Check Point Virtual Systems Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
IT Specialist at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 10 2020

What is most valuable?

Our organization liked the fact that it wasn't just firewalls that handled addresses and ports. It also handles actual URL inspections. The solution is at the cutting edge of technology. The solution… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The solution gets the access controls down to an even more precise part of the network traffic. It's not just any user going to an IP address or going to a port to get on the network. It's very… more »

What needs improvement?

It's like anything else. What's good today might not be in a day, a week, a month, etc. The solution needs to constantly be adapting and updating. The solution needs a series of OS changes.

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

I don't have an idea of what the licensing costs are.

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

Prior to Palo Alto, we had been using Check Point. There wasn't a technical reason that we switched. As an organization, we just periodically switch technologies.

What other advice do I have?

I'd advise companies considering setting up the solution to make sure they have a trained team. If the team doesn't have any expertise with this type of firewall, then they've got to take some… more »
Real User
Technical Head at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 12 2020

What is most valuable?

The VDOM (Virtual DOM) is a virtualized firewall that has some opportunities for flexibility that are an advantage in certain configurations. The other valuable part is that this flexibility makes it easy to integrate with Cisco products.

What needs improvement?

The product really has everything that we need as far as features for this type of solution and our use case. It works fine for us. One thing that can be improved is the pricing model. It is currently subscription-based and I think they… more »

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

The costs for the maintenance and subscription for Fortinet FortiOS software alone is actually half of the cost of the hardware. For example, if your hardware costs were about $40,000, your yearly subscription to FortiOS is about $20,000… more »

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

We had been using Check Point and we still use it. In fact, we have been working with Check Point more than Fortinet. I may be a bit biased toward Check Point because I already have more implementation support for it than FortiOS. The… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would probably recommend Check Point to most users considering FortiO if they do not have any ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) implementation or a Cisco ACI. If you could do a workaround on the ACI, then I would probably still… more »
Puneet Dobhal
Reseller
Director at VULPINE SOFTWARE PVT LTD
Jul 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The best thing about the product is the very good threat prevention output.

What needs improvement?

The dashboard needs to be improved. They can work on the GUI part of the solution. Currently, it is a little bit complicated as compared to other competitors. Each uplink is quite a big and complicated sort of tool. Other products, like Checkpoint, are so-so, however, they are better. Fortinet is a… more »

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

I also have experience with Sophos XG. I find that there aren't too many differences between firewalls, as everyone has the same platform and goals.

What other advice do I have?

We use this solution ourselves, however, we also deploy it for our clients. We're resellers. We're using the latest version of the solution. I don't know if I have specific advice, as each customer is different and has different needs in terms of security. It depends on their policies and how they… more »
Real User
Managing Director at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Sep 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The product is quite mature. Cisco is well known within the industry. The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is extremely integrated. The product basically comes with the firewall features including IPS, URL filtering, malware, et… more »

What needs improvement?

The pricing of the solution can be improved. It's not cheap. It's quite expensive. The company needs to make its solution more affordable to make it more accessible to larger markets. Otherwise, it's seen as an enterprise-level solution… more »

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

The solution's costs are quite high. It's a turn-off in terms of actually using it. It's more of an enterprise-level solution. It's not ideal for smaller organizations as the cost to run it would be out of their budgeting capabilities.

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

I've used a variety of other solutions. I've used Check Point, Palo Alto, and Juniper as well. We primarily like Cisco due to the fact that their technical support is great. By far, it's the best I've ever seen.

What other advice do I have?

We use a few different Cisco solutions. We're a Cisco partner. We have a business relationship with the company. We're dealing with the latest version of this particular solution. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. The value for money… more »
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