Palo Alto NG Firewalls Initial Setup

Jonny Su
IS&S Europe and Global Infrastructure Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Firewalls are never easy. You have to have very good network expertise to set it up, so it's not about the product being easy to use or not. It's because of the nature of the firewall. You have to understand how it works, how it should be set up, and to understand your data flows and things like that. I'm not really the person who does the hands-on setup and integration. I'm the guy who monitors the global deployment. I'm in charge of defining the standard, to deploy the standard to the site, but there's an operational team to do the final installation, configuration, and those types of things. On the one side, it will take maybe two or three days to enable the firewall, but if you are talking about the global deployment, that depends on the budget, and the resources that will take different time periods to deploy worldwide, so we are still not finished for all the locations. So we are still doing it. Globally we have around 100 locations. We have two major network engineers who manage the firewall, but to deploy it you also need a local IT because they have to physically be on site. And the two experts remotely control the equipment, configuration, and upgrades, etc. So it's very hard to say how many people you need. It depends on your company size and where your locations are based. For us, we have two dedicated people, but we also have the local IT when we need them to physically help in the integration. View full review »
Mahmoud Salaheldin
Security Unit Manager at EEMC
The initial setup was very easy. All the initial setups have become very easy. Before, the setup used to take a week to implement a firewall. Now it's a couple of minutes or one day maximum for fine-tuning. To fine-tune the firewall it can take one day, two days if you are junior. In terms of how many people you will need to deploy the solution, it depends because the firewall is not a straightforward technology like any security program. View full review »
InfTech4985
Head, Information Technology at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
I don't think setup is that complicated. There was just a bit of a learning curve because none of us had any experience with Palo Alto. But we know firewalls and it worked. It wasn't that difficult. View full review »
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Mustafa Arrabi
IT Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We shifted from Fortinet to Palo Alto. It's just mapping the network from the available firewall to another firewall. It wasn't complex. Between deployment and stabilization, the product was completed in two weeks, i.e. 10 working days. View full review »
Salesengine67
Sales engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Installation is really very straightforward. You just need to plug it in and connect to the environment and that's all. Deployment time depends on the size of the environment and customer needs. Some customers just need two or three policies and that's all. But some customers need more policies designed to cover the needs of specific departments. So deployment depends on the size of your environment. If it's a small company, it's not very hard to deploy the main features of Palo Alto, it may take an hour but not more than a day. It depends on the customer needs and size of the environment. View full review »
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User
The initial setup is complex, due to all the features offered. You really have to know what you're doing. View full review »
Rakesh Rawat
Network Engineer at Acliv Technologies Pvt Ltd
It is very easy to use. It's straightforward, easy to understand, and easy to configure. View full review »
Kumar_Rajesh
Vice President & Head Technology Transition at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was complex. We're in the process of replacing it in seventy or so locations, and setup is still ongoing, but going well. It was complex because of the multiple zones that we had to create. We had multiple interfaces so there are multiple complexities that we had to address. We don't require extra staff to maintain the solution. View full review »
Jean Maurice Prosper
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup was straightforward for us. We are technology oriented, so for us, it was straightforward. No complexities. For deployment, we needed about 5 people. Maintenance is only three people. Three engineers are looking after the books. View full review »
EmreBektas
Senior Technical Consultant at Exclusive GRP
The initial setup was basic. It was very simple. The basic configuration will only take 15 minutes. Anyone can set it up. If a person has worked with a firewall before, they can do it themselves. You only need one person for deployment. View full review »
Ibrahim Ghanem
Head of Information Network Security at FRA
The initial setup was easy for us to implement. View full review »
NGfrwall677
Sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
The setup of the firewalls has medium difficulty. On one configuration it was easy, and on another one it was hard. Sometimes it's normal to configure sometimes it's more complex. You only need one person, maybe two, for deployment at a company. View full review »
Partnerf4b9
Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup was pretty straightforward. View full review »
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