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We performed a comparison between Check Point CloudGuard Network Security and VMware NSX based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud and Data Center Security solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Advanced check prevention is a great feature that provides threat intelligence at speed.""The scalability is very good; again, very user-friendly. I wouldn't even say "user-friendly" because, as long as you deploy it properly, you can kill an EC2 and it will spin up another one right away, within about a minute and a half. And it will be ready for production right away.""The solution has been quite stable.""The installation process doesn't take very long.""Check Point CloudGuard technical support is good.""It's possible to sync the Check Point Management with the cloud portal, therefore allowing automated rules to be set in place whenever creating a new VM.""One of the main characteristics that Check Point CloudGuard Network Security has given us is granularity and visibility.""All our connections are secure."

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"The security offered by VMware NSX is the most valuable, plus it's a feature-rich product that's straightforward to install and configure.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""Though I haven't been working a lot on VMware NSX, it's good to have. What I like the most about it is that its console is good, and it doesn't take a lot of effort in terms of doing my daily tasks on it or what it's meant for. VMware NSX is still a preferred product in the market.""I have found the solution to be stable.""I have found the system to be very intuitive, functional, and they have great technology.""The solution is very stable and reliable.""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."

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Cons
"I would like to see a step-by-step initial installation of the firewall. That would be really helpful. Like in Oracle appliances, when you start it asks you, what's your current IP address? An initial setup should be a step by step and intuitive process. You click on "begin," it asks you some simple questions. You fill in the blanks - your current IP address, what you want to do, you want to set up a site to site VPN, for example, that kind of thing. That would be the smartest thing to have.""Check Point Virtual Systems is a complete solution, but pricing can be better.""CheckPoint CloudGuard could be better at solving cases.""The solution could improve to have a DLP feature.""Easier optimization techniques can definitely help with better performance of the OS, as using the vanilla software doesn't actually showcase the real capability of the software.""Its architecture and user interface need improvement. The user experience for this solution also needs to be improved, particularly in implementation, management, and operations.""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.""The solution is not that flexible when deploying on-prem."

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"Our technical team is always looking for the solutions that they work with to offer more convenient integrations.""The price could be better. The non-enterprise version of the product should also be improved. I would like VMware to expand beyond the network and provide some VLAN technologies and more. I think we have one, but it's more on the distribution side because it's more on the upper side of the network. I'm looking forward to that.""There could be an improvement in regards to security.""It isn't easy to deploy.""Occasionally the licensing is not very clear. They should make it easier to understand.""VMware NSX should be able to scale for different customers, even the big ones. Its scalability needs improvement. Stability for it should also be improved.""We have been satisfied with the technical support. They were able to solve our problems. However, they could be faster.""Their licensing model should make it easier to purchase licenses."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing of CloudGuard is pretty fair when you have a single account. It's comparable with other cloud providers. But for our use case, it got really pricey when we had to deploy multiple CloudGuards on multiple accounts in different regions, because you can't have CloudGuard protecting multiple regions. That's the big thing."
  • "The pricing and licensing have been good. We just had to do a license increase for our portion of it. We had that done within a couple of days. Given the fact that it's purely a software-based license, it ends up being even quicker than doing it for an on-prem firewall."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "Licensing is available on a monthly or yearly basis."
  • "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."
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  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "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."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better."
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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:It provides a single pane of glass. You can do the switching, routing, load balancing, IPS, IDS, etc. Everything is under one umbrella. So, there is no vendor dependency over there.
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    Also Known As
    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 a full-stack network and security virtualization platform that enables the virtual cloud network. NSX provides a software-defined process for networking that expands throughout cloud frameworks, data centers, and application structures. Users can join and secure applications within their container and multi-cloud infrastructure and their data center. With robust automated provisioning, the platform offers dynamic flexibility and scalability without compromising on network speed or agility.

    VMware NSX recreates the whole software network model so that users can create and deliver apps quickly and securely. Users can customize security policies and leverage IDS/IPS to block against lateral threats. These security policies can be managed throughout private and public clouds from one pane of glass, no matter where your applications run. By consolidating networking and security tasks into a unified platform, users can save up to one-third of their budget.

    VMware NSX Use Cases

    VMware NSX brings the operational model of a virtual machine to users’ data center networks and revolutionizes the foundations of network and security operations. There are a number of use cases, including:

    • Containers - Similar to VMs, users can offer unified, full-stack networking and security for microservices and containerized apps. This includes the ability to micro-segment, use container networking for Kubernetes, and offers complete visibility for microservices.
    • App Delivery - Users can deliver infrastructure as code while also accelerating app delivery with blueprints that can automate the management of security and networking resources.
    • Security - With zero-trust security in public and private cloud environments, users can reduce attacks, lock down critical apps, and design a logical DMZ in software.
    • Load Balancing - Users can update their data centers from legacy load balancers to software load balancers and SDN automation, creating savings of over 50%.
    • Multi-Cloud - Expand networking across clouds and streamline multi-cloud operations with multi-cloud use cases, including rapid workload mobility, seamless data center extension, and multi-DC pooling.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Through a policy-driven approach, VMware NSX provides VMware technologies to assist with network and security visualization in a unified solution. Users particularly like the distributed firewall and the management dashboard.

    Kolawole O., a systems engineer at a tech services company, writes, "NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."

    A head of business development and partners management at a comms service provider notes, "I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."

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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 Firm18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government12%
    Healthcare Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is ranked 3rd in Cloud and Data Center Security with 31 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 2nd in Cloud and Data Center Security with 35 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is rated 8.4, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Check Point CloudGuard Network Security writes "You can have everything under a single pane of glass". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Reliable and has a good console that requires less effort when using, but is resource-intensive and not as easy to scale". Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Sophos XG and WatchGuard Firebox, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow Network Security, Guardicore Centra and Cisco SD-WAN. See our Check Point CloudGuard Network Security vs. VMware NSX report.

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