Check Point NGFW Competitors and Alternatives

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BartVan Es
Real User
IT Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2018

What is most valuable?

It's an easy, straightforward management platform to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We have currently bumped into several issues with the Stormshield firewall. It has some unexpected behavior in the terms of activating interfaces that were previously… more»

What needs improvement?

* Better management of high availability features * Application awareness to a higher degree * VPN throughputs: Stromshield needs a higher throughput on some models. When… more»

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

They have a very interesting pricing for their devices. For mid-sized companies, they sell their appliances for good prices.

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

The reason why they chose Stormshield to begin with is unknown to me.

What other advice do I have?

I don't have many positive things to say about this firewall because we keep bumping into issues. Now, we are looking to leave Stormshield. Search for a vendor based on a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The shortlist that I have now is Palo Alto, Check Point, WatchGuard, Fortinet, and Sophos. I have narrowed this list down based on technical specifications, pricing, and… more»
Jonny Su
Real User
IS&S Europe and Global Infrastructure Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the threat prevention and policy-based routing features.

What needs improvement?

I think they need to have a proper hardware version for a smaller enterprise. We had to go to a very high-end version which is very expensive. If we chose the lower-end version, it would not meet our goals. A middle-end is missing in its… more»

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

It's a bit pricey.

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

We did previously have a different kind of a firewall. We used Check Point before. We also used NetScreen and Cisco. But in the end, we defined our standard and now use Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

Once you install it, you use it every day. You can't stop because it's a security feature and a precaution. Also, we are using it to do some local breakouts, so we use utilize the local internet to carry some business traffic, to ensure… more»
Pradeep Kurra
Real User
Cloud Practice Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 23 2018

What is most valuable?

* Firewalls * VPN

How has it helped my organization?

We have big team which can support Palo Alto on-premise. We have engineers which are familiar with Palo Alto products. Our customers are perfectly suited for our use case. They wanted to get onto AWS… more»

What needs improvement?

On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region.

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

The purchase process through AWS Marketplace was easy for us because we are partner to Palo Alto, so it was straightforward. All we need to do was purchase it from AWS Marketplace because we had a… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product, and tell people, "Go for it." It has not disappointed us for the purpose that we use it. It is really matured in the networking area. Because of our use case, we didn't… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For on-premise, we evaluated Check Point and Fortinet.
Imad-Awwad
Real User
Group IT Manager at Malia Group
Oct 01 2019

What is most valuable?

Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good. As for the features and services it was less than the others. Having all of the features means higher specs of hardware… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco NGFW had the needs that were required by us but unfortunately, was very primitive. There was no added value and every feature requires license thus extra HIDDEN cost… more»

What needs improvement?

In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline. Nowadays IoT, Big Data, AI, Robotics… more»

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

Always look for the history of the products and their evolution, as this will reflect their prices. As for the licenses, be smart and choose the ones you are going to use… more»

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

I was using a different solution prior to this one. I shifted because I found that it can heal my pain at least partially. By the end, it did the job and more.

What other advice do I have?

Think before you buy, as this solution can be your success or failure. Always work with professionals and not promoters.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Whenever I go for a new solution, I test many leaders "NOT RELYING ON GARTNER", yet going for sites that are related to technical evaluations and real case studies. The… more»
Adil Cullychurn
Real User
Tech Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Aug 21 2019

What is most valuable?

We've found the threat detection very valuable. The entire platform is user-friendly. It's easier compared to Check Point or Juniper firewalls.

How has it helped my organization?

For my organization, it has become much easier to scan the firewalls because the solution is more user-friendly than its competitors.

What needs improvement?

The signature discs, compared to Palo Alto, aren't as good. It takes more time to get the signature updates. The solution should be on the cloud a bit more. There should be a cookie eater.

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

Licensing is renewed on a yearly basis.

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

We ended up choosing the solution because of its ease of use and it troubleshooting steps were easy to control.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution. As a co-firewall, it does a good job. I would rate the solution seven out of ten.
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