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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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Adao Costa
Reseller
Managing Partner with 11-50 employees
Mar 12 2018

What is most valuable?

The best features are: * User identification * Application identification * Logs and monitoring.

How has it helped my organization?

We have reduced the number of configuration lines by 90%. We need fewer number of admins right now because of it.

What needs improvement?

All areas need improvement: manufacturing, education, financial, etc.

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

Do not buy larges box if you do not need them. Rightsizing is a great task to do beforehand.

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

We did have a previous solution that we used. We switched due to scalability and the other solution had too many issues.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Check Point, Fortinet, and others.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

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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