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"Another benefit has been user integration. We try to integrate our policies so that we can create policies based on active users. We can create policies based on who is accessing a resource instead of just IP addresses and ports.""The most important features are the intrusion prevention engine and the application visibility and control. The Snort feature in Firepower is also valuable.""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.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""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.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""The most valuable features of this solution are the integrations and IPS throughput."

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"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.""It has excellent scalability.""The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.""In Palo Alto the most important feature is the App-ID.""The most valuable feature is the Posture Assessment.""The most valuable feature is that you can launch it in a very short time. You don't have to wait for the hardware to arrive and get it staged and installed. From that perspective, it is easy to launch. It is also scalable.""The most valuable features are security and support.""The most valuable aspects of this solution are that it's simple and stable. It has better security aspects compared to other similar solutions."

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"The initial setup is straightforward.""Once you have Zscaler running you have access to configure it however you want.""Includes advanced tech protection.""The solution offers good sandboxing.""I like the ease of deployment and its flexibility. We don't need to deal with license, quotes, procurement, delivery, and installation. Everything is software-based, and it's very easy to operate."

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Cons
"Report generation is an area that should be improved.""An area of improvement for this solution is the console visualization.""The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement.""The change-deployment time can always be improved. Even at 50 seconds, it's longer than some of its competitors. I would challenge Cisco to continue to improve in that area.""It would be great if some of the load times were faster.""One of the few things that are brought up is that for the overall management, it would be great to have a cloud instance of that. And not only just a cloud instance, but one of the areas that we've looked at is using an HA type of cloud. To have the ability to have a device file within a cloud. If we had an issue with one, the other one would pick up automatically.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved."

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"Palo Alto is that it is really bad when it comes to technical support.""The implementation should be simplified.""At the beginning of the implementation, we had some difficulties with the scripts, but Palo Alto Networks support together with a local partner finally fixed it.""The disadvantage with Palo Alto is that they don't have a cloud-based solution that includes a secure web gateway.""It would be good if the common features work consistently in physical and virtual environments. There was an integration issue in the virtual deployment where it didn't report the interface counters, and we had to upgrade to the latest version, whereas the same thing has been working in the physical deployment for ages now. It seems that it was because of Azure. We were using VMware before, and we didn't have any such issues. We do see such small issues where we expect things to work, but they don't because of some incompatibilities. There also seems to be a limitation on how to do high availability in a virtualized environment. All features should be consistently available in physical and virtual environments. It is not always easy to integrate Palo Alto in the network management system. We would like to be able to compare two network management systems. They can maybe allow monitoring an interface through the GUI to create a reference or do a baseline check about whether your network monitoring system is actually giving you the correct traffic figures. You need traffic figures to be able to recognize the trends and plan the capacity.""It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation.""There should be an option for direct integration with the Azure platform.""The solution needs to have more easily searchable details or documentation about it online, so it's easier to Google if you have queries."

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"Data Leak Prevention is only for web filtering and there is no protection for email.""Because it's on cloud, it doesn't allow application of extra settings.""The product could improve its integration with some legacy systems.""The issue right now is probably that Zscaler is not providing web browser isolation. Another solution, Menlo, offers this. For one customer, we had to send traffic to Menlo to do the isolation for us. It was requested by the customer so that they could integrate any iframe. Zscaler needs to add this type of feature in their next release.""It would be better if they improved their policy, package visibility, and flexibility while we're creating rules for inspection. It could also be cheaper or more things could be included in the basic package. In the next release, I would like better coverage in the Asia Pacific region and better quality of service."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing.""I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing.""The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.""This product is expensive.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive.""The price is comparable.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""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."

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"The VM series is licensed annually.""Because I work for a university and the URL is for the institution, it's a free license for us.""Palo Alto can be as much as two times the price of competing products that have twice the capabilities.""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.""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.""The price of this solution is very high for some parts of Africa, which makes it a challenge."

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"The licensing is on a yearly basis. It is somewhere around 30 or 40 pounds per user for our organization.""There are licensing costs, and I would not say that it's a cheap vendor."

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Top Answer: The initial setup is straightforward.
Top Answer: The licensing is on a yearly basis. It is somewhere around 30 or 40 pounds per user for our organization.
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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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.

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.

Zscaler enables the world’s leading organizations to securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud first world. Its flagship services, Zscaler Internet Access and Zscaler Private Access, create fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location, or network. Zscaler services are 100% cloud-delivered and offer the simplicity, enhanced security, and improved user experience that traditional appliances or hybrid solutions are unable to match. Used in more than 185 countries, Zscaler operates the world’s largest cloud security platform, protecting thousands of enterprises and government agencies from cyberattacks and data loss.

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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
Warren Rogers Associates
Zenith Live, Azure, Carlsberg Group
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm23%
Government15%
Manufacturing Company15%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise31%
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Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 16 reviews while Zscaler Cloud Firewall is ranked 29th in Firewalls with 5 reviews. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.6, while Zscaler Cloud Firewall is rated 8.0. 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 Zscaler Cloud Firewall writes "Good sandboxing and URL filtering with capability to scale". Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Juniper SRX and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, whereas Zscaler Cloud Firewall is most compared with Menlo Security Cloud Firewall, OPNsense, pfSense, Check Point NGFW and Cisco ASA Firewall. See our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Zscaler Cloud Firewall report.

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