Palo Alto Networks Panorama Reviews

Palo Alto Networks Panorama is the #6 ranked solution of our top Firewall Security Management tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Tufin - Palo Alto Networks Panorama vs Tufin

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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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Real User
Director, Compliance and Risk Management at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the management features like the ACL (Access Control List) management. These give us the capacity to make effective use of the capabilities of the product.

What needs improvement?

Pricing is always something that consumers hope will be addressed in their favor. I think that some method of allowing for more customization and open integration with other controls within the enterprise is something that we want to have. We want to be able to have more orchestration of disparate… more »

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

My team has not previously used any different solutions in this company, but I have definitely, in the past, used other solutions. It is really necessary for the evaluation of product capabilities.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anyone considering Networks Panorama is to thoroughly research the competitive landscape. Do your Gartner research. Make sure you develop a set of requirements — a feature matrix that you can use to compare your requirements with the functionality offered by the various solutions under… more »
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
ClaudeBraxton
Reseller
CTO at Patel3
Jun 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspects of the solution are the backup to recovery, pushing out the patches, and scheduling. It also has good reporting capabilities in it as well.

What needs improvement?

I don't see many places to improve the solution. For us, it's working quite well. The solution should improve the speed at which they make changes on the system. Historically, they've been a bit slow in that respect. They should apply changes to the box quicker and more often.

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

We pay approximately $3,000 a year in order to use the product.

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller of Palo Alto. We're currently using the most up to date version of the solution at our organization. I would advise companies considering using the solution to go through the training before setting out on implementing anything. New users should maybe be somewhat familiar with it… more »
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.
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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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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