Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Review

It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations


What is our primary use case?

  • To do a lot of intrusion detection.
  • Threat prevention.
  • As an application firewall, to be able to securely deliver apps to the public.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us the ease that we are secure. We have set up the proper things that help make our data safe. This is the biggest benefit.

What is most valuable?

It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations.

The easy of use is pretty good.

What needs improvement?

I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. We have about 50 to 60 employees on it per day. Then, we have about 100 edge connected devices coming through it as well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is definitely scalable. We have about 100 users with about 200 to 300 instances on the cloud that we protect.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is really good. It is usually one phone call to get everything done if we are having an issue.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We chose to purchase Palo Alto through the AWS Marketplace because we needed an easy to use firewall and a way to protect our public applications and services.

How was the initial setup?

The integration and configuration on our AWS environment was pretty simple. We did not have to ask any questions about anything on it, so it was good.

What was our ROI?

We haven't had any security issues since deploying it.

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

Purchasing on the AWS Marketplace was simple, effective, and easy.

The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to be.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Fortinet, but Palo Alto is sort of the new up and coming product. There were a lot of good recommendations from other security experts.

In addition, Palo Alto is easier to configure when you are building policies on applications. 

What other advice do I have?

Talk to their technical services to make sure you are getting the right size solution for what you want to do.

The product is easy use. I don't have to think twice when I am using it. I know it is doing its job. Customer support has been great.

We are using both the AWS and on-premise versions. Both versions are about the same. The interface is nice and easy to configure. I like that it seems like it is one platform to manage.

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