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Find out what your peers are saying about Huawei NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"We get the Security Intelligence Feeds refreshed every hour from Talos, which from my understanding is that they're the largest intelligence Security Intelligence Group outside of the government.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""The most valuable features of this solution are the integrations and IPS throughput.""The most valuable feature is stability.""If configured, Firepower provides us with application visibility and control.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""When it comes to the integration among Cisco tools, we find it easy. It's a very practical integration with other components as well.""Being able to determine our active users vs inactive users has led us to increased productivity through visibility. Also, if an issue was happening with our throughput, then we wouldn't know without research. Now, notifications are more proactively happening."

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"I had no difficulty using the Huawei NGFW.""The user interface is very, very good.""We make use of the new data center, specifically the containerized data center which is built and reviewed by Huawei, including all the device's infrastructure.""The mapping features and traffic logging are good.""The security is good. It's as effective as anything else on the market.""I like that the initial setup is straighforward. It's also a scalable solution.""The support for the solution has been excellent. If we ever had an issue they would send an engineer to help us with our problem.""Huawei was able to assist us in the installation of their product. The installation was very fast."

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"It's one of the best products I've worked with. It's typically a market leader on Gartner. It's a very respected brand.""The machine learning in the core of the firewalls, for inline, real-time attack prevention, is very important to us. With the malware and ransomware threats that are out there, to keep abreast of and ahead of those types of attacks, it's important for our devices to be able to use AI to distinguish when there is malicious traffic or abnormal traffic within our environment, and then notify us.""The technology's very good. We have had a lot of good experience with this solution.""The most valuable feature is WildFire, which blocks sophisticated attacks and distinguishes it from other traditional firewall functions.""They are regularly releasing new versions that include more integration with third-party services.""It worked fine normally.""The stability of the product has been good over the years.""The interface is very nice. We generally like the UI the product offers."

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Cons
"The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement.""I was just trying to learn how this product actually operates and one thing that I see from internal processing is it does fire-walling and then sends it to the IPS model and any other model that needs to be performed. For example, content checking or filtering will be done in a field processing manner. That is something that causes delays in the network, from a security perspective. That is something that can be improved upon. Palo Alto already has implemented this as a pilot passed processing. So they put the same stream of data across multiple modules at the same time and see if it is giving a positive result by using an XR function. So, something similar can be done in the Cisco Firepower. Instead of single processing or in a sequential manner, they can do something similar to pile processing. Internal function that is something that they can improve upon.""The product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution.""In a future release, it would be ideal if they could offer an open interface to other security products so that we could easily connect to our own open industry standard.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""FirePOWER does a good job when it comes to providing us with visibility into threats, but I would like to see a more proactive stance to it.""I would like to see improvement when you create policies on Snort 3 IPS on Cisco Firepower. On Snort 2, it was more like a UI page where you had some multiple choices where you could tweak your config. On Snort 3, the idea is more to build some rules on the text file or JSON file, then push it. So, I would like to see a lot of improvements here.""One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box."

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"With the Huawei firewall, none of the features comes at the top. We found out later that customer support is really not good. For this firewall, because of our customers' routine, for example, every six months they'll do a penetration test to find weaknesses. So whenever they came up with VAPT reports, they are looking to Huawei for help. I think that's basically because it's a different culture. Chinese culture and our culture is different. They have always tried to help find some excuses or say some other things that cannot help you solve the problem immediately.""The solution is scalable but it is difficult because you need to purchase new systems, it is not just one click.""Wi-Fi scanning and Wi-Fi analysis would be useful features to include in the future.""I would like to see an antivirus solution included with the product.""The documentation needs to be improved. When they retire old models, they also retire the documentation. However, if you are still using an older model, you still need access to that documentation. And yet, they go ahead and removed it. It's gone. You are therefore stuck with a device with no documentation and technical support that isn't very helpful as they also remove support assistance as well.""The solution doesn't seem to be very mature. Our networking team says they are experiencing a lot of issues in the firewalls and some routers.""The solution could be more secure and have better integration.""The solution requires a more interactive dashboard. That would make it easier than playing with configurations the way we have to now."

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"I think automation and machine learning can be improved to make bulk configurations simpler, easier, and faster""Maybe they could add some tools and more competing services, like servers, but that would increase the cost of the solution.""I wish that the Palos had better system logging for the hardware itself.""It would be better to have more tools to control Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. We don't have too many tools to access Palo Alto. For example, the IT team doesn't have access to it. We can see it physically and see if it's running or not. We need to contact a special team to receive that information. I would also like to see more reporting in the next release.""The solution is not straightforward.""I would like a collaboration system and reporting ASA policy needs to be smarter.""From a documentation standpoint, there is room for improvement. Even Palo Alto says that their documentation is terrible.""This solution cannot be implemented on-premises; it's only a cloud solution. The price is high as well."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Its pricing is good and competitive. There is a maintenance cost. It includes SecureX that makes it cost-effective as compared to the other solutions where you have to pay for XDR and SOAR capabilities.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't thing there are any other hidden charges though.""This product is expensive.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""When we purchased the firewall, we had to take the security license for IPS, malware protection, and VPN. If we are using high availability, we have to take a license for that. We also have to pay for hardware support and technical support. Its licensing is on a yearly basis."

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"When you compare the price with other products, it's quite cost-effective. But the problem is always after, let's say, two years or three years later because they are not able to provide updates or patches very quickly.""I believe that we are entitled to a one-year extension on our licensing.""The price of the license of this solution is high.""Licensing fees are billed on an annual basis."

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"We were very happy when they released the PA-440s. Previously, we had been looking at the PA-820s, which were a bit of overkill for us. Price-wise and capability-wise, the PA-820s hit the nail on the head for us.""The device is very expensive compared to Cisco and Fortinet.""The NG firewall is an expensive solution.""It is a little bit expensive.""We pay for the licensing annually and the price could be cheaper.""The pricing is competitive in the market.""It has a yearly subscription.""This is an expensive product, which is why some of our customers don't adopt it."

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Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Huawei USG Firewalls, USG9500 Series, USG6600 Series, USG6300 Series
Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

In addition to all the functions of conventional firewalls, Huawei NGFW also provides more advanced security functions, such as IPS and anti-malware functions, to identify applications and prevent application-layer threats. Huawei NGFW provides a global context awareness architecture for granular controls based on application, content, time, user, attack, and location (ACTUAL). The innovative SmartPolicy technology and management interfaces that can be easily integrated simplify the O&M management. The Intelligence Awareness Engine (IAE) uses an integrated architecture to perfectly balance security and performance. Huawei NGFW provides next-generation security featuring comprehensive protection, granular control, and OM simplicity to meet the requirements of enterprise networks on access control, scope of protection, usability, and performance in the new ICT landscape.

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.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
KMITL, Peking University
SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm6%
Cloud Provider6%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Huawei NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,407 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Huawei NGFW is ranked 25th in Firewalls with 8 reviews while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 67 reviews. Huawei NGFW is rated 7.2, while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Huawei NGFW writes "Good interface and easy to set up but needs more documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls writes "The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry". Huawei NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Check Point NGFW, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and Sophos XG, whereas Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Sophos XG, Meraki MX and Check Point NGFW. See our Huawei NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls report.

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