Sonicwall Vs Cisco – Sonicwall NSA-3500 Vs Cisco 5515-X Firewall Comparison

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

Sonicwall NSA-3500 Vs Cisco ASA 5515-X Firewall Comparison Sheet

1) Performance Specifications and Features

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-3500 Cisco ASA 5515-X
Maximum Firewall throughput 1.5 Gbps 1.2 Gbps
Maximum Firewall Connections 325,000 250,000
Connections per second 7,000 15,000
Maximum VPN Throughput 625 Mbps 250 Mbps
Maximum Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels 800 250
IPS Throughput 750 Mbps 400 Mbps

2) Hardware Specifications

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-3500 Cisco ASA 5515-X
Memory (RAM) 512MB 8GB
Storage 512MB Flash 8GB Flash
Network Interfaces 6 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 6 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion Slots Not Available 6-port 10/100/1000 or 6-port GE (SFP)
Number of VLANs 50 100
Power Consumption 180 Watts 400 Watts


3) UTM and Other Features

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-3500 Cisco ASA 5515-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-3500 Cisco ASA 5515-X
Approximate Base Cost $ 3400 $ 2800
Annual Subscription costs (Complete Bundle) VPN licenses, IDS/IPS, Content/URL Filter, Technical Support, Antivirus ? ?
Check current pricing (Amazon.com)

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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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