Cisco Next Generation Firewalls : Cisco Firepower 2100 Series introduction

Today I am going to talk about the Cisco Next Generation Firewalls named as Cisco Firepowers. Firepower is gaining the market with the best features of NGFW. 

In this article I am specifically talking about the Cisco Firepower 2100 Series. You can have two different models with the various licensing models in Cisco 2100 series firewall. One model is Cisco Firepower with ASA image where you can have the same capabilities of ASA CLI model and the other Cisco model is Cisco Firepower with NGFW image.

Let's talk about NGFW image, Cisco Firepower 2100 with NGFW image ( Next Generation Firewall) having Application visibility inbuilt and have three other licensing which will provide you the features of NGIPS ( Cisco Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System) , AMP ( Advance Malware Protection) , Content filtering ( URL filtering ).


Fig 1.1- Cisco 2100 series Firepower- NGFW

Now If you are going to have the customer who wants the next generation firewalls, of course Cisco Firepower with NGFW image is there to support you. Let me talk about the general features of Cisco Firepower 2100 Series Next Generation firewall with the Management console named as Cisco Firesight Management Center.


Features and Capabilities of Cisco Firepower 2100 Series Next Generation Firewalls 

  • Throughput Firewall + AVC (Cisco Firepower Threat Defense): 8.5 Gbps
  • Throughput Firewall + AVC + NGIPS (Cisco Firepower Threat Defense): 8.5 Gbps
  • Throughput Firewall + AVC: 8.5 Gbps
  • Throughput AVC + IPS: 8.5 Gbps
  • Maximum concurrent sessions, with AVC: 3.5 million
  • Maximum new connections per second, with AVC: 40,000
  • Maximum VLANs: 1024

Ports, Network Module and USB
  • 1 GbE Base-T RJ45 - 12 Qty
  • 10GbE SFP+ - 4Qty
  • 10GbE SFP+ network module - 8 Qty
  • 1 GbE RJ45 management - 1 Qty
  •  Serial console RJ45- 1 Qty
  •  USB 2.0 Type A- 1 Qty
  •  Up to (24) total Ethernet ports (12xGbE RJ45, 4x10GbE SFP+, 8x10GbE SFP+ net mod)

Firesight Management & Licensing

For Firesight Management we have two different options to discuss, One is to have the virtual instance of Management on Virtual Machine and the other option is to take the dedicate physical appliance.
  • FS-VMW-SW-K9: This License will provide you the Virtual Instance of Firesight Management on VM with maximum of 25 device.
  • FS-VMW-SW-2-K9: This License will provide you the Virtual Instance of Firesight Management on VM with maximum of 2 device.
  • FMC1000-K9 : This is a 1000 device managed Fire Sight management Dedicated appliances.
  • FMC2500-K9 : This is a 2500 device managed Fire Sight management Dedicated appliances.
  • L-FPR2140T-T= This License stands for the NGIPS feature in Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
  • L-FPR2140T-TM= This License stands for the NGIPS+ AMP feature in Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
  • L-FPR2140T-TMC= This License stands for the NGIPS+AMP+URL filtering feature