AIS Managed Firewall Comparison

Firewall Brand/ModelIDS/IPS Advanced SecurityWeb FilteringSite-to-Site VPNEnd-User VPNHigh-Availability Device FailoverInternet Connection FailoverVPN FailoverRemote MonitoringAnnual RenewalStarting Price

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AIS Managed FirewallIncludedIncludedUnlimitedUnlimitedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded$100/monthSonicwall TZ100$500 add-onNot Included5 Included10 Included$500 add-on$500 add-onn/a3rd-Party RequiredYes - Warranty & Updates$899Sophos SG210$600 add-onNot Included5 Included10 Included$500 add-on$500 add-onn/a3rd-Party RequiredYes - Warranty & Updates$1,330Cisco ASA 5508-X$1,000 add-onNot Included5 Included10 Included$700 add-on$500 add-onn/a3rd-Party RequiredYes - Warranty & Updates$2,178

Key consideration points to evaluate when comparing firewalls:

  • Updates & Renewals
  • Single Point of Failure vs. High-Availability/Failover Solutions
  • Make sure the direction chosen makes the most business sense today & tomorrow

Based on the above, the AIS Managed Firewall Service is often best option.

Example 5-Year Total Cost of Ownership(TCO) Comparison between Sonicwall and AIS Managed Firewall for an organization with 6 Locations

Sonicwall firewall solution over 5 years:

  • Hardware, labor, and 1st year licensing costs to replace a Sonicwall at the main location: $5,800.
  • Hardware, labor, and 1st year licensing costs to replace a Sonicwall at the other 5 locations: $2,500 per location.
  • Annual renewal costs: $6,800/yr.
  • Total cost over 5 years: $45,500.
    • Total of 6 devices across the 6 locations.

AIS Managed Firewall solution over 5 years:

  • $100/mo/site x 6 sites = $600/mo
  • Implementation Labor for all 6 locations: $3,240.
  • Total cost over 5 years: $39,240.
  • Savings of over $6,000.
    • Total of 12 devices across the 6 locations for redundancy.

Differences between the two solutions:

Feature Sonicwall Firewall AIS Managed Firewall
Industry leading software design YES YES
Site-to-Site VPN and User VPN YES YES
Internet Failover YES YES
Device Failover (HA) included NO YES
Updates without annual renewals NO YES
24×7 Support without upgraded warranty purchase NO YES
Instant Replacement NO YES
Regular backup of settings automatically NO YES
Leading Layer 3 Software Router with Dynamic Addressing NO YES
Native Azure VPN connectivity NO YES
AIS can restart a unit without disrupting service NO YES
Easy integration with AIS Storage Syncing Service NO YES