Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM

Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 21st in Firewalls with 4 reviews vs Sophos Cyberoam UTM which is ranked 6th in Firewalls with 15 reviews. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "A reliable tool with excellent support". The top reviewer of Sophos Cyberoam UTM writes "Web and content filtering, and bandwidth monitoring help keep bandwidth costs in check". Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Juniper SRX. Sophos Cyberoam UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos UTM and SonicWall TZ. See our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM report.
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Pros
It is reliable and the support is very good.In the newer version, there are 3850s, all of them are scalable. They fit better into the medium or small businesses.They now know the details about their network traffic that they did not know before: Applications that they are using and some application they did not know they were using.A solid operating system with all the necessary data center security features.We have reduced the number of configuration lines by 90%. We need fewer number of admins right now because of it.It scales linearly with load and no issues.We now know a lot more detail about what our users are doing on the network.It is very stable. It is fairly easy to use.

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Web and content filtering are valuable in preventing people from abusing the network and pushing up the bandwidth price.We have never had to restart a firewall. The firewalls have all worked perfectly fine.The best feature is the flexibility the product offers, in terms of remote access. What we had before was a decentralized mechanism in our organization, but after having this product we were able to get the remote locations into the same LAN. We were able to control the bandwidth and were able to take virtual access of those machines and give them the support, as and when required.Bandwidth Management and aggregation. It is valuable for combining two ISPs. Switching to a secondary/redundant ISP is thus seamless, in the event that the primary ISP goes down. The Bandwidth Management is also valuable for limiting heavy downloaders that may impact negatively on the experience of other users.The product has helped control bandwidth utilization, as well as enhanced connectivity and security to remote locations.User and network policies to be managed on a single screen with powerful filtering and search options.Good user interface.Web Filtering and Application Filtering saves a lot of my bandwidth and improves the user's productivity.

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From time to time, they have released some content updates that have some issues, maybe twice a year.There are various reports that come with the box or with the VMware, but you can only run them daily.All areas need improvement: manufacturing, education, financial, etc.The user-friendliness of the UI could be improved.The interface is all Java-based. I would prefer an HTML5 interface.Just sometimes it can be a bit sluggish navigating through pages. That is just purely because of Java.​

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Cyberoam configuration is done through the browser, which is one of the places that viruses spread.Once in a while, an unwanted email will slip in. You have to set your parameters to avoid that happening, but once in a while, an email has slipped past firewall. Once you update the firmware, you notice that it doesn't happen. If an email slips in, I get a little bit worried. I do get the report, but you just don't want that situation happening in the first place.I would like to see a better content management pack and also the website searching should be better.I have problems with the email filtering. Emails pass through without any filtering affecting them. When I get back to them and tell them this is the issue, they check everything and say it is not in their database signature and they have to update it. But you know, by that time, my user has already opened it.There is a lot or room for improvement, because it is still not a fourth or fifth generation firewall. It lacks security features.Needs a mail alert/notification when the device loses any of its connections, during ISP redundancy implementation.The following could be improved: Web Filtering using wildcards; clarity regarding the firewall rules; granular reporting features.On-box sandstorm should be available. As of now, it is from their cloud.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
I know Palo Alto is not cheap. They have been telling me, the members of the finance team, it is not a cheap solution. It is a solution whose target is that no matter how big your organization is, small, medium, or large, it is about the maturity of your security team or infrastructure team whom you want to work with.It is a little bit of crazy if you compare it to Vanguard, Sophos, or even Cisco. The newest version of Cisco, the Next-Generation Firewall of Cisco, is less expensive than Palo Alto. It is more comparable to Check Point.For licensing, It depends how they want to use the firewall. The firewall can be used only for IPS purposes. If you only want that firewall IPSs, you will only need a license that is called threat prevention. That license, threat prevention, includes vulnerabilities, antivirus signatures and one additional measure (that I can't remember), but it includes three measures and security updates.The box, if you do not want to buy the threat prevention license in the box, you can buy it only with the support license. It is for the support of the hardware. It works like a simple firewall. It integrates what it calls user IDs and application IDs. If you do not buy any other license, only the firewall, Palo Alto will also help you improve a lot of your security.​The licensing is pretty much like everyone else.When you have a client compare box against box, a lot of times Palo Alto is a bit more expensive, but its network firewalls have a very rich ratio.Do not buy larges box if you do not need them. Rightsizing is a great task to do before​hand.For what you get, it does do what it says. It is a good value for an enterprise firewall.​

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Prices are very high.It is worth the value.It’s value for the money. It’s functionally competitive with higher priced alternative brands.The price is very competitive and the licensing is easy.It is more expensive than cheap routers, but it offers a lot of functionality, and that warrants the price.Licensing is a bit costly, mostly for features requiring subscription.It is very reasonably priced as compared to other solutions in the market.Licensing is very good value for the money.

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Overview
Overview

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.

Cyberoam Unified Threat Management hardware appliances offer comprehensive security to organizations, ranging from large enterprises to small and branch offices. Multiple security features integrated over a single, Layer 8 Identity-based platform make security simple, yet highly effective.
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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersWarren Rogers AssociatesGulf Corporation for Technology, Maridive & Oil Services, Fidelity Bank, Petra University, Capital FM Kenya, Safari Park Hotel and Casino, Mayfair Casino, Pacific International Lines, Mozambique Ministry of Education, University of Namibia, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, University of Hawai, New Delhi Municipal Council
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Manufacturing Company
8%
Energy/Utilities Company
8%
Integrator
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Transportation Company
8%
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Financial Services Firm
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Comms Service Provider
9%
Non Tech Company
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Transportation Company
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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