Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Competitors and Alternatives 2019

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Hesham Sakr
Real User
IT Infrastructure & Security Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature, according to the setup we have at our work place here, is the flexibility of the system or the firmware that's running the appliance. It's so flexible, performing multiple rules with different configurations… more»

What needs improvement?

It is performing well. However, the only challenges that we are facing are the effectiveness with blocking the proxy and tuneling applications, aside from proxy and similar applications. So the application filter on the product is not… more»

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

Before Sophos there was mix of various legacy solutions that were not really considered firewall grade. The only specific thing that was used was a software-based firewall, but it was used on a very limited scale and only temporarily.

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to selecting a vendor I think the most important thing would be the level of support and how fast they can respond in critical cases. I would rate Sophos at eight out of 10. I cannot give it the best rating because there are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other vendors on the list were Fortinet and Palo Alto. Although it was really great with outstanding features, Palo Alto was far beyond our budget. And as for Fortinet, I was not really happy with the ease of use of the firewall and the… more»
Real User
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
May 14 2019

What is most valuable?

Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable. However, we've moved away from all Cisco security tools since this evaluation. Firewall choice was key to what… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco ASA NGFW running in "Firepower" mode - aka the actual NGFW mode was not "fully baked", so it didn't meet all our requirements to fit our network architecture. It… more»

What needs improvement?

The first thing that needs to be done is to finish building out Cisco ASA "Firepower Mode" in order for all features to work correctly in complex enterprise networks. It… more»

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

Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs. We bought much beefier Palo Altos for a less expensive one-time and annual cost.

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

We used Fortinet FortiGate, but as an early gen "NGFW" it was outdated. We have issues we don't believe would be resolved with their latest offering, so we didn't even… more»

What other advice do I have?

Watch out for the marketing hype vs objective reality. Do the advertised features actually work correctly/effectively? We chose a different solution after performing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Palo Alto Networks NGFW Firewall was compared in-house using the same configuration and testing, and it won hands-down.
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