Palo Alto Networks K2-Series Competitors and Alternatives

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TonyMoore
CEO at Virtual Tech Computers Solutions
Real User
Top 20
Sep 27, 2020
Prevent unauthorized use of network resources and integrate branch offices with reliability

What is our primary use case?

Some of our uses for this product are on-premise-based and then some are cloud-based. Mostly, we are cloud-based right now because we are getting away from physical architecture moving forward into the cloud as is Cisco. It allows going from considering CapEx (Capital Expenditure) to OpEx (Operating Expense, Operating Expenditure). That is one of the important things that it allows us to do. It is easier to have solutions cloud-based when it makes sense. All the updates and maintenance get taken care of on their side which is a benefit. On the cloud, we have both public and private services… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Completely integrates branch offices with perimeter security."
  • "The capabilities for scalability with this product are huge"
  • "Cisco is head-and-shoulders above all of the competition when it comes to technical support."
  • "The pricing is the only con for this product."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people and companies considering this solution is to just do the research. Do compatibility research to compare with the other solutions that are out there. Definitely make sure that the firewall you choose is designed for your network architecture, application-layer attacks, and virus and worm protection. If that coverage is what you are looking for and you have an analog phone system. You might not be ready to go to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) yet because you do not want to lose the phones that you have got. Some people add to that base as they scale. We can use…
Robert Allino
Owner at L3GNL LLC
Real User
Top 20
Aug 2, 2020
Notifies me whenever there's a problem so we don't have to constantly watch the screen

What is our primary use case?

I use Kerio Control is several different places. I use it at home. I also have a firewall at my grocery store. I have a server on the internet that uses Kerio Connect, and I have Kerio Control in front of it.

Pros and Cons

  • "The comprehensiveness of the security features that Kerio Control provides us with is good. Before GFI had it, they would have more updates. The updates have been slower, but I like the things that they keep adding like the ability to block by country. I use pretty much every feature."
  • "I can no longer renew my subscription directly with GFI but we have to go through third-party resellers like CDW. The first time I did it with CDW. I went to CDW and it was almost like they didn't even know anything. They didn't know what package I was supposed to get. Then after I got it, it took almost five days to get everything working."

What other advice do I have?

Make sure the person that's doing it knows what they're doing. If you're not getting overly complicated, pretty much anybody can do it. But if you're going to get complex, you'll need to have somebody that knows their way around or else you might make yourself vulnerable. If you have a tunnel and you have to change certificates because they expired, you do it in the right order, or else you might have to travel long ways to accept the key on the other side. If you create a new key for the tunnel and apply it, the tunnel is down until the other side accepts the key. If going through the tunnel…
Bojan Oremuz
CEO at trendnet
Real User
Top 10
Jan 22, 2021
Feature-rich, well documented, and there is good support available online

What is our primary use case?

We are solution providers and this is one of the products that we deploy for our customers. This is not a product that we use ourselves.

Pros and Cons

  • "The classic features such as content inspection, content protection, and the application-level firewall, are the most important."
  • "Ease of use is a problem for a user who is unfamiliar with this product because, in the interface, everything has to be set manually."

What other advice do I have?

It is important to remember that you can't just leave the device to do everything. You still have to know what you're doing. I recommend the product. It's well-balanced and one with a long history, so it doesn't have child's diseases. There is a lot of online support available online, which they can consult themselves. But, in the case that they need support, they can hire a professional support line and that is highly recommended. I say this because usually, people look at the UTM as something that should be put in the system, set up, and left alone. But, this is not the case with this type…
Oscar Bashford
Network Operations Support at EOS IT Management Solutions Ltd
MSP
Top 20
Aug 5, 2020
Fast with good usability and fairly scalable

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for experimentation. I just wanted to create a site to site VPN. I was hoping that you can make the SRX like a hub, so if I had a site here and then I had a new site, I could just create another VPN from that new site to the virtual X in the cloud. I don't know if it works like that. I'm skeptical if it can. Maybe there is a roundabout with the actual Azure AWS, however, I'm not so sure about that part. That's why I'm learning about Azure, and how that works in connecting to the cloud.

Pros and Cons

  • "I'm told the solution is the fastest, and, so far, I do find that to be the case."
  • "It could use more tutorials."

What other advice do I have?

Our organization is partners with Juniper. We have a business relationship with them. At work I see it a lot, however, a lot of tasks are automated at work. It's not like you have hands-on from scratch experience. In my position, I'm doing more support or some automation to build the VRX or the virtuals needed for lab equipment. At home and in the labs I am able to learn from scratch, and I'm trying to connect VPNs, etc. I am hoping to get into the cloud in the future. The version of the solution we use should be the latest. I downloaded it a couple of months ago. It should be the latest, due…
Zhulien Keremedchiev
Lead Network Security Engineer at TechnoCore LTD
Real User
Oct 14, 2020
Good evaluation period, support, and it has a powerful intrusion policy

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case with Cisco Firepower NGFW is implementing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting lab and customer devices in both lab and production environments. Using best practices for configuration, as well as fine-tuning intrusion policies and utilizing as many of the features that the firewall has to offer, which are feasible in said environment. Overall, I am confident to say that I have worked with every flavor of Cisco Firepower NGFW, be it their older IPS-only sensors, ASA with Firepower services, as well as the FTD sensor itself.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy."
  • "I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device."

What other advice do I have?

I believe that Cisco Firepower NGFW is the future leader in NGFW, with only maybe Palo Alto being the main competitor. This is very good, as we all know that having a rival is good for us, the users :)
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