ve ever had to deploy and manage. Upgrades are a breeze. Failovers between units are flawless. FirePower add-ons deepen security with intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-malware protection (AMP), and URL filtering. These particular services can run as a hardware or software module within the ASA. Unlike ASA with CSM, these modules are managed by FireSight, a single pane for all of your FirePower nodes. It’s intuitive and easy to use, but still lacks some automation capabilities (e.g., bulk edits, etc.).Improvements to My Organization:Cisco is a huge name in the networking world. Having a solution that includes their firewall technology adds value from an operability and support perspective. Cisco, although sometimes considered to be "behind the times" with firewall technology, continues to prove it has momentum in the industry through acquisitions such as Sourcefire and OpenDNS, with rapid integration into their systems. Additionally, ASA is synergistic with other security offerings from Cisco, such as ISE, remote tele-office workers, etc.Room for Improvement:When running multiple firewalls in your network, you need someone to manage them from a central point. Cisco’s answer is Cisco Security Manager (CSM). Unfortunately, this is a suite of applications that is in much need of an overhaul. It is riddled with bugs and lacks the intuitive experience found in competing vendor offerings. The counter-intuitive interface makes configuration management cumbersome and prone to mistakes. There are software defects within certain modules of the application, resulting in a frustrating experience. Reporting is almost useless. The best part about it is the logging component, but it still is lacking, compared to what you get from other competing vendors.Aside from management, I think Cisco needs to become more application-focused, something that a few of their competitors shine in.Use of Solution:I've deployed and managed Cisco ASA's for over a decade. I've used the X-series models for about three years now.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues; this is a solid firewall platform. Stability is where it shines.Scalability Issues:The newer clustering capabilities have introduced some solid scalability design options. From a cost perspective, scalability is quite intimidating.Technical Support:Cisco's TAC engineers are competent, responsive and typically resolve issues in a timely fashion. Do not use them for "best practice"; this is what channel partners are for.Previous Solutions:I previously used Check Point. Check Point relied on a thick, Windows-based client and, at the time, did not support transparent contexts. However, Check Point has a solid management platform, which is something Cisco should take some pointers from.Initial Setup:Initial setup is complex for a new user, straightforward for a seasoned user. Tons of documentation is available, but you can easily get lost for days if you've never touched one. Cisco offers ASDM, a GUI wizard that can help set up the firewalls. This is nice for newer folks.Cost and Licensing Advice:Work very closely with your channel partners to verify you have all the licensing you need (VPN, Firepower, etc.). Pricing is always a challenge. Buy closer to Cisco's EOY and you might save a few bucks.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I also evaluated Palo Alto. I really liked their firewall platform, their Panorama management platform, and wildfire technology. Their SSL VPN was seriously lacking. This is a decent option to consider as well.Other Advice:Read the Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) regarding ASAs. Find some decent blogs, discuss topologies and scenarios with a seasoned engineer, and get your final design validated by Cisco. Your Cisco SE should be able to assist with this. If you need assistance implementing, work with your channel partner.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cisco firewalls can be difficult at first but once learned it's fine. Valuable Features:RobustnessImprovements to My Organization:ReliabilityRoom for Improvement:No idea -- I learn a lot from themUse of Solution:From 2000 until 2014Deployment Issues:Learning at the beginningStability Issues:Nope -- If well planed you should be alrightScalability Issues:Price maybe...Customer Service:ExcellentTechnical Support:ExcellentPrevious Solutions:Not reliable for long term -- seem inferior qualityInitial Setup:Depends on the product and the knowledge. Cisco firewalls can be difficult at first but once learned it's fine.Implementation Team:Me, I implemented the firewalls ( http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/firewalls ), Cisco switches and routers.ROI:100% in some installations it exceeded the time predicted to keep up with the work load.Other Solutions Considered:Netscreen, Netgear, Checkpoint, others..Other Advice:Plan well the hardware requirements for future growth and heavy usage.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 22, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by An excellent firewall, and one of the best available choices for big size companies. As usual excellence requires money. Valuable Features:ASA is a family of hardware based firewalls, stable and with a low level of work required on the maintenance side. It is a dedicated firewall, so you do not have to manage additional topics like spam, web sites filtering and so on.The routing part is high level as usual with Cisco products.Room for Improvement:You have to know the ASA command line very well because not all operations are available in the graphical interface (or let's say that sometimes it is better to operate with the ASA CLI).If you are searching for an "all in one product" it is not for youOther Advice:ASA is one of the the state-of-the-art firewall devices for security.It is affordable and not too complicated to use if you are doing standard operations (modifying ACLs, natting and so on) on an existing deployment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cisco has done a superior job at its next generation of firewall technology. Valuable Features:The user interface of the Prime Security Manager is, well, prime and one of the best pieces of software I have seen from them, and the features are on par if not better than what their competitors offer.Improvements to My Organization:Cisco has done a nice job of integrating global IP reputation management into the firewall with its Security Intelligence and Operations module for insights and malware collection.Room for Improvement:Prime manager is just for the CX line for now. CX features also add about a 30% overhead on throughput.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We wanted a back-end/internal firewall solution, and this provided it for us. Valuable Features:Firewalling is the most valuable feature. We wanted a back-end/internal firewall solution, and the Cisco ASA 5525 was great.Improvements to My Organization:It has taken the pressure off of the IS engineer.Room for Improvement:* URL* AVC* Advanced malware protectionUse of Solution:We've used it for two years.Deployment Issues:There was an issue, but it was rectified promptly after troubleshooting the device's configuration.Stability Issues:There were no issues with the scalability.Scalability Issues:We've not had any issues scaling yet.Customer Service:I think it is great but did not use them for this deployment.Technical Support:I've not had to use them yet for this deployment.Previous Solutions:There was no other solution in place.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Implementation Team:I did the implementation with my colleagues.ROI:It's not really quantified, but we have not experienced downtime due to attacks.Other Solutions Considered:There were no other solutions looked at.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're a systems integrator and a gold partner. February 16, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It provides our company with security and protection on all our devices, but we had some issues during deployment. Valuable Features:* It provides our company with security and protection on all our devices.* It's highly available.Improvements to My Organization:We're able to implement best security practices to secure our company data.Use of Solution:We've used it for over seven years.Deployment Issues:We had some issues during deployment.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:Customer service is excellent.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Initial Setup:It was a little complex, but not so much that we couldn't figure it out.Implementation Team:I was the implementor for a client.ROI:It's excellent.Other Solutions Considered:Depends on the customer's budget, but we evaluate all vendors that meet the them. It's a mission-critical product.Other Advice:I give it a thumbs up.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by The packet tracer function provides a packet flow through the firewall and shows which rule or policy can cause a drop. Valuable Features:Cisco ASA's CLI is very effective and fast to configure the firewall and make changes, but monitoring logs and connections can be eye bothering by reading all the line outputs. ASDM, however, have improved the overall ASA configuration from an GUI standpoint. I really enjoy the log monitor where I can see live logs in a more user friendly interface. The down side of ASDM is that it is build with JAVA and that means a lot vulnerabilities and it does not always work with the latest JAVA version and/or patches.Improvements to My Organization:The packet tracer function, which I use the most, have provided me a packet flow through the firewall and see which rule or policy can cause a drop. Also, I can see if my NAT statement is working properly. This has allowed me to quickly troubleshoot potential firewall related issues for my organization.Room for Improvement:L7 firewall is a key for the ASA to be competitive in the current and future market place. By integrating with SourceFire, now call FirePower, on the ASA has helped it to get into the next-generation firewall segment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Reliable product which I'd like to see include a web filtering functionality. Valuable Features:It blocks all outside to inside traffic and only permits the specific internet traffic from the outside. VPN functionality is very useful, we can create remote access and tunnel VPN in the simplest way.Improvements to My Organization:It blocked all kinds of internet attacks from outside like DOS or DDOS and avoided any down time. We created a remote tunnel from head office to data center network for easy access of servers that make working fast and they are easily manageable.Room for Improvement:It would be great if they would add web filtering functionality to this product.Use of Solution:5 yearsDeployment Issues:NoStability Issues:NoScalability Issues:NoCustomer Service:ExcellentTechnical Support:GoodInitial Setup:It is a little difficult in newer IOS versions where the use of the NAT command is different. Otherwise its straightforward to configure.Implementation Team:I deployed it in-house with my team.ROI:This solution reduces any downtime therefore business continuity is not disturbed - that is ultimately ROI.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is one time cost of about $10,000 and there is no day to day cost.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, I evaluated Fortigate, SonicWall and Juniper but found Cisco ASA to be the best solution for us above all of the others.Other Advice:Cisco ASA is a reliable product and it benefits you a lot in your network.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 23, 2015
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