Feature Comparison – Cisco ASAv Vs. NSX Edge Gateway

Below is a table comparing features of 4 sizes of Cisco ASAvs, versus 3 sizes of NSX Edge Gateway devices. Note: for a more complete comparison of all available Green Cloud virtual routing devices, please see this article.

 

ASAv-Only Features:

  • ASDM Management
  • Logging/monitoring
  • Throughput Statistics visibility

Shared Features:

  • NAT Rule management
  • Firewall Rule management
  • IPSEC VPN
  • DHCP
  • Static Routing

Edge Gateway-Only Features:

  • Direct vCloud Management
  • Load Balancing
  • Layer 2 VPN between vCloud Orgs

 

ASAv Vs. Edge Gateway Feature Comparison Table
Feature ASAv5 ASAv10 ASAv30 ASAv50 NSXE Compact NSXE Large NSXE XL
  Stateful Inspection Throughput (multiprotocol) 50 Mbps 500 Mbps 1 Gbps 5 Gbps 900Mbps 2 Gbps 9 Gbps
  Connections per second 8,000 20,000 60,000 120,000 8,000 50,000 50,000
  Concurrent sessions 50,000 100,000 500,000 2,000,000 64,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
  VLANs 25 50 200 1024 200 200 200
  SSL/Client VPN Sessions (Advanced Edge Only) 50 250 750 10,000 50 100 1000
  IPsec VPN peers 50 250 750 10,000 512 1600 6,000
  IPsec VPN Throughput (AES) 30 Mbps 125 Mbps 1 Gbps 3 Gbps 900 Mbps 2 Gbps >2 Gbps
  Virtual CPUs 1 1 4 8 1 2 6
  Memory 1GB-1.5GB 2 GB 8 GB 16 GB 512MB 1GB 8GB
  Minimum disk storage 8 GB 8 GB 16 GB 16 GB 512MB 512MB 4.5GB + 4GB

 

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