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What is Cisco ASx500?

Cisco ASx500 was previously known as ASx500.

Cisco ASx500 Buyer's Guide

Download the Cisco ASx500 Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: November 2021

Cisco ASx500 Customers
Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, BC Hydro, Beachbody, City of Biel, Department of Education Western Australia, Dundee Precious Metals, Fontys University, John Eagle Auto Group, Katy Independent School District, National Airport of Romania, North West Redwater, The Department of Education in Western Australia
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Cisco ASx500 pricing:
  • "This product is not too expensive and there are no costs apart from the standard licensing fee."
  • "We pay approximately $15,000 a month but that includes everything together, such as hardware."

Cisco ASx500 Reviews

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Network Security Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Provides a good VPN that is stable and easy to scale

Pros and Cons

  • "It works well for any environment that wants to use a VPN."
  • "There is no security, such as an antivirus and URL filtering mechanism, which is something that should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

This solution is being used for our site-to-site VPN and as our perimeter firewall.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the AnyConnect VPN. It works well for any environment that wants to use a VPN.

What needs improvement?

There is no security, such as an antivirus and URL filtering mechanism, which is something that should be improved. It is running on a Windows 7 operating system in a box, without any security features. It's not really a server firewall.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this Cisco appliance since 2007.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable and used in an enterprise environment. Scaling is easy.

There are about 22,000 people using the VPN.

How are customer service and technical support?

The Cisco technical support is okay.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

To this point, we have always used Cisco. However, we are in the process of moving away from Cisco products.

Palo Alto and Check Point are easier to deploy but Cisco is more scalable.

How was the initial setup?

Compared to other firewalls, the initial setup is a bit complex. I've done it many times so I find it okay but when I speak to people who have never done it before, they find it to be more complex.

The length of time for deployment depends on the environment.

What about the implementation team?

I take care of the deployment myself. Deployment and maintenance only requires one person.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product is not too expensive and there are no costs apart from the standard licensing fee. The is no additional cost for support.

What other advice do I have?

All of the features work very well, although I would suggest using a product like Palo Alto for the firewall because they have the GlobalProtect security feature. Cisco is still good for the AnyConnect VPN.

Overall, it does exactly what we want it to do, considering the specific features that we want. It works well for AnyConnect and site-to-site VPN connections, but if you are using it for a traditional firewall then it is not a great product for you.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
YD
Principle ITS Engr at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Secure, scalable, and straightforward installation

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as a gateway for combining some of our network's features together, such as firewalls. We are in the government sector and are struggling a bit to keep everything in order. All of the data traffic, how to prioritize each of them, how to do it without any delay, and how to protect them from being hacked into. The most important is demarcation because we share that data with people and how do we configure the end-user for protection.

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is keeping our data secure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco ASx500 for approximately five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable, we have 30,000 employees using…

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as a gateway for combining some of our network's features together, such as firewalls. We are in the government sector and are struggling a bit to keep everything in order. All of the data traffic, how to prioritize each of them, how to do it without any delay, and how to protect them from being hacked into. The most important is demarcation because we share that data with people and how do we configure the end-user for protection.

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is keeping our data secure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco ASx500 for approximately five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable, we have 30,000 employees using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support from Cisco is not very good. In a recent experience, they asked us for 20 minutes about our project and then redirected around to other people. I need to report to this agent, I need to register to this database, there is too much involved in getting a solution. This has always been the case, they are asking us too many questions, and then when it comes down to a solution, it is at a bare minimum. This is something they can improve on, but they do not seem eager to improve. However, we do have an assigned project representative that is helpful.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We have a team of 10 that does the maintenance and updating that is required for the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay approximately $15,000 a month but that includes everything together, such as hardware.

What other advice do I have?

We have plans to replace this solution.

I rate Cisco ASx500 an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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