Check Point Virtual Systems Review

A good firewall solution that's extremely stable and can scale easily


What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as firewall security for our clients.

What is most valuable?

The IPS, application and URL filtering, as well as Identity Awareness, are all very valuable features.

What needs improvement?

Reporting needs improvement. It's difficult to utilize properly. Currently, I'm in a situation whereby a client of ours is looking for reporting on their organizational unit. Check Point has failed to do that. We've been trying to do it for the past month and we haven't been able to. We've also gotten techs from Check Point to call us to help and we just can't get the solution to do what we need it to do.

Sometimes, if you aren't familiar with the solution, it can be a bit complex, but it does become easier to use with time. However, every time they launch a new version, it becomes more complex and you need to take time to get familiar with all the changes. For every version that they upgrade, you need to upskill yourself. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is fantastic.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability potential of the solution is great. We use the solution quite extensively. We do plan to increase usage in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

If I were rating technical support out of ten, I would give it a seven. They're inconsistent. Sometimes you do get guys from Check Point to help you out and then sometimes you don't. Sometimes it's hard getting a hold of them.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. The time it takes to deploy depends on the organization.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the implementation ourselves.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am familiar with Fortinet, although I didn't do a direct comparison. I did compare other solutions as well.

What other advice do I have?

For those who want to implement the solution, they should make sure they have a very strong networking background.

I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

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