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Maaz Khan
Real User
Network Security & Virtualization at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 14 2020

What is most valuable?

The thing I like the most about Palo Alto is that the IPS system is the strongest you can get. Even if you check with resources like the NSS Labs or Gardner — anywhere else — they all say it has the… more»

What needs improvement?

There is not really anything that needs to be improved in the product. It might be nice if it were possible for newer users to get a higher level of support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am actually satisfied with the pricing of Palo Alto even though it is expensive. If you are talking about using products by a leader in the field and it is a bit expensive compared to other vendors… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I do have experience using next-generation firewalls, traditional firewalls, NDN (Named Data Networking) firewalls, distributed firewalls, and NSX. We still use various products but I prefer to use… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would give Palo Alto a rating of nine-out-of-ten. I would not give the product a ten and it is not really because there are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we were looking for some different solutions, I was looking for comparisons between AlgoSec's firewall and others. I have been trying to research basically right now before purchasing another… more»
Same Ibrahim
Real User
Security Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 25 2020

What is most valuable?

It's a very good product, simple to use. The visibility is very, very important, and that's good with Palo Alto. The solution has simple integrations with the domain controllers and other inventories, which the endpoint traps by cloud which is very important. It's an easy firewall, very easy to configure, to monitor, and to use. It's easier than Forte, for example.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be improved with more dedicated reporting about the user's context. For example, if I need to have a summarized report that includes uses as well as consolidating the user's activities, threads and applications on the endpoint machine, Palo Alto does not have the visibility for the endpoint in their firewalls. If I want to have a report from the firewall that summarizes user… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product. I would suggest people think about the design, the architecture, what they have and the applications. If they have a different kind of firewall, if they have an internet firewall, they can use the Palo Alto tool. Or they can use something else depending on what they have on their network. I recommend Palo Alto because it's a platform as well as a firewall and it has a lot of… more»
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Real User
IT Specialist at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 10 2020

What is most valuable?

Our organization liked the fact that it wasn't just firewalls that handled addresses and ports. It also handles actual URL inspections. The solution is at the cutting edge of technology. The solution… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution gets the access controls down to an even more precise part of the network traffic. It's not just any user going to an IP address or going to a port to get on the network. It's very… more»

What needs improvement?

It's like anything else. What's good today might not be in a day, a week, a month, etc. The solution needs to constantly be adapting and updating. The solution needs a series of OS changes.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have an idea of what the licensing costs are.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to Palo Alto, we had been using Check Point. There wasn't a technical reason that we switched. As an organization, we just periodically switch technologies.

What other advice do I have?

I'd advise companies considering setting up the solution to make sure they have a trained team. If the team doesn't have any expertise with this type of firewall, then they've got to take some… more»
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 26 2020

What is most valuable?

Palo Alto has an approach that makes the configuration easier not only for the customers but also for the IT help for the customers.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what needs improvement, Palo Alto is lacking abilities that other firewalls can do. They disable the current sessions when you think the hardest part is done. They have a workaround for authentication, but then our clients just use the local database of the device itself. Some of the small to medium businesses are using these features and it would be easier for us to upsell the product… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone considering this solution would be that it's okay to spend a bit higher on your security products because Palo Alto is a bit more expensive than other products, but it is definitely worth it. The granularity of Palo Alto gives you more control over the security of your network. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Real User
Network Engineer at a international affairs institute with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 20 2020

What do you think of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series?

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is availability.

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of bugs in this solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 3,000 users and we have no plans to increase our usage at this time.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am satisfied with the technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are also using Cisco Firewall products.

How was the initial setup?

We have installed many firewalls and continue to do so on an ongoing basis. The biggest one took perhaps three months.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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What is Palo Alto Networks K2-Series?

Designed to handle growing throughput needs due to increasing amounts of application-, user-, and device-generated data, the K2-Series offers amazing performance and threat prevention capabilities to stop advanced cyberattacks and secure mobile network infrastructure, subscribers, and services.

Palo Alto Networks K2-Series customers
State of North Dakota, SEGA, Alameda County Office of Education, Temple University, VERGE, CAME
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