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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… more»

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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… more»
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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Denys Lahutin
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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… more»

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… more»
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… more»

What needs improvement?

Overall it is good. It is reliable and easy to understand. However, the monitoring feature could be improved. They have… 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… 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… more»

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.
Kumar_Rajesh
Real User
Vice President & Head Technology Transition at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

We are using pretty much all of the features. This is deployed in our parameter and pretty much provides for different functionalities, for all… more»

What needs improvement?

The support could be improved. The next release could use more configuration monitoring on this one, and additional features on auditing.

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

I think, if you compare, they're a little costly next to Cisco of Check Point, but they offer a lot of other additional features to look at. The… more»

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

We were using Check Point. We switched because of certain features: entire equity, ideas, application visibility, single interfacing, etc.

What other advice do I have?

I'd say the blueprint of the implementation needs to be ready before you start the implementation of the product. The product is generally stable… more»
Jean Maurice Prosper
Real User
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The app ID is very good.

How has it helped my organization?

Mostly it's improved the security side. There was no security before, and we were looking for a solution that could give… more»

What needs improvement?

The support needs improvement. Also, better reporting of errors would be good.

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

I would advise anyone to go ahead and understand exactly what they need. It's not because Palo Alto's cost is a little… more»

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

We used to use Check Point, but we switched. It's because we found Palo Alto is better. Check Point is much slower, more… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution 8 out of 10. Generating reports is not so easy. I think with support, for everyone, and for all… more»
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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
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