Palo Alto Networks Panorama Review

A straightforward setup with good firewall reporting dashboards


What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily used as a firewall reporting feature.

What is most valuable?

The dashboards are very good on Palo Alto. They offer a centralized dashboard for managers as well.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to improve its pricing model.

Panorama needs to work on its configuration issues.

They should also focus on firewall management. Many clients have multiple firewalls, so Palo Alto should offer better management of them. They could model themselves off of AlgoSec, or maybe FireMon which are other very good firewall management tools.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two or three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. Palo Alto, in general, is pretty good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. We manage about 12 firewalls. The maximum might be 100.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support from Palo Alto is very good. You can get it from the distributor or from Palo Alto directly.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is generally straightforward. Deployment times vary, according to the client's environment and if they have multiple branches, etc. It can take anywhere from one to three days. After that, you have to fine-tune a few items, and that can take another two or three weeks. So the entire deployment process, depending on the organization, can take anywhere from three days to three weeks. Maintenence only takes one person, once again, depending on the setup of the company itself.

What other advice do I have?

Most of our clients deal with the on-premises deployment solution, as cloud solutions in Egypt can occasionally be insecure.

I would advise anyone looking to implement the solution really focus on sizing before beginning the implementation.

I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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