Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Competitors and Alternatives

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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»
BartVan Es
Real User
IT Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2018

What is most valuable?

It's an easy, straightforward management platform to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We have currently bumped into several issues with the Stormshield firewall. It has some unexpected behavior in the terms of activating interfaces that were previously… more»

What needs improvement?

* Better management of high availability features * Application awareness to a higher degree * VPN throughputs: Stromshield needs a higher throughput on some models. When… more»

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

They have a very interesting pricing for their devices. For mid-sized companies, they sell their appliances for good prices.

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

The reason why they chose Stormshield to begin with is unknown to me.

What other advice do I have?

I don't have many positive things to say about this firewall because we keep bumping into issues. Now, we are looking to leave Stormshield. Search for a vendor based on a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The shortlist that I have now is Palo Alto, Check Point, WatchGuard, Fortinet, and Sophos. I have narrowed this list down based on technical specifications, pricing, and… more»
Bishoy-Habib
Real User
Security Pre-Sales Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 27 2019

What needs improvement?

They are great in every single area except for the optimization feature. The optimization is not really ready. If you want very good optimization, you have to add it to the network. I think if they make some enhancements in that area, they will replace every other product in no time. We also need more IPS detection rules.

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

I believe the licensing fee is for one year, three years, and five years, or something like that. If you want to increase the support level from a simpler level to platinum, I think that there's a cost. There are differences between every kind of support, but I don't know the numbers.

What other advice do I have?

They just need to make sure that their environment is ready for implementing the firewall. They have to prepare for about two hours of downtime because we need some downtime to do the initial configuration. They need to be prepared for the deployment plan. That's all. The biggest lesson I learned is that you cannot provide everything in one box. You can provide everything in one box, but you… more»
Real User
Network Security Engineer at a government
Sep 11 2019

What is most valuable?

As per the solution's blade design, there are many options. For example, you have to buy a UTM blade and an advanced malware blade, etc. If the blade license is there, we can configure from the firewall GUI. The net policy and routing are… more»

What needs improvement?

If you compare the GUI with the Palo Alto and Cisco, they're very easy. Check Point, due to its design, is a little bit complex. They should make the GUI easy to use so that anyone can understand it, like Fortinet's GUI. Many companies end… more»

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

Compared to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense, the solution is cheap. However, not as cheap as Fortinet or Palo Alto. If clients have smaller budgets, we would have to advise one of those instead.

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

I am currently also working on Cisco ASA, Fortinet, and Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

There are two deployment model modes in Check Point. One is a gateway level and one is a no gateway all-in-one box solution. With the gateway level, only hardware will be there, all operating systems are stored in a VMware and if there are… more»
SherifNour
Real User
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The Cisco security rules are very strict and very strong. I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.

What needs improvement?

When comparing this solution to other products, the Fortinet UTM bundle has some better features in their most receive product. For example, there are better configuration features, the Sandbox is better, and so is the web censoring. These… more»

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

The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology. If we compare Huawei or FortiGate or others then the prices are lower, but the higher Cisco price is acceptable because of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is the number one firewall product that I recommend. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This is my first recommendation for firewalls, and my second recommendation is Fortinet FortiGate.
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