Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Zscaler Web Security

As of June 2019, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 12 reviews vs Zscaler Web Security which is ranked 19th in Firewalls with 3 reviews. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "A reliable tool with excellent support". The top reviewer of Zscaler Web Security writes "It is a perfect solution for organizations that have a lot of road warriors". Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Juniper SRX and Meraki MX Firewalls. Zscaler Web Security is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Netskope. See our Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs. Zscaler Web Security report.
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Pros
Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area.

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Embedding it into my application development lifecycle prevents data loss and business disruption, allowing the adoption to operate at the speed of my AWS Cloud.It has a good performance which helps you with the stability of your virtual environment.In AWS, Palo Alto provides us a better view than flow logs for network traffic.App-ID and User-ID have repeatedly shown value in securing business critical systems.It provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are.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 allows us to see all our traffic to properly secure it and only allow what is needed through the firewall.It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations.

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All internet access flows through the Zscaler proxy, regardless of whether people are in office or remote. I have greater control site access and I minimize the number of compromises that we experience to almost none.Whether you are in a hotel somewhere, or in Africa, it does not matter. You will get the Zscaler protection presence anywhere.Tech support is good.Zscaler excels in security protection and the cloud is always up-to-date. It does not matter if you are a small or big organisation, you will receive the same security quality.One on the main benefits is protection all time from anywhere.In terms of management and visibility, there is a single panel where you can configure the policies for your entire organisation worldwide.​After a proper implementation, the maintenance is very low.​

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Cons
With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used.Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems.

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It can definitely improve on the performance.It has to be more scalable for the deployment of VMs on the cloud.I would like to see a more thorough QA process. We have had some difficulties from bugs in releases.We have ran into issues with Palo Alto’s limitations for resolving large IP lists from DNS lookups, as well as the antivirus interfering with App-ID.The product could provide protection above Layer 3, which gets into the application layer and provides better visibility into those aspects of application security.On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region.AWS doesn't integrate well with third-party firewalls.I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels.

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It needs better integration with other applications. It takes a fair amount of regular activity to apply the by-passes because it is very strict in its restrictions and frequently you have to go in and open things up to allow the workforce to work.The pricing is an issue. It is expensive if you have all of your users in the same location. It is expensive compared to other firewalls on the market.​When you have appliances, SSL inspection is always a headache due to poor performance and/or lack of ciphers implemented. ​Do not expect to pay for the service and start using it, like Gmail. Zscaler requires a proper implementation to be done to make it successful.

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Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.

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The pricing and licensing of this product on AWS should be from $1.28/hr or $4,500.00/yr. Then, it would be a good price for the performance that it delivers.We used BYOL, because of the cost to own.The pricing and licensing of this product on AWS for a three-year commitment is a great deal, if you can plan that far ahead.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.The pricing was expensive but it was comparable to the competition.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.The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to be.

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The pricing is an issue. It is expensive compared to other firewalls on the market.​Be aware that you will need to invest some time and money to adapt your environment for Zscaler (traffic redirection, software deployment, authentication, etc).​

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

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 Web Security provides unmatched security, visibility and control, going beyond the basics of web content filtering. Delivered in the cloud, Zscaler includes award-winning web security integrated with our robust network security platform that features advanced threat protection, real-time analytics and forensics. You'll get protection across every user, location and device, including laptops, smartphones, tablets and Internet of Things devices.
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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.Warren Rogers AssociatesUlster-Greene ARC, BanRegio, HDFC, Ralcorp Holdings Inc., British American Tobacco, Med America Billing Services Inc., Lanco Group, Aquafil, Telefonica, Swisscom, Brigade Group
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider11%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm14%
Manufacturing Company12%
Transportation Company9%
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company11%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Comms Service Provider8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise35%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise33%
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise36%
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