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Hillstone T-Series vs. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Hillstone T-Series vs. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"The dashboard is the most important thing. It provides good visibility and makes management easy. Firepower also provides us with good application visibility and control.""Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to improve their end to end firewall functionality.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).""IPS and Snort are very important because they also differentiate Cisco from other vendors and competitors.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""Since the product is stable, we do not have to spend additional money to buy other firewalls. Once deployed, we can use the product for a long time. Thus, it is cost effective.""Web filtering is a big improvement for us. The previous version we used, the AC520, did not have that feature included. It was not very easy for us, especially because the environment had to be isolated and we needed to get updates from outside, such as Windows patches. That feature has really helped us when we are going outside to pull those patches."

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"The only firewall able to monitor traffic from a CCTV network. Can detect unauthorized devices plugged into the network, which standard firewalls can't do.""It has been stable so far."

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"The company is inventive and always adds a lot of great features.""One of the most valuable features is Palo Alto's firewall management. We find it easier to manage the firewall centrally.""We've found the solution offers us good stability.""As long as the solution is kept updated, it's pretty stable.""The most valuable feature of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is the configuration, it is very clear.""I have found the threat profile feature valuable.""Everything I could possibly want has already been implanted in the new version.""The most valuable feature of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is the performance which is above their competitors. The throughput they have delivered is good. When we used other solutions they failed the deployment when we were using different rules. They have a theory perform performance light and performance degradation. However, Palo Alto Networks K2-Series never fails in that scenario."

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Cons
"The application detection feature of this solution could be improved as well as its integration with other solutions.""FlexConfig is there as a bridge for features that are not yet natively integrated into Firepower. It is a way of allowing you to be able to configure things that wouldn't otherwise be possible until the development team can add them into Firepower's native capability. There is still some work that needs to be done around FlexConfig. There are still quite a few complex things, like policy-based routing, that have to be done in FlexConfig, and it doesn't always work perfectly. Sometimes, there are some glitches. It is recommended that you configure FlexConfig policies with Cisco TAC. It would be good to see Cisco accelerate some of those configurations that you can only do in FlexConfig into the platform, so that they are there natively.""The reporting and other features are nice, but there is an issue with applying the configuration. That part needs some improvement.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement.""It's mainly the UI and the management parts that need improvement. The most impactful feature when you're using it is the user interface and the user experience.""The maturity needs to be better.""The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement."

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"Licensing is not cheap.""They have a very good technical support team, but I think there are some communication issues due to language differences."

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"It would be really helpful to have dashboards that provide information on IOC blockings such as where and how many. It will also be good to know how many hashing files have been reported. It would also be nice to have easy access to this information. Otherwise, it's a painful, manual task.""It would be nice if it could easily be integrated with Elasticsearch or Nagios.""It is recommended that the Palo Alto Networks K2-Series be implemented step by step for the Panorama. Sometimes we can't overwrite the configurations because it fails.""When it comes to renewing the solution, they tend to try to jack up the pricing.""If we have issues, they take anywhere from two days to a week to respond. I even wrote to their CEO because there was no response. When it comes to support, this is the worst company.""The scalability of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is good. It is good for larger environments over smaller ones.""Palo Alto has many other products. It would be nice for these products to be centralized under one tool""The licensing cost is a typical complaint with many clients. The solution is expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed."
  • "This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
  • "The price is comparable."
  • "It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market."
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  • "We got a much cheaper price than that provided by Fortinet right now."
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  • "It would be nice if they lowered their prices for small businesses."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "When comparing Palo Alto Networks K2-Series with other solutions it is on the higher end of the price scale."
  • "This product is designed for large companies. The price would not be suitable for a small or medium size company."
  • "Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is an expensive solution, the price could be reduced. They are more expensive than some of their competitors."
  • "The overall price of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series could be reduced."
  • "We are on an annual license to use Palo Alto Networks K2-Series."
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
    Hillstone T-Series Intelligent Next-Generation Firewalls, Hillstone iNGFW
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    Overview

    Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) is a firewall that provides capabilities beyond those of a standard firewall and delivers comprehensive, unified policy management of firewall functions, application control, threat prevention, and advanced malware protection from the network to the endpoint.

    Cisco NGFW Firewalls include advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small offices to high-performance data centers and service providers, and are deployed in leading private and public clouds. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.

    Key Features of Cisco NGFW Firewalls

    • Breach prevention and advanced security: Prevent attacks before they get inside. Cisco provides its firewalls with the latest intelligence to stop emerging threats and employs filtering to enforce policies on hundreds of millions of URLs. Cisco NGFW offers built-in sandboxing and advanced malware protection that continuously analyzes file behavior to quickly detect and eliminate threats.

    • Comprehensive network visibility: Constantly monitor your network so you can rapidly spot and stop bad behavior. Cisco NGFW provides a holistic view of all activity and provides a clear picture of threat activity across users, hosts, networks, and devices, as well as information on threats and website, application, and VM activities.

    • Flexible management and deployment options: Centrally deploy, customize, and manage all your appliances.

    • Fast detection: Detect threats in seconds and detect the presence of a successful breach within hours or minutes. Cisco NGFW allows you to deploy consistent policy that's easy to maintain, with automatic enforcement across all the different parts of your organization.

    • Automation and product integrations: Seamlessly integrate with Cisco tools and automatically share threat information, event data, policy, and contextual information with email, web, endpoint, and network security tools. Cisco NGFW automates security tasks like impact assessment, policy management and tuning, and user identification.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco NGFW stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its extensive discovery abilities that enable you to constantly see what is happening on your network and take action when necessary, and the high level of protection it provides.

    Mike B., a director of IT security at a wellness & fitness company, writes, "It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective."

    Zhulien K., the lead network security engineer at TechnoCore LTD, notes, " The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy. Again, with that being said, I cannot shy away from giving kudos to all of the other features such as AVC (Application Visibility and Control), SSL Decryption, Identity policy, Correlation policy, REST API, and more. All of the features that are incorporated in the Cisco Firepower NGFW are awesome and easy to configure if you know what you are doing. Things almost always work, unless you hit a bug, which is fixed with a simple software update. "

    Hillstone’s T-Series intelligent Next-Generation Firewall (iNGFW) uses three key technologies to detect advanced attacks and provide continuous threat defense for today’s networks. First, it uses statistical clustering to detect unknown malware, leveraging the patented Hillstone Advanced Threat Detection engine (ATD). Second, it uses behavioral analytics to detect anomalous network behavior, which is based on the Hillstone Abnormal Behavior Detection engine (ABD). Finally, it leverages the Hillstone threat correlation analysis engine to correlate threat events detected by disparate engines – including ATD, ABD, Sandbox and other traditional signature-based threat detection technologies – along with context information to identify advanced threats.

    Designed to handle growing throughput needs due to increasing amounts of application-, user-, and device-generated data, the K2-Series offers amazing performance and threat prevention capabilities to stop advanced cyberattacks and secure mobile network infrastructure, subscribers, and services.

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    Sample Customers
    Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
    University of Córdoba
    State of North Dakota, SEGA, Alameda County Office of Education, Temple University, VERGE, CAME
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider40%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government5%
    Healthcare Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm33%
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Transportation Company8%
    International Affairs Institute8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hillstone T-Series vs. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hillstone T-Series vs. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Hillstone T-Series is ranked 32nd in Firewalls with 2 reviews while Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is ranked 20th in Firewalls with 13 reviews. Hillstone T-Series is rated 7.0, while Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Hillstone T-Series writes "Customizable reports with advanced threat protection". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series writes "Stable with great deep inspection functionality and good scalability". Hillstone T-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Hillstone E-Series, Cisco ASA Firewall, Sangfor NGAF and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is most compared with Juniper SRX, Fortinet FortiGate-VM, Meraki MX and Stormshield Network Security. See our Hillstone T-Series vs. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series report.

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