Buy Cisco or Watchguard?
Posted on 2006-05-09
I would like to know if anyone can refer me to a site or provide me with information comparing Cisco and Watchguard firewalls. We’ve recently received approval to purchase the Cisco ASA 5510 appliance, to replace our existing Watchguard Firebox 1000. There are some people who are skeptical, because the Firebox contains more features then the ASA such as web filtering, spam blocking, etc.
However, the problem I have with the Firebox is remote connectivity via VPN. The ASA features SSL, which will save me time by not installing VPN software onto people’s portable machines. Also, I like the fact the ASA is coming with and IPS module, which will help in protecting our network. Plus, we’re in the process of selecting a vendor for our new telephone system, which will probably be VoIP. And I think the ASA is more adept to handle this addition to the network, rather than the Firebox (until I have some convincing material).
The problem I have is convincing skeptics that the ASA is a better product the Firebox (assuming that’s true). People like the fact the Firebox contain the features, as mentioned above. If they ask me what the ASA has for this, my response would be they need a monitoring agent, like that of Websense or Surf Control. The majority of my network (switches and routers) is Cisco. I need to have a convincing argument to show this is a wise investment, and not that of a personal want.
Can someone help me in this? Thanks for your help.