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Which lesser known firewall product has the best chance at unseating the market leaders?

Menachem D Pritzker - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Director of Growth at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Hi community, 

There are so many firewall products in the market today. Who are we going to be talking about 3-5 years from now?

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2531 Answers

Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewerRony_Sklar
Community Manager

Would you mind elaborating on why you think Netscope and Zscaler are on the way up? What are they doing that sets them apart from other vendors?

Paul Yuen - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20User

In 3 years' time, we believe that "Firewalls Gold" will reach its heights. 

This is because the current firewall's features and affordability had already surpassed those of Check Point, Sophos, SonicWall and Fortinet.  

Firewalls will dominate the market in future years given their immense innovation capability.

reviewer1873734 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1873734 (User)

@Paul Yuen What do you base your comment on?  Have you seen their Purple product or even their solution for Managed Service Providers?They are quickly becoming a leader in the firewall and IDS/IPS markets.Check Point, Sophos, SonicWall and Fortinet don't offer all the features that Firewalla does all-in-one.  All the other solution you mention are also at much higher price points and also all other require recurring payments.

LuisCastro - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

1- Pfsense

2- Kerio Control

3- Fortinet

4- Cisco solutions

Milton Montoya - PeerSpot reviewer

In those days we are closer to see companies like Untangle. They are growing really fast and offering nice solutions, a reasonable price, and support. 

See the links: and

Those guys are evolving into a good alternative!

CIsco is losing terrain with Huawei, SonicWall loose Dell Support, Palo Alto is too expensive, Check Point is under the same conditions, PFSense now is Netgate, Sophos is rising prices. 

Thank God for new alternatives. 

Pedro Escalona - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I think SonicWall has been doing a great work with two technologies, Capture ATP with recently won the ICSA Labs in detecting 100% threats during the evaluation. 

Their new Client capture is an AV. They don't use firm update technology but AI with a restore point for a Windows server and PC.

Paul Yuen - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20User

I would recommend FireWalla Gold, a rising star that has all the attributes of becoming the best firewall with features that match and even exceed the well-known ones like Sophos, SonicWall and even Fortinet.

It is very affordable, as you only need to pay once as compared to the annual payments for the ones like Sophos and SonicWall.  See

Evert Le Roux - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Geeesz Louise... You CANNOT answer a Magic Quadrant leader... 

Something like Untangle without a doubt... I have removed useless EXPENSIVE Fortis and Sophis because they were badly configured by the previous installer. 

Drop Untangle in on an i5 8GB multi NIC PC... 1000 users later no more breaches and issues.... easy peasy.

Vaisakh Tr - PeerSpot reviewer

Prophaze WAF,  having a disruptive technology that eliminates false positive and false negatives. Visioned for the future as it's built on the Kubernetes platform. The key thing about the product is, it can do auto profiling and can learn typical user behaviour as part of its ML algorithm . 

Luis Apodaca - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter - Firewall: low cost and great performance.

Vaisakh Tr - PeerSpot reviewer

Prophaze WAF - the first SDWAF that includes the following: 

1) Entire stack is behavioral-based

2) Built on Kubernetes not as a sidecar, but as an ingress controller

3) Cloud WAF supports all public/private/multi/hybrid/service mesh architecture

4) Integrates with more than a dozen threat intelligence sources

5) Supports all SIEM solutions

6) Layer 7 DDoS mitigation and Volumetric Mitigation

Alexandre RASTELLO - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User


In my opinion, Sophos firewall XGS will gain power in the market, not for its internal's functions and services, but with the "Sophos Synchronized Security", interconnecting firewalls, endpoints, mobiles, etc., centralized in a cloud console.

This system can interact with all the security elements, to enhance the security response to cyber attacks. Also, with analyzing tools like XDR, EDR, rapid response services, etc.

ANCIZAR AVILA - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Palo Alto, Checkpoint, Cisco Systems, Fortinet, Juniper

Hasan Zuberi ( HZ ) - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

They are Gartner Certified , Price point and customer satisfaction. 

Hasan Zuberi ( HZ ) - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We position Hillstone. 

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewerEvgeny Belenky
Community Manager

@Hasan Zuberi ( HZ ), can you please provide any reasons why? Thanks

Nehad Elkordi - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Cisco Portfolio is focusing on total security inside and outside including cloud security,two factor authentication & SDWAN.

Forti Portfolio is focusing on total security too inside and outside including cloud security & two factor authentication.

both are working with Sandbox which is important for 0 day attack.

Therefore If R&D for both vendors will keep as they are today i think they'll be market leaders and away by far for the next 5 years 

Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewerRony_Sklar
Community Manager

@Nehad Elkordi Cisco and Fortinet are currently top players - are there other products that are less known that you think are going to compete with Cisco and Fortinet?

BrianCook - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReseller

I can think of 2 Firewalls that should be doing much better then they are, Kerio Control and ZyXEL ZyWall. Both have been around for a long time but have never gained the market share I feel they should have and I often find people have never heard of them. 

Stuart Berman - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

I doubt we will see a new firewall vendor, but I believe we will see new architectures that leverage the advanced capabilities of NGFW delivery through ISPs, think of it is a clean pipe for Internet access. The ISPs will use firewalls (virtualized and segmented by customers) to do the filtering before it hits your networks, just like we see with spam filtering.

I also believe we will see more edge networking, 5G networking where the firewall function will be built into the network at the edge. We already are seeing early versions of the with things like Curiosity OS by Sprint working with Ericsson. I think they will easily add existing VM firewalls to their platform and not reinvent the wheel.

Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewerRony_Sklar
Community Manager

@Stuart Berman Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing. Are there examples of companies working together like Ericsson and Sprint?

ISRAEL  DIAZ DOMINGUEZ - PeerSpot reviewer

Those firewalls that allow extend the perimeter. Nowadays, there is a issue with the static perimeter and all is going to change in the next semesters. In my opinion, solutions like Netskope are offering this extended perimeter functionality and they could lead the market.

Lipaz Hessel - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Well with the SD-WAN raising it is common to see cloud firewall implementations, like ZScaler.

but as data center firewall, I don’t see any new player comes out unless it will come with a new surprising feature as the market have so many good vendors.

Mats Wahnberg - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Look into Cisco security portfolio . Cisco have great overall Management skills to handled the big security scoop. Fortinet and PaloAlto is great to.

Ian MacFarlane - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Meraki / Fortinet / SonicWall

Mukesh_Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It,s totally depends on your security requirements.

Mukesh_Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User


Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewerRony_Sklar
Community Manager

@Mukesh_Sharma can you elaborate on how you think Checkpoint is competing against market leaders for firewall products?

Victor Trejo - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Everyone wants to bring clients to their Hosted (cloud site) and control likely clients mini-clouds. My humble opinion will be these that can allow the client host their device.

City Networks vs Rural areas still many issues

VishalGilatar - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

AI based firewall 

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