Sonicwall Vs Cisco – Sonicwall NSA-2400MX Vs Cisco 5512-X Firewall Comparison

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Below is the summary of firewall comparison of one of the Sonicwall Vs Cisco Firewalls

The only technical difference the NSA2400 and the NSA-2400 MX is the number of ports, and the price!

Sonicwall NSA-2400MX Vs Cisco ASA 5512-X Firewall Comparison Sheet

1) Performance Specifications and Features

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-2400MX Cisco ASA 5512-X
Maximum Firewall throughput 775 Mbps 1 Gbps
Maximum Firewall Connections 225,000 100,000
Connections per second 4,000 10,000
Maximum VPN Throughput 300 Mbps 200 Mbps
Maximum Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels 75 250
IPS Throughput 275 Mbps 250 Mbps

2) Hardware Specifications

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-2400MX Cisco ASA 5512-X
Memory (RAM) 512MB 4GB
Storage 512MB Flash 4GB Flash
Network Interfaces 16 x 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet and 10 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 6 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion Slots 2 Module Slots 6-port 10/100/1000 or 6-port GE (SFP)
Number of VLANs 25 50 /100
Power Consumption 180 Watts 400 Watts

3) UTM and Other Features

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-2400MX Cisco ASA 5512-X
Antivirus Yes – Optional Not Available
URL Filtering Yes – Optional Not Available
Content Filtering Yes – Optional Not Available
VPN IPsec and SSL VPN IPsec and SSL VPN
WAN Failover Yes No
IPS / IDS Yes – Optional Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No

4) Cost Comparison

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-2400MX Cisco ASA 5512-X
Approximate Base Cost $ 3000 $ 2400
Annual Subscription costs (Complete Bundle) VPN licenses, IDS/IPS, Content/URL Filter, Technical Support, Antivirus ? ?
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Notes –

Some things that have not been taken into account:
– User Experience
– Quality of technical support
– Firewall Implementation time – How much time does it take to implement the firewall for a given deployment scenario

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