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"It has the ability to create Palo Alto VM-series using software.""It is nice to have a rock solid security platform that we can count on.""AWS has improved our agility to apply firewall rules. It has reduced the amount of time that it takes to apply firewall rules because everything is based in the cloud.""It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations.""It gives us the ease that we are secure. We have set up the proper things that help make our data safe.""It allows us to see all our traffic to properly secure it and only allow what is needed through the firewall.""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 provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are."

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"It has certainly helped out our audit efforts because we each stay compliant in terms of various security standards.""Technical support is very responsive. You just have to open a ticket. They respond in a timely manner. Their response is good. I'm satisfied.""They manage to solve detection quite nicely. There is some rather elaborate detection compared to other providers.""The most valuable feature is Click-time URL protection.""All of the solution's features are quite valuable for us. We especially like the threat protection it provides.""Endpoint to network protects the line.""The incident management on the solution is very good. You get a lot of detailed information about an incident. You also get a lot of documentation in connection with the CVI or integration."

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"In the next release, I would like to see better integration of multi-factor authentication vendors.""We have run into some issues with scaling and limitations associated with some of the configurations.""We don't know how it will scale once we start putting more load on it.""I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels.""AWS doesn't integrate well with third-party firewalls.""On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region.""The product could provide protection above Layer 3, which gets into the application layer and provides better visibility into those aspects of application security.""It can definitely improve on the performance."

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"An improvement could be made on the reporting because then it would be easier to collect information and submit it for compliance.""The administration interface needs a lot of improvement. It should be UI based, and simple. They need to improve it. It's pretty much not that friendly compared to what we were using as Bitdefender before. It's okay but is improving, actually.""It's a strange situation where the infrastructure of the consumer or customer is behind some kind of firewall and they have always used some kind of customized proxy. In this situation, the ATP has a very tough time to pass the information to the cloud and back. To fix, it requires a more elaborate and complex configuration for that particular case.""There are limits with respect to blocking files by hash value or blocking IP addresses, and these limits should be removed.""The cloud platform needs to have improvement in terms of the user interface and the different capabilities it has available. It needs to match the other leading next-gen EDR products that are available in the market. That's the reason why we are stepping away from Symantec. Their cloud environment is just generally lacking in comparison to others.""Not ideal for advanced threat protection.""Symantec appliances need improvement. The whole appliance environment is a robust system and it needs a massive amount of storage space. If you have to increase or speed up the background storage it's a pretty complicated process. The scalability and sizing is critical, and if you do it wrong you run into issues pretty quickly."

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"Some parts of purchasing through AWS Marketplace are good, such as this product was easy to find and launch. Some of the other parts could be clearer in the AWS Marketplace, e.g., how to properly do an annual subscription.""The pricing and licensing are reasonable.""We found purchasing process the product on the AWS Marketplace to be very good.""The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to be.""Purchasing on the AWS Marketplace was simple, effective, and easy.""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.""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."

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"The pricing of this solution is inexpensive and affordable."

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Top Answer: I have been working with Palo Alto for more than 5 years now and I think I have worked with almost every other firewall platform out there. Palo Alto is my go to firewall for several reasons: Always a… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.
Top Answer: The price of this solution is very high for some parts of Africa, which makes it a challenge. If it were lowered then it would be more popular.
Top Answer: In general, improvements can be made but nothing specific. I think SonicWall and McAfee are better solutions. I think this is a good solution for someone looking for endpoint protection but not so… more »
Top Answer: We use the solution for endpoint protection. I'm an infrastructure team leader and we are a customer of Symantec.
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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.

Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is a single unified solution that uncovers, prioritizes, and remediates advanced attacks. The product fuses intelligence from endpoint, network, and email control points, as well as Symantec’s massive global sensor network, to stop threats that evade individual security products. It leverages your existing Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Email Security.cloud investments, so it does not require the deployment of any new agents. You can deploy a new installation of Symantec Advanced Threat Protection and start to discover suspicious activity in under an hour. Using the proven technology in Symantec Insight reputation based detection, Symantec SONAR behavioral analysis with the new Symantec Cynic sandbox and file analysis platform, Symantec Advanced Threat Protection provides better detection and prioritization than other vendors, allowing security analysts to “zero in” on just those specific security events of importance.

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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm18%
Manufacturing Company18%
Healthcare Company9%
Retailer9%
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Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider17%
K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider20%
Computer Software Company20%
Insurance Company20%
Non Tech Company10%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm7%
University6%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise65%
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 2nd in Advanced Threat Protection with 20 reviews while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is ranked 6th in Advanced Threat Protection with 7 reviews. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.4, while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "An excellent solution for the right situations and businesses". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Advanced Threat Protection writes "Good incident management and great integrations but needs to improve its on-premises appliances". Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate-VM and Juniper SRX, whereas Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is most compared with FireEye Network Security, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Check Point SandBlast Network, SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection and Proofpoint Email Protection. See our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection report.

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