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Girish Vyas
Real User
Architect - Cloud Serviced at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Apr 17 2019

What is most valuable?

We appreciate the support of Palo Alto Networks WildFire for our next-generation firewall equipment in deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

There are always problems with the operational files. You can only do malware identification. That is the way that this device functions. All of the traffic is scanned in a single flow, which improves… more»

What needs improvement?

There are certain changes that I was expecting in the previous version, and I hope that they are soon fixed. All of the problems that I have faced so far have been resolved, so I don't think there is… more»

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

Palo Alto does not require any additional costs to the standard licensing fees, but we have the regular license model. If I just want a firewall, then I need to buy two licenses. If we use a VM base… more»

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

Before, we used FortiGate, Cisco ASA, and FirePower. FortiGate is a good competitor to Palo Alto based on the pricing and functionality that it offers. For our best abilities and branding… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give Palo Alto Networks WildFire a 9 for safety.
SridharSingh
Consultant
Associate Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 12 2018

What is most valuable?

Being an application-based firewall, this is one of the critical focus factors along with the threat prevention services it provides.

How has it helped my organization?

We use this with different clients in the financial sphere, the health sector, and the insurance sector. Across all of these different verticals, we use this product.

What needs improvement?

As a firewall and 360 degrees of security, there needs to be more maturity. And, the industry is currently moving towards automation and orchestration. I would like to see more of this in the product… more»

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

It is a reasonable price compared to other solutions on the market.

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

I have prior experience with Cisco Firepower. But, they are very expensive in comparison to Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

Some of our clients used to have the traditional firewalls so where we do have enabled the application control but being it's a pretty small firewall. At the end of the day, even in spite of them… more»
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Net32SysAd92
Real User
Network System Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2018

What is most valuable?

You can see everything that's going on in your network. It constantly updates their signatures and new anti-spyware signatures. That is updated daily. It catches modified signatures of known viruses. It is an easy interface to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We haven't had a virus. That is a good thing. It makes my job easier. For the organization as a whole, no viruses mean people keep their jobs, which is a good thing. It is an outstanding solution. It is one of the top solutions out there from what we have tested, and we have even tested Cisco… more»

What needs improvement?

They should make their user interface a little more user-friendly.

What other advice do I have?

Test it in your environment because everyone's environment is different. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Price matching up with features. * Support * SLA agreements * Customer relationship management.
Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at a tech services company
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Detailed reporting on analysis of content. The inspections are easily applied to security policy profiles and profile groups, and may be assigned on a per-rule basis.

How has it helped my organization?

This product/feature is an enhancement to traditional company/corporate AV and VP solutions, not a replacement. As such, it strengthens existing protections and provides significant visibility into… more»

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

It is expensive, a feature more accessible to enterprise class customers, but provides an enhanced possibility that Zero- or near-Zero-day threats may be identified and mitigated. The cost of the… more»

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

This is a fairly unique feature offered by Palo Alto Networks (may be comparable to FireEye). As such, it was an addition to our existing protection suites.

What other advice do I have?

Consider your level of exposure to exploits of any nature. Also, consider the impact (cost and loss of business) of even one successful exploit to help make a business decision regarding this product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, again this "WildFire" is a fairly unique feature. The closest comparison may be FireEye, but I have not used that product.
Consultant
IT Network Consultant Engineer - Projects and ICT Infrastructure Services at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 19 2019

What is most valuable?

All of the features are quite good.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us when segmenting and securing the network and all sort of technologies, all sort of next generation needs. It's the next generation phases of firewall like anti-virus, sandboxing, wifi, and VPN.

What needs improvement?

Other vendors have some sort of bandwidth management built into the firewall itself and Palo Alto is missing that. If there was anything extra for the endpoint security and VNC that would be good, but again it's coming with Palo Alto and… more»

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

I have worked with Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper, CheckPoint, too many of them.

What other advice do I have?

It's a stable product. It's pretty expensive but with respect to value for money, it's okay. I would rate it a nine out of ten.
Real User
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
May 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Automatic Verdict feature that recognizes whether something is a threat or not.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has given us a higher level of assurance that we don't have an active threat.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them continue their developmental roadmap for the product.

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

The licensing fees are on an annual basis and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees.

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

We previously used a different solution but it was ineffective and didn't integrate well.

What other advice do I have?

WildFire is a perfect complement to a Palo Alto Firewall, it's invaluable. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution we evaluated OpenDNS.
Bachir Elsitt
Real User
Network Security Engineer at Data Consult
Feb 04 2018

What is most valuable?

Threat Prevention and WildFire features should be enabled in Palo Alto. With this product, we receive the best monitoring and reports.

How has it helped my organization?

Installing this product as a datacenter firewall for segregation and segmentation, and also configuring policies between zones.

What needs improvement?

The VPN and decryption need improvement.

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

More expensive than other firewalls.

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

I used Cisco. Palo Alto is better for datacenter and Cisco for perimeter.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to install Palo Alto's firewall as a datacenter. You should enable the features (Threat Prevention (AS, AV, and Vulnerability Protection), File Blocking, URL… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco Firepower.
Harish Gupta
Reseller
Head Of Operations at RAH InfoTech (P) Ltd
Nov 07 2018

What do you think of Palo Alto Networks WildFire?

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for this solution is the attention to detail. IT is also easy to manage, and easy to use. It is a really good product.

How has it helped my organization?

The reporting feature helps our performance. 

What is most valuable?

I really like the product, it is easy to manage and easy to use.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In the duration of our use, it has been stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable product. We have had no issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have not had issues with technical support of this solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial…
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WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.
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