Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
From a protection perspective, it provides a network perimeter security function for our company.
We use it as a firewall at our head office and branches.
It integrates well with Fortinet and Palo Alto.
It uses many applications, like antivirus blocking and web filtering.
The high availability of the application is good.
It protects the data behind our switches.
It helps us perform our daily jobs.
We mostly use the Layer 4 firewall functions: Access rules, NAT, and site-to-site IPsec VPN.
Super easy to manage. Anyone who has been working with firewalls can handle it.
There is good documentation with a fantastic community and enterprise support.
The ability to perform packet captures on the command line and via the GUI is useful for diagnosing problems.
It is easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it.
The IPsec and VPN services, as well as the interoperability with other solutions such as Cisco, Juniper, and Palo Alto have been invaluable.
Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails.
Its features rival many of the high cost solutions out there.
The initial setup was straightforward, therefore I wanted to continue using the product.
This solution needs to update for "Next Generation" needs.
It did not improve our safety because the IDS does not detect some attacks, but our anti-virus software did.
We tried configuring the IDS for more than four months, but it did not work properly.
The CLI is verbose. You have to say a lot to do a little. I don't like that part of it. Cisco's command syntax seems to be a good bit more concise. When you're trying to get something done, you don't want to have to type a bunch.
Juniper needs to focus more on their perimeter firewalls.
The GUI needs to be easier to handle.
I would like to see endpoint control and endpoint testing security.
I would like them to add a dashboard because it's difficult to operate.
It needs better parsing of logs. At the moment, you have to use an external server for this if you want a deeper analysis.
I would like to see multiple DNS servers running on individual interfaces.
They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI. Occasionally, they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software a bit and provide better monitoring software.
When a carrier that supports a VPN or IPsec tunnel bounces, the recovery time can take a few minutes. Reducing that time would be greatly appreciated in future releases.
It is not centrally managed, where you log into the website and can see all your services there. We would like to be able to see is all the configurations from a central interface on all our pfSenses.
The GUI could use improvements, though it is manageable.
A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion.
It requires more attention to provide a better alternative for open source to small government or educational institutions with reduced budgets in terms of technology.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It has a low price.
It is not that expensive.
Pricing is good. Most of the costs are in the UTM (IDS/IPS, virus scanning, etc) subscription.
Palo Alto was nice, but much more expensive.
We were able to lower our overall operating costs over a three year period by 25%, mostly recovered from maintenance/support costs.
Small enterprises or telco have variant licenses, and this licensing should be improved.
I would say about $20,000 for a SRX650 with IDP licence.
Pricing is very good, not expensive.
All costs are low compared to other solutions. The hardware is stable and cheap.
There is no licensing fee except for the enterprise support, if you want it.
This solution was about $150,000 cheaper than the closest competitor over a three year period.
In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive.
It is a great solution that is economical. It scales so the cost per protected MB is almost free.
It is a free solution.
It is economical (i.e., free).
From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is included in one price.
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|High-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform. SRX Series gateways set new benchmarks with 100GbE interfaces and feature Express Path technology, which enables up to 1 Tbps performance for the data center.||Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.|
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