Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Plixer Scrutinizer

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Score 8.9 out of 10
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Palo Alto Network’s WildFire is a malware prevention service. It specializes in addressing zero-day threats through dynamic and static analysis, machine learning, and advanced sandbox testing environments.N/A
Plixer Scrutinizer
Score 8.9 out of 10
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Plixer is a developer of network management software with a focus on network traffic analysis, network security, threat detection and network optimization, headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine. Plixer Scrutinizer collects, analyzes, visualizes, and reports on data from every network conversation and digital transaction to deliver security and network intelligence.N/A
Pricing
Palo Alto Networks WildFirePlixer Scrutinizer
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Score 8.3 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Palo Alto Networks WildFirePlixer Scrutinizer
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(8 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
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Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Palo Alto Networks WildFirePlixer Scrutinizer
Likelihood to Recommend
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks Wildfire is well suited for pretty much anywhere that you need the latest and greatest network security. It is extremely good at protecting you from the latest malware threats that might pose a potential problem for your network/endpoints. We've been very please since we installed it and I would say cost of the Palo Altos is the only drawback. If money were no object I'd go with a Palo Alto with Wildfire every time. But unfortunately in some smaller branches it just doesn't make financial sense.
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Plixer International
If you need a network security forensic tool, this is a great fit. Scrutinizer collects everything you have configured as a target without losing data. If you need an in-depth analysis of your network flows, as in who is doing what with what this is a good fit. Scrutinizer translates a massive about of data into readable tables and reports.
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Pros
Palo Alto Networks
  • This is could base and easily manageable for our collocation. While working within the could can review in live time potential treats that it has reported from other devices.
  • Worked very well with existing Palo Alto devices.
  • Another huge plus is the simplicity of managing and ease of scalability.
  • Its cost is competitive with similar/like products available.
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Plixer International
  • Once configured, Scrutinizer gives an accurate overview of network activity.
  • Scrutinizer is able to collect flows from a variety of devices, you are not limited to Cisco.
  • DSCP based reporting, which is helpful when attempting to determine how good your wireless network is from a QoS perspective.
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Cons
Palo Alto Networks
  • WildFire, like other sandboxes, has to stay up with malware sandbox evasion techniques, which necessitates larger file size limits.
  • More file formats should be able to be submitted and scanned by WildFire, which needs improved initial administration and setup.
  • It's quite pricey, and there's no warning choice for performance on the cloud.
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Plixer International
  • The free version has some limitations that make an accurate evaluation difficult, every day at midnight the data is flushed and you start over.
  • If you are purchasing the appliance, you won't have admin access to it.
  • Reporting could use some polished graphics and advance filtering features.
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Likelihood to Renew
Palo Alto Networks
It works very well and takes care of protecting us from threats new and well-known. It's been a game changer in terms of threat detection & prevention.
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Plixer International
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Usability
Palo Alto Networks
Easy to use and works well. For the most part it's set it and forget it, but there's also some flexibility for high security environments and those with extra privacy concerns.
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Plixer International
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Support Rating
Palo Alto Networks
PAN support is very good. You can get the reasonable and timely support on any conditions. When the product is already integrated with the PAN firewalls, you can choose the severity levels based on the effect. The customer service/TAC is very helpful, they even have additional recommendations of advises for product usability. Local partners are also assisting the cases and give their expertise.
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Plixer International
Support is support, they are either there or they are not. Scrutinizer support has been there every time I've needed them. They rely a bit too much on email correspondence, sometimes I want a voice to tell me what to do, and fast
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Alternatives Considered
Palo Alto Networks
We wanted a single device to handle numerous jobs, such as antivirus, antimalware, vulnerability detection, url filtering, etc. Palo Alto provides this, while TippingPoint IPS is a more dedicated product. Caveat: I used TippingPoint over 5 years ago, so things may have changed.
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Plixer International
Scrutinizer is a faster and simpler deployment while still delivering the tools and reports needed to gain accurate view traffic and network usage. Its cheaper than most alternatives and daily use is focused on understanding data, not making config changes so you can understand data. Risk reduction and elimination is the primary focus, Scrutinizer helps you do that.
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Return on Investment
Palo Alto Networks
  • As we all know the product of Palo Alto is little bit expensive but its performance is far better than any of its competitors. So as I previously mentioned, Palo Alto should not sell WildFire Licence seperately.
  • If the firewall is internet facing then only we should buy WildFire Licence.
  • WildFire Licence is not necessary for internal firewall. If you are planning to buy a firewall for internal network where your traffic is not going towards internet so no need to buy WildFire Licence.
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Plixer International
  • Scrutinizer is a great tool, extremely easy to implement, it lets you see your NetFlow without a large outlay.
  • WAN traffic monitoring gives you the ability to accurately predict the necessary bandwidth volume, you can now stop over buying.
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