Sonicwall Vs Cisco – Sonicwall TZ-105 Vs Cisco 5505 Firewall Comparison

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Sonicwall TZ-215 Vs Cisco 5505 Firewall Comparison Sheet

1) Performance Specifications and Features

Firewall Sonicwall TZ-105 Cisco ASA 5505
Maximum Firewall throughput 200 Mbps 150 Mbps
Maximum Firewall Connections 8,000 25,000
Connections per second 1,000 4,000
Maximum VPN Throughput 75 Mbps 100 Mbps
Maximum Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels 5 25
IPS Throughput 60 Mbps Up to 75 Mbps with AIP SSC-5

2) Hardware Specifications

Firewall Sonicwall TZ-105 Cisco ASA 5505
Memory (RAM) 256MB 512MB
Storage 32MB Flash 64MB Flash
Network Interfaces 5 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet 8x 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Expansion Slots Not Available Not Available
Number of VLANs 10 3
Power Consumption 11.7 Watts 12 Watts

3) UTM and Other Features

Firewall Sonicwall TZ-105 Cisco ASA 5505
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
Load Balancing Yes No
WAN Failover Yes Yes
IPS / IDS Yes – Optional Yes – With AIP SSC-5
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No

4) Cost Comparison

Firewall Sonicwall TZ-105 Cisco ASA 5505
Approximate Base Cost $ 450 $ 310
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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    • networking_noob

      You should also note that the TZ 105 has unlimited users, whereas the 5505 (out of the box) only allows for 10 hosts. Additional Licensing (from 10 to 50 or to unlimited) costs additional money…