Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Valuable Features

reviewer1232628
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry. We value the security of our client's infrastructure so these features are valuable to us. An example of a very valuable feature behind Palo Alto is the application-aware identifiers that help the firewall know what its users are trying to do. It can block specific activities instead of just blocking categories. For example, you can block an application, or all unknown applications. On one occasion, I was alerted by Palo Alto that something unusual was happening through a particular port at a client location. I blocked the port access because I didn't know what exactly was going on and alerted the client. Then the client called me up and said, "Hey, I need the port that was blocked because [of this]." We could then test what was going on in a secure environment where it couldn't affect anything else to be sure the behavior was not something to be concerned about. In this case, Palo Alto kept the client totally safe. That is a fantastic capability. View full review »
Georges Samaha
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
From my experience, comparing it to other products, the granularity you can have in the application is very good. The application detection is excellent. It's certainly one of the best. The engine detector application is usually one of the best compared to any other firewall on the market, in my opinion. With it, I can do a lot of rules based on the application. If you have multiple internet links, you can have an application export from one link, and an application wire from another link. You can have security on the application. The security, for example, can have different functionalities. Basically, the granularity of rules is amazing in Palo Alto. They have a good reputation for their antivirus capabilities. The solution offers a strong URL based system or detection for malicious URL or malicious files. They even have a machine learning algorithm. They do a lot of very advanced detection for files and URLs. Once you deploy the product, you can basically forget about it. It has high customer satisfaction because it's always just working. View full review »
Jonny Su
IS&S Europe and Global Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the threat prevention and policy-based routing features. View full review »
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Mark Gleghorn
President at MT-Data
The solution allows us to set parameters on where our users can go. We can block certain sites or ads if we want to. The firewall capabilities are very good. View full review »
Mahmoud Salaheldin
Security Unit Manager at EEMC
All of the features are good. The new release of the new basic platform provides you with a huge number of features, such as policy review, DNS security, Machine learning, Network traffic profiling, Bare metal analysis View full review »
reviewer1461459
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It's a next-generation firewall and it's pretty stable. You don't have to worry about if you restart it for some maintenance. It will just come back. Basically, it would come back in a straightforward manner. There are no stability issues. The one thing that I like about Palo Alto is it's throughput is pretty straightforward. It supports bandwidth and offers throughput for the firewall. The throughput basically decreases. Palo Alto actually provides two throughput values. One is for firewall throughput and other is with all features. Whether you use one or all features, its throughput will be the same. It's performance is better than other firewalls. That is due to the fact that it is based on SPD architecture, not FX. It basically provides you with the SB3 technology, a single path parallel processing. What other brands do is they have multiple engines, like an application engine and IPS engine and other even outside management engines. This isn't like that. With other solutions, the traffic basically passes from those firewalls one after the other engine. In Palo Alto networks, the traffic basically passes simultaneously on all the engines. It basically improves the throughput and performance of the firewall. There's no reconfiguration required. View full review »
Leandro Cardoso
Information Security Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is secure, easy, and good. Based on my knowledge, the customers really like the feature where when users connect to the PC or just turn on the PC, the VPN is turned on automatically. They don't have to insert any credentials. This is one of the most valuable features for customers. View full review »
Mustafa Arrabi
IT Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I found Palo Alto NG firewalls more intuitive compared to other products. I value the capability to identify a cloud solution. View full review »
Khawaja AhsanZia
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Initially, there were no application controls offered in the legacy firewall. Now you can log each and every application. It provides valuable control and is the main feature in addition to the security features they're currently offering. All the firewalls - Fortinet, Cisco, Palo Alto - provide complete visibility and control over your network which you didn't previously have. Now you have user ID and you can implement URL filtering as well, there is control over your network. End user logging is far better with Palo Alto than Fortinet or Cisco, and it helps you to troubleshoot. I'd rate Palo Alto on top. It's comfortable and that's my experience. Cisco and Fortinet provide good services, but Palo Alto offers a very good product. View full review »
reviewer1114245
Technology Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The feature that I have found most valuable is the connection. It's very easy for the clients to connect to their information. They use an SSL connection by BPM. View full review »
Asad Mukhtar
Information Security Specialist at UAEU
I like the training material they provide and the reporting is very good. The solution is very easy to configure, and very easy to understand and explain. Compared to firewalls offered by their competitors, I find it easier to use and more thorough. The most important thing the solution provides is, of course, the firewalling up to the application level. View full review »
Denis L
Sales Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The WildFire feature is one of the best features in this firewall. WildFire extends the capabilities of Palo Alto firewalls to block malware. The best feature for the reseller is Service Lifecycle Reviewer, SLR. You deploy Palo Alto Network Firewall to the customer environment and it collects data about customer environment, customer traffic. After a week, Palo Alto generates a report to review the traffic. The report tells what applications were touched and how users used these applications in the environment, as well as additional details. So for resellers, you just go to the customer, deploy the Palo Alto in the basic mode so the customer doesn't need to customize anything in their environment because Palo Alto works to meter traffic out of the box. Of course, the reports register app ID, user ID, the space of the app IDs, the database of these app IDs and other common data. It is a great feature in the Palo Alto product. View full review »
MIhajlo MItev
System Administrator at a mining and metals company with 51-200 employees
Everything is easy in Palo Alto Networks NG Firewall. It is very stable, easy to configure, and easy to upgrade. It is also very easy to create custom policies and applications. Everything can be done with the click of a button. It is also good for the protection of web services. Nowadays, they have a rather new DNS security feature, which is pretty good and functional. We did a one-month trial, and it is the best product for the firewall network. View full review »
reviewer1386969
Security Presales Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
In general, its performance and ease of use are the most valuable. Its performance is good, stable, and reliable. The user interface is friendly and easy to use. Customers find it easy to work with and easy to learn. View full review »
reviewer1132443
User
The most valuable features are blocking traffic by country, and URL filtering to improve policy compliance and our overall cybersecurity posture. The ad blocker is also pretty handy. Moreover, the VPN client has turned out to be more useful than I initially thought, and the users love the 'one-click' connect. View full review »
Rakesh Rawat
Network Engineer at Acliv Technologies Pvt Ltd
The most valuable feature is the ability to deeply analyze the connection or connection type. View full review »
Kamlesh Ridhorkar
Sr. Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
The solution has many great features. I don't know if there's one single one that stands above and beyond everything, however. The application visibility is excellent. There is no other solution that does it quite as well. Palo Alto definitely has an edge in that sense. The ability of the security features to adapt is also very good. They offer great DNS protection. They include everything from a network point of view and a security perspective. For the most part, the endpoints are great. The interface and dashboards are good. View full review »
reviewer1485417
Partner Alliance Director at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The active features on the solution are excellent. The dashboard and management console are both very user-friendly. Everything is easy to navigate. The interface is very nice. We generally like the UI the product offers. View full review »
Kumar_Rajesh
Vice President & Head Technology Transition at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are using pretty much all of the features. This is deployed in our parameter and pretty much provides for different functionalities, for all incoming traffic and outgoing traffic. View full review »
VinodPol
Vice President and Head - IT Telecom, Software License Management and Collaboration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the security provided by the ATP. It is definitely better than the security provided by other firewalls. The API is available for integration with tools for automation and AI, which is very good. View full review »
Antonio El Khoury
System Engineer at IRIS
The most valuable features are web filtering and application filtering. The IPS functionality is very good. The performance is good. View full review »
Jean Maurice Prosper
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The app ID is very good. View full review »
Aleksandar Jovanovic
System Engineer at E-smart systems
Palo Alto is easy to use, feature-rich, and it has good technical support. You can fetch users, so you have visibility by username, IP address, destination, application, and you can even define a custom application. In the GUI, you can easily find blocked traffic and the reason for it. View full review »
EmreBektas
Senior Technical Consultant at Exclusive GRP
The accessibility, antivirus, and stability features are the most valuable. It's so stable, the customer can use the decryption features without impacting performance. View full review »
reviewer1140534
Director, Middle East, East India & SAARC at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It worked fine normally. View full review »
reviewer1290441
Cyber Security Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Innovative, advanced threat protection is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Kenneth Ndaruga
Service Delivery Engineer - Network Security Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It's a flexible solution and integrates well with apps and other security tools like SIEM, web applications. They can share their data orchestration. It's robust and fast in terms of architecture and data processing, there aren't any bottlenecks. View full review »
reviewer1447032
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The best feature of this solution is the GlobalProtect, followed by the App-ID feature which is very good. I also like the VMS feature. View full review »
reviewer1460898
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
This firewall will scan the network for vulnerabilities and malware. It can prevent unauthorized access to the network. This solution has a DLP function. They are regularly releasing new versions that include more integration with third-party services. Examples of services that have already been integrated are Splunk and two-factor authentication. View full review »
Ibrahim Ghanem
Head of Information Network Security at FRA
We have found the application control to be the most valuable feature. Also, Layer 7, because all other products are working up to the maximum capacity. But Palo Alto is benefiting us, especially in application control management. We are able to differentiate between Oracle traffic and SQL traffic. View full review »
MD.SIHAB TALUKDAR
System Engineer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the content ID, IPs, and the URL filtering service to enable protection. The structure is much faster and more sophisticated than Cisco. Their cloud support is smart. View full review »
NGfrwall677
Sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
I find the configuration the most valuable. View full review »
Thameem Ansari
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The management options are good. View full review »
reviewer1371849
CIO/CTO at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the application firewall. The GUI is user-friendly. View full review »
Humbert Choi
Cyber Security Trainee at Macroview Telecom Limited
The most valuable feature is WildFire, which blocks sophisticated attacks and distinguishes it from other traditional firewall functions. View full review »
Jan Hammer
Marine Consultant/Captain/Senior DPO at Jan Arild Hammer
Its flexibility is the most valuable. View full review »
Shrihari Taluri
Senior Network Security Engineer at Locuz Enterprise Solutions Ltd
The most valuable features are the IPS/IDS subscriptions. The user interface is fine. View full review »
Kenichi Harada
Assistant Manager at Net One Systems
I like that it has high security. View full review »
Mike Hancock
Vice President, Security Engineering at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of use of the central Panorama to control all firewalls as one unit for baseline rules and then treat each firewall separately when needed. View full review »
Partnerf4b9
Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The firewall has a lot of sub-capabilities underneath it. View full review »
Mohamed Farouk
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Most features in Palo Alto are okay, but we have had some issues like publicity not working. Comments have some delay, but overall, it's a good product. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
455,536 professionals have used our research since 2012.