Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Competitors and Alternatives

Get our free report covering Microsoft, Fortinet, Fortinet, and other competitors of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. Updated: July 2020.
430,223 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Read reviews of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series competitors and alternatives

Abdul Faheem
Real User
Sr. ERP Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the V-Scanner which is the monitoring software. That's something that I love. We are able to closely monitor the usages of individual users and see their usage habits and other items, including… more»

What needs improvement?

I think one thing we couldn't find in the software console was all of our logs. In the logs themselves, for example, we couldn't find if a user was accessing all of the VPN. We don't get to know or we don't have a report that shows on what… more»

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

The pricing of the solution is moderate. It's competitive, although I wouldn't consider it a cheap solution per se. Aside from the licensing, there are some add-ons that need to be added that we personally haven't added. There are features… more»

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

We used to have Sophos and we shifted to Fortinet about two years ago. The integration of the active directory with Sophos was not up to spec. We decided to drop it and instead went ahead with Fortinet.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a professional relationship with the organization. We're using the latest version of the solution. I have learned that they have some internal resources available. However, those who are not trained and… more»
Rafael Riera
Real User
Ingeniero de comunicaciones/Pre-sales engineer at Sothis
Jul 02 2020

What is most valuable?

FortiGate as a product is very easy to configure. There is a lot of data now with switching IDS and IPS. It's a truly complete solution for our customers. It's a good idea to have the firewall connected to the switches. That way, the firewall is the controller of the switches. We like how the… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution's switches are lacking. They need more features added to them to build them out a bit. The switches are very simple if you compare them with other companies like Cisco or Aruba. Those organizations offer their clients much more. Technical support could be better. Some competitors have… more»

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

The pricing is good. They are especially fair when compared with other companies, like Palo Alto, for example, which can get quite expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We work with a lot of manufacturers of firewalls. It's normally Fortinet, however, we also work with Cisco, Palo Alto, and Sophos. My company works with Barracuda as well. To be honest, I am not a specialist with Barracuda. I normally don't work with that. That said, typically, when we work with… more»
Anatolii Kachanovskyi
Real User
Head of Cyber Security Department at NGT Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

We find Check Point valuable because they are 100% focused on security. It totally closes the potential vulnerability channel. We can check our mail and our attachments and we can scan everything easily. We get an immediate report about the situation of the attachments. We can discover if the… more»

What needs improvement?

The stability of the solution could be improved, but this is the problem of all the solutions in the market. This isn't just a problem specific to Check Point.

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

Our licensing is yearly at a fixed cost. The solution has a very flexible pricing model. It can provide the same level of security and performance, but in parallel, can be subscription-based.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is the on-premises deployment model which we use in our server environment. We are an integration company, and although we deal with other solutions, we mainly focus on Check Point. The solution is a great mix of user experience, flexibility, security features, and cost. After five… 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
KrishnaInfosec
Real User
Manager - Network & Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs. Security is playing a vital role these days, and the layer seven features such as IPS and malware protection are helpful in that regard. The interface is fair and has not given us any challenges.

What needs improvement?

This solution is not mature when it comes to handling perimeter traffic like internet browsing. It is lacking in some of the security features. Palo Alto and Fortinet are better for this. In the next release, I would like to see the inclusion of more next-generation firewall features.

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

We have experience with Palo Alto, Check Point, FortiGate, and Cisco firewalls. Azure Firewall is more scalable than these other solutions.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I recommend for internet-facing network traffic. When it comes to rating this solution, there are two components here. For layer four traffic, I would rate it an eight out of ten. For layer seven traffic, however, I would rate it less. Overall, I would rate this solution a… more»
Get our free report covering Microsoft, Fortinet, Fortinet, and other competitors of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. Updated: July 2020.
430,223 professionals have used our research since 2012.