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Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Pros and Cons

Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Pros

JL
Executive Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The Palo Alto VM-Series is nice because I can move the firewalls easily.
It has excellent scalability.
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GA
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
What I like about the VM-Series is that you can launch them in a very short time.
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RS
IT Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Using Palo Alto Networks Panorama, we were able to deploy a single point of management and visualization of the firewall infrastructure in cloud, on-premise and integrated with Azure to automate scale up. Its security features, i.e. anti-malware, threat prevention, URL Filtering, VPN, and antivirus are the most valuable. The ID-User integrated with AD and 2FA features are also very useful to provide secure access to servers and some users in the company. 
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NK
Senior Manager Network Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is that you can control your traffic flowing out and coming it, allowing you to apply malware and threat protection, as well as vulnerability checks.
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ICT Infrastructure Specialist (E-Transform Project) at Ministry of Communications and Information
The interface with Panorama makes it very easy to use.
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Technology Specialist at Accretive Technologies Pvt Ltd
In Palo Alto the most important feature is the App-ID.
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Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward.
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VG
IT Security Head with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.
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GA
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is that you can launch it in a very short time. You don't have to wait for the hardware to arrive and get it staged and installed. From that perspective, it is easy to launch. It is also scalable.
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Assistant Professor at Facultatea de Economie și Administrarea Afacerilor din Iași
Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is very easy to use.
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Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Cons

JL
Executive Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The product needs improvement in their Secure Access Service Edge.
They made only a halfhearted attempt to put in DLP (Data Loss Prevention).
Palo Alto is that it is really bad when it comes to technical support.
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GA
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The one issue that I didn't like is that the SNMP integration with interfaces didn't record the interface counters.
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RS
IT Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
At the beginning of the implementation, we had some difficulties with the scripts, but Palo Alto Networks support together with a local partner finally fixed it.
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Learn what your peers think about Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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NK
Senior Manager Network Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The disadvantage with Palo Alto is that they don't have a cloud-based solution that includes a secure web gateway.
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ICT Infrastructure Specialist (E-Transform Project) at Ministry of Communications and Information
The command-line interface is something that some people struggle with and I think that they should have an option to go straight to the GUI.
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Technology Specialist at Accretive Technologies Pvt Ltd
The solution needs to have more easily searchable details or documentation about it online, so it's easier to Google if you have queries.
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Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Integrative capabilities with other solutions should be addressed.
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VG
IT Security Head with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to have automatic daily reporting, such as how many users have connected via SSL VPN.
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GA
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It would be good if the common features work consistently in physical and virtual environments. There was an integration issue in the virtual deployment where it didn't report the interface counters, and we had to upgrade to the latest version, whereas the same thing has been working in the physical deployment for ages now. It seems that it was because of Azure. We were using VMware before, and we didn't have any such issues. We do see such small issues where we expect things to work, but they don't because of some incompatibilities. There also seems to be a limitation on how to do high availability in a virtualized environment. All features should be consistently available in physical and virtual environments. It is not always easy to integrate Palo Alto in the network management system. We would like to be able to compare two network management systems. They can maybe allow monitoring an interface through the GUI to create a reference or do a baseline check about whether your network monitoring system is actually giving you the correct traffic figures. You need traffic figures to be able to recognize the trends and plan the capacity.
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Assistant Professor at Facultatea de Economie și Administrarea Afacerilor din Iași
It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation.
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Learn what your peers think about Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.