Palo Alto Networks Panorama Reviews

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Sakher Najdawi
Real User
Head of IT Department at a logistics company
Aug 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease of use that comes from the GUI. I have found that you can do almost everything from the GUI. You rarely have to log into the CLI, at perhaps once in six months or… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution means that you can store logs for longer periods, up to perhaps two years, depending on your attached storage.

What needs improvement?

The dual WAN functionality is missing in this solution.

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

Initially, Palo Alto looks expensive, but if you dig deeper then you will find that it is very comparable, or even cheaper than other solutions. For example, if you are looking for a one-gig… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is the most mature next-generation firewall in the market and a solution that I strongly recommend. The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is not to trust internet users… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have worked with many, many vendors, and this is the most mature next-generation firewall in the market. The performance of Palo Alto is very predictable, unlike other vendors who are faking their… more»
Real User
Network Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 19 2019

What is most valuable?

Its automatability: You need it to automate things. We have used it for URL blocking. For example, if there is a threat out there, and we needed to immediately block a new malicious URL across a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provides a quicker response time to vulnerabilities and more visibility into traffic flows. I think it increases staff productivity.

What needs improvement?

My pain point is the automation process is not well-documented. There are some things that they could improve on there. If you go in the system to search for something, it is not intuitive. They could… more»

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

The licensing is not cheap. There are always hidden costs. You have support costs, or maybe you need to buy more optics on how the solution fits into the rest of your environment. It is possible some… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking at getting a Palo Alto firewall, then you should probably at least look into Panorama. Because if you start out just putting in firewalls and you don't have this, you will be… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I think we're getting AlgoSac, which is another firewall automation tool. However, I wasn't involved with the decision for that one so I'm not too sure on the specifics, but I know we are going with… more»
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Mohamed Sharaf
Consultant
Security Consultant
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

What I like most about this solution is that it allows me to push multiple policies on multiple followers at the same time. For instance, I can work on a policy and it gets submitted on more than one file. It is a good feature for me to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution improves my management abilities by simplifying the implementation of policies for all my branches.

What needs improvement?

I have had some leakage issues before, but it was solved. I would, however like to see better integration with other products.

What other advice do I have?

I will recommend this solution to others because it is a good solution, but only if you are using multiple files and not only two or three files. You should have at least five files for this solution to be right for you. I rate this product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at FireMon, but FireMon was more expensive, and the main requirement for FireMon is to manage more than one file from different vendors. We didn't need it.
Amer Alkatheri
Real User
Senior Security Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 15 2019

What is most valuable?

It's helpful that the solution allows us to control all the firewalls from one device. You can check and monitor all the devices also, from one website. It's also got easy troubleshooting… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Whenever we have an issue, we can just monitor the traffic. We can pinpoint problems and know from which firewall they are originating. We also have the ability to analyze the issue to see if it's… more»

What needs improvement?

It can take a few minutes to test to see if any changes are successful or not. This needs to be improved. A change commit should take a second, not a minute or more. Panorama does suffer from… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used Cisco SPD. We switched because Cisco security is very complicated and is very difficult to establish.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the private cloud deployment model. I would recommend the solution. It has a user-friendly interface. It's stable. You can easily troubleshoot any issue. You will also get clear… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution, we also looked at Fortinet.
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The management console: It provides a single pane of glass for all the firewalls to feed information into.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to do our day-to-day administration of all the files, because we're doing it from one central place. It stops us from jumping into each firewall, so we can make our changes. It has made our ROIs easier, but consolidating the correlation of data into one single point, which is pretty… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our agency is very immature from a security perspective. So, we needed something that could provide more data.

What other advice do I have?

Ensure you get professional services with the tool. We are very satisfied with everything that they provides us. This product has significantly helped with implementing new leadership strategy, getting metrics, and being able to actually assign a risk floor.
Consultant
Information Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The interface is very easy to use. You can do most jobs from one single console.

What needs improvement?

The general customer feedback is when saving the configuration, it takes a long time. That needs to be fixed. The troubleshooting, the debugging part is also a little bit of a pain. It's not user-friendly on the interface to do our debugging when comparing it with other firewalls, like Forcepoint. It would be nice to have a real-time traffic monitoring console similar to Forcepoint firewalls where… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the solution. I find Palo Alto is the easiest product to deploy. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.
MohamedMansour
Real User
Security Unit Manager at Digital Hub Egypt
Aug 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The dashboards are very good on Palo Alto. They offer a centralized dashboard for managers as well.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to improve its pricing model. Panorama needs to work on its configuration issues. They should also focus on firewall management. Many clients have multiple firewalls, so Palo Alto should offer better management of them. They could model themselves off of AlgoSec, or maybe FireMon which are other very good firewall management tools.

What other advice do I have?

Most of our clients deal with the on-premises deployment solution, as cloud solutions in Egypt can occasionally be insecure. I would advise anyone looking to implement the solution really focus on sizing before beginning the implementation. I would rate the solution nine out of ten.
Engineerinfosec67
Reseller
Senior Information Security Engineer at Westcon
Sep 05 2019

What is most valuable?

What I really like about this program, is the easy integration of the firewalls and the core management interface, which is almost exactly the same as the single firewall.

What needs improvement?

I think the multitenancy of this solution can be improved. I would also like to see better management task automation for the trial environment. That is missing in this solution. In the next version, I would like to have more integration with the cloud and with the services delivered by Palo Alto… more»

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

If you compare the price of this solution to other management solutions, it is relatively low. You only pay for the license and there are no additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others who are looking into implementing it, I would say that the solution is practically completely perfect. It gets a ten out of ten rating from me.
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What is Palo Alto Networks Panorama?

Panorama network security management provides static rules and dynamic security updates in an ever-changing threat landscape. Reduce administrator workload and improve your overall security posture with a single rule base for firewall, threat prevention, URL filtering, application awareness, user identification, file blocking and data filtering.

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