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2018-07-12T09:32:00Z

What is your primary use case for Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls?


How do you or your organization use this solution?

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Top 20Real User

It is our main Internet firewall. It is used a lot for remote access users. We also use the site-to-site VPN instance of it, i.e., LSVPN. It is pretty much running everything. We have WildFire in the cloud, content filtering, and antivirus. It has pretty much all the features enabled. We have a couple of virtual instances running in Azure to firewall our data center. Predominantly, it is all physical hardware. I am part of the network team who does some work on Palo Alto Networks. There is actually a cybersecurity team who kind of controls the reins of it and does all the security configuration. I am not the administrator/manager in charge of the group that has the appliance.

2021-12-21T02:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We have implemented our own private cloud where we host different services for a number of internal companies that are part of a group. We have financial companies, hospitality, and construction companies; a large variety. We use Palo Alto to provide security protection for all these companies.

2021-12-15T10:55:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it as an Internet-facing parameter firewall. In my environment, it has security and routing. It is on a critical path in terms of routing, where it does a deep inspection, etc.

2021-12-07T16:01:00Z
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Top 20Real User

These firewalls are only used for perimeter purposes, in gateway mode.

2021-11-11T17:32:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It is a data center firewall solution and a centralized management for remote office firewall solutions. We have 30-odd remote offices where we are putting firewalls in to replace the standard routers that we used to have. This solution will give us a little bit of routing and firewall capabilities. We are deploying the PA-440 Series in our remote offices.

2021-10-08T08:31:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We're slowly migrating our on-premises solutions to the cloud. We implemented the next largest size VM for the PA-7050s because we're using 7050s on-premises, due to the bandwidth requirement of 100 GBS. After changing our firewalls to 7050s last year and this year, both our internal firewalls and our border firewalls are 7050s.

2021-09-23T17:45:00Z
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Top 10MSP

We use it to segregate traffic between different tenant instances and to manage secure access to environments, DMZ zones, and to communicate what the firewall is doing.

2021-08-10T22:10:00Z
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Reseller

The solution is more towards the front of the security stack. We use both AWS and Alibaba Cloud.

2021-08-10T12:31:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use them to do quite a bit of URL filtering, threat prevention, and we also use GlobalProtect. And application visibility is huge for us. Rather than having to do port-based firewalling, we're able to take it to an application level.

2021-07-30T07:40:00Z
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Real User

We use this solution to protect our network.

2021-06-09T16:53:02Z
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Top 5Real User

We use Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls to manage the villains. Basically, to protect the environment.

2021-06-07T15:27:12Z
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Top 5Real User

We deployed the Palo Alto Next Generation Firewall on the perimeter of the network, so all traffic that flows to the company from the internet and from the company to the internet scanned by the Palo Alto Networks Firewall. In addition, all of the internal traffic from LAN users to services that are on the DMZ zone traverse the Palo Alto Firewall.

2021-05-19T18:12:46Z
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Real User

We use this solution as our central firewall, but not as a perimeter firewall. For our perimeter, we use another solution. Our organization consists of roughly 2,000 to 3,000 employees.

2021-05-18T05:59:13Z
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Real User

I am currently testing Palo Alto and preparing for an exam.

2021-04-07T11:09:32Z
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Top 5Real User

We have two 3000 Series Firewalls placed in our primary location. We have two sites and the secondary site uses the primary site for internet access. All traffic to the secondary location goes through a VPN tunnel. I'm a network administrator.

2021-04-01T09:30:53Z
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Real User

We plan to continue using this solution. Within our organization, there are roughly 1,000 employees using this solution.

2021-03-05T06:06:57Z
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Top 5Real User

It is our edge appliance. We use it for our edge security, and we also use it for our VPN termination. We're using an old version of this solution. At this moment, I'm looking at migrating away from Palo Alto.

2021-03-04T18:02:15Z
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Top 5Real User

We use a very basic model with a small installation to secure a small office segment with 50 users.

2021-03-02T16:01:23Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

We're basically an MSSP service provider. We use this solution as a network firewall for URL filtering, IPS, and IDS proxy services.

2021-03-02T07:38:59Z
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Real User

We use these firewalls on-premise. We use them as a central gateway for internet security. We also use them for organizing access to the internet from organizations, and security access rules.

2021-02-22T21:26:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We primarily use the product for web browsing and in order to protect some sites that we are publishing to the web internet.

2021-02-12T08:51:27Z
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Top 20MSP

In manufacture, we use this solution as a firewall and an internal gateway. Additionally, we use it for traffic control which keeps strategic traffic separate from production traffic.

2021-02-11T11:33:05Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it for LAN users, internet access, and more. The NG Firewall has many functions like user control, access control for servers, natural controls based on applications, schedules, ports, RTs, and IPS functionality with antivirus or security functionality. We also use it to control internet access, traffic shaping for bandwidth control, and fraud prevention.

2021-02-11T00:50:07Z
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Top 5Reseller

We mainly use it for perimeter protection between the internet and the local network. We are using it for application control. We exploit the applications with some policies about how the network traffic is going to be from the local LAN to the external network and vice versa. We are protecting our network from outsiders and stopping them from getting into the network.

2021-02-04T21:54:27Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution is typically used for antivirus and antimalware purposes, to help protect an organization against attacks.

2021-01-31T06:58:32Z
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Top 5Real User

Normally, we use our firewall at the perimeter level. We are using Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls as a firewall as well as using a few of their functionalities like the Vulnerability Protection, its IPS module. Additionally, we have remote VPN's on those firewalls, like GlobalProtect. So we are using all the features which are provided by Palo Alto.

2021-01-30T13:39:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We are a solution provider and this is one of the firewalls that we implement for our clients.

2021-01-28T10:33:01Z
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Top 20Real User

We primarily use the solution for our internal network.

2021-01-15T20:15:01Z
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Top 5Real User

We primarily use this product to protect our network.

2021-01-12T15:26:56Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

I deploy this solution for our clients. Firewalls can be used when you want to achieve SD-WAN connectivity. In a client's VPN or site-to-site VPN, it can be used to secure networks locally. If you have an extender or server room, you can secure your IT infrastructure for your servers. The solution can be installed on edge to protect your internal network. If you have services running on AWS or Google Cloud, or Alibaba Cloud, it can be deployed there. Some clients have a hybrid kind of infrastructure. I'm a service delivery engineer and network security lead and we are customers of Palo Alto.

2021-01-12T12:47:26Z
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Top 20Consultant

We use it to control what users may access internally and externally, which covers everything. We are using its latest version. The model that we are using is 3220.

2021-01-04T10:46:56Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution can be used in the data center it can be used as perimeter firewalls and gateways as well. It can be used anywhere. From the systems side, the data center side, or I typically recommend that it be deployed in a VM, as it may be able to see the internet traffic and specifically it would basically look into the details of a virtualized environment as well.

2020-12-19T13:47:52Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We use this product as our perimeter firewall.

2020-12-16T11:18:08Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We were mainly using it because we had two ISP links, so it was a kind of gateway device. Whenever a link went down, the firewall used to automatically switch over to the secondary link so that the internet connectivity is kind of highly available.

2020-12-10T16:08:04Z
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Real User

Our primary use case is for the perimeter connection of our clients in the network. Our client brings their services to their clients, and they have the option to connect to a webpage. With Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls they can safely provide a username and password to their clients. It is mainly on-premise, because the majority of the clients at this point want that kind of option. But many of them are already asking for the cloud option, like Prisma, for example.

2020-12-10T14:16:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are a solution provider and one of the Palo Alto products that we implement for our clients is the Next-Generation Firewall. It is used to protect your workflows in cloud environments, be it Azure, AWS, or Google. It can also protect your applications' databases that are on-premises.

2020-12-08T16:55:47Z
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Top 20Real User

We are a system and development company, and we sell this solution and many other solutions to our customers. We work on all the models, not a specific one. The model depends on the sizing. We also consider future expansion of a customer's environment for deploying a model.

2020-11-18T17:49:17Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it as a firewall. We have VPN, IPSec, or site-to-site VPN. We also protect our few internal web services.

2020-11-16T18:30:20Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are using this solution for IDS, IPS, and VPN services. Also, we are using it for gateway purposes. The development team accesses the data center, and the file intrusion prevention policy.

2020-11-12T05:04:08Z
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Top 20Real User

I'm a network security engineer and we are platinum partners with Palo Alto.

2020-11-10T17:19:34Z
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Top 20Real User

We deploy and provide support for this solution to our customers. The use case depends on customer requirements because Palo Alto Next Generation Firewall can be used as a data center firewall, perimeter firewall or on the cloud for a perimeter firewall or used with communications. Some customers use it for global protect connectivity. I am a senior network engineer and we are partners with Palo Alto Networks.

2020-11-06T21:14:58Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

We primarily use the solution as a firewall.

2020-07-27T07:17:38Z
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Top 20Reseller

We are a solution provider and this is one of the firewall solutions that we implement for our customers. We present this product to customers and also handle the onsite installation. Our clients use it to secure their network infrastructure.

2020-07-26T08:19:12Z
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MSP

Our primary use case was for perimeter protection.

2020-07-26T08:18:00Z
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Top 20Reseller

We resell products by Palo Alto and Cisco, and this next-generation firewall by Palo Alto is one of the products that we are familiar with.

2020-07-23T07:58:37Z
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Real User

Our primary use case was to configure our PSAs for our customized configuration.

2020-07-13T06:56:00Z
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Top 10Consultant

We use this firewall as part of our overall security solution. It is used to protect our perimeter on the internet side. We have the on-premises version installed for our offices and the cloud-based version for our cloud offerings. For our cloud setup, we use both Azure and AWS.

2020-07-13T06:55:57Z
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Top 20Real User

We primarily use the solution for the firewalls. We're also using the next-gen features to shape what's going on. For example, to figure out what is allowed out and what isn't allowed out on a layer-7 application-aware firewall. We can block based on the application, as opposed to port access.

2020-06-30T08:17:31Z
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Real User

We are basically using a double protection layer in which we take care of all our DMV, VPN, tunnels, and internal network. We are basically using it for application based configuration controlling our traffic on applications with layers four to seven. We are customers of Palo Alto and I'm an information security specialist.

2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are using this firewall for security purposes.

2020-06-15T07:34:02Z
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Top 20MSP

We use both the NG and VM series of Palo Alto firewalls. We sell and install them for clients to provide the best security that money can buy.

2019-12-04T05:40:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We use this solution for Zero Trust Data Center Segmentation with layer 2 Palo Alto firewalls. Segmentation has allowed us to put servers into Zones based off VLAN tags applied at the Nutanix level and can change "personalities" with the change of a VLAN tag. Palo Alto calls the "Layer 2 rewrite". By default, all traffic runs through a pair of 5000 series PAs and nothing is trusted. All North and South, East and West traffic is untrusted. No traffic is passed unless it matched a rule in the firewalls. There is a lot of upfront work to get this solution to work but once implemented adds/moves/changes are easy.

2019-09-10T13:54:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use this solution for WAN routing, NAT, VPN tunnels, granular security policies, URL filtering, antivirus, threat prevention, sandboxing, decryption, high availability, and reporting.

2019-07-01T11:17:00Z
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Consultant

We have multiple IPS applications, and other multiple use cases.

2019-07-01T07:58:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

The primary use for this product is for security as a firewall by a sales engineer for the guest environment.

2019-06-27T08:15:00Z
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Real User

We use the firewall for securing the data center. We have designed it to be a two-stage firewall. We have a perimeter firewall which is not Palo Alto, and then the Palo Alto firewall which is acting as a data center firewall. We are securing our internal network, so we have created different security zones. And we assign each zone a particular task.

2019-06-27T06:06:00Z
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Real User

I use the PA-220 to protect the LAN at my small-ish (about twenty people) office. We have several remote users who use the GlobalProtect VPN. As we move into a data center for hosting, I'll buy a second PA-220 to set up a site-to-site VPN. We also have a VM-50 for internal testing and lab use.

2019-06-26T20:18:00Z
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Real User

I primarily use this solution for the core banking network. It's for core security. So it's to protect against intrusion, to protect against any kind of cyber attack that can happen to it. It protects our core infrastructure.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Real User

I use the solution for firewalls.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Real User

We use this solution as a firewall. We use it for VPN setup, threat protection, and for internet breakout also. We actually deploy several different versions. We have a TA200, a PA820, and a PA3200 series.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Consultant

We're customer facing; each customer uses it for a different purpose. Some use NG Firewalls for IPS capability, some for application capabilities, these kinds of things.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Real User

Upstream and data center NGFW.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Real User

I'm using many solutions. I'm working as a CTO for a big company here. I work with Palo Alto and Cisco.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Real User

Our solution is now based on clustering and load balancing. We can add more nodes to our environment to accommodate the new load within our company. We have about 2,000 to 2,300 users on Palo Alto NG firewall support. Palo Alto has a line of products for different customers. If you do the sizing it from the beginning, considering that you are a growing company, it is fine. You need to plan for the future, which means that you have to pay in advance through investment. With Palo Alto NG Firewalls, the cost will be higher.

2019-06-24T12:13:00Z
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Real User

We use this solution to block malicious or suspicious activity by creating policies that define which action should be blocked or allowed.

2019-05-15T05:16:00Z
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Real User

Firewall.

2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
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User

Finding a solution for easy management, where the company is protected in a matter where an unwanted software is blocked.

2018-11-16T12:20:00Z
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Real User

It is our main firewall. It has performed well. It meets our expectations.

2018-08-08T07:09:00Z
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Real User

I used Palo Alto firewalls for plenty of projects and have many use cases. When working with App-ID, it is important to understand that each App-ID signature may have dependencies that are required to fully control an application. For example, with Facebook applications, the App‑ID Facebook‑base is required to access the Facebook website and to control other Facebook applications. For example, to configure the firewall to control Facebook email, you would have to allow the App-IDs Facebook-base and Facebook-mail.

2018-07-12T09:32:00Z
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