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Pros
"There are no issues that we are aware of. It does its job silently in the background.""It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective.""The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""Firepower NGFW has improved my organization in several ways. Before, we were trying to stamp out security threats and issues, it was a one-off type of way to attack it. I spent a lot of manpower trying to track down the individual issues or flare-ups that we would see. With Cisco's Firepower Management, we're able to have that push up to basically one monitor and one UI and be able to track that and stop threats immediately. It also gives us a little more granularity on what those threats might be.""The dashboard is the most important thing. It provides good visibility and makes management easy. Firepower also provides us with good application visibility and control.""We get the Security Intelligence Feeds refreshed every hour from Talos, which from my understanding is that they're the largest intelligence Security Intelligence Group outside of the government."

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"The App-ID, Content-ID, User-ID, and encryption and decryption are valuable features.""Innovative, advanced threat protection is the most valuable feature.""The most valuable features are web filtering and application filtering.""The management options are good.""We have found the DPI ability to understand web applications and build access rules on web application categories first to be a great feature.""I like all the functions and features.""The configuration is very simple.""Flexible and integrates well with apps and other security tools."

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"It protects against intrusion while allowing needed access.""Most of the features are useful. It is easy to configure and easy to troubleshoot. I can see the utilization of different networks, and there are also App control features.""I like the firewall product, the security server, and the content filter.""The installation is straightforward and took approximately 30 minutes.""It is very user-friendly, and there is no problem in using its interface.""It lets me monitor in live time if someone is 'hogging' bandwidth.""We are very much happy with the support.""With the main firewall routing there, we can do connectivity point-to-point. On the low bandwidth we can connect in all the branches with my corporate office."

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Cons
"FirePOWER does a good job when it comes to providing us with visibility into threats, but I would like to see a more proactive stance to it.""Its interface is sometimes is a little bit slow, and it can be improved. When you need to put your appliance in failover mode, it is a little difficult to do it remotely because you need to turn off the appliance in Cisco mode. In terms of new features, it would be good to have AnyConnect VPN with Firepower. I am not sure if it is available at the moment.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""On the VPN side, Firepower could be better. It needs more monitoring on VPNs. Right now, it's not that good. You can set up a VPN in Firepower, but you can't monitor it.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""The central management tool is not comfortable to use. You need to have a specific skill set. This is an important improvement for management because I would like to log into Firepower, see the dashboard, and generate a real-time report, then I question my team.""The solution could offer better control that would allow the ability to restrictions certain features from a website.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved."

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"They can improve the handling and management of User-ID. They should also improve its price. Their technical support can also be improved.""I would like a collaboration system and reporting ASA policy needs to be smarter.""Sometimes some of the applications the customer has do not respond as they normally should.""I would like to see better integration with IoT technologies.""Its reporting can definitely be improved. I would like to have better graphical dashboards and more widgets for more clarity in the reporting area. In a third-generation firewall, you can generate some dashboards. It provides the information that we need, but from the C-level or a higher-level perspective, it is kind of rough and incomplete. Its data loss prevention (DLP) feature is not good enough. Currently, this feature is very basic and not suitable for enterprises. It would be nice if they can include a better DLP feature like Fortinet. We would like to have a local depot of Palo Alto in Latin America. Competitors such as Cisco and Check Point have a local depot here. If there is an issue with their hardware, you can go to the depot, and in about four hours, you can get a replacement device, but that's not the case with Palo Alto Networks because we need to import from Miami. It takes about two to three weeks.""I think visibility can be improved.""In terms of what could be improved, comparatively the price is very high. That would be the one thing.""Over the past one or two years, Palo Alto Networks has added a lot of features into the NG Firewall products. I think this is becoming more complicated for our customers. Therefore, we could use some best practices, best practice tools, and implementation guides for some of the complicated features."

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"In an upcoming release, SonicWall could improve by adding cloud management for all devices for free or at a nominal cost. Currently, they have a cloud management platform but is not free. We have the MySonicWall portal for purchasing from them for software updates and renewals.""Its reporting can be improved. Currently, we cannot directly get the user names. It only shows the IP, which makes it a bit confusing because we need to use the IP to find the user. If we could directly get the name of the user, it would be better.""User interface could be improved.""In general, the company needs to think contingently and integrate more security options.""The dashboard needs to be improved.""Needs more robust self-help documentation along with examples and things to watch out for.""The stability could be a lot better.""The price could be better for us in Bolivia."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.""I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""This solution is expensive and other solutions, such as FortiGate, are cheaper.""The price is comparable.""Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""Cisco is not for a small mom-and-pop shop because of the cost, but if you're in a regulated industry where a breach could cost you a million dollars, it's a bargain.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."

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"The product is expensive compared to competing products but uses a similar type of pricing model based on hardware, software and maintenance.""Its price should be improved.""The price of this product should be reduced.""On the lower end, it's likely to cost $15,000 for renovation and support.""The pricing is competitive in the market.""The NG firewall is an expensive solution.""This solution is quite expensive.""It is a little bit expensive than other firewalls, but it is worth every penny. There are different licenses for the kinds of services you want to use. When we buy a new product, we go for a three-year subscription."

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"You need to purchase multiple licenses to manage multiple devices which is cost-prohibitive for the value you would receive.""The license that we purchased is good for three years.""Its price is very high, which makes it difficult to convince the clients to buy this solution.""Customers are required to pay for a yearly subscription.""Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions.""The price is fair for the solution for the quality you receive.""It is a bit expensive. We have to purchase the license and the reporting part separately, which makes it a bit pricey. This is the main reason why we have thought of moving to another firewall. It would be good if they combine both of these.""It has a yearly subscription."

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Questions from the Community
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Top Answer: Offers the right amount of control without being incredibly convoluted and frustrating.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of licensing costs, but the price point isn't bad. In addition, you need to buy the hardware. There is also… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.

The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments
AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
REVIEWERS
Construction Company15%
Manufacturing Company12%
Healthcare Company12%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company19%
Retailer4%
Government4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise50%
REVIEWERS
Small Business65%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise13%
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 67 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 31 reviews. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is rated 8.4, while SonicWall TZ is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls writes "The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Sophos XG, Meraki MX and Check Point NGFW, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Sophos XG and Meraki MX. See our Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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