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Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is the #6 ranked solution in top ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) tools and #17 ranked solution in best firewalls. PeerSpot users give Palo Alto Networks VM-Series an average rating of 8.8 out of 10. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most commonly compared to Azure Firewall: Palo Alto Networks VM-Series vs Azure Firewall. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 63% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 22% of all views.
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What is Palo Alto Networks VM-Series?

The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.

The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.

In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.

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What users are saying about Palo Alto Networks VM-Series pricing:
  • "Palo Alto definitely needs to be more competitive compared to other products. The problem that I have faced is that the price of licensing is very high and not very competitive."
  • "This is not the cheapest firewall but it's not the most expensive of the options on the market."
  • "Initially, pricing was high. Later on, we were able to negotiate the pricing and get something that fits our budget."
  • "It is not the cheapest on the market. The total cost for two firewall instances is $75,000. This includes licenses, deployment fees, and support for two years."
  • "The VM series is licensed annually."
  • "Because I work for a university and the URL is for the institution, it's a free license for us."
  • "The cost of this product varies from customer to customer and the relationship with IBM, including how many offerings from IBM are already being used."
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    Shrijendra Shakya - PeerSpot reviewer
    C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution Inc. Pvt. Ltd.
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    User-friendly interface, easy to monitor, and has a single pane of glass for reporting
    Pros and Cons
    • "With the improved visibility we now have, the traffic is being properly monitored, which means that we are better able to manage it. These are improvements that we saw very quickly."
    • "It would be helpful if we had a direct number for the support manager or the supporting engineer. That would be better than having to email every time because there would be less wait."

    What is our primary use case?

    This is our core firewall for the data center network.

    We have two on-premises appliances set up in a high availability configuration.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The VM-Series enables us to extend consistent next-generation protection across different infrastructures with a unified policy model, which makes it very easy for us. It is very important that we have this single pane for monitoring all of the network resources and multiple devices because, today, it's a complex environment where you have to take care of many devices.

    This solution makes it very easy to quickly migrate workloads to the cloud.

    Since we updated the system, the network has been very stable. Previously, there were issues with traffic throughput. With the improved visibility we now have, the traffic is being properly monitored, which means that we are better able to manage it. These are improvements that we saw very quickly.

    What is most valuable?

    This is a firewall product and every OEM has claims about their special features. This device is very user-friendly and offers ease of monitoring.

    Changes to the configuration happen quickly.

    There is a single pane of glass for reporting, which is quite good. 

    The interface is user-friendly.

    What needs improvement?

    It would be helpful if we had a direct number for the support manager or the supporting engineer. That would be better than having to email every time because there would be less wait. Having a dedicated number where we could send a text message in the case of an emergency would be helpful.

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    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for approximately six months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We are very much satisfied with the stability and performance.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution is quite scalable because it has options for deploying in a VM as well as an appliance. The interfaces are all license-based, which means that features can be added just by obtaining another license.

    Our current environment has more than three gigs of traffic.

    We have a team of four or five people that is responsible for the network. They are continually monitoring the firewall and updating the policies, as required.

    How are customer service and support?

    Pala Alto has very good support. Generally, the response is very good and they address our issues as soon as we contact them. For example, they assisted us during our deployment and it was a very good experience.

    My only complaint about the support has to do with complications that we had with communication. Sometimes, support was done over email, and because of the difference in time zone, there was occasionally a long gap in time before we got the proper response.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We used to have Cisco ASA and Firepower, and we had some issues with those firewalls. Once they were replaced by Palo Alto, we didn't have any problems after that. 

    Compared to the previous devices that we have used from other vendors, Palo Alto is very user-friendly, and we are comfortable with the features and capabilities that it offers.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very straightforward and we had no issues with it. It is not complex because the procedures are properly defined, the documentation is available, and there is proper support. Our initial setup took about 15 days, which included migrating all of the data.

    Our deployment is ongoing, as we are adding policies and dealing with updates on a day to day basis. We have a very complex environment that includes a firewall for the data center, as well as for the distribution networks.

    What about the implementation team?

    The Palo Alto team supported us through the deployment process.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Palo Alto definitely needs to be more competitive compared to other products. The problem that I have faced is that the price of licensing is very high and not very competitive. When a customer wants to implement Palo Alto, even a small box, there are several licenses, and having all of them is sometimes really hard to justify. It is difficult for some clients to understand why such a small box costs so much.

    For instance, they have the dashboard license, and then they have the user license, and so on. If the pricing were more competitive then it would be good because more customers would use the product, rather than use simpler firewalls.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We have worked with firewalls like Sophos, FortiGate, and Cisco ASA. We have dealt with almost all of the vendors but at this point, our experience with Palo Alto has been the best one. Palo Alto has been doing what it claims to do, whereas the other vendors' products have various shortcomings.

    For example, some vendors do not have the performance that they claim in terms of throughput. Sometimes, the user interface is complex, or the device needs to restart whenever you make changes. With Palo Alto, it's simple to use and easy to get things done.

    What other advice do I have?

    We have not yet used Panorama for centralized management but in the future, we may do so for other projects.

    My advice for anybody who is looking into purchasing a firewall is to carefully consider what their requirements are. I have seen that when a customer procures a firewall, they initially choose products like Sophos. Over time, they engage in trials with the majority of the vendors and finally end up with Palo Alto. This is only after spending a lot of time and money on other products.

    If instead, a client is aware of the requirements including how much traffic there is and what throughput is needed, it's better to invest in Palo Alto than to try all of the cheaper alternatives. Then, evaluate everything afterward and finally select Palo Alto. This, of course, is providing the client doesn't have limitations on the investment that they're going to make.

    I say this because generally, in my practice, what I've seen is that when choosing a firewall, the clients first choose a cheaper alternative. Then, after some time they think that it may not be what they wanted. This could be brought about by a throughput issue or maybe some threats were not blocked or they have had some security incidents. After trying these firewalls, they replace them with another, and yet another, until finally, they settle on Palo Alto.

    Essentially, my advice is to skip the cheaper vendors and go straight to Palo Alto.

    In summary, this is a very good product and my only real complaint is about the cost. If it were more competitive then more customers would choose it, and those people suffering losses as a result of security incidents would be saved. I find the real reason that people don't choose the right product is due to the cost factor. Even when they know that the product is the best choice, because of the limitation that they have on the investment they can make, they're not able to choose it.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Director of IT at Tavoca Inc
    Real User
    Top 20
    Good performance, powerful CLI, and offers zero-day signature updates
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature is the CLI."
    • "The web interface is very slow, and it needs to be faster."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this product to secure our entire network.

    At this point, it is used only for VPN purposes, allowing access to our servers behind the firewall.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Using this product has increased our security and has given us much better results in terms of security scans.

    Palo Alto embeds machine learning into the core of the firewall to provide online real-time attack prevention, and I would rate that capability a six out of ten. It's definitely effective in terms of securing our network against threats that are able to evolve and morph rapidly.

    This solution provides a unified platform that natively integrates all of the security capabilities, although we are not using parts of it. For example, we don't use the configuration tools like Panorama. We don't use the monitoring capabilities, either.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the CLI.

    We have the firewall configured for zero-day signatures, which is very important to us. We have to be HIPAA security compliant, which means that we need those signatures immediately.

    There is no noticeable trade-off between security and network performance. In fact, so far, we've not seen any negative network performance with it. We're very impressed in that regard.

    What needs improvement?

    The web interface is very slow, and it needs to be faster.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This product is very stable. We have had zero problems with stability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is fantastic. We're using the lowest-end product right now, and I don't foresee when we'll have to upgrade. We've got a long way where we can continue to scale up.

    We currently have three or four people that use it for VPN purposes, to access our servers behind the firewall. It is not used nearly as extensively as it should be. However, next year, we're going to start flowing all of our internet traffic through it.

    We're all working remotely, and we're going to be connecting through the firewall. This means that our traffic is going to greatly increase, meaning that our usage will also increase. We'll also be using many more of the features.

    How are customer service and support?

    The technical support from Palo Alto is good, overall. However, their response times could be a little quicker.

    We have not really had any big complaints with the technical support and I would rate them an eight out of ten.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Prior to using Palo Alto, we were using an on-premises solution by Juniper. When we switched from onsite to the cloud, we changed products.

    We made the switch because Juniper became unbearable as far as complexity and performance go. It was getting really bad; we couldn't manage it well, and the performance was quite poor. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is quite complex. There is a steep learning curve and we failed at it a couple of times.

    Our final deployment took between three and four hours.

    What about the implementation team?

    Our in-house team was responsible for the deployment.

    What was our ROI?

    We have absolutely seen a return on our investment. We are definitely more secure. With the features that are in Palo Alto, we do not have to worry about people busting into our network. Even just out of the box, with the base features, it's really solid. The default configurations are very secure.

    Our return on investment comes from the fact that we're not having to spend hours monitoring stuff the way we did before. We've saved man hours and we've saved stress. I can't put a monetary value to that, but that would be the return.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    This is not the cheapest firewall but it's not the most expensive of the options on the market.

    There's a new licensing structure coming in that we're really trying to understand, so I would suggest studying up on it. I recommend getting a partner involved for purchasing the product.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Beyond Palo Alto, we evaluated two or three other products. Two of them that I can recall are Fortinet and the Microsoft Azure Firewall.

    We did some extensive reviews and some extensive testing and what we found is that for the price, Palo Alto gave us the best options. It had the best set of security features. It wasn't the cheapest product but it was the best solution that fit our requirements.

    What other advice do I have?

    We have not yet implemented the DNS security features. However, we will likely be doing so next year.

    If one of my colleagues at another company were to say that they were just looking for the cheapest and fastest firewall, I would suggest that they be careful. Palo Alto has a great balance. It's not super expensive compared to other options on the market, and it's quite quick when it comes to throughput and performance.

    In summary, this is a good product but I do suggest that people shop around a little bit.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Manager, Information Technology at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Real User
    Helps us close cases, which has improved our score on the compliance side
    Pros and Cons
    • "Palo Alto’s Panorama centralized management system simplifies our security posture based on our requirements. Instead of manually pulling logs, then generating them into readable formats, it gives us the console in a readable format to view."
    • "We feel that the setup was complex. So, we asked the tech team about the setup process. They explained how to deploy it in the right way, which made it very simple."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using it on Azure Cloud for our internal systems, where we have set up our internal workloads. We are using it as a perimeter firewall.

    We are using it because our internal workflows are on the cloud. Almost everything in our production and development uses these instances. We are using it extensively for conducting reports of the development environment. It is working fine.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It improved all compliance activities. We can close open cases. Compared to other firewalls in these cases, it improved our score on the compliance side.

    What is most valuable?

    We are using the complete box. We are mostly using the security services and firewall rules in Panorama.

    We need to look at different variables and granular policies of various tools. This makes it easy to understand.

    We use Palo Alto’s Panorama centralized management system. We have an on-prem firewall where Panorama is very good for pulling logs in from the cloud so we can see what is going on. It gives us visibility into that as well as showing us what attacks are coming in.

    Palo Alto’s Panorama centralized management system simplifies our security posture based on our requirements. Instead of manually pulling logs, then generating them into readable formats, it gives us the console in a readable format to view.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using it for the last two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability has so far been good. We monitor the resources on the firewall to determine if there will be any spikes on the CPU, RAM utilization, or the load of the firewall. Though, we are yet not putting much load on it. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I don't think that scaling will be a problem since we can adjust the VM-Series model that we want.

    I have around 100 instances protected behind this device.

    How are customer service and support?

    The customer support is good. They are able to give fast, readily-available solutions upon the creation of a help ticket. I would rate them as 10 out of 10.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    How was the initial setup?

    We did a fresh setup for this, but it was pretty easy. We could easily integrate with the VM-Series, then just create our business servers. We were able to do this with the help of the tech team.

    It took around seven to eight hours to deploy this solution and configure it to our environment.

    What about the implementation team?

    We feel that the setup was complex. So, we asked the tech team about the setup process. They explained how to deploy it in the right way, which made it very simple. Once we had a checklist of what to do, it was pretty easy to deploy.

    What was our ROI?

    Deploying Panorama has saved us a lot of time. When any incidents happen, our people are comfortable going to the Panorama logs and view the incident report to see what happened.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Initially, pricing was high. Later on, we were able to negotiate the pricing and get something that fits our budget.

    The solution provides protection and there wasn't an additional cost involved, in terms of security.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We evaluated FortiGate, Cisco, and the stuff that we are using. Compared to other products, we found it a very useful part of our compliance requirements and liked its format on the graphical interface. It is also a more secure firewall compared to other existing ones in the market. Based on our evaluation, it matched our compliance requirements.

    Cisco is pretty complex in nature to deploy. It is helpful to have a skilled person with at least two years of experience. 

    What other advice do I have?

    We are happy with their features for how we are using it and what we have deployed.

    I would recommend giving the solution a try and see the difference between it and your existing firewalls. Give it a shot and see the difference.

    In the firewall market, it is the number one product right now. I would rate it as 10 out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Microsoft Azure
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    Ricardo S. - PeerSpot reviewer
    IT Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Good stability, good support, and many useful security and threat prevention features
    Pros and Cons
    • "Using Palo Alto Networks Panorama, we were able to deploy a single point of management and visualization of the firewall infrastructure in cloud, on-premise and integrated with Azure to automate scale up. Its security features, i.e. anti-malware, threat prevention, URL Filtering, VPN, and antivirus are the most valuable. The ID-User integrated with AD and 2FA features are also very useful to provide secure access to servers and some users in the company. "
    • "At the beginning of the implementation, we had some difficulties with the scripts, but Palo Alto Networks support together with a local partner finally fixed it."

    What is our primary use case?

    It is deployed on the Azure cloud to inspect the outbound traffic, but in the near future we will be working to inspect inbound and Azure Express Route traffic as well.

    How has it helped my organization?

    With Palo Alto VM-Series, we are capable through a single point of management and visualization both in infrastructure and on premises and in the cloud. This allows us to improve the speed to create new rules, speed up the resolution of problems, having a holistic vision of our firewall infrastructure.

    What is most valuable?

    Its security features, i.e. antimalware, threat prevention, URL Filtering, VPN, antivirus are the most valuable. The ID-User integrated with AD and 2FA feature is also very useful to provide access to servers and some users in the company. 

    What needs improvement?

    It can be improved in areas such as DevOps and quality assurance. The installation rules deployment process we also improved when we deployed these firewalls. In terms of new features, for simplicity reasons, it is faster, because as I mentioned above we can reused the same rules and the same objects from the local PAN that has a Panorama such as the single point of supervision.

    We are looking for ways to integrate with other cloud in the future. For this, we will require a more secure integration and encrypted connections with other companies. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this brand for more than ten years in on premises (appliances). Now, we are expanding this features to our Azure tenant with PAN VM-Series + Panorama.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable and robust solution. Through Panorama manager, we can scale up automatically if the demand increase. At the moment, we do not have any problems with its stability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We currently don't have many end-users of this solution. It is being used mostly for servers. We have around 100 servers. In the future, we plan to have more users. Our company has around 10,000 people.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    PAN provides good support in general through its partners in Chile

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    No, the same brand is deployed, but in this case the change was a high availability architecture under Azure VM Scale Set mode.

    How was the initial setup?

    We had some complexity because we had no experience in implementing it in the cloud, but with the support of the partner and the endorsement of the brand it was solved quickly. It took us a couple of weeks to implement it, and then we started testing. (traffic stress, fault escenarios, scale up, vulnerability assessment, etc.)

    What about the implementation team?

    We took the professional services of a PAN partner or reseller in Chile. We had a good experience with them. They provide good support and have a qualified team working in security, together with the internal team of our company.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Its cost is $75.000. This is the total cost, and it includes the license, implementation fee, and support for two years.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We also evaluated Check Point, Fortinet, and Azure Firewall. We needed a single point to manage the on-premises firewall and cloud firewall. Our focus was simplicity without losing the security.

    Fortinet is growing in the industry. Many companies in Chile are adopting this brand. Our company has not yet adopted this solution.  Our maintenance teams don't know this technology, which would have been a problem.

    Check Point is a good brand. Their product is robust, but we found an issue in using their firewall manager with the hybrid architecture like ours, where we have both on-premises and on-cloud deployments.

    Both are also a leader in Gartner Quadrant and Forrester together with Palo Alto.

    Azure Firewall needs to improve.

    What other advice do I have?

    Good support from the brand and local partner in Chile.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Microsoft Azure
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    Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Reseller
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Not dependent on the hypervisor so we can install it on Hyper-V Microsoft software and deploy it
    Pros and Cons
    • "The initial setup was straightforward."
    • "Integrative capabilities with other solutions should be addressed."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use the solution for hands-on testing purposes and also for activating firewall re-entries, which is easy to accomplish. We only need to turn up the VM to the firewall. This serves users who are working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also utilize the solution in respect to several servers which are behind the firewall.

    What is most valuable?

    A valuable feature of the solution is that it is not dependent on the hypervisor so we can install it on Hyper-V Microsoft software and deploy it. We have even installed it on Nutanix 81, in which it is supported. It is not dependent on the platform and is stable. 

    What needs improvement?

    When we activate the solution on Amazon, instead of AWS, GCP or another type of public cloud, we encounter problems, as our engineers are not yet completely hands-on in respects of the public cloud platforms. Still, they can configure the firewall just fine. 

    Integrative capabilities with other solutions should also be addressed. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for the past five-and-a-half years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have tried to scale. The Western side of migration is very easy in terms of scalability. Our customers may increase their licensing counts in tandem with their increased performance requirements from the firewall. In this case, they would procure a VMP and the license. The activation of the firewall would be accomplished by the tech in the back-end. The customer would get the migration capabilities and procure the license without experiencing any downtime. 




    How are customer service and technical support?

    There is room for improvement from the side of technical support. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward. 

    The deployment takes two days. This includes installing the solution on the OVO files, upgrading the firewall panel records, activating the license and configuring basic policies and rules. However, our setup was basic and did not involve business activity, which would necessitate a technical business setup. In such case, the process from start to finish may take a customer up to 10 or 15 days. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The VM series is licensed annually.

    The option exists to procure a basic license. With this, the firewall feature comes with the application and the board, with everything in code. A subscription is included. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    The solution is cost effective in comparison to others. 

    What other advice do I have?

    We deploy the solution on-premises for customers and organizations, although we also do so via AWS.

    There are around 16 users connected to the VMP firewall. 

    The security feature is really good, although there would be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the cloud.

    I rate Palo Alto Networks VM-Series as a nine out of ten. 

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    Assistant Professor at Facultatea de Economie și Administrarea Afacerilor din Iași
    Real User
    Top 10
    A user-friendly solution with a highly intuitive web interface
    Pros and Cons
    • "Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is very easy to use."
    • "It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am the guy they call up first for the central infrastructure and configuration of the malware, firewall, and main applications, and I use Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for that.

    What is most valuable?

    Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is very easy to use. It takes maybe one week to learn how it works, but the suite itself is very flexible. After you install it, it's very easy to use because of the intuitive web interface.

    It's great for me at the moment. I have all I need. All the traffic is very well filtered, and I believe it's the future of the firewall.

    What needs improvement?

    The firewall itself is very complex. You have to do a lot of research, look through all the documentation, consult, and figure out how to use it. It's not so easy as a regular firewall, like Hypertable. It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation. It would be even better if they had simple documentation on some use cases as well.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for about one month.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    At the moment, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series has been stable. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have used the Palo Alto Network's technical support before, and it's fine for the moment.

    How was the initial setup?

    Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is a VMware appliance and very simple to install. It must be turned on to change the default password and to configure the IP address, and that is all. After that, it's easy because it has a very intuitive web interface.

    What about the implementation team?

    I implemented Palo Alto Networks VM-Series on my own.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Because I work for a university and the URL is for the institution, it's a free license for us.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give Palo Alto Networks VM-Series a nine.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
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    Top 5
    Stable with good support, and the VMs have configurable hardware resources

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a solution provider and the Palo Alto VM-Series is one of the products that we implement for our customers. Our customers use this virtualized next-generation firewall as part of their security solution.

    What is most valuable?

    The VM series has an advantage over the physical version because we are able to change the sources that the machine has, such as the amount of available RAM. With a physical machine, you cannot the resources without adding something to the machine.

    The management can be done from a single console window.

    What needs improvement?

    The implementation should be simplified.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for three years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The VM-Series is a scalable product.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The support is good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The implementation involves setting up policies.

    What about the implementation team?

    We deploy this product with our in-house team.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Updated: November 2022
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