in the near future we will have to look for a firewall/IDS combination. But it is difficult to compare the vendors, because all you get are marketing brochures but no real neutral reviews. What are your experiences with the ASA + Adaptive Security Device Manager? Would you buy it again? Do you have experience with multiple vendors so you can compare them?
P.S.: The network which the devices have to protect are a medium one (administration network with about 1000 clients) and a large one (university).
P.S.S.: I read that the ASAs have one SSC/SSM expansion slot and that there are several modules, with AIP-SSM for IPS and CSC-SSM for Anti-Virus'n'stuff.
But what do I do when I want an ASA for IPS AND Anti-Virus?