Check Point Virtual Systems Review

Multiple virtual firewalls on one box are extremely useful


How has it helped my organization?

Monitoring using SmartConsole and all its features is extremely easy, and I find SmartEvent an excellent monitoring tool for spotting threats and user behaviour.

What is most valuable?

The multiple virtual firewalls on one box are extremely useful and the interconnection with virtual switches is simple and easy to understand.

We need a product that is logical and for which we can find people skilled who are interested in learning it. Check Point is always a winner, as its an industry standard.

What needs improvement?

We have Microsoft CASB cloud app security and it's one of the least compatible firewalls. They really need to look at this, as both Check Point and Microsoft are major players. Why aren't they compatible? If we had Palo Alto then we wouldn't have this problem.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues, not even once. The firewall is set up and and the various parts are interconnected. It works just fine. R80.1 is also a major improvement.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues but I don't think we are utilizing the device to its maximum capability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Good. We go with a distributor but they work okay. It is a lot more reliable with the latest OS than it used to be.

Which solutions did we use previously?

No previous solution. It's always been Check Point, though before the virtual firewall we used to have a Juniper fw. Now we are just Check Point because for the threats we face now, I don't think we need different firewalls at different layers.

How was the initial setup?

The issue normally is getting SIC working between the gws and the management server. Actually it's reasonably straightforward, though you have to get it right. It used to be you had to have a certain type of disk drive but this is a better solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Look into this carefully and be sure you use all you buy. We haven't bought SandBlast or the bot solution but they look effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, it was decided to stay with Check Point.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you can make use of the virtual firewalls and read up on the device or take a course before you implement. Or, if you get it installed, make sure you have the right devices in the right virtual firewalls.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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