Sonicwall Vs Cisco – Sonicwall NSA-4500 Vs Cisco 5555-X Firewall Comparison

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

Sonicwall NSA-4500 Vs Cisco ASA 5555-X Firewall Comparison Sheet

1) Performance Specifications and Features

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-4500 Cisco ASA 5555-X
Maximum Firewall throughput 2.75 Gbps 4.0 Gbps
Maximum Firewall Connections 500,000 1,000,000
Connections per second 10,000 50,000
Maximum VPN Throughput 625 Mbps 700 Mbps
Maximum Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels 1500 5000
IPS Throughput 1.4 Gbps 1.3 Gbps

2) Hardware Specifications

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-4500 Cisco ASA 5555-X
Memory (RAM) 512MB 16GB
Storage 512MB Flash 8GB Flash, 2 Slots 120 GB MLC SED
Network Interfaces 6 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion Slots Not Available 6 GE copper or 6 GE SFP
Number of VLANs 200 500
Power Consumption 180 Watts 400 Watts


3) UTM and Other Features

Firewall Sonicwall NSA-4500 Cisco ASA 5555-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-4500 Cisco ASA 5555-X
Approximate Base Cost $ 7000 $ 18000
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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I would also be interested in knowing which firewall did you purchase and why did you choose one over the other.

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    • Matt Lafflin

      I’ve been on the phone waiting for an engineer from Sonicwall for two hours (in the middle of the day). I have had to go through this several times already until I just lied and said my device (under warantee) won’t turn on. I’m having problems with the new line of Sonicwall (4500 and 3500) pairing up with my cisco switches. I am getting speed and duplex mismatches even when hard coding both sides. I had no problem with the old line of SW products, but these new ones are terrible. Avoid trying to save a buck at all costs, this company sucks. There’s a reason Cisco charges a premium, and now myself and my entire copmpany are acutely aware.

      • Yusuf

        You should probably look at open source firewalls. Don’t you think?

        • Sonalucard

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