Poster – Cisco VPN Client Licensing

We charge for IPsec VPN client licensing NOW

Part Number Description List Price
ASA5500-SSL–10 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 10 Premium User License $1,250.00
ASA5500-SSL–25 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 25 Premium User License $3,095.00
ASA5500-SSL–50 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 50 Premium User License $3,995.00
ASA5500-SSL–100 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 100 Premium User License $7,995.00
ASA5500-SSL–250 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 250 Premium User License $19,995.00
ASA5500-SSL–500 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 500 Premium User License $29,995.00
ASA5500-SSL–750 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 750 Premium User License $33,995.00
ASA5500-SSL–1000 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 1000 Premium User License $38,995.00
ASA5500-SSL–2500 ASA 5500 SSL VPN 2500 Premium User License $69,995.00

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  • Jose Leitao


  • Evan Weston

    Thats perfect.

  • Asbjorn Hojmark

    Well… If one just wants simple VPN client functionality (which was free with the old VPN Client), one can use the Essentials license for the ASA, which is just 250$ list, no matter how many clients. Or one can continue running IPSec VPN (with IKEv2 and the AnyConnect client), which is still free.Of cause, that’s not as funny as a list of premium licenses…

  • Anonymous

    The essentials license is really pretty good. It does most everything “regular” people need. 

  • guest

    You do realize that the prices you show are for SSL VPN, not IPSec?

  • Nelson Custodio

    SSL VPN was never free… unless you count the two free connections you get on the ASA…

  • Matt

    Used, to be free, yes.
    But before that, they weren’t, I remember the Pix v4 and v5 days when you had to buy an encryption licence with your pix and they certainly weren’t as cheap as an Anyconnect essentials license.

    Its surprising how things come full circle, I don’t think it will be long before Anyconnect essentials comes “in the box”

  • Jlefko

    While I agree that some of the VPN licensing should be free today, this quoted cost that you detail is for the advanced licensing that does posture assessments and such.  The essentials is extremely cheap.

    Cisco should make essentials free along with the mobile license.  Then they could charge for the advanced things like the premium, shared licenses, VoIP pieces.

  • Chris

    The Essentials license is next to nothing in terms of cost.  It’s largely just a measure of adoption and/or market share.

  • windexh8er

    Uhhh, those aren’t costs for IPsec licensing.

  • John P.

    Where are you getting those insane prices?

    100 user license is nearly 40% less at full retail from CDW.

    I can also get the 2500 user license for 40% less than you list. Again where are you getting your prices? 

    • Etherealmind

      They are list prices, as marked. Customers receive discounts according to the status of their Cisco partner and I would rather not comment about Cisco pricing.

  • Dave

    Is Cisco trying to take away all of the advantages of getting a ASA?  Most places I’ve been go with a Cisco FW because they are relatively cheap, and there is a perceived benefit to having a single vendor environment that includes security equipment with network engineers. 

    At this point I don’t see any reason to recommend to my customers to buy a Cisco FW…

  • Anonymous

    Tried Fortinet’s free SSLVPN on their Fortigate UTMs? Works great and has a very capable and quick web based GUI that simply works – unlike Cisco.

  • Kiwall

    There is some truth and some misunderstandings here. IPSEC is still free. SSL has never been free except for the x2 free licenses that come with each ASA. 

    For every ASA you purchase there is a maximum number of supported IPSec connections. For example, the 5520 supports up to 750, the 5540 supports 5,000 etc. You do not pay for these licenses – they are just “there”. The IPSec client is $0, and there are no additional licenses to purchase on the ASA for IPSec unless you want to use IKEv2, then the Essentials license is required. This is not per user, but per ASA (i.e. $250 for a 5520, $350 for a 5540). Essentials is also required on any ASA where mobile devices will connect to using AnyConnect. 

    Hope this helps clear things up!