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"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.""It is scalable. It's a cloud solution, so it's easy to implement and manage.""I like how straightforward it is and simple it is to implement in the cloud.""Auto-scaling and zero touch are valuable features.""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, and unified threat management system. My engineers and analysts don't have to learn another platform. We have already entrusted our security controls to Check Point for perimeter and physical security, and now we can do so at the virtual layer as well, which is key to us.""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 set or one can shut down the virtual machine and adjust the physical parameters of the virtual machine easily and bring it right back up.""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 Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and IBM Cloud.""The visibility, the one-pane-of-glass which allows me to see all of my edge protection through one window and one log, is great. Monitoring everything through that one pane of glass is extremely valuable."

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"Any administrator with basic networking knowledge, in a couple of days, can be in full control of their networking without going through a networking engineer.""The microsegmentation is a good feature. You can segment details, products, or hardware information.""The initial setup was straightforward. You just have to click it and follow the manuals.""NSX can reduce costs and has good service. It is easy for you and your users to use.""The microsegmentation is great, and the security team thinks it is great.""The solution is robust as it covers everything we want to do and is stable, so we're happy enough with it. We have had no problems so far. Everything is great.""We are happy with the scalability.""The organization of it is logical, useful, and intuitive."

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"I would like to see more focus on east-west traffic inspection and AWS.""The product can still grow.""Zero touch removes any independence for configuring.""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 platform for virtualization is VMware. The issue isn't any fault of Check Point, it's more how the virtualization platform partners allow for that partnership and integration. There has to be close ties and partnerships between the vendors to ensure interoperability and sup-portability. There is only so far that Check Point, or any security vendor technology can go without the partnership and enablement of the virtualization platform vendor as it relies on "Service Insertion" to maintain optimal performance.""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 over.""I hope that Check Point continues to improve its technical documentation regarding the Check Point CloudGuard IaaS gateway and management system.""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 need to "buy in" and move everything to the modern dashboard so that you don't have to go to one place and to another place, at times, to configure the environment. It's time they just finish what they started and put everything in the new, modern dashboard.""The convergence time between cluster members is still not perfect. It's far away from what we get in traditional appliances. If a company wants to move mission-critical applications for an environment to the cloud, it somehow has to accept that it could have downtime of up to 40 seconds, until cluster members switch virtual IP addresses between themselves and start accepting the traffic. That is a little bit too high in my opinion. It's not fully Check Point's fault, because it's a hybrid mechanism with AWS. The blame is 50/50."

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"It takes time to do the initial setup. It is a bit slow, which is surprising.""The first time setting it up was difficult.""The next release of NSX should try to make Kubernetes and container integration a little easier than it is now. It's quite a complicated process.""The scalability is not perfect.""I would rate this product an eight because it's a good product but it needs more work. They should fix some of the bugs.""The solution is quite complex. You need to keep your thinking cap on and know what you are doing: Go to the training and listen to the solution architects when they come in because they have a lot of knowledge.""It was stable for one year, there was no impact. In the last two months, we had two big incidents.""We've have had good and bad experiences with them. We don't always find them to be so impactful. Sometimes the support guy isn't so on top of resolving the issue and it can take a while to sort out."

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"Licensing is simply by the number of hosts that you are looking to protect within your environment. It makes it much easier to ensure that you are covering your environment.""There is flexibility in the different licensing models that are offered.""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 of other vendors. Check Point is near the top, as far as how much it's going to cost you."

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"We haven't had to hire a dedicated network engineer because NSX handles 90 percent of it. The reduced overhead in terms of managing networks has been the biggest plus.""We have saved man-hours and decreased our security exposure.""We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective.""The solution is very expensive.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."

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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.

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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Physicians Choice Laboratory Services, Helvetica InsuranceCity of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point CloudGuard IaaS vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,283 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Check Point CloudGuard IaaS is ranked 4th in Cloud and Data Center Security with 9 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Cloud and Data Center Security with 21 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard IaaS is rated 8.6, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Check Point CloudGuard IaaS writes "Unified Security Management has enabled us to combine our on-prem appliances and cloud environments". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Enables us to identify problems before they manifest, but they should develop more advanced features". Check Point CloudGuard IaaS is most compared with Trend Micro Deep Security, Illumio Adaptive Security Platform, Guardicore Centra, Cisco Tetration and ShieldX, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Tetration, Cisco SD-WAN and Cumulus Networks. See our Check Point CloudGuard IaaS vs. VMware NSX report.

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