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Christian Amaya
Real User
Support Engineer & IT Professional at SISAP
Mar 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The granularity which is used to confirm applications based in users. When you have VMware NSX, it is easy to deploy this virtual firewall because it is fully integrated… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When talking about the VM or the virtual firewall, it is mostly about the sessioncapacities that it can handle. In the early version of the firewall, the session or… more»

What needs improvement?

The reporting. There are various reports that come with the box or with VMware, but you can only run them daily. If you want to generate a report from this week or the… more»

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

I know Palo Alto is not cheap because my finance team has been telling me that it is not a cheap solution. It is about the maturity of your security team or infrastructure… more»

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

I was using Cisco, but I was using the old Cisco. The firewall was the only working protocol. The Palo Alto Network Firewall is a Next-Generation Firewall, so it is a lot… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you do not have a Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto is a good choice. It is reliable and the support is very good. The VMware version is in all the boxes and they use… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VanGuard for their Next-Generation Firewall. We chose between Check Point and Palo Alto for their support teams. Check Point is very bad for support. We… more»
reviewer658821
Real User
Technical Lead Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Feb 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Threat management. That is very important, obviously. There has been a lot of press about hacking, virus vulnerabilities, the cron bug, etc. It is very important that we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We now have a lot more details about what our users are doing on the network. Whereas before, we did not know certain things they were accessing, websites they were going… more»

What needs improvement?

The interface, maybe. It is all Java-based and I would prefer an HTML5 interface. It would make things a bit quicker. It is not that it is really bad once you are in, it… more»

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

For what you get, it does do what it says it does. It is a good value for an enterprise firewall.

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

We previously used Cisco ASA. We switched to Palo Alto because it can do a lot more. They are called Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW). They can do a lot of threat… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have a detailed plan of what you want to get out of it, you fully understand your network infrastructure beforehand and you have all the IP addresses… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a look at Check Point firewalls, as well as Huawei. * With Check Point, it was a feature-rich product, but it was a bit more expensive. * With Huawei, it was not… more»
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Pradeep Kurra
Real User
Cloud Practice Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 23 2018

What is most valuable?

* Firewalls * VPN

How has it helped my organization?

We have big team which can support Palo Alto on-premise. We have engineers which are familiar with Palo Alto products. Our customers are perfectly suited for our use case. They wanted to get onto AWS… more»

What needs improvement?

On the cloud side, they need to come up with more HA solutions to support the multi-region.

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

The purchase process through AWS Marketplace was easy for us because we are partner to Palo Alto, so it was straightforward. All we need to do was purchase it from AWS Marketplace because we had a… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product, and tell people, "Go for it." It has not disappointed us for the purpose that we use it. It is really matured in the networking area. Because of our use case, we didn't… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For on-premise, we evaluated Check Point and Fortinet.
Rene Ortega
Consultant
System Engineer at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 12 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its strong intelligence is the feature that I like the most. * A solid operating system with all the necessary data center security features. * Easy to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

I am an integrator. Palo Alto Networks has improved my position in the cyber security market here in Paraguay. It is easy to sell. Basically, I just need to implement the… more»

What needs improvement?

When you have a client compare box against box, a lot of times Palo Alto is a bit more expensive, but its network firewalls have a very rich ratio.

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

The licensing is pretty much like everyone else.

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

We were previously Cisco partners. It is different since it is a network company.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product. It is a great company, and I am very glad to work with them. Use the learning material that Palo Alto has free on their webpage. The customer should… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In each case, it depends on the expectations of the customer. I have worked with Fortinet, Cisco, and Check Point. However, once I began to work with the Palo Alto… more»
Sachin Sheth
Reseller
Director of Cloud Security at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The next-generation features of its IDS and IPS.

How has it helped my organization?

* It provides better protection. * There is seamless integration. * It provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are.

What needs improvement?

The product could provide protection above Layer 3, which gets into the application layer and provides better visibility into those aspects of application security. This would be very helpful. This… more»

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

Because the solution was getting deployed on AWS, it was the best place to go and it was available there. One of the factors for selecting Palo Alto was they had flexible pricing. They had a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Identify a use case first of all. If the use case is a match, then use the product. We use it in the cloud for both AWS and non-AWS versions. The AWS version is far better. It works seamlessly and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Palo Alto, Check Point, Fortinet, and some other vendors. We chose Palo Alto because its features, especially its advanced features from the IDS and IPS. We were existing customers with… more»
Real User
System Administrator at DeepMap
Dec 16 2018

What is most valuable?

It offers a single pane of glass for all the different types of installations. The easy of use is pretty good.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us the ease that we are secure. We have set up the proper things that help make our data safe. This is the biggest benefit.

What needs improvement?

I would like a way to do everything programmatically, or be able to copy the configs from different prices at different levels.

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

Purchasing on the AWS Marketplace was simple, effective, and easy. The price is not bad. They have a yearly renewal fee, and the pricing is exactly where we expect it to… more»

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

We chose to purchase Palo Alto through the AWS Marketplace because we needed an easy to use firewall and a way to protect our public applications and services.

What other advice do I have?

Talk to their technical services to make sure you are getting the right size solution for what you want to do. The product is easy use. I don't have to think twice when I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Fortinet, but Palo Alto is sort of the new up and coming product. There were a lot of good recommendations from other security experts. In addition, Palo… more»
Dan Rabinowitz
Real User
Director of Infrastructure at Arcadia
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* It is the leader in the marketplace. * It has the ability to create Palo Alto VM-series using software. * The VM-Series has all of the components (out-of-the-box) that you need in a very secure… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is nice to have a rock solid security platform that we can count on.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see better integration of multi-factor authentication vendors.

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

Our company is entirely AWS, so it is the only place to go to purchase anything. Some parts of purchasing through AWS Marketplace are good, such as this product was easy to find and launch. Some of… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a demo. Set one up and try it. We have used both the physical and AWS versions. The physical version is a good product. However, in an AWS environment, the ability to automate and scale pieces of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Fortinet and some other competitors. We chose Palo Alto because we had institutional experience and knowledge that we could bring over.
Pavan Tipirneni
Real User
Solution Architect at JM Family Enterprises
Dec 12 2018

What is most valuable?

AWS has improved our agility to apply firewall rules. It has reduced the amount of time that it takes to apply firewall rules because everything is based in the cloud. It helps us to bring agility to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it mostly for the firewall and its ability to work in AWS. That is why we like it.

What needs improvement?

We still need to understand what are the best practices which we need to implement. We also don't know how it will scale once we start putting more load on it.

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

We found purchasing process the product on the AWS Marketplace to be very good. We used the AWS Marketplace because we were set to move to AWS. We rely on Amazon and their partners to process our… more»

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

We were using a lot of Cisco firewalls before. We switched because we wanted what works best in the cloud.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend to try it out.
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What is Palo Alto Networks VM-Series?

The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.

The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.

In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.

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