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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for Palo Alto Networks VM-Series?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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25 Answers
Director of IT at Tavoca Inc
Real User
Top 20
30 July 22

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.

Manager, Information Technology at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
02 May 22

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.

Shrijendra Shakya - PeerSpot reviewer
C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution Inc. Pvt. Ltd.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
09 November 21

This is our core firewall for the data center network. We have two on-premises appliances set up in a high availability configuration.

Darshil Sanghvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
19 May 21

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.

Ricardo S. - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
23 January 21

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.

Alexandru Sireteanu - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Professor at Facultatea de Economie și Administrarea Afacerilor din Iași
Real User
Top 20
05 January 21

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.

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Network Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
11 December 20

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.

Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
13 October 20

We are a service provider and I work on both shared firewall and dedicated firewall solutions for our customers. The primary focus is firewall threat protection. The rest of the features are used, albeit not too much. At this moment, it is not an overly complicated or advanced solution.

Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
07 October 20

We mostly use it for threat protection. Currently, I'm working on virtual solutions, and it is deployed on the cloud. We have three people who work with this solution. I have previously worked on the shared firewall as well as dedicated firewall solutions, where we deployed it on-premises as well as on the cloud.

Security Operations Specialist at a logistics company with 201-500 employees
Real User
01 October 20

We use it for all next-gen firewall features such as ACLS, application monitoring, security, virtual networking, etc.

Senior Network Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
01 October 20

The VM-Series firewall is part of our overall security solution.

Executive Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
21 September 20

Palo Alto VM-Series is something we recommend as a firewall solution in certain situations for clients with particular requirements who have the budget leeway.

Senior Manager Network Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
10 September 20

I am a firewall expert, although my job is not on the management side. I take care of the routing and switching aspects. We have approximately 1,000 firewalls in the company.

Manager, Information Technology at SWPA Corp
Real User
23 August 20

The primary use case of this solution is as a firewall for our servers. We are running a total of 12 servers. Four of them are hardware servers and the rest are VMware servers. We have about 80 clients running Windows 10.

Md Rezwan Ashique - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Specialist at Accretive Technologies Pvt Ltd
Real User
15 July 20

We primarily use the solution for IT. I am from the Palo Alto Partner end, so I am not using it deliberately. I usually deploy to clients in various industries, including the payment gateway industry.

IT Security Head with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
16 April 20

Palo Alto VM Series is a firewall that makes up part of our security solution, handing IPS, IDS, and other security measures.

Kofi Otchere - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Infrastructure Specialist (E-Transform Project) at Ministry of Communications and Information
Real User
13 April 20

The Palo Alto VM-Series is a firewall that is part of our security solution.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
14 January 19

We use it to protect applications and data on AWS.

Michael Robtoy - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Team Lead at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
14 January 19

We use this as our primary security barrier between trusted and untrusted zones.

Director at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
11 December 18

We use it to secure all traffic leaving and entering AWS.

Sachin Sheth - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Cloud Security at Wipro Technologies
11 December 18

Primary use case is network protection, next-generation IDS, and IPS protection.

System Administrator at DeepMap
Real User
11 December 18

* To do a lot of intrusion detection. * Threat prevention. * As an application firewall, to be able to securely deliver apps to the public.

Pradeep Kurra - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Practice Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
11 December 18

We use Palo Alto for the VPN, firewalls, and the hybrid site-to-site. We have purchased Palo Alto VM for one of our customers. It has been a year since we have been using this product. We use Palo Alto's on-premise version for a different purpose. We are using the cloud version for our contractors to VPN to the AWS environment. For Palo Alto on-premise, we use it more for security firewalls. On the cloud side, we use it for customer contractors to get into the AWS environment for VPN. we use native routing and native security tools that they developed already in AWS.

Solution Architect at JM Family Enterprises
Real User
11 December 18

We use it for firewall purposes.

Dan Rabinowitz - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Infrastructure at Arcadia
Real User
05 December 18

We use Palo Alto as a perimeter security device.

Related Questions
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 03, 2021
What are the pros and cons of each?
See 1 answer
03 October 21
Both products are very stable and easily scalable. The setup of Azure Firewall is easy and very user-friendly and the overall cost is reasonable. Azure Firewall offers a solid threat awareness, can easily identify threat risks, and gives users the ability to set filters to deny traffic from problematic malicious domains or IP addresses. Azure Firewall allows for the creation of virtual IP addresses, which makes it very attractive. Palo Alto VM Series can launch very quickly and makes it easy to move firewalls when needed. It offers great incoming and outgoing traffic control, which gives greater awareness with regard to threat and malware protection. Azure Firewall can be challenging when implementing across various regions and this solution could also be more customizable. Although it offers some great filtering options, it lacks some of the advanced features that some other solutions provide. Palo Alto VM Series can be a very complex solution to use and could be simplified. The VM series does not integrate that well with other solutions. It also does not have a cloud-based solution that offers a secure gateway, which can be problematic for many enterprises. The reporting processes need to be improved. We found that it lacks what many other solutions are offering. Conclusion Both the Azure Firewall and Palo Alto VM Series provide very secure options with regard to traffic control and threat awareness. As with many solutions, each of these has different capabilities that meet the varying needs of today’s complex and challenging business environments. While Azure Firewall offers ease of use and control overall, the Palo Alto VM series provides different options for more complex business situations. Choosing the best firewall solution for your enterprise really depends on the type of traffic, situation, and business.
Nurit Sherman - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Operations Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 10, 2021
Hi community,  Is it required in your company to conduct a security review before purchasing a firewall? Also, do you need to perform reviews after (how often)? What are the common materials you use in the review? Do you have any tips or advice?  Any pitfalls to watch out for?
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it_user904572 - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner with 1-10 employees
23 July 18
Yes, I recommend doing a security review regularly. Not necessarily before a firewall purchase unless you have not done one lately. Having the results of the review will help you understand what capabilities you need in a firewall. As an example, if you get a ton of login attempts from outside your country of origin but have no customers or partners outside the country you will want to have "country blocking" capabilities. There are a number of tools that can be used for evaluations. We currently use RMM and Security tools from SolarWinds. We have other tools as well. To perform a security review you have to have tools do the work. It simply is not possible for an individual to perform a thorough check without significant automation. We offer this as a service as well. Pro's: SolarWinds has a free version of some of the useful tools such as SIEM Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Tool. You can rent some tools by going though a partner (such as us Con's: Tools to purchase are a bit expensive. Performance checks that RMM uses is not accurate on large busy machines. Support leaves much to be desired.
Matthew Titcombe - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO & Sr. Information Security Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
23 July 18
The only question for a review would be based on your requirements. For example, does the firewall meet Common Criteria standards or other security controls. Generally, we suggest pursuing a NGFW and our initial recommendation is Fortinet. Good news is the NSS results put Fortinet as the #1.
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