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  • "The licensing cost is about 18,000 euros."
  • "Actually the solution is very expensive. I don't know the particulars since the purchasing team dealt with it."
  • "The pricing for this solution is on the higher end."
  • "Compared to other products, the price is slightly high."
  • "This is not an expensive product and everything is included with one license."
  • "Prisma Access is a little bit expensive."
  • "The licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis and for what we get, the price is good."
  • "The solution requires a license and the technical support has extra costs. The licensing model could improve."
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    Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access, Prisma Access, GlobalProtect, Palo Alto GlobalProtect Mobile Security Manager, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, Prisma Access
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    Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks provides consistent security for all users and applications across your remote networks. Prisma Access grants users safe access to the cloud and data center applications and the internet as well. In addition, the solution combines all of your security and networking capabilities into a single cloud-delivered platform, enabling flexible hybrid workforces.

    Prisma Access can be managed two ways:

    1. Cloud Managed
    2. Panorama Managed

    Prisma Access delivers both networking and security services, including:

    • SD-WAN
    • VPN
    • Zero Trust network access (ZTNA)
    • Quality of service (QoS)
    • Clean Pipe
    • Firewall as a service (FWaaS)
    • DNS Security
    • Threat Prevention
    • Cloud secure web gateway (SWG)
    • Data loss prevention (DLP)
    • Cloud access security broker (CASB)

    Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks Features

    Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks has many valuable key features including: App-ID, User-ID, Device-ID, SSL Decryption, Dynamic User Group (DUG) Monitoring, AI/ML-Based Detection, IoT Security, Reporting, URL Filtering, Enterprise Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM)*, Logging, Policy Automation, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), and many more.

    Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks include:

    • Security: Prisma Access gives you consistent security to protect against cyberattacks, with enforcement of policy at every location. By implementing Prisma Access, you also gain protection that works to prevent known and unknown malware, exploits, credential theft, command and control, and many other attack vectors across all ports and protocols.

    • Global connectivity: Prisma Access provides global coverage through use of its connectivity layer.

    • Scalability: With Prisma Access, scaling is automatically managed and is scalable, flexible, and agile.

    • Instant deployment: Deployment is fast, eliminating wasted time that may otherwise be associated with setting up a solution, operating it, or shipping hardware in order to get started.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics

    users who are currently using the solution.

    PeerSpot user Partha D., Global Network Tech Lead at a computer software company, speaks about his experience using the product, saying, "It protects all app traffic so that users can gain access to all apps. Unlike other solutions that only work from ports 80 and 443, which are predominantly for web traffic, Prisma Access covers all protocols and works on all traffic patterns... The most sophisticated attacks can arise from sources that are not behind 80/443."

    Tejas J., a Sr. Cloud Security Architect at a computer software company, mentions that "it is geographically dispersed, and it sits on top of Google and AWS platforms. Therefore, you don't face the standard issues, such as latency or bandwidth issues, that you usually face in the case of on-prem data centers.

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, Max I., Associate Director at Cognizant, comments that "Security is absolutely spot-on, really top-notch. It's the result of all the components that come together, such as the HIP [Host Information Profile] and components like Forcepoint, providing end-user content inspection, and antivirus. It incorporates DLP features and that's fantastic because Prisma Access makes sure that all of the essential prerequisites are in place before a user can log in or can be tunneled into."

    Tailscale is a modern VPN alternative that provides secure and easy access to resources across multiple networks and devices. Its primary use case is to allow remote teams to securely connect and collaborate as if they were in the same office. With its user-friendly interface and automatic network discovery, Tailscale simplifies setting up and managing a secure network, making it an ideal solution for small businesses and organizations.

    Tailscale's most valuable functionality is its ability to create secure tunnels between devices without complex configuration or setup. This allows organizations to securely and seamlessly connect remote workers, offices, and devices, increasing productivity and collaboration while reducing the risk of security breaches.

    By eliminating the need for traditional VPNs and reducing the risk of accidental exposure of sensitive information, Tailscale helps organizations improve their security posture while enabling their workforce to work more efficiently and effectively.

    Sample Customers
    Concord Hospital, State of Colorado, Essilor International, RheinLand Versicherungsgruppe, University of Westminster, Universidade Nove de Julho, SPAR Austria, CAME Group, ZipRealty, Greenhill & Co., IKT Agder, Aviva Stadium, Animal Logic, Management & Training Corporation, Brigham Young University Hawaii, School District of Chilliwack
    Bamboo Health, Duolingo, Shiguredo, Instacart, Corelight, Machinify, Bolt, Mercari, Cobalt, Yugabyte, Jasper, VersaBank, Zego, Gini and Finter
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company48%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Comms Service Provider4%
    Logistics Company4%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Media Company10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks is ranked 5th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 23 reviews while Tailscale is ranked 26th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN. Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks is rated 8.4, while Tailscale is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks writes "Supports auto-scaling for mobile users and provides the ability to create custom threat signatures". On the other hand, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks is most compared with Netskope , Cisco Umbrella, Zscaler SASE, Zscaler Private Access and Prisma SD-WAN, whereas Tailscale is most compared with Twingate, Fortinet FortiClient, Perimeter 81, AWS Direct Connect and Ivanti Secure Access.

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