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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.
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»
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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Michael Robtoy
Real User
Infrastructure Team Lead at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jan 14 2019

What is most valuable?

In AWS, Palo Alto provides us a better view than flow logs for network traffic.

How has it helped my organization?

App-ID and User-ID have repeatedly shown value in securing business critical systems.

What needs improvement?

We have ran into issues with Palo Alto’s limitations for resolving large IP lists from DNS lookups, as well as the antivirus interfering with App-ID. I would like to see a more thorough QA process. We have had some difficulties from bugs in… more»

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

We used BYOL, because of the cost to own. We procure the solution through AWS Marketplace because previous experience with their physical appliances. The pricing and licensing of this product on AWS for a three-year commitment is a great… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a good product, but there is room for improvement. We use this with Microsoft AD, N2WS, IIS, MySQL, MS SQL, and a number of proprietary applications.
Luis Henriquez
Consultant
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 14 2019

What is most valuable?

It prevents data loss and business disruption.

How has it helped my organization?

Embedding it into my application development lifecycle prevents data loss and business disruption, allowing the adoption to operate at the speed of my AWS Cloud.

What needs improvement?

It can definitely improve on the performance. I would like more scalability included on the next release.

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

Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is a secure way to purchase this solution. Our organization chose to procure this solution via the AWS Marketplace because we have clients who were interested in the solution. Also, for out proof of… more»

What other advice do I have?

It solves several challenges protecting your AWS workloads with good security features, delivering superior visibility, control, and threat prevention at the application level when compared to other cloud-oriented security solutions. I have… more»
Real User
C.T.O at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 07 2020

What do you think of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series?

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspects of this solution are that it's simple and stable. It has better security aspects compared to other similar solutions. But we don't fully utilize all of the features yet.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have recently begun working with Palo Alto Networks VM-Series.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It seems scalable as of now. In the future, as my traffic foes and with the new sites coming, we have to see how much there will be when the network becomes more demanding.  Our clients are enterprise-sized. 

How are customer service and technical support?

It's very easy to get the documentation so we have not needed a lot of help from the support team. We have a three-year subscription for necessary…
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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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