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2019-02-10T10:06:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco ASA Firewall?

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Top 5Real User

I like its licensing because you buy the license once, and it is yours. We don't have to go for a subscription. So, I liked how they licensed Cisco ASA Firewall. Our clients are also very satisfied with its licensing model.

2021-08-24T04:46:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Its price is moderate. It is not too expensive.

2021-08-19T15:20:00Z
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Top 20Real User

When we bought it, it was really expensive. I'm not aware of the current pricing. We had problems with licensing. After our IPS subscription ended, we couldn't renew it because Cisco was moving to the next-generation firewall platform. So, they didn't provide us with the new license.

2021-08-10T15:48:00Z
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Top 5Real User

It is expensive. There is a cost for everything. There is per year license cost and support cost. There is also a cost for any training, any application, and any resource. Things are very costly to do with Cisco. Other brands are cheaper. They are also more flexible in terms of training, subscription, and licensing. They give lots and lots of years free. They provide more than Cisco.

2021-08-10T05:52:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution is quite expensive. Fortinet and other competitors are about half the price. Cisco is very expensive in comparison. They need to work to be more competitive.

2021-06-12T19:57:51Z
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Top 5Real User

Their pricing is very aggressive and good. Even a small company can afford it. I am happy with its pricing. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.

2021-05-18T18:20:51Z
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Top 20Real User

If you pay for the hardware, you get the Firepower and if you don't, then you get the Cisco Firewall.

2021-05-05T12:14:43Z
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Top 20Real User

It is affordable. The hardware is not that expensive anymore. It is a matter of licensing these days.

2021-03-04T17:28:04Z
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Top 20Reseller

We sell Cisco ASA Firewall as a bundle — the price is very cheap. If a customer were to go for renewal direct from Cisco, then the price would be quite high.

2021-02-01T14:28:16Z
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Top 20Real User

We do need to purchase licenses. Those come from headquarters in Japan. They handle the details in terms of pricing. I'm not sure of the overall costs.

2021-01-26T12:32:12Z
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Top 5Real User

While I don't have the exact pricing of the solution, it's my understanding that Cisco is rather costly. It's not the cheapest option on the market. It's expensive. It's more costly, for example than Palo Alto.

2021-01-25T18:16:34Z
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Top 20Real User

We have a perpetual license for all of our firewalls. For some of the features, we purchase them on demand. The pricing is decent but it could always be cheaper, we would be happier.

2021-01-15T06:58:39Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The licensing is quite expensive. I don't have the exact amount, however, it's my understanding that it's a very pricey solution. There's a lot of competition out there, including from Fortigate, which offers just as good, if not better products.

2021-01-14T11:15:17Z
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Top 5Real User

Cisco ASA Firewall should be cheaper.

2021-01-14T02:32:09Z
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Top 20Real User

They have a lot of different models but most of them are really expensive. This is the main thing because, for us, the price is important.

2021-01-11T19:52:09Z
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Top 20Real User

This is an expensive product, although when you buy this solution, you can do many things so it provides good value for the investment.

2021-01-06T13:48:43Z
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Top 20Real User

I'm just handling the implementation and therefore don't have any insights on the pricing aspect of the solution. I wouldn't be able to say how much the company pays or if the pricing is high or low. That said, the pricing isn't an issue. It's more about what's best for the customer or the client. We want to give the client the best service, and very good protection. If a client begins to worry about pricing, we can't exactly guarantee the same level of safety.

2020-12-23T23:36:31Z
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Real User

The price is fair. It's not the cheapest, but it's not bad.

2020-12-23T13:14:37Z
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Top 20Real User

I just bought it off the shelf, and I'm using it with my previous one, so I have not spent that much.

2020-12-22T16:14:40Z
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Top 5Real User

There are licensing costs.

2020-12-22T10:59:10Z
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Top 20Real User

We're using the smart license for this firewall. The models that we have require licensing for remote access.

2020-12-21T16:12:54Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The product is very expensive.

2020-12-19T19:05:00Z
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Top 5Real User

They seem to be at the top end in terms of pricing, but they are worth the price. They are probably a little bit lower than Palo Alto. If the customers are relying on Cisco products and they are thinking more in terms of scaling to another layer in a year, it is pretty much in a good price range.

2020-12-18T23:46:01Z
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Top 5Real User

If we compare it with FortiGate and the co-existing ASA, FortiGate is better in terms of price.

2020-12-03T13:54:31Z
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Top 20Real User

This is an expensive product. We pay about €2,000 ($2,400 USD) per year for licensing. Technical support is in addition to the standard licensing fees.

2020-11-23T15:47:00Z
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Top 20Real User

In Laos, clients don't have much wiggle room when it comes to cost. The economy right now isn't very good. Most just choose the basic solution in order to avoid pricey licensing fees.

2020-11-12T10:43:58Z
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Real User

The product cost is a little high. It is a little bit on the high side, and it should be a little bit cost-friendly.

2020-11-02T14:46:30Z
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Top 20Real User

The pricing is neither cheap nor expensive. It's somewhere in the middle. If you compare it to Fortinet or Palo Alto, Fortinet is low and Palo Alto is very high. Cisco falls in the middle between the two. As far as deployment options go, they often have more wiggle-room with discounts, especially for larger deployments. Therefore, in general, it ranges closer to Fortinet's pricing.

2020-10-28T19:37:30Z
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Top 20Real User

I would guess that the market value of Cisco is going to be towards the higher-end. I don't know that it's the highest, but feature for feature, I'd say it's probably well-priced.

2020-10-27T20:11:37Z
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Top 20Real User

There's an annual subscription. It's not cheap. It's quite pricey if you compare it to other competitors in Pakistan. There aren't any extra costs beyond the yearly licensing. We pay about $200 yearly and we have two firewalls.

2020-09-27T04:10:20Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't really handle the billing, so I'm unsure of the pricing. I work more on the technical side.

2020-09-17T08:05:57Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We work on a case-by-case basis and are have good offers by Cisco. It's very competitive with other products.

2020-09-16T08:18:32Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco is considered to be an expensive solution. When comparing to other vendors, it's quite expensive.

2020-09-10T07:35:35Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing is a bit off because the physical firewall is cheaper than the virtual one. We only have the physical ones as they are cheaper than the virtual ones. We only use the physical firewalls because of the price difference.

2020-06-16T08:37:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It's a brilliant firewall, and the fact that it comes with a perpetual license really does go far in terms of helping the organization in not having to deal with those costs on an annual basis. That is a pain point when it comes to services like the ones we have on FortiGate. That's where we really give Cisco firewalls the thumbs up. From the point of view of total cost of ownership, the perpetual licensing works well in countries like ours, where we are facing challenges with foreign exchange. Trying to set up foreign payments has been a challenge in Zimbabwe, so the fact that we don't have to be subscribed and pay licenses on an annual basis works well. If you look at FortiGate, it's a good product, but we are always under pressure when renewal time comes. Where Cisco falls a bit short is because of the fact that, if I want IPS, I have to buy another license. That's why I have my reservations with it. If I want Cisco AnyConnect, I have to buy another license. That's where we have challenges. That's unlike our next-gen FortiGate where everything comes out-of-the-box.

2020-06-04T09:41:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The pricing is quite fair for what you get. If you're comparing with other products, Cisco is expensive, but you do get benefits for the price.

2020-06-03T06:54:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

When it comes to Cisco, the price of everything is higher. Cisco firewalls are expensive, but we get support from Cisco, and that support is very active. When I hit an issue when I was configuring an FTD, as soon as I raised a ticket the guy called me and supported me. Cisco is very proactive. I had the same kind of issue when I was configuring a FortiGate, but those guys took two or three days to call me. I fixed the issue before they even called me.

2020-06-02T08:40:00Z
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Top 5Reseller

The value of the pricing needs to be enhanced from Cisco because there are a lot of competitors in the market. There is room for improvement in the pricing when compared to the market. Although, when you compare the benefits of support from Cisco, you can adjust the value and it becomes comparable, because you usually need very good support. So you gain value there with this device.

2020-05-27T08:03:00Z
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Top 20Real User

When it comes to security, pricing should not be an issue, but we know, of course, that it is. Why is an Aston Martin or a Rolls Royce very expensive? It's expensive because the support is there at all times. Replacement parts are available at all times. They offer a lot of opportunities and customer services that others don't come close to offering. Cisco is expensive but it's a highly rated company. It's one of the top-three security companies worldwide.

2020-05-27T08:03:00Z
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Top 5Real User

In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.

2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
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Top 20Reseller

It is expensive.

2020-05-07T05:03:00Z
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Real User

Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us. The only additional cost is Smart NET. That also depends on whether you're doing gold or silver, 24/7 or 8/5, etc.

2019-11-04T06:15:00Z
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Real User

We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs. They both do what it is we need them to do. At Orvis, what we need to do is very basic. But the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution. We pay Cisco for maintenance on a yearly basis. There are no additional fees that I'm aware of.

2019-10-07T11:43:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Always look for the history of the products and their evolution, as this will reflect their prices. As for the licenses, be smart and choose the ones you are going to use AS PER YOUR NEED. More features=More Licenses=More work time=Increase in Cost. Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions (i.e. "If it takes you three hours to do an analysis report and the solution you are getting has this feature to reduce your time to five minutes then you can consider this license. But, if there is a feature where you can have access to the machine from the cloud and you are always connected to the company by VPN, there is no need to buy this license").

2019-09-20T12:56:00Z
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Real User

We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months. In terms of licensing, this product costs a lot, but this cost can save my assets that could be millions for my company. There is no choice.

2019-08-28T09:52:00Z
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Real User

The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology. If we compare Huawei or FortiGate or others then the prices are lower, but the higher Cisco price is acceptable because of the stability, trust, and reliability.

2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
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Real User

The licensing is very expensive.

2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
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Consultant

There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees.

2019-08-22T05:49:00Z
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Real User

My company is moving away from the solution because it is quite expensive.

2019-07-09T05:26:00Z
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Real User

The cost of this solution is high.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Real User

With respect to the routers and switches, or the core stacks that we get, they seem to be pretty comparable so I don't have any issues with the licensing. Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Real User

This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.

2019-06-30T10:29:00Z
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Real User

The product was expensive. Also, a lot of features weren't there even though they can be implemented. There are so many additional subscriptions that are needed to get the full features.

2019-06-24T12:13:00Z
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Real User

The pricing for Cisco ASAv depends on your license. With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect. Our license is for one year only, renewable at variable pricing.

2019-06-24T12:13:00Z
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Real User

We pay an annual fee.

2019-06-24T12:13:00Z
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Real User

I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable.

2019-06-16T07:23:00Z
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Real User

Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs. We bought much beefier Palo Altos for a less expensive one-time and annual cost.

2019-05-09T16:21:00Z
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Real User

Our licensing costs for this solution is on a yearly basis. Just for the firewall, it's about $1.5 million USD.

2019-04-18T09:59:00Z
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Real User

We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement. The Cisco license was not yearly. It was a yearly license for the firewall. For the router and switch, it was a lifetime license.

2019-04-10T10:52:00Z
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Real User

The licensing for Cisco ASA is on a yearly basis. We have to renew the Firepower module license. We are in the process of renewing this one. I just made the demand. They have the management who is charge asking about the price and payment terms on different offers.

2019-04-02T07:02:00Z
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Real User

Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions. Especially in other regions because people are very careful when it comes to spending on IT infrastructure. My suggestion is, first test it, once you see how good it is you will definitely want to renew it.

2019-03-12T07:26:00Z
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Real User

The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market. I would rate the cost as a six or seven out of ten.

2019-02-11T08:11:00Z
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Top 5Reseller

My advice, since I have to pay for licensing each feature that I need to enable, like URL filtering, is to look at a pfSense. That is what we are doing because you have to pay for greater protection, a total solution can be very costly. We are looking at a pfSense, to bring down the total cost. The correct price point, in comparison to other platforms, is the main factor here.

2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
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