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Top 5 Reasons to Purchase Cisco ASA 5500 Series

September 26 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

A key component of the Cisco Secure Borderless Network, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances delivers superior scalability, a broad span of technology and solutions, and effective, always-on security designed to meet the needs of an array of deployments.

By integrating the world’s most proven firewall; a comprehensive, highly effective intrusion prevention system (IPS) with Cisco Global Correlation and guaranteed coverage; and a high-performance VPN, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series helps organizations provide secure, high performance connectivity and protects critical assets for maximum productivity.

Offering seamless client and clientless access for a broad spectrum of desktop and mobile platforms, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers versatile, always-on secure mobility integrated with web security and IPS for a comprehensive solution. Unlike most security providers that force you to choose between a high-quality firewall and an effective intrusion prevention system (IPS), Cisco combines the world’s most proven firewall with the industry’s most comprehensive, effective IPS for a powerful security solution.

Figure1. Cisco ASA 5500 Series


The Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers superior real-time protection: Integrating innovative IPS with Global Correlation, firewall, and VPN technology, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers highly effective intrusion prevention capabilities using hardware-accelerated IPS modules. And Cisco guaranteed coverage delivers peace of mind.

Site-to-site VPN: Using the hardware-accelerated site-to-site IPsec VPN capabilities provided by the Cisco ASA 5500 Series, businesses can securely augment or even replace legacy WANs by using low-cost Internet connections and IPsec VPN tunnels to connect to business partners and to remote and satellite offices worldwide.

Secure mobility: The Cisco ASA 5500 Series offers flexible technologies that deliver tailored solutions to suit connectivity and secure mobility requirements for company-managed assets such as desktops, laptops and smartphones, as well as unmanaged devices such as Internet kiosks or employee-owned desktops, laptops and handhelds. The Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers both clientless and SSL/DTLS/IPsec VPN secure mobility client options.

Secure unified communications: The Cisco ASA 5500 Series provides extensive protocol support, signaling and media inspection, remote office and mobile user support, and simple provisioning to enable a secure, integrated voice and data network.

Top 5 Reasons to Purchase Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances

1. Advanced intrusion prevention services with guaranteed coverage

With real-time reputation technology, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series IPS with Global Correlation is twice as effective as legacy IPS and includes guaranteed coverage for greater peace of mind. It protects against a wide range of threats, including worms, application-layer attacks, operating-system-level attacks, rootkits, spyware, peer-to-peer file sharing, and instant messaging for both IPv6 and IPv4 networks.

2. Industry-leading content security services

With the Cisco ASA 5500 Series, customers have their choice of on-box threat protection and content control based on Trend Micro technology, or a proven off-box solution with the Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance. Both solutions provide comprehensive antivirus, antispyware, file blocking, ant spam, antiphishing, URL blocking and filtering, and content filtering services.

3. Secure mobility

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility solution provides business employees and partners with ubiquitous, highly secure access to enable employee mobility, enhance collaboration and improve productivity, while protecting the company’s resources and data from web-based threats and data leakage by enforcing acceptable use policies.

4. Unified communications

The Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers secure access by enabling protection for voice, video, and multimedia traffic. Businesses can securely take advantage of the improved productivity and lower operational costs of a Cisco Unified Communications solution.

5. Comprehensive management and monitoring services

Several elements round out a rich complement of management options: with Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), a comprehensive CLI, verbose syslog, and support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Cisco Security Manager supports distributed deployments of up to 500 devices.

Figure2. Market-Leading Application/IPS/Content Security Services


Figure3. Secure Unified Communications


Figure4. Threat-Protected SSL and IPsec VPN Services


Figure5. Industry-Leading IPS/Content Security Service



SSC: Security Services Card; SSM: Security Services Module; SSM: Security Services Module; CSC SSM: Content Security and Control Security Services Module; 4GE SSM: 4 Gigabit Ethernet Security Services Module; SSP: Security Services Processor; IPS SSP: IPS Security Services Processor; IEC: Interface Expansion Card.

Table1. Cisco ASA 5505, 5510, 5520, 5540, 5550 Product Comparison

 Cisco ASA 5505, 5510, 5520, 5540, 5550 Product Comparison

Table2. Cisco ASA 5580 and ASA 5585-X Product Comparison

Cisco ASA 5580 and ASA 5585-X Product Comparison


1. Max firewall throughput measured under ideal test conditions

2. VPN throughput and sessions count depend on the ASA device configuration and VPN traffic patterns. These elements should be taken in to consideration as part of your capacity planning

3. Licensed features

4. A/S = Active/Standby; A/A = Active/Active

Note: Performance numbers tested and validated with the ASA 7.2 software release for ASA 5505 through ASA 5540, and the ASA 8.4 software release for ASA 5550 through ASA 5585-X

Reference: The full PDF file of Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances you can visit: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps6032/ps6094/ps6120/prod_brochure0900aecd80285492.pdf

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