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Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Primary Use Case

AB
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

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. Additionally, adding SD WAN on the same edge device has made an all-in-one, security-edge-intelligent routing solution possible without sacrificing performance or a secure environment.

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GH
CyberSecurity Network Engineer at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees

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.

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ES
Network Analyst at a recreational facilities/services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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OM
Chief Architect at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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Matt Gahafer - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at Samtec, Inc.

These are gateway firewalls to the Internet for every site. At a majority of the sites, we use the firewall as our gateway for the network below.

Previously, we used them just for the Internet firewall and Internet security side. However, in the last year or two, we have started to migrate them as the gateway routers, e.g., as gateways for the networks below. They are doing Internet firewalling as well as firewalling for the networks below.

We are using the PA-220s, PA-440s, PA-820s, PA-3250s, and PA-5250s. We are using all of those hardware models. Then, we are running the PAN-OS 10.1.3 on those.

We have around 40 locations worldwide. At minimum, we have one Palo Alto Networks NG Firewall at each location. At some of the larger sites, we have two Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls in HA configuration. Then, at our headquarters and disaster recovery site, we have two at each site.

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SG
Network Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees

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.

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Hamada Elewa - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer - Security Presales at Raya Integration

We use Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls as internet firewalls, LAN or WAN firewalls, as well as data center firewalls.

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GP
Professional Services Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We use it to see and detect malware. It is also used for antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, vulnerability, and Wildfire analysis. We support different kinds of authentication as well: Kerberos, LDAP, TACACS, and SAML. All in all, it is a security device that you can have anywhere on your network, as per the design considerations.

It is deployed in two different ways, either on-premises or on the cloud, which may require a different hypervisor. 

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Yannick Nganyade - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Solutions Architect at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

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.

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RC
Security Team Technical Manager at ECCOM Network System Co., Ltd.

The solution is more towards the front of the security stack.

We use both AWS and Alibaba Cloud.

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Quoc Vo - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Technology at La Jolla Country Day School

We basically use it to protect our network from various malicious activities out there. We have two subscriptions. We have the WildFire subscription, which is similar to DNS filtering. We also have Threat Protection, which allows the firewall to inspect traffic up to Layer 7. It inspects applications as well as unknown applications, quarantining and stopping things. So, you are not always chasing, "What applications should I be running on this device?" It does a good job of all of that. The management of it is a little tricky, but that is how it goes.

We are running the PA-3250s. We have two of them. They operate in Active/Passive mode. Therefore, if one fails, then the other one takes over. 

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Amol Kurane - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy General Manager IT at ARAI

We have deployed Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and every web filter security available. So, we came to know each website user who got blocked and the "not required" categories. These categories are permanently blocked, and if any changes are required in these categories, we will first get approval from management. 

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KP
Solutions Architect at HCL Technologies

We are using it for network layer protection. And we have added all the Layer 7 protection there is, such as sinkhole protection and spyware and adware detection.

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Gokul Anand - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

I use Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls to handle my perimeter security, which is the most critical point of my network.

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AM
Security Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Almost all of my deployments are regulated to each firewall perimeter or as a data center firewall. The perimeter firewalls are deployed to control the user traffic and establish IPv6 VPN connections between a company's headquarter and its branches. This solution comes with threat prevention and URL filtering licenses for perimeter deployment. For data center deployments, the solution is deployed as a second layer of protection for the network traffic, especially for VLANs. It also prevents lateral movement of network attacks.

Almost all of my deployments in the Middle East are deployed on-prem. There is no acceptance of cloud solutions, especially for government and banking rules.

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MG
Presales Specialist at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We have had a couple of big projects with government companies here in Ukraine. One of those projects involved three data centers with a lot of security and network requirements, and we implemented Palo Alto as part of this project.

The use case was to build the new data centers with a firewall that would not only work on the perimeter but also for internal traffic. We deployed eight PA-5200 Series firewalls and integrated them with VMware NSX, and they're working together.

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TG
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

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.

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Georges Samaha - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We primarily use the solution as a datacenter firewall for 0 trust security model

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MG
President at MT-Data

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.

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TM
Sr. Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

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

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Tirut Hawoldar - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager IT Security & Infrastructure at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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SZ
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

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.

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JJ
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

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.

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Khawaja AhsanZia - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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

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JH
Technology Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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Amar-Patil - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

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

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MV
Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees

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. 

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AM
Information Security Specialist at UAEU

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. 

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SM
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It is used for protection against attacks and it is very fast and reliable. We have a lot of use cases for it.

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IK
Security Expert at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees

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.

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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for traditional firewalling. We use it for VPN connections -  especially now that people are doing work from home. This solution is our VPN gateway.

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MIhajlo MItev - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at a mining and metals company with 51-200 employees

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

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GP
Server Administrator and Operation Manager at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

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

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MS
Senior Network & Security Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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ME
Security Presales Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

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.

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Swapnil Talegaonkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Our primary use case of the Palo Alto firewall is to control incoming and outgoing traffic as the firewall is deployed at the perimeter. Also we have used a VPN in that device so remote users can access the internal networks. We are partners with Palo Alto and I'm from the implementation team and work as a technology consultant. 

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AK
Chief of IT security department at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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AM
Partner Alliance Director at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for our internal network.

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VinodPol - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President and Head - IT Telecom, Software License Management and Collaboration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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AH
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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Antonio El Khoury - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at IRIS

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.

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Abhirup Sarkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, Middle East, East India & SAARC at a tech company with 51-200 employees

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.

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AL
Security Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution as security - as a next-generation firewall.

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BF
Network Engineer & Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It protects from any unwanted traffic or any kind of attack toward your LAN. It just minimizes the risk. It does not completely eradicate the risk.

We have the latest version of this solution.

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EW
Cyber Security Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case was for perimeter protection.

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KN
Service Delivery Engineer - Network Security Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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. 

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RK
Sr. Product Management Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

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

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JC
Technical Manager El Salvador at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We use it for perimeter security.

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RA
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

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. 

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WD
Director IT Security at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

Basically, it is for protection and security. We are using it to make sure that our network is as secure as possible. We are able to evaluate each stack in each pocket and take certain actions as needed when we look into some of the content of the payload. 

We have on-prem deployments, and we also have SaaS-based services.

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JC
Network Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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MA
Network Security Head at a government with 51-200 employees

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

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MV
Senior Staff Security Engineer at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are working on creating security policies on the firewall. We have just put GlobalProtect VPN in our company. We also have Prisma Access.

We have on-prem and hybrid cloud deployments.

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ŁC
IT Architect at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

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.

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RN
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

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.

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MD.SIHAB TALUKDAR - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

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.

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LS
Director of Information Technology at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

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

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PS
Technology Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

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

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TanveerBhatti - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Engineer at Next Step

We shifted an existing network from Cisco to Palo Alto. It was like a branch to head office network.

We have done public and private cloud deployments as well as on-prem deployments. We are using versions 8, 9, and 10.

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Thameem Ansari - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior solution architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We use this product as our perimeter firewall.

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MJ
CIO/CTO at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

We primarily use this product to protect our network.

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VP
Head of IT Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. 

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AnkitMittal - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at Vibs

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

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Humbert Choi - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Trainee at Macroview Telecom Limited

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.

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Jan Hammer - PeerSpot reviewer
Marine Consultant/Captain/Senior DPO at Jan Arild Hammer

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.

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SK
Network Security Engineer

I am using the solution for protecting the network organization from threats.

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VS
Team Leader at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We use this solution to protect our network.

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MS
ITSM Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

We are using it for data center protection, intrasystem security, endpoints protection, load balancing, and DHCP.

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KH
Assistant Manager at Net One Systems

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

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KK
Regulatory Specialist at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

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

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TT
Cloud Security Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We've put it in hospitals and very large private and government businesses. We have its latest version.

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AA
System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The customers primarily use this solution for a firewall.

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VK
Information Technology Project Manager at JSC "Penkiu kontinentu komunikaciju centras"

We have several use cases for this solution. They include anti-virus, user identification, two-factor authentication for VPN, and application filtering.

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Chong Kah Wooi - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at Ipenet Solutions

I am a reseller of Palo Alto Networks.

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AL
Sr. Security and Enterprise Architect at a security firm with 11-50 employees

My primary use cases for this solution have been the firewall, file analysis, and remote-access VPN. 

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Buyer's Guide
Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls
June 2022
Learn what your peers think about Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2022.
608,713 professionals have used our research since 2012.