Tufin Review

A flexible and customization solution that reduces dependency on contractors


What is our primary use case?

We are a reseller and solution provider. We have this product running in our lab, and what differentiates us is that we are able to take our client's use cases and execute them in our environment. 

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped our clients because it allows them to leverage the tools so that they can actually reduce their overall expenses for the environment. The push is operational, and they've been able to eliminate a number of contractors, thus saving quite a bit of money by using the automation capabilities of Orchestration.

What is most valuable?

The full Orchestration Suite is what we've been primarily driving because many of our customers want to move into automation, or at least some aspects of it.

The audit portion of this solution has made a really big difference for us. Also, the flexibility of change has allowed us to really drive the product into the marketplace for a large clientele.

This solution provides great visibility, for both our customers from a primary firewall perspective, as well as for the other solutions that they tie into. For example, it gives us an ability to view what’s going on with full plant environments in various parts of the world.

The change workflow process is extremely customizable. We really like it from the standpoint that we can push it from department to department for approvals. It’s not contained within a single solution set, but rather, it moves across the silos of an organization for the approval process.

This solution has helped our clients to meet compliance mandates across the globe, including, for example, GDPR and SOX requirements.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see more in terms of integration with other application types within the context, such as next-generation firewalls or next-generation threat devices that are out there. It's not just about firewalls anymore. A lot of convergence is happening at that enforcement point, so we'd like to see a little bit more attention on that. Examples would be integration with IPS, Application Control, Anti-Bot, and Anti-Malware.

For how long have I used the solution?

Almost nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have found that this solution is quite stable. We do have some RFPs in to increase performance capabilities, but from our perspective, it's quite stable. If this were not true then our largest companies would not be buying the product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is extremely scalable, globally across thousands of firewalls, switches, and proxy devices. We look for scalability in a product. We have a small portfolio of solution providers, Tufin being one of them, and we choose them based on their scalability. There are other factors, but scalability is critical for us.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support for this solution is good. We don't really use it too much because of our strong engineering team, but it's always been very responsive. We are sending two more engineers to the Cleveland area office next month.

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

We chose this solution a long time ago. We've been a partner for almost nine years. Because they spun off and many of the individuals who were part of the envelopment of products within the security space, like Ruby, came out of the Check Point environment. We're a very, very strong Check Point enterprise player, so we feel that anybody who understands product development and product distribution across large environments has to be a key for us.

We really weren't interested in products from other resellers, or we weren't interested in products from auditors. We were interested in products from people who knew how to develop products for the marketplace. So that's been a key for us. The other piece is the ability to scale, and then finally, the ability to automate with that scalability. We just don't find others as scalable as Tufin is.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is straightforward. Obviously, with its flexibility, you really have to know what you're doing. In order to be able to leverage the product, it requires some expertise.

What was our ROI?

ROI is a little bit hard to measure in the security space, so our focus is on reducing TCO. For example, one of our clients was able to eliminate fifteen contractors that they had on an annual basis. This was a cost savings of $1,200,000 USD for the first year. Ultimately, we want to reduce TCO as much as possible.

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

Licensing is available in both perpetual and subscription models, and it appears to be good for our scalable environments. We have also needed to work with what we call small enforcement point pricing, which we'll probably get more into as people expand.

What other advice do I have?

We do not yet have a great deal of experience with the cloud side of this solution. However, we're actually moving into our first contract around that and we'll be digging in deep. We find it, at least from our lab environment, highly successful, whether it's AWS or Azure, and we're looking at the Kubernetes side of things as well. So far, so good, from a lab perspective, but we will be rolling out our first, into a full Cloud environment for one of our global clientele.

For our clientele, this solution has, without question, saved them time when it comes to making changes. The whole idea is to be able to initiate a change and have it proliferate across thousands of devices. It's critical. So, just in that alone, we can save six months' worth of man-hours just in making a single change for some of the environments that we work with.

Tufin is really a leader in the space for taking manual processes and eliminating them as much as possible.

My advice to anybody researching this or a similar solution is to look for longevity in the field. Also, look for product development expertise and a legacy of that. Finally, look for scalability, stability, and growth within the marketplace across device sets.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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