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Alex Tremblay
Real User
Cyber Security Manager at H2O Power
Sep 16 2020

What is most valuable?

It's really the whole suite that is valuable. But within that, the Identity Awareness is good because you can build your policies around each user. You can say what each… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest example of how it has helped our company function is the single pane of glass. The way that we implemented it is that we monitor a lot of devices in our… more »

What needs improvement?

The biggest room for improvement is that, for a long time now, they've moved everything over to R80 but they still maintain some of the stuff in the old dashboard. They… more »

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

The pricing is pretty high, not just for your capital, for what you have to pay upfront, but for what you pay for your annual software renewals as well, compared to a lot… more »

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

For this type of functionality we did not have a previous solution. We're building a new cloud data center, and this was our first cloud protection. But it's basically a… more »

What other advice do I have?

Sometimes you've got to pay for what you actually want. We realized that it's an expensive solution, there's no denying that. But we're happy with what we have gotten out… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked into the same vendors that we already had onsite. We looked at Cisco, WatchGuard, and Palo Alto, in addition to Check Point. Some of them were actually quicker… more »
M Poczobut
Real User
CISO and Senior Director Technical Operations at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Jul 16 2020

What is most valuable?

What's most valuable to me is that it's a contiguous solution that aligns well with the components that we've relied on and trusted from a traditional hardware, firewall… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This virtual platform is unique in the way that it augments our existing physical controls through a centralized management system. When many organizations, like ours… more »

What needs improvement?

It's meeting our needs at this time. If I could make it better, it would be by making it more standalone. That would be beneficial to us. I say that because our current… more »

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

The pricing and licensing of this is much more digestible than that of its hardware equivalent. I've found, in times past, especially on the hardware side of things, that… more »

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

We never found a solution we were satisfied with, and which would not affect our overall operational performance.

What other advice do I have?

Intently know and understand the integration points within your environment. It is a great security solution, but understand how integrated it is with, and what level of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at offerings from Cisco (ACI), Illumio and Gigamon. This was about three-and-a-half years ago. The main differentiator, and the reason we selected Check Point… more »
Learn what your peers think about Check Point CloudGuard IaaS. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: August 2020.
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Oleg Pekar
Real User
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
Aug 26 2020

What is most valuable?

I find it really useful that CloudGuard supports all the main players on the Public Clouds market including AWS, GCP, and Azure, as well as some exotic ones like Alibaba… more »

How has it helped my organization?

While using the Check Point CloudGuard IaaS gateways in the cloud environment, we had almost the same experience as with other Check Point firewall solutions. The… more »

What needs improvement?

As with other solutions of this kind, you still have to manage basic cloud firewalls and routes for VPC outside of CloudGuard IaaS. There's no 100% integration. I hope… more »

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

There is flexibility in the different licensing models that are offered. For testing/evaluation/PoC projects, you could go with the Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) license without… more »

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

We didn't use such solutions before and had to rely on the built-in firewall rules of the Google Cloud Platform infrastructure.

What other advice do I have?

You should fully understand the way CloudGuard would be integrated into your cloud from a networking perspective, and it differs from platform to platform. For example… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, since we decided to have a unified firewalling solution across all the infrastructure, and we already had the Check Point firewalls in the on-premises data centers.
RajivT
Real User
Senior System Engineer at Gas South
Jul 29 2020

What is most valuable?

We have found the overall functionality of the product to be exactly similar to the physical product. The one good advantage is that it is cloud-based and can be deployed either as a part of a scale… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have it deployed in our cloud and it forms the gateway for all external connectivity and access to the assets in the cloud. CloudGuard IaaS has given us the complete redundancy that we have been… more »

What needs improvement?

I think they have pretty much mastered what can be done. There are some nuances like when you fail over from one cluster member to the other, the external IP address takes about two minutes to fail… more »

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

If you are a Microsoft Azure customer the setup is very simple. There is already a great template there ready for deployment. Read the deployment guide fully before attempting it. Licensing is built… more »

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

We have always been a Check Point customer.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at bring in other alternate vendors before settling on CloudGuard. We did a POC of Fortinet.
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 27 2019

What is most valuable?

It is what we use mainly for on-premise. That is really what has us using the product, as it is sort of our standard for data centers.

How has it helped my organization?

Moving into the cloud without having to change a lot of our internal processes and retrain staff is one of the biggest benefits of this solution.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more focus on east-west traffic inspection and AWS. Things are changing very quickly in the cloud. There is a lot more maturing that needs to happen as far as CloudGuard goes… more »

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

We did not use anything previously. Going to the cloud was a new requirement for us.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a six out of ten. Other vendors typically are working with hardware acceleration and various other products, which you can't get in the cloud. One of the key things that made us more… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered Fortinet. Check Point has better overall integration with Azure. I was part of the decision-making process.
RAMAKRISHNANV V
Real User
Senior Security Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 15 2020

What is most valuable?

I think one of the valuable features is the auto-scaling, which is based on traffic and automatically spins one more firewall and adds it to the management server. The zero touch is also a valuable feature. After re-tagging the next internal load balancer within Check Point, it automatically writes up a mac rule and an access rule. As long as you're adding a server into the internal load balancer… more »

What needs improvement?

There is definitely some improvement required. We currently use a deployment template provided by AWS each time. If I want to clean up the IaaS I have to use the IaaS template which should not be necessary. Secondly, because it's zero touch, I cannot write up any rules in the firewall. I understand these features might have been built particularly for zero-touch but from the perspective of a… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anyone wanting to implement this solution would be to religiously follow the guidelines. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

* Traps prevention * Security on the cloud

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, we have a hybrid infrastructure. We needed security on the cloud, and this solution has provided the security that we were lacking.

What needs improvement?

The product can still grow.

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

We were not on the cloud before. We're a big Check Point customer. Our secure perimeter is checkpoint, so we needed security for the cloud. So, it was a pretty easy decision right there. We evaluated… more »

What other advice do I have?

Look into it. I like how straightforward it is and simple it is to implement in the cloud.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Cisco's cloud products since we have a lot of Cisco products.

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What is Check Point CloudGuard IaaS?

CloudGuard delivers automated and elastic public cloud network security to keep assets and data protected while staying aligned to the dynamic needs of public cloud environments.Learn more about Cloud Public IaaS security.

Also known as
CloudGuard IaaS, Check Point vSEC
Check Point CloudGuard IaaS customers

Physicians Choice Laboratory Services, Helvetica Insurance

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