Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. WatchGuard XTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2018.
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Being an application-based firewall, this is one of the critical focus factors along with the threat prevention services it provides.
It is stable and pretty much scalable.
The cloud-based services are a nice feature.
My primary use case for this solution is for a secure gateway.
The reporting feature helps our performance.
Their technical support is outstanding and top-notch.
It catches modified signatures of known viruses.
Installing this product as a datacenter firewall for segregation and segmentation, and also configuring policies between zones has improved my organization.
I like the hostwatch because I can see what traffic uses the most bandwidth and I can block that site.
I could still keep the data rates really high, up near the two gigahertz data speeds, without compromise on the security perimeters being acted simultaneously.
We have used technical support for WatchGuard many times and overall, we are satisfied with it. They are always listening and there is a good reaction time to our findings. When there are issues, they really try to resolve them.
Application Control is fantastic with over 2,500 applications and the granularity that we can either allow people to view but not be able to log on to Facebook; or view it and log onto it if they're in the marketing department, but not play Facebook games. There are all sorts of different options like that. So it's highly granular.
Reputation Enabled Defense indicates that some websites are so infested that it's not even worth visiting them, and therefore saving the bandwidth of going through the detection process.
They have a reporting system which can store data over a very long period of time. Not many other firewall vendors provide a reporting system, but if they do, like Fortinet does, then you've got buy that as an additional product and that can be more than twice as expensive as the initial investment in the firewall. And without reporting over a long-term period, you're just about wasting your time.
It is stable and does not require you to reboot all the time.
It configures in all-in-one place.
As a firewall and 360 degrees of security, there needs to be more maturity.
The initial setup was complex.
I think it would be nice for Palo Alto to work without the connection to the cloud. It is 100% powerful when connected to the cloud. But, if you disconnect from the cloud, you only get 40-50% power.
I would give this product a rating of 9 out of 10 due to some slight issues of performance.
They should make their user interface a little more user-friendly.
The VPN and decryption need improvement.
They provide a medium level of technical support.
The data analytical system for deployment needs to improve.
The setting policies need improvement. It needs an easier way to do static NAT and check on what policy is being used for that specific traffic.
Setup of this solution is complex, it's not plug and play.
Sometimes we have had issues with stability of the product.
WatchGuard doesn't have a product that allows them to get into the data center. And that's just because there is no hardware to do the job. The software could do it, but there's no hardware that allows that to happen at the moment. So it doesn't scale as well as some other products, that's for sure.
The initial setup is neither simple nor complex. If you know the base in networking and how the firewall works, you will be able to figure it out.
Cloud-based central administration of all devices from one point would be nice
Syslog (Dimension) is focused on presentation, but needs more focus on utility like SonicWall syslog (GMS/Analyzer).
The VPN errors are not helpful when troubleshooting.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It is a reasonable price compared to other solutions on the market.
The pricing is OK, it is not too expensive.
More expensive than other firewalls.
It is expensive, a feature more accessible to enterprise class customers, but provides an enhanced possibility that Zero- or near-Zero-day threats may be identified and mitigated. The cost of the product weighed against the potential impact of even one successful crypto malware-type exploit may justify the expense.
The pricing and licensing option should be categorized for various countries such as for Bangladesh.
It's not particularly cheap, but it is absolutely worth it.
It IS a bit expensive, but I think you get what you pay for. Value is there.
The licensing and renewal is very expensive.
Like all other manufacturers, there are a lot of features and different pricing. The best is to talk to a representative.
Very competitive pricing regarding throughput compared to other alternatives.
It costs less than the SO works and others (like SonicWall, Cisco, and Barracuda) without increasing so much CPU use.
Get at least a maintenance contract for the updates and take a larger WatchGuard than you need. A WatchGuard creates new ways to secure your network.
out of 25 in Advanced Threat Protection
out of 48 in Firewalls
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|Palo Alto Networks||WatchGuard|
|WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.||Small businesses need big security, too, and the WatchGuard XTM Series firewall/VPN appliances deliver that strong protection Ð but without the hefty price tag. Enterprise-grade security includes full HTTPS content inspection, VoIP support, and optional security subscriptions like Application Control and Intrusion Prevention Service.|
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