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Capabilities of the Cisco ASA 5500 Series

Hi,

We are in the process of replacing our firewall for a more robust product, and I am researching into the Cisco ASA 5500 series.

I was told this product offers a lot of capabilities, including AntiSpam, Antivirus, VPN concentrator, IDS, IPS and Firewall.

Is all this true ?  Is this the new marvel from Cisco ?  For our environment of 250 users, this is best MultiFunction box I can find ?

My main concern is VPN and Firewall. I have used PIX 515 and it worked OK for 50+ users.

Any comment related to this product is very welcome.

Thanks
Raul
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rgomez101,

Oh, and don't forget the SSL VPN feature that is a licensed extra.

For specs, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6120/prod_models_comparison.html
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I agree with Moore. If you AV/ Antispam/ IDS and Firewall are all in one box, it will make your bottleneck very vulnerable. You can always use failover, but still.

Now, let's compare other AntiSpam and AV products with Cisco...  I am evaluating appliances from Barracuda Networks and IronPort for AntiSpam... I think those companies along with Symantec and McAfee will have more experience in this area than Cisco.

I trust Cisco for network connection and security, but for AV and Antispam ?

What do you think ?

Raul.
Guys,

The technology in the Anti-X plugin is supplied by Trend. Why would Cisco develop their own from scratch when there are already people who do this bit very well.
That's smart. But then, I am assuming there will be a cost for updates.

Raul
You'll have to check with your Cisco rep on that. I would imagine that there is.

I've just bought my first ASA for the company I work for. Very good device and easy to configure. Probably easier than the old PIX 6.x software. Have you tried the PIX 7.x software? It's the same as on the ASA.
Not yet. But hopefully I will.

Thanks for your input.

Raul