Cloudflare vs Palo Alto Networks WildFire comparison


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Categories and Ranking

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CDN (1st), Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection (1st), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) (13th)
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
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Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (3rd)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection category, the mindshare of Cloudflare is 15.5%, down from 19.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Palo Alto Networks WildFire is 0.8%, down from 1.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
Unique Categories:
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

Featured Reviews

Jun 1, 2023
A stable and scalable DNS management tool to secure websites and servers
The most valuable feature of the solution is the proxy, so I can hide my servers. So no one can scan them, especially for port scanning, since we were hacked once. I did buy a VPS server, and I was just getting started. So I started MongoDB and left the port open. Someone scanned the website and saw the open port, and since I was just starting, I didn't set a password. He managed to get in, and he locked the database and locked all the data (ransomware). When using Cloudflare, I was sure that no one knew my real server IP address.
Feb 7, 2024
Offers advanced threat detection and prevention capabilities
Palo Alto Networks' BPA flagged certain URLs that needed blocking to tighten our firewall's security. WildFire serves as a repository for security incident data, enhancing our threat intelligence across the organization. While we don't manage it directly, WildFire provides crucial information about security occurrences globally. The sandbox technology of WildFire has benefited us as it provides a layer of protection and immutability against threats. Whether it is better to integrate WildFire with Palo Alto firewall into one product depends on your infrastructure setup. If you have a reliable internet connection, utilizing WildFire in the cloud is efficient for receiving timely updates. However, if internet connectivity is a concern, having WildFire as an appliance locally might be preferable. My advice for those considering WildFire is to prioritize its inclusion with your firewall setup. Cybersecurity is interconnected globally, and WildFire provides crucial threat intelligence to keep your firewall updated and effective. It is essential for a smarter, more secure network defense. Overall, I would rate WildFire as a nine out of ten.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The solution offers the flexibility to control configuration rules."
"We're using dynamic components to build flexible pages to create and manage Git merge requests for code and reviews."
"Generally, I am satisfied with this product."
"New and innovative way to protect the client's data."
"The simplicity of the overall dashboard makes it a great product for a user like me who has less understanding of the internet than a developer or other more technical people. It gives me peace of mind. I also love the easy customization of the Page Rules."
"Cloudflare allows us to self-host services such as Rocket.Chat and Node-RED, in high-availability mode, thanks to round robin DNS which allows us to share one hostname between our two locations."
"Easier http to https redirect using page rules"
"The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is that it has a free version. They give us the free version with the anti-DDoS features and also the load balancing solution."
"The analysis is very fast."
"A good tool for file scanning and email threat detection, especially when it comes to attachments and communications."
"The cloud-based services are a nice feature."
"​Installing this product as a datacenter firewall for segregation and segmentation, and also configuring policies between zones has improved my organization."
"The most valuable features of the solution are user-friendliness, price, good security, and cloud-related options."
"The reporting feature helps our performance."
"They have many different options with Palo Alto WildFire and the set-up is quick. If you have all the details in hand, it does not take more than 15 minutes to deploy a firewall."
"The most valuable feature is the Automatic Verdict, to recognize whether something is a threat, or not."


"It would be beneficial for us if Cloudflare could offer a scrubbing solution. This would involve taking a snapshot of my website and keeping it live during a DDoS attack, ensuring uninterrupted service for our users. DDoS attacks are typically short in duration, and having Cloudflare maintain the site's availability from its secure network would enhance the overall user experience. I would appreciate it if Cloudflare could consider implementing this feature. Many organizations already utilize similar capabilities in their CDN platforms, where a static snapshot of the web page is displayed during DDoS attacks. In terms of features, Cloudflare needs to enhance its resilience and stay more focused on adopting new technologies. For instance, solutions like F5 XC Box, Access Solution, and Distributed Cloud Solution have impressive features, and Cloudflare should strive to match and exceed those capabilities. There's a need for improvement in areas like AI-based DDoS attacks and Layer 7 WAF features. Cloudflare should prioritize enhancements in areas such as behavioral DDoS and protection against SQL injection attacks, considering the prevalent trend of public exposure to the internet for business reasons. Overall, Cloudflare needs to invest more in advancing its feature set."
"If they improve on the placement of their data centers, it would be better. I'm living in a remote area. I would like to connect to them without any kind of lag."
"The product needs to improve its automation."
"There are some issues with the CDN services."
"The timing aspect can lead to it being considered overpriced. This is a particular concern we have with Cloudflare, as they may struggle with accurately detecting the client."
"I would like Cloudflare to offer a dedicated account manager for large enterprise clients like us."
"Technical support is lacking."
"It should be easier to collect the logs with companies like Sumo. However, based on my discussions with the salespeople, I understand that's how they make their money. With the enterprise product, they want people doing those kinds of enterprise features to do the logging. They want them to pay a lot of money, and that's where I have an issue with them. That should be a default. You should be able to get the log no matter what. The logging should be universal."
"Our main concern is that everything has to be synced with the WildFire Cloud and has to be checked through the subscription."
"The global product feature needs improvement, the VPN, and we need some enhanced features."
"In terms of what I'd like to see in the next release of Palo Alto Networks WildFire, each release is based on malware that has been identified. The key problem is an average of six months from the time malware is written to the time it's discovered and a signature is created for it. The only advice that I can give is for them to shorten that timeframe. I don't know how they would do it, but if they shorten that, for example, cut it in half, they'll make themselves more famous."
"The initial setup was complex."
"Any enhancements should likely be focused on the firewall appliance to further strengthen overall security capabilities, such as refining app and user identity features."
"Other vendors have some sort of bandwidth management built into the firewall itself and Palo Alto is missing that."
"It would be nice if there was an easier way to install and deploy it, such as through the inclusion of wizards."
"The data analytical system for deployment needs to improve."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"So far I use free tier and happy with it. You can subscribe to business package if needed."
"The pricing for the service is reasonable, neither excessively cheap nor prohibitively expensive. It aligns well with the value of their solution."
"It's a premium model. You can start at zero and work your way up to the enterprise model, which has a very high pricing level."
"The solution has many features but there are ones that you need to pay for. Sometimes you have to find out which is available for free and which you have to pay for."
"The price is reasonable."
"The cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."
"There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees."
"For Cloudflare, I recommend it heavily for small businesses with revenue under a couple of million dollars. Onboarding is easy, and they even have a free plan. This makes it simple for businesses in the $100,000-$500,000 range to try it out and see its value, allowing them to scale up their infrastructure as needed."
"The solution is a bit expensive. You pay for security."
"Palo Alto Networks WildFire is an expensive product."
"The price could be better."
"Palo Alto Networks WildFire is quite expensive, and this is what puts people off."
"The licensing fees are on an annual basis, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees."
"The price is fair and comparable to other solutions."
"I use Palo Alto Networks WildFire's free version."
"It's comparable to what the competition is. It is probably a little lesser than what the competition is because, as a state government, we go for whatever the lowest cost is."
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Comparison Review

it_user206346 - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 11, 2015
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Questions from the Community

Which is the best DDoS protection solution for a big ISP for monitoring and mitigating?
Cloudflare. We are moving from Akamai prolexic to Cloudflare. Cloudflare anycast network outperforms Akamai static GRE tunnels. We have decreased site load times on Mobile 3G from 8 to 1,6 seconds ...
What do you like most about Cloudflare?
Cloudflare offers CDN and DDoS protection. We have the front end, API, and database in how you structure applications.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cloudflare?
The tool's pricing is moderate. I rate the product’s pricing a five out of ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive.
How does Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall compare with Palo Alto Networks Wildfire?
The Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is a very powerful and very complex piece of anti-viral software. When one considers that fact, it is all the more impressive that the setup is a fairly straightf...
Which is better - Wildfire or FortiGate?
FortiGate has a lot going for it and I consider it to be the best, most user-friendly firewall out there. What I like the most about it is that it has an attractive web dashboard with very easy nav...
How does Cisco ASA Firewall compare with Palo Alto's WildFire?
When looking to change our ASA Firewall, we looked into Palo Alto’s WildFire. It works especially in preventing advanced malware and zero-day exploits with real-time intelligence. The sandbox featu...



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