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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.
Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.
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 features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.
Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.
We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.
Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.
Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.
The solution is easy to use. I like the monitoring the most.
The initial setup was very straightforward. You can customize it and change it as you need.
We use Check Point to complete the network compliance rules.
We never had an outage of the appliances or the consoles. Stability is very strong. I never had a problem related to stability.
It is easy to configure and it is a valuable antivirus protection. I especially like the IPS feature of this product.
The most valuable feature is the IPsec VPN.
The Smart Dashboard and other user interfaces are very easy to use and can be handled without any significant IT skills.
After introducing this NGFW, we have improved our security posture, and now, have peace of mind.
Embedding it into my application development lifecycle prevents data loss and business disruption, allowing the adoption to operate at the speed of my AWS Cloud.
It has a good performance which helps you with the stability of your virtual environment.
In AWS, Palo Alto provides us a better view than flow logs for network traffic.
App-ID and User-ID have repeatedly shown value in securing business critical systems.
It provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are.
You already can scale it if you put it in Auto Scaling groups. If you put it in a load balancer, it should already be able to scale.
It allows us to see all our traffic to properly secure it and only allow what is needed through the firewall.
It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations.
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.
In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.
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.
There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.
With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.
The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.
Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.
There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.
All the advanced features of automation, especially the first installation of tunnels, need improvement.
Although they have it now, we don't have a license for it, and I think mobile device security should be a standard feature. I cannot control someone bringing their device to my network and what they do.
This product has room for improvement in technical support for Africa.
I would like for them to develop the ability to manage a cloud firewall with the same console. That would be very helpful.
The presentation of the reports need to be more user-friendly.
Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air. It only supports Windows versions.
We looked very closely at ArcSight's solution because it's a multi-vendor solution. With ArcSight we could have Check Point, we could have RSA, we could have any brand and integrate several brands, from a security point of view. With Check Point, you cannot do so, you can integrate with Check Point products.
There are some issues compared to other products. Ease of use is one.
It can definitely improve on the performance.
It has to be more scalable for the deployment of VMs on the cloud.
I would like to see a more thorough QA process. We have had some difficulties from bugs in releases.
We have ran into issues with Palo Alto’s limitations for resolving large IP lists from DNS lookups, as well as the antivirus interfering with App-ID.
The product could provide protection above Layer 3, which gets into the application layer and provides better visibility into those aspects of application security.
On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region.
AWS doesn't integrate well with third-party firewalls.
I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.
We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.
The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.
Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.
Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.
The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.
Cisco recently has become very expensive.
We pay $5,000-$6,000 a year.
The price is high in comparison to other solutions.
Check Point solutions are very expensive here. They're good, but they're expensive... Check Point is only useful for customers that have a big IT budget.
I don't think the product's pricing is a good value. I feel it's very overpriced. I feel a lot of the features for a next gen firewall are there. But I feel it's overpriced, because of the stability issues. As far as support goes, I really can't speak to direct Check Point support, but the third-party was pretty terrible... As far as the licensing goes, it's pretty complex. If anybody was to purchase the Check Point product, definitely make sure they have an account rep come on site, and explain it line by line, what each thing is. It's not straightforward. It's very convoluted. There's no way you could just figure it out by looking at it.
The pricing and licensing of this product on AWS should be from $1.28/hr or $4,500.00/yr. Then, it would be a good price for the performance that it delivers.
We used BYOL, because of the cost to own.
The pricing and licensing of this product on AWS for a three-year commitment is a great deal, if you can plan that far ahead.
Because the solution was getting deployed on AWS, it was the best place to go and it was available there.
One of the factors for selecting Palo Alto was they had flexible pricing. They had a pay-as-you-go model. Comparable to other products, such as Check Point, the price point was definitely a plus.
The pricing was expensive but it was comparable to the competition.
AWS is available as a AMI that you can purchase from the AWS Marketplace. Therefore, you need to purchase the licensing, since it is per AMI. Then, you deploy it on a regular EC2. Then, for on-premise, you can use both Palo Alto's software and hardware.
The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to be.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA||Check Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall|
|Cisco||Check Point||Palo Alto Networks|
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.
Offered via the Check Point Infinity architecture, Check Point’s NGFW includes 23 Firewall models optimized for running all threat prevention technologies simultaneously, including full SSL traffic inspection, without compromising on security or performance. Learn More about Next Generation Firewall.
The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.
The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.
In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.
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|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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