Palo Alto NG Firewalls Reviews

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Jonny Su
Real User
IS&S Europe and Global Infrastructure Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the threat prevention and policy-based routing features.

What needs improvement?

I think they need to have a proper hardware version for a smaller enterprise. We had to go to a very high-end version which is very expensive. If we chose the lower-end version, it would not meet our goals. A middle-end is missing in its… more»

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

It's a bit pricey.

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

We did previously have a different kind of a firewall. We used Check Point before. We also used NetScreen and Cisco. But in the end, we defined our standard and now use Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

Once you install it, you use it every day. You can't stop because it's a security feature and a precaution. Also, we are using it to do some local breakouts, so we use utilize the local internet to carry some business traffic, to ensure… more»
Mahmoud Salaheldin
Real User
Security Unit Manager at EEMC
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

All of the features are good. The new release of the new basic platform provides you with a huge number of features, such as policy review, DNS security, Machine learning, Network traffic profiling, Bare… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Security, visibility and control, you can secure your environment from many types of attacks such as virus, malware, DoS attacks, intrusions, bad URLs, bad domains with basic DNS security which it an… more»

What needs improvement?

(Malware) On-prime scanning should be considered. Endpoint management (traps) better to be on-prime than cloud. QoS, It should be more sophisticated than it is now. TAC support should cover meddle… more»

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

In terms of pricing, every model has a license. For example a small model, the license around 1,000 USD. The next one around 2,000 USD. The next range is 11,000 USD to 13,000 USD. It's expensive… more»

What other advice do I have?

Palo Alto's firewall protects your network against attacks, threats, and many other things. Networking can be more advanced. You can upgrade the edition of Palo Alto. There's competition between Palo… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, was fortinet
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Real User
Head, Information Technology at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It has the typical features of a next-generation firewall. It can do application control, antivirus, content filtering, etc. And in terms of performance, the value for money of the model that we bought is sufficient for our size.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more in terms of reporting tools and the threat analysis capabilities.

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

We had another box before and it wasn't a next-generation firewall. We needed to change to a next-generation firewall so we compared a few of the top players in the market and Palo Alto was the right one, in terms of the features that we… more»

What other advice do I have?

List your requirements, give them the proper weighting, and look at what future options are available if you stick with the solution. Then do your evaluation. And don't forget the vendor, the local support, their competency and their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We called in proposals for different products, bigger players, like Check Point, Fortinet, Cisco. We set the criteria we need and had them make proposals. We found, based on the submissions, that Palo Alto seemed to be the one that had the… more»
Mustafa Arrabi
Real User
IT Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 05 2019

What is most valuable?

I found Palo Alto NG firewalls more intuitive compared to other products. I value the capability to identify a cloud solution.

How has it helped my organization?

We would like to have the processing power to be enhanced with every new CPU so that we are getting more cores. Palo Alto is incorporating this. We are requesting now a new firewall that will come in with higher power, i.e. the 5220.

What needs improvement?

Palo Alto has a good product and end-user experience. It's great. They can maybe add more processing power to their hardware. That's it. Sometimes it's stuck and you need to restart it. They have been adding a lot of things, so we need to… more»

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

We previously used a different solution that was Fortinet. I'm still using it. There's another area in the network where we use Fortinet.

What other advice do I have?

You have to do proper network design from the beginning. You have to look into future expansion. Otherwise, after a year, you have to replace the entire box. On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this product a seven because the point of… more»
Bachir Elsitt
Real User
Network Security Engineer at Data Consult
Oct 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Visibility and Protection It gives us good visibility into the network, and this is very important because it's the core of the network. All the packets go through the firewall. MFA is a new feature… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I like to install Palo Alto mainly on the data center side to have visibility and protection into the network because we can configure the SVI (layer 3) on Palo Alto instead of the core switch. It… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm thinking about a new feature. They have decryption. It's a good idea to use decryption on Palo Alto. It would be good if they can offload the traffic. Like, for example, SSL Offloading on F5. They… more»

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

We were using Cisco ASA. When Cisco moved to the next generation firewall or tried to move to the next generation firewall when they acquired Sourcefire, and they announced Firepower on ASA, it was… more»

What other advice do I have?

Buy Palo Alto and try its features. In Palo Alto, you have select prevention, scan over AV, anti-spyware, vulnerability protection. and file blocking. you have good feature like WildFire to protect… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Palo Alto, Cisco.
Salesengine67
Reseller
Sales Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The WildFire feature is one of the best features in this firewall. WildFire extends the capabilities of Palo Alto firewalls to block malware. The best feature for the reseller is Service Lifecycle Reviewer, SLR. You deploy Palo Alto Network Firewall to the customer environment and it collects data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to evaluate traffic in the customer environment by providing detailed reporting on the traffic and applications.

What needs improvement?

The manufacturer can improve the product by improving the configuration. Some of the menus are difficult to navigate when trying to find particular features. It is not entirely intuitive or convenient. You might need to configure a feature in one menu and next you need to go to another tab and… more»

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

Actually, I have moved away from using this product because of changes in duties.
Real User
User
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are blocking traffic by country, and URL filtering to improve policy compliance and our overall cybersecurity posture. The ad blocker is also… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm writing this review because it's a great product and I think it's ranked much too low on the review ratings. One of the things I really like about it is that we have… more»

What needs improvement?

The initial configuration is complicated to set up. You really have to know what you're doing. I attribute that to all of the features and functions that are built into… more»

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

It will be worth your time to hire a contractor to set it up and configure it for you, especially if you are not very knowledgeable with PA firewalls.

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

Previously we used a pfSense firewall. I was very unhappy with it, as it had a limited feature set and was not intuitive to configure.

What other advice do I have?

I've used it and I'm very happy. Frankly, I think this site under-rates the technology, as it should be in at least the top three.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Cisco Meraki, but I wasn't really all that happy with it.
Rakesh Rawat
Real User
Network Engineer at Acliv Technologies Pvt Ltd
May 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to deeply analyze the connection or connection type.

How has it helped my organization?

The firewall is a security device. We use this solution to create policies like ISPs for a specific purpose. We only allow the policies for a particular application, so… more»

What needs improvement?

Overall it is good. It is reliable and easy to understand. However, the monitoring feature could be improved. They have many solutions already. I don't think I have seen… more»

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

Pricing is yearly, but it depends. You could pay on a yearly basis or every three years. If you want to add a device or two, there would be an additional cost. Also, if… more»

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

We were using Cisco ASA. We switched because of legal reasons and difficulty to understand. That's why they had decided to change to Firewall.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is easy to understand, reliable, and user-friendly. I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Check Point and Fortinet solutions.
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What is Palo Alto NG Firewalls?

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.

Also known as
Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
Palo Alto NG Firewalls customers

SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments

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