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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"The installation process doesn't take very long.""The solution has been quite stable.""The Capsule solution and application filters are the most valuable. It is pretty straightforward to implement, and it also has good stability and scalability. Their technical support is also really good.""The most valuable feature is threat prevention.""The most valuable feature is that we can use the same manager server that we use on our own Check Point firewalls. We integrated CloudGuard on that manager and we can use the same kind of protections that we use on the on-prem firewalls, like the IPS and antivirus policy. We can have the same kind of protection on the Cloud environment that we have on-premise.""The visibility, the one-pane-of-glass which allows me to see all of my edge protection through one window and one log, is great. Monitoring everything through that one pane of glass is extremely valuable.""We have complete visibility of attacks originating from email including spear-phishing, spoofing, etc.""The initial setup is pretty easy."

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"During our experience, the solution has been stable.""The most valuable features are ease of use and user interface.""Some of the key features I find most valuable are the highly graphical user interface, virtualization of networks, and Microsoft application compatibility. It has all the functionality that we require.""The installation is straightforward, it took a couple of hours.""Provides protection for virtual machines.""The most valuable features are stability and low cost.""One of the big improvements between the NSX-V and NSX-T is that in NSX-T you are no longer dependent on V-Center anymore.""I have found VMware NSX to be easy to use."

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Cons
"For major upgrades, it's still necessary to destroy the VMs and re-create them again. Doing that would mean new public IPs as well.""Zero touch removes any independence for configuring.""The memory and hard disk capability could be strengthened.""I hope that Check Point continues to improve its technical documentation regarding the Check Point CloudGuard IaaS gateway and management system.""CheckPoint CloudGuard could be better at solving cases.""I think they have pretty much mastered what can be done. There are some nuances like when you fail over from one cluster member to the other, the external IP address takes about two minutes to fail over.""The biggest room for improvement is that, for a long time now, they've moved everything over to R80 but they still maintain some of the stuff in the old dashboard. They need to "buy in" and move everything to the modern dashboard so that you don't have to go to one place and to another place, at times, to configure the environment. It's time they just finish what they started and put everything in the new, modern dashboard.""CloudGuard functions just like any other firewall. It functions very well. The only thing that could maybe be improved would be to integrate some tools that are not integrated with the SmartConsole, like the SmartView Monitor that we need to open on a different application to access."

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"Our technical team is always looking for the solutions that they work with to offer more convenient integrations.""It could be cheaper!""Everybody needs a network to connect to, and VMware doesn't readily provide one.""There could be an improvement in regards to security.""Their licensing model should make it easier to purchase licenses.""The technical support could use some improvement.""One drawback is this solution requires a lot of other products in the VMware ecosystem to have a full end-to-end operation orchestration monitoring. You have to buy a lot of add-ons to fully utilize the functionality.""We have been satisfied with the technical support. They were able to solve our problems. However, they could be faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There is flexibility in the different licensing models that are offered.""It is not expensive, but it is a little bit above the middle range. There are other solutions that are a little more expensive than this, but they also have some interesting features.""The price could be better.""Licensing is simply by the number of hosts that you are looking to protect within your environment. It makes it much easier to ensure that you are covering your environment.""The cost is on the higher side, as it is based on workload, hence we need to decide which VPC or workload needs to be part of CloudGuard.""Licensing is available on a monthly or yearly basis.""You get charged only for what resources you choose and how much traffic actually passes through the firewall, which in turn saves a lot of money.""Although I don't have specifics for pricing, based on my overall experience, I can conclude that Check Point provides the best pricing when comparing to other vendors."

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"There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better.""You can scale NSX if you have the resources, but it's usually expensive and complex to scale up.""The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced.""The price of this product is too high.""This solution requires a licence.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis.""It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions.""We are using a perpetual license to use the solution and we have support."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Check Point has pretty simple solutions, like the virtual appliance which you just download and it is imported into VMware and you just start using it.
Top Answer: The cost is on the higher side, as it is based on workload, hence we need to decide which VPC or workload needs to be part of CloudGuard.
Top Answer: In terms of what could be improved, we have no support with the current Check Point environment. It ended maybe three or four years ago. Because it's an appliance you have to have support. That's a… more »
Top Answer: There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
Top Answer: Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
Top Answer: Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.
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CloudGuard IaaS, Check Point vSEC, CloudGuard IaaS, Check Point Virtual Systems, Check Point CloudGuard Network Security
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Overview

Check Point CloudGuard provides unified cloud native security for all your assets and workloads, giving you the confidence to automate security, prevent threats, and manage posture – everywhere – across your multi-cloud environment.

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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Sample Customers
Physicians Choice Laboratory Services, Helvetica Insurance
City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
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Financial Services Firm19%
Government11%
Computer Software Company11%
Program Development Consultancy7%
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Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company26%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Financial Services Firm24%
Retailer20%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise35%
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Midsize Enterprise55%
Large Enterprise37%
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Midsize Enterprise17%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is ranked 2nd in Cloud and Data Center Security with 25 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 3rd in Cloud and Data Center Security with 24 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is rated 8.6, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Check Point CloudGuard Network Security writes "Unified Security Management has enabled us to combine our on-prem appliances and cloud environments". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Cisco ASA Firewall and pfSense, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow, Guardicore Centra and Cisco DNA Center. See our Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX report.

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