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"The most valuable feature is the Posture Assessment.""The most valuable feature is that you can control your traffic flowing out and coming it, allowing you to apply malware and threat protection, as well as vulnerability checks.""In Palo Alto the most important feature is the App-ID.""The Palo Alto VM-Series is nice because I can move the firewalls easily.""The interface with Panorama makes it very easy to use.""The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.""The most valuable features are the User ID, URL filtering, and application filtering.""What I like about the VM-Series is that you can launch them in a very short time."

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"You don't have to buy a separate email security platform. You can enable that using their endpoint, and I like that. You don't have to have two agents running on the same box.""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.""Technical support has been helpful and responsive.""Endpoint to network protects the line.""All of the solution's features are quite valuable for us. We especially like the threat protection it provides."

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"The command-line interface is something that some people struggle with and I think that they should have an option to go straight to the GUI.""The user interface could use some improvement.""Palo Alto is that it is really bad when it comes to technical support.""I would like to have automatic daily reporting, such as how many users have connected via SSL VPN.""Integrative capabilities with other solutions should be addressed.""It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation.""In the next release, I would like for them to develop an anti-malware functionality in which it checks for malicious files like Cisco has.""The one issue that I didn't like is that the SNMP integration with interfaces didn't record the interface counters."

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"Not ideal for advanced threat protection.""Scalability could be better.""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.""The support for new OSs and older OSs could be a little tighter. They need to be more upfront about what protection services they're going to provide on new OSs. I haven't seen the Windows 11 version out yet. It is either already released in Beta, or the Beta will be released soon. There could be a little bit more advanced updates on what they're doing to help protect Windows 11 environments. They can let us know in advance so that we know it is going to be protected. We can't roll out the new OS without putting end-point protection on it. So, they should tell us what is their support model for that, and what are they doing to protect Windows 11. They're not telling me, and that's a criticism. The same issue is applicable to all the other antivirus tools. It is not just Symantec; all of them have this problem.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Palo Alto can be as much as two times the price of competing products that have twice the capabilities.""It is not the cheapest on the market. The total cost for two firewall instances is $75,000. This includes licenses, deployment fees, and support for two years.""Because I work for a university and the URL is for the institution, it's a free license for us.""The VM series is licensed annually.""The cost of this product varies from customer to customer and the relationship with IBM, including how many offerings from IBM are already being used.""The price of this solution is very high for some parts of Africa, which makes it a challenge."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
Top Answer: Both products are very stable and easily scalable. The setup of Azure Firewall is easy and very user-friendly and the overall cost is reasonable. Azure Firewall offers a solid threat awareness, can… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup was straightforward.
Top Answer: You don't have to buy a separate email security platform. You can enable that using their endpoint, and I like that. You don't have to have two agents running on the same box.
Top Answer: The support for new OSs and older OSs could be a little tighter. They need to be more upfront about what protection services they're going to provide on new OSs. I haven't seen the Windows 11 version… more »
Top Answer: We use it for advanced antivirus protection. It is primarily used for protecting the workstations and servers from Zero-Day and other emerging threats. I am using its latest cloud-enabled version. Its… more »
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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.

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 Firm23%
Manufacturing Company15%
Government15%
University8%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider18%
Computer Software Company18%
Insurance Company18%
Non Tech Company9%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm7%
University5%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise58%
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Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 2nd in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 16 reviews while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is ranked 10th in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 5 reviews. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.6, while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is rated 6.8. 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, Juniper SRX and Fortinet FortiGate-VM, whereas Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is most compared with FireEye Network Security, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Check Point SandBlast Network, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Arbor DDoS. See our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection report.

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