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Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Pros and Cons

Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Pros

AB
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
This is arguably the best security protection that you can buy.
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GH
CyberSecurity Network Engineer at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
When we put it on the border, it was blocking everything that we were getting ahead of time, and we weren't getting any hits. This includes URL filtering, spam prevention, and anti-virus.
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OM
Chief Architect at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Palo Alto NGFW provides a unified platform that natively integrates all security capabilities, which is very useful. This prevents us from having to go to a lot of different systems, and in some cases, many different systems in many different regions, because we are a global company with 60 remote offices around the world in 30 different countries. Its centralized platform is really what we look for in all services, whether it be security or otherwise.
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SG
Network Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees
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.
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RC
Security Team Technical Manager at ECCOM Network System Co., Ltd.
Palo Alto NGFW’s unified platform has helped our customers eliminate security holes. With a unified platform, customers can deploy the NG Firewall both in the data center edge, inside the data center, and in the product/public cloud environments. They have the same user interfaces and platform, so they can be maintained by a single unified platform called Panorama. Customers can use Palo Alto Network NG Firewalls in all the places where they need to protect their environments. This helps to decrease security holes.
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Director Of Technology at La Jolla Country Day School
It is pretty important to have embedded machine learning in the core of the firewall to provide inline, real-time attack prevention, because all these different attacks and threats are constantly evolving. So, you want to have something beyond just hard pass rules. You want it to learn as it is going along. Its machine learning seems pretty good. It seems like it is catching quite a few things.
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TG
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features include the different security zones and the ability to identify applications not only by port numbers but by the applications themselves... And with the single-pass architecture, it provides a good trade-off between security and network performance. It provides good security and good network throughput.
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Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
From my experience, comparing it to other products, the granularity you can have in the application is very good. The application detection is excellent. It's certainly one of the best.
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MG
President at MT-Data
The solution allows us to set parameters on where our users can go. We can block certain sites or ads if we want to.
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TM
Sr. Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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.
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Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Cons

AB
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The only real drawback to this product is that it is expensive. But you get what you pay for and there is no way to put a price on top-notch security.
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GH
CyberSecurity Network Engineer at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
From a documentation standpoint, there is room for improvement. Even Palo Alto says that their documentation is terrible.
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OM
Chief Architect at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
When we looked at it originally, we needed to host the Panorama environment ourselves. I would prefer it if we could take this as a service. It might be that it is available, but for some reason we didn't choose it. The downsides of hosting are that we need to feed and water the machines. We are trying to move to a more SaaS environment where we have less things in our data centers, whether they be in our cloud data centers or physical data centers, which can reduce our physical data center footprint.
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SG
Network Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees
The SD-WAN product is fairly new. They could probably improve that in terms of customizing it and making the configuration a little bit easier.
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RC
Security Team Technical Manager at ECCOM Network System Co., Ltd.
Over the past one or two years, Palo Alto Networks has added a lot of features into the NG Firewall products. I think this is becoming more complicated for our customers. Therefore, we could use some best practices, best practice tools, and implementation guides for some of the complicated features.
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Director Of Technology at La Jolla Country Day School
There is a web-based GUI to do management, but you need to know how the machine or firewall operates. There are hundreds of different menus and options. I have used other firewalls before. Just implementing or designing a policy with Palo Alto, if you want a certain port to be open to different IP addresses, then that could take 20 to 25 clicks. That is just testing it out. It is quite complex to do. Whereas, with other places, you tell it, "Okay, I want this specific port open and this IP address to have access to it." That was it. However, not with Palo Alto, which is definitely more complex.
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TG
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The machine learning in Palo Alto NG Firewalls for securing networks against threats that are able to evolve and morph rapidly is good, in general. But there have been some cases where we get false positives and Palo Alto has denied traffic when there have been new updates and signature releases. Valid traffic gets blocked. We have had some bad experiences with this. If there were an ability, before it denies traffic, to get some kind of notification that some traffic is going to be blocked, that would be good.
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Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution would benefit from having a dashboard.
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MG
President at MT-Data
We're working with the entry-level appliances, so I don't know what the higher-end ones are like, however, on the entry-level models I would say commit speeds need to be improved.
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TM
Sr. Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The pricing of the solution is quite high. It's one of the most expensive firewall solutions on the market.
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Learn what your peers think about Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.