Compare Azure Firewall vs. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series

Azure Firewall is ranked 22nd in Firewalls with 5 reviews while Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is ranked 18th in Firewalls with 6 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.8, while Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall writes "Recently added features such as SD-WAN have greatly simplified operations". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series writes "IPS system is the strongest you can get and it has good decryption". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Cisco Firepower NGFW, whereas Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is most compared with .
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Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.The technical team is always available when we have problems.

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Great security and connectivity.The solution has many useful features. For example, the solution allows users to create virtual IP addresses.Performance and stability are the key features of this product.The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive.The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs.

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This is a very reliable firewall and we have never had problems with it.Palo Alto has an approach that makes the configuration easier not only for the customers but also for the IT help for the customers.Simple integrations with the domain controllers and other inventoriesThe most valuable feature is availability.The IPS system is the best in the field.Palo Alto has better and finer controls than, say, Cisco or Check Point.

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In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.

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The interface could be improved, it's not very user friendly.The solution doesn't offer the same capabilities of Fortinet. It should offer intrusion prevention and advance filtering. These are two very useful features offered on Fortinet that Azure lacks.The product could be made more customizable.We find it's different implementing it region-to-region. It might help if it was universal across all regions.This solution is not mature when it comes to handling perimeter traffic like internet browsing.

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The technical support, and how they provide it to the client, needs to be improved.They should implement the features that the other firewalls have.Palo Alto doesn't have extended visibility to the end point in their firewalls.There are a lot of bugs in this solution.Higher levels of support are excellent but new users may need additional options.The solution needs a series of OS changes.

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Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months.The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology.The program is very expensive.The cost of this solution is high.Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.

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The price of this solution is too high.Products by the leader in the field are justifiably a bit more expensive compared to other vendors.

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.

Designed to handle growing throughput needs due to increasing amounts of application-, user-, and device-generated data, the K2-Series offers amazing performance and threat prevention capabilities to stop advanced cyberattacks and secure mobile network infrastructure, subscribers, and services.

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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.
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State of North Dakota, SEGA, Alameda County Office of Education, Temple University, VERGE, CAME
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
University6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company7%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company42%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government8%
Real Estate/Law Firm7%
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Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise42%
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