Cisco PIX vs Cisco ASA: Stateful Firewalls

Rashmi Bhardwaj | Blog,Security

Both PIX and ASA are Cisco Stateful firewalls with latter being the latest market entrant including increased feature support and performance.

Comparison Table: PIX vs ASA

Below table enlists the difference between both the PIX and ASA –

S No



1Firewall applianceIs firewall and anti-malware security appliance
2Physical AppliancePhysical and Virtual Appliance
3Provides Stateful packet filtering firewall.Provides following feature support





4Use PIX Device Manager (PDM) for a graphical interface.Use Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) for a graphical interface.
5Does not support WebVPNSupports WebVPN
6Does not support Transparent Firewall, Security Context and Modular PolicySupporting Transparent Firewall, Security Context and
Modular Policy
716 MB Ram64 MB
8Runs PIX OSRuns Security appliance Code 7.0 and later
9Lower in performance and throughputHigher performance and throughput

Download the comparison table here.


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