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Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv) Data Sheet

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Today, organizations rely on a mixture of physical and virtual control points to meet their network security needs. They need the flexibility to deploy different physical and virtual firewalls across a wide range of environments while still maintaining consistent policy across branch offices, corporate data centers, and all points between. From data center consolidation to office relocations, mergers and acquisitions, as well as seasonal peaks in demand on your applications, Cisco’s virtual firewall portfolio helps businesses simplify security management with the convenience of unified policy and the flexibility to deploy everywhere.

Cisco® Secure Firewall ASA Virtual (formerly ASAv) gives you the flexibility to choose the performance you need for your organization. Secure Firewall ASA Virtual is the virtualized option of our popular Secure Firewall ASA solution and offers security in traditional physical data centers and private and public clouds. Its scalable VPN capability provides secure access to your organization’s resources—and protects workloads against increasingly complex threats with world-class security controls.

Product overview

Secure Firewall ASA Virtual is a firewall with powerful VPN capabilities. It supports site-to-site VPN, remote-access VPN, and clientless VPN functionalities. Consistent policy simplifies management across your virtual and physical Secure Firewall ASA solutions. Cisco Smart Software Licensing makes it easy to deploy, manage, and track virtual instances of the appliance running in your private cloud or in a public cloud.

Product overview

Figure 1.            

Cisco® Secure Firewall ASA Virtual (formerly ASAv) overview

Benefits

VPN head-end

Cisco AnyConnect® client empowers employees to work from home (or anywhere) on any device at any time, securely. Give any user highly secure access to your enterprise network and provide visibility and control to your IT and security teams to identify who and which devices are accessing the infrastructure. Alleviate strain on your IT and security teams as they support offsite workers and personal devices. Secure Firewall ASA Virtual supports site-to-site VPN for connecting your data centers.

License portability across clouds

Deploy Secure Firewall ASA Virtual everywhere—from your data center to your branch office, to a public cloud—with the portability of one license across public or private clouds (VMware, KVM and Hyper-V, OpenStack, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and government clouds). Expand, contract, and relocate workloads over time spanning private and public cloud infrastructures with one license.

Low-touch deployment

Rapidly deploy additional Secure Firewall ASA Virtual appliances to support unplanned or seasonal surges on your applications or VPN. Add more bandwidth or protection for remote offices by spinning up a new virtual machine. Choose from higher-performance model options if you need more protection.

Smart Software Licensing

Cisco Smart Software Licensing makes it easier to buy, deploy, track, and renew Cisco licenses. You will enjoy:

      Simpler purchase and activation of the virtual appliance

      Easier license management and reporting of virtual appliances due to license pooling

      Automatic license activation when the virtual appliance is provisioned

Customers, select partners, and Cisco can view product entitlements and services in the Cisco Smart Software Manager. Configuration and activation are done with a single token. Secure Firewall ASA Virtual will self-register with a Cisco server in the cloud, eliminating the need to register products with Product Activation Keys (PAKs). Instead of using PAKs or license files, Smart Software Licensing establishes a pool of software licenses or entitlements that can be used across your organization. When a virtual appliance is instantiated on a customer’s premises, an entitlement is subtracted from the pool. When a virtual appliance is decommissioned, or when it is deinstantiated within the Smart Software Manager, an entitlement is added to the pool.

With the Smart Software Manager, you can manage license deployments throughout your organization easily and quickly. You can also manage multiple products from Cisco that support Smart Software Licensing.

Secure Firewall ASA Virtual uses Smart Software Licensing exclusively. Older forms of licensing are not supported.

Any Secure Firewall ASA Virtual license can be used on any supported ASAv vCPU/memory configuration. This allows customers to run on a wide variety of VM resource footprints. This also increases the number of supported AWS, Azure, GCP and OCI instance types. When configuring the Secure Firewall ASA Virtual VM, the maximum supported number of vCPUs is 16 and the maximum supported memory is 128GB RAM.

Table 1.        Specifications for 9.16 and later- ESXi/KVM/OpenStack

Feature

Entitlement support: Standard tier

License Type

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)

2G (ASAv30)

10G (ASAv50)

20G (ASAv100)

Stateful inspection throughput (maximum)[1]

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

10 Gbps

20 Gbps

Stateful inspection throughput (multiprotocol)[2]

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

10 Gbps

20 Gbps

IPsec VPN throughput (AES 450B UDP test)[3]

100 Mbps

750 Mbps

2 Gbps

4 Gbps

8 Gbps

Connections per second

12500

 60000

 200,000

 350000

 600,000

Concurrent sessions

50,000

100,000

500,000

2,000,000

4,000,000

VLANs

25

50

200

1024

1024

Bridge groups

12

25

100

250

250

IPsec VPN peers

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Cisco AnyConnect or clientless VPN user sessions

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Virtual CPU core allocation[4]

1

1

4

8

16

Memory allocation4

2GB

2GB

8GB

16GB

32GB

Disk storage[5]

8GB

8GB

8GB

8GB

8GB

Note:      This data is from testing on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) C series M5 server with the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6254 processors running SR-IOV on Intel X520/X710. Stated virtual CPU core allocation assumes dedicated physical cores with Hyper Threading disabled. Each performance number above was obtained while running only the associated test.

Table 2.        Specifications for 9.16 and later- AWS

AWS Performance

License Type

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)

2G (ASAv30)

10G (ASAv50)

20G (ASAv100)

AWS Instance Type

c5.large

c5.large

c5.xlarge

c5.2xlarge

c5n.4xlarge

Stateful inspection throughput (maximum)6

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

10 Gbps

16 Gbps

Stateful inspection throughput (multiprotocol)7

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

4.5 Gbps

8 Gbps

IPsec VPN throughput (AES 450B UDP test)8

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

3.5 Gbps

5.5 Gbps

Connections per second

12,500

62,000

90,000

120,000

200,000

Concurrent sessions

50,000

100,000

500,000

2,000,000

4,000,000

IPsec VPN peers

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Cisco AnyConnect or clientless VPN user sessions

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Table 3.        Specifications for 9.16 and later- Azure

Azure Performance*

License Type

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)

2G (ASAv30)

10G (ASAv50)

20G (ASAv100)

Azure VM Type

D3_v2

D3_v2

D3_v2

D4_v2

D5_v2

Stateful inspection throughput (maximum)6

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

5.5 Gbps

11 Gbps

Stateful inspection throughput (multiprotocol)7

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

1 Gbps

1.5 Gbps

2.5 Gbps

IPsec VPN throughput (AES 450B UDP test)8

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

1.75 Gbps

3.5 Gbps

6.5 Gbps

Connections per second

10,000

10,000

10,000

10,000

10,000

Concurrent sessions

50,000

100,000

500,000

2,000,000

4,000,000

IPsec VPN peers

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Cisco AnyConnect or clientless VPN user sessions

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

* - Measured on instances with Accelerated Networking(AN) enabled.

Table 4.        Specifications for 9.16 and later- GCP

GCP Performance

License Type

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)

2G (ASAv30)

10G (ASAv50)

20G (ASAv100)

GCP Machine Type

c2-standard-4

c2-standard-4

c2-standard-4

c2-standard-8

c2-standard-16

Stateful inspection throughput (maximum)6

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

7.6 Gbps

16 Gbps

Stateful inspection throughput (multiprotocol)7

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

7.2 Gbps

12 Gbps

IPsec VPN throughput (AES 450B UDP test)8

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

3.3 Gbps

7.2 Gbps

Connections per second

12,500

48,000

60,000

82,000

160,000

Concurrent sessions

50,000

100,000

500,000

2,000,000

4,000,000

IPsec VPN peers

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Cisco AnyConnect or clientless VPN user sessions

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Table 5.        Specifications for 9.16 and later- OCI

OCI Performance

License Type

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)

2G (ASAv30)

10G (ASAv50)

20G (ASAv100)

OCI Shape Type

VM.Standard2.4

VM.Standard2.4

VM.Standard2.4

VM.Standard2.8

VM.Standard2.8

Stateful inspection throughput (maximum)[6]

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

Coming soon

Coming soon

Stateful inspection throughput (multiprotocol)[7]

100 Mbps

1 Gbps

2 Gbps

2.3 Gbps

3 Gbps

IPsec VPN throughput (AES 450B UDP test)[8]

100 Mbps

550 Mbps

550 Mbps

550 Mbps

620 Mbps

Connections per second

12,500

26,600

26,600

26,600

38,200

Concurrent sessions

50,000

100,000

500,000

2,000,000

4,000,000

Ipsec VPN peers

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Cisco AnyConnect or clientless VPN user sessions

50

250

750

10,000

20,000

Table 6.        Secure Firewall ASA Virtual models and recommended public cloud instance types

Standard tier

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)*

2G (ASAv30)*

10G (ASAv50)*

20G (ASAv100)*

Comments

Recommended AWS instance types

c5.large

c4.large

c3.large

m4.large

c5.large

c4.large

c3.large

m4.large

c5.xlarge

c3.xlarge

m4.xlarge

c4.xlarge

c5.2xlarge

c4.2xlarge

c3.2xlarge

m4.2xlarge

c5.4xlarge

c5n.4xlarge

Smallest supported instance type is large, which supports maximum throughput/limits of 1G entitlement. Auto Scale is supported

Recommended Azure VM types

F4, F4s

D3, D3_v2,

DS3, DS3_v2

F4, F4s

D3, D3_v2,

DS3, DS3_v2

F4, F4s

D3, D3_v2,

DS3, DS3_v2

F8, F8s

D8_v3

D4, D4_v2, DS4,

DS4_v2

F16, F16s

 

D5, D5_v2, D16_v3, DS5, DS5_v2

(Version 9.15 and above only)

Smallest supported instance size is F4/F4s, and supports max throughput/limits of 2G entitlement. Auto Scale is supported. Accelerated Networking is supported.

Recommended GCP machine types

(Version 9.15 and above only)

c2-standard-4

c2-standard-4

c2-standard-4

c2-standard-8

c2-standard-16

Smallest supported instance size is c2-standard-4, and supports max throughput/limits of 2G entitlement

Recommended OCI shape types

(Version 9.15 and above only)

VM.Standard2.4

VM.Standard2.4

VM.Standard2.4

VM.Standard2.8

VM.Standard2.8

Smallest supported instance size is VM.standard2.4, and supports max throughput/limits of 2G entitlement

* The recommended instances for higher entitlement can be used for lower entitlement as well.

Table 7.        Hypervisor and public cloud constraints

Feature

Vmware

KVM

Hyper-V

AWS

Azure

GCP

OCI

Hypervisor support

ESXi 6.0, 6.5, 6.7, 7.0

Yes

Yes
(Windows Server 2012-R2)

AWS, AWS Gov

Marketplace, AWS China (see VM instances supported in Table 9)

Azure, Azure Gov

Marketplace, Azure China (see VM instances supported in Table 10)

GCP

(see VM instances supported in Table 11)

OCI

(see VM instances supported in Table 12)

High availability

Stateful active/standby

 

No

Stateless active/standby

No

No

Modes

Routed and transparent

 

Routed only

Routed only

Routed only

Routed only

Table 8.        Maximum Cisco AnyConnect user sessions

RAM (GB)

Entitlement support

MIN

MAX

100M (ASAv5)

1G (ASAv10)*

2G (ASAv30)*

10G (ASAv50)*

20G (ASAv100)*

2

<8

50

250

250

250

250

8

<16

50

250

750

750

750

16

<32

50

250

750

10K

10K

32

No max

50

250

750

10K

20K

Table 9.        AWS instance support

Instance

Attributes

vCPUs

Memory (GB)

C5.large*

2

4

C5.xlarge*

4

8

C5.2xlarge*

8

16

C5.4xlarge**

16

32

C5n.large**

2

5.25

C5n.xlarge**

4

10.5

C5n.2xlarge**

8

21

C5n.4xlarge**

16

42

C4.large

2

3.75

C4.xlarge

4

7.5

C4.2xlarge*

8

15

C3.large

2

3.75

C3.xlarge

4

7.5

C3.2xlarge*

8

15

m4.large

2

8

m4.xlarge

4

16

m4.2xlarge*

8

32

* Requires 9.13 and later.
** Requires 9.14.1.10 and later

Table 10.     Azure instance support

Instance

Attributes

vCPUs

Memory (GB)

D3, D3_v2, DS3*, DS3_v2*

4

14

D4*, D4_v2*, DS4*, DS4_v2*

8

28

D5, DS5, D5_v2, DS5_v2**

16

56

D8_v3*

8

32

D16_v3**

16

64

F4*, F4s*

4

8

F8*, F8s*

8

16

F16, F16s**

16

32

* Requires 9.13 and later.
** Requires 9.15 and later

Table 11.     GCP instance support*

Instance

Attributes

OCPU’s

Memory (GB)

n1-standard-4

4

15

c2-standard-4

n2-standard-4

4

16

n2-highmem-4

4

32

c2-standard-8

n2-standard-8

8

32

n1-standard-8

8

30

n1-highcpu-8

8

7.2

n2-highcpu-8

8

8

n2-highmem-8

8

64

c2-standard-16

n2-standard-16

16

64

n1-standard-16

16

60

n1-highcpu-16

16

14.4

n2-highcpu-16

16

16

n2-highmem-16

16

128

* Requires 9.15 and later

Table 12.     OCI instance support*

Instance

Attributes

vCPUs

Memory (GB)

VM.Standard2.4

4

60

VM.Standard2.8

8

120

* Requires 9.15 and later

Table 13.     Ordering information: In Cisco Commerce Workspace (CCW) order the base selection (denoted by “K9” in the part number), followed by the desired license type

Part number

Description

L-ASAV5S-K9=

Cisco 100 Mbps entitlement (ASAv5) selection(Perpetual License)

L-ASA-V-5S-K9=

Cisco 100 Mbps entitlement (ASAv5) subscription

L-ASAV10S-K9=

Cisco 1 Gbps entitlement (ASAv10) selection(Perpetual License)

L-ASA-V-10S-K9=

Cisco 1 Gbps entitlement (ASAv10) subscription

L-ASAV30S-K9=

Cisco 2 Gbps entitlement (ASAv30) selection(Perpetual License)

L-ASA-V-30S-K9=

Cisco 2 Gbps entitlement (ASAv30) subscription

L-ASAV50S-K9=

Cisco 10 Gbps entitlement (ASAv50) selection(Perpetual License)

L-ASA-V-50S-K9=

Cisco 10 Gbps entitlement (ASAv50) subscription

L-ASA-V-100S-K9=

Cisco 20 Gbps entitlement (ASAv100) subscription*

*No Perpetual license option for ASAv100

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[1] Throughput measured with 1500B User Datagram Protocol (UDP) traffic measured under ideal test conditions.
[2] “Multiprotocol” refers to a traffic profile consisting primarily of TCP-based protocols or applications like HTTP, SMTP, FTP, IMAPv4, BitTorrent, and DNS.
[3] The VPN throughput and the number of sessions depend on the ASA device configuration and VPN traffic patterns. These elements should be taken into consideration as part of your capacity planning.
[4] Stated resource allocation is required to achieve the documented performance metrics for each tier. Decreased allocations are supported but will result in lower performance.
[5] Thin provisioning is supported.
[6] Throughput measured with 1500B User Datagram Protocol (UDP) traffic measured under ideal test conditions.
[7] “Multiprotocol” refers to a traffic profile consisting primarily of TCP-based protocols or applications like HTTP, SMTP, FTP, IMAPv4, BitTorrent, and DNS.
[8] The VPN throughput and the number of sessions depend on the ASA device configuration and VPN traffic patterns. These elements should be taken into consideration as part of your capacity planning.

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