Compare OpenVPN vs. Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access

OpenVPN is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 11 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access is ranked 4th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 3 reviews. OpenVPN is rated 9.0, while Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of OpenVPN writes "My solution for connecting two DRBD farms". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access writes "Good architecture, software, and interface with strong endpoint protection". OpenVPN is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access, F5 BIG-IP and Sangfor EasyConnect, whereas Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, OpenVPN and Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. See our OpenVPN vs. Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access report.
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Pros
The features I have found to be most valuable are the levels of encryption I can enact and the compression I can apply to improve throughput.Provided the easiest UX for our end-users and had the greatest interoperability with all the operating systems we used, including but not limited to: iOS, Android, OS X, Windows, and Linux.The compatibility with almost any Linux operating system, and how easy it is to write scripts and generate keys for people to use and log in. I found it easy to deploy quickly.A valuable feature for us is its ability to see the new Citrix server as a local server within the company. And it allows us to test abroad.It can securely do remote product updates... just as if it was on our LAN.You can do local subnet blocking.Provides privacy and cryptography for my network communication.It allows our employees to work remotely across Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.

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The features I find most valuable is WildFire, user integration, and the basic technology features.It's very stable. Sometimes after installing the boxes, we leave them for one or two years. We would just touch the box in the case of the customer needing new requirements or changes to the setup.The initial setup is very straightforward.

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If there was a Graphical User Interface to help streamline the configuration, I believe OpenVPN would probably venture more into the non-geek realm as it were.The upgrade path from older versions was more difficult than we wanted to tackle, so we ran an older version of the software for longer than I wanted. Patching, updating, and migrating to newer versions was a problem for us. That said, we were on a rather old version that I inherited yet it worked rock solid.If someone's key is not working, or if we had to remove someone's permission from it, or maybe an employee left the company and we had to take their key out, that seemed a little bit more complicated than it had to be.I think right now the GUI part of it is locked out behind the pay wall. It could use something that gives it a very basic, minimal, graphic interface for logging in, for the community version. That would probably be a good step forward.If we had to create something for someone who was not necessarily tech savvy, I had to set that up on their computer, I had to write "read me's" and other things so that they could install their client and then connect to the VPN by themselves. So it was hard to set up for people who are not tech savvy.I would like to see a simpler interface, so that we can make the connection between the local network using the LAN IP.I would be more happy with the idea of licensing to have a reduced price with longer, grouped, annual fees. We have a lot of other software that does the same thing. It's a little higher price if you're going with a shorter stint, but there's a reduction in price for three- and five-year contracts.They may have this already, but it would be nice to be able to get more notifications if a site drops unexpectedly.

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I would like to see better pricing and an easier logging process. Also, if there was a way to log a global log, everything could go onto the system. It would be better if there was a third log, otherwise one would have to do everything manually.Their next release should provide solutions for the mobile environment.Dependencies of applications sometimes is a bit confusing.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
With regard to setup cost, pricing and/or licensing, the simple answer is that you'll need to set aside some time to learn it and experiment with it.At one point I had to purchase addition connection licenses. I was very pleased with the pricing and licensing; so much easier than navigating the confusing jungle of Microsoft and Cisco licensing and pricing. That alone made the product a delight to manage.Begin with the community version and upgrade to paid one if the need arises.The product's pricing is good value, definitely. It is one of the best features, I would say. Evaluate the product before seeing which type of licensing is good for you. I think there is a good evaluation method available for OpenVPN, so you can just evaluate if it meets your needs. Then go forward with the right licensing policy.I would say the product's pricing is a good value. I would recommend to other companies to implement it. I've seen other software, in tandem with the service, to be very expensive.The Pro Edition has a reasonable price per user.It is free, you buy support.

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The licensing cost is about 18,000 euros.

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Prisma Access, GlobalProtect, Palo Alto GlobalProtect Mobile Security Manager
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OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

Prisma Access provides protection straight from the cloud to make access to the cloud secure. It combines the connectivity and security you need – and delivers it everywhere you need it.

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Concord Hospital, State of Colorado, Essilor International, RheinLand Versicherungsgruppe, University of Westminster, Universidade Nove de Julho, SPAR Austria, CAME Group, ZipRealty, Greenhill & Co., IKT Agder, Aviva Stadium, Animal Logic, Management & Training Corporation, Brigham Young University Hawaii, School District of Chilliwack
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K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
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