Palo Alto Networks WildFire Review

At the end of the day, even in spite of application controls, it's on top of the charts in terms of functionality.

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is on-frame and in-cloud security of the infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

We use this with different clients in the financial sphere, the health sector, and the insurance sector. Across all of these different verticals, we use this product.

What is most valuable?

Being an application-based firewall, this is one of the critical focus factors along with the threat prevention services it provides.

What needs improvement?

As a firewall and 360 degrees of security, there needs to be more maturity. And, the industry is currently moving towards automation and orchestration. I would like to see more of this in the product. They are part of the future roadmap to AI (Artificial Intelligence).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable, and we are also trying to integrate this with the Palo Alto MIME shell. We did that, and also I have inquired recently about Evident, which is a recent acquisition. So I have requested for demos, and still I did not see any response from Palo Alto yet. This is something that we would like to explore.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's pretty much scalable. We were able to manage both the cloud, and also the on-frame devices or appliances from centralized management station. So, we just implemented in the  migration onto the cloud.

How are customer service and technical support?

We used tech support to help us implement the product initially. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have prior experience with Cisco Firepower. But, they are very expensive in comparison to Palo Alto.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex because we were switching from traditional firewalls to application-based firewalls. We needed Palo Alto's help insetting up initially. From there, we tried to understand, and followed suit with implementation.

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

It is a reasonable price compared to other solutions on the market.

What other advice do I have?

Some of our clients used to have the traditional firewalls so where we do have enabled the application control but being it's a pretty small firewall. At the end of the day, even in spite of them demanding the application controls, it's on top of the firewall functionality (especially in terms of controlling the applications). So, after implementing the Palo Alto firewalls, they have achieved more than what is expected, and we are able to control the number of applications; who gets to have access, and what is flowing inside the network. Anything that is traversing the firewall, is available right now.

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