Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series vs. WatchGuard Network Security

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.4 out of 10
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Palo Alto next-generation firewalls classify all traffic, including encrypted and internal traffic, based on application, application function, user and content. Users can create security policies to enable only authorized users to run sanctioned applications.N/A
WatchGuard Network Security
Score 8.9 out of 10
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WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services designed for SMB’s.N/A
Pricing
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Community Pulse
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Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
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Watchguard is recommended in Midsize Companies. It hasn't a real L7 feature for policies pfSense is powerful and open-source but L7 feature missing so it's impossible to goal our objectives
Chose Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
PA is a no-contest winner to these. Have not got to mess with the Checkpoints too much, but also hear good things too. Will need to try them out to see who the winner is between them and PA.
WatchGuard Network Security
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WG firewall interface is much much more easy to use and its vpn works much much better and provides secure and seamless VPN connections.
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Cost comparison - Watchguard is much cheaper and simpler to use and manage
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Several years ago we were searching a solution for a medium company target, with all security features and not too expensive.
After several years we renewed the solutions with new appliances.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard Network Security is less commonly used than both FortiGates and PAs in my experience, however, they are a good solution for the SMB market where budget is the largest constraint. FortiGates have a better management experience. PAs are all around more advanced, but …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
Simplicity to implement but more advanced features on monitor and logs management, could be find on other products. Good for small and medium business needs when there is not many administrators working at the same time. WG is good to implement other manufacturers' technology …
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WatchGuard Network Security has the same features as some of the above, yet they will cost you far less than some of the mentioned firewalls. The deployment process is very easy compared to the above. I mentored and trained a few engineers, and in no time, they were able to …
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We find WatchGuard Network Security easier to use than other network firewalls. The time to train a new technician is small compared to other solutions. The training materials and helpful and free with an option to take a low cost certification test.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard's Network Security firewalls offer comparable security and processing capabilities at a cost-effective price point. When comparing the packet handling on DPI, VPN, and simple packet filtering, Watchguard will usually test above the other competitors; especially when …
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WatchGuard UTM firewall is easier and faster to use and this helps a lot when you have problems and need to do troubleshooting. Panda 360 defender is as simple as Cortex XDR but the console is more intuitive to me.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
I find that WatchGuard really shines against the competition in three areas. First, out of all the firewall appliances I have used, they are the easiest to set up and get running. Second, they perform just as well or better than comparable appliances, and third, they can't be …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
For me, it's the combination of features, admin user interface, logging and reporting out of the box without any extra costs, and the costs overall.
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
None of the other next-generation firewall appliances competed on ease of use/setup, feature set, and price as well as WatchGuard. WatchGuard uses best-in-breed technologies from expert vendors to run their individual security services where other vendors create inferior …
Chose WatchGuard Network Security
The ease of implementation and making changes is a million times better then Palo-Alto
Top Pros
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Features
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Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
9.4
21 Ratings
10% above category average
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5
428 Ratings
0% below category average
Identification Technologies9.921 Ratings8.6393 Ratings
Visualization Tools9.021 Ratings7.5389 Ratings
Content Inspection9.921 Ratings8.6413 Ratings
Policy-based Controls10.021 Ratings8.7425 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP9.920 Ratings8.5359 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.021 Ratings8.6419 Ratings
Reporting and Logging7.521 Ratings8.0416 Ratings
VPN8.321 Ratings8.9409 Ratings
High Availability10.020 Ratings8.6369 Ratings
Stateful Inspection10.020 Ratings9.0386 Ratings
Proxy Server8.810 Ratings9.0278 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
pfSense
pfSense
Score 9.3 out of 10
pfSense
pfSense
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
pfSense
pfSense
Score 9.3 out of 10
pfSense
pfSense
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Sophos UTM
Sophos UTM
Score 9.1 out of 10
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA SeriesWatchGuard Network Security
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(37 ratings)
8.7
(443 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.9
(34 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.3
(116 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(9 ratings)
7.4
(28 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(263 ratings)
Configurability
-
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9.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
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9.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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9.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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10.0
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto firewall only affords by Large level infrastructure having a budget for Security Prospect. I will recommend it for the Card information industry & Confidential data solutions. Because it provides a bucket of security features that are not easily vulnerable.
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WatchGuard Technologies
Generally speaking, our customers have standard requirements and the WatchGuard Network Security Firebox is there to ensure they stay protected. We've never had a successful breach on a customer's on-premise setup with a WatchGuard Network Security Firebox installed. 3rd parties (like CCTV, Printers, Login Systems, etc.) do not know which port their devices work over, so we have to identify that with them and there are often delays when this occurs.
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Pros
Palo Alto Networks
  • The PA handles VPN connectivity without missing a beat. We have multiple VPN tunnels in use for redundancy to cloud-based services.
  • The PA has great functionality in supporting failover internet connections, again with the ability to have multiple paths out to our cloud-based services.
  • The PA is updated on the regular with various security updates, we are not concerned with the firewall's ability to see what packets are really flowing across the network. Being able to see beyond just IP and port requests lets you know things are locked down better than traditional firewalls.
  • It is a great overall kit, with URL filtering and other services that fill in the gaps between other solutions without breaking the bank.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • Incoming Torrent attempts were blocked, but outgoing (by a user) were permitted. Similarly, other direct attempts were summarily blocked.
  • provides full administrative support for analysis of usage and scope.
  • strong Wi-Fi support and security - area wi-fi maps
  • They think of all the things secure and I don't have to worry about it.
  • I have not identified anything else that needs improvement - I am well satisfied.
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Cons
Palo Alto Networks
  • Our specific model is a bit slow and outdated and takes up to 10 minutes to commit a configuration change.
  • Nested security rules would be helpful instead of a linear approach. But rule creation in general is very simple.
  • Documentation gives a very straight forward answer to some items but is very vague in others.
  • Support could be a little better. An issue we had a tech was insistent it was the "other guy" and it ended up being the very latest PAN OS upgrade.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • Bridging ports, after the firewall is setup, isn't as easy as it could be.
  • Cloud integration for management requires recreating the entire device. It should just convert the current config.
  • Adding a Proxy policy should be on a different page from the other policy creation page.
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Likelihood to Renew
Palo Alto Networks
The PA5220s have far exceeded what we have expected out of them. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from another vendor, but everything falls into place now with ease. The capabilities of the solution still surprise us, allowing us to remove other costly hardware and providing a single point of management needed
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WatchGuard Technologies
I'm giving this note to WatchGuard Network Security due to its ease of daily support (after acquiring necessary knowledge in the solution), which allows agility in configuration changes, its integration of several reliable security features (such as SSL VPN, VPN Virtual Interfaces between companies, and others) and functional and stability in operation, with no downtime in the equipment due to problems or malfunctions
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Usability
Palo Alto Networks
In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
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WatchGuard Technologies
Although it might take some time to figure out, we have been able to use WatchGuard's online reference library and tech support to create/implement/modify all of our filtering rules and exceptions needed. There really has not been a shortcoming other than perhaps a learning curve.
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Reliability and Availability
Palo Alto Networks
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WatchGuard Technologies
Availability has always been a strong point of this product, it is rare that watchguard does not have a solution for customers' network monitoring needs.
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Performance
Palo Alto Networks
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WatchGuard Technologies
The performance of WatchGuard Network Security is very good, in the years that we have used the solution we have only had a single error and Watchguard itself was able to solve it. Furthermore, when purchasing any product, the partner always evaluates the capacity of the solution to recommend the most appropriate product for our needs.
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Support Rating
Palo Alto Networks
We've run into a couple undocumented bugs, but that seems to happen with every brand and technology. Any time we've had to engage Palo Alto support they've always been professional, knowledgeable and prompt. In almost all cases we've been able to resolve our issues without having to escalate our tickets.
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WatchGuard Technologies
We have only had to contact them once during the initial set up to help bring the internet back on line. After that for the most part our systems have been automated, and could easily be checked form their online FAQ and Knowledge base that they provide. Everything else is easily handled from their browser based interface
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In-Person Training
Palo Alto Networks
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WatchGuard Technologies
We participate to a in person training and the three days of learning was really useful and complete to gain skill to solve the major part of the problem we encounter during our life. And more the in person training give us the opportunity to create a network with other WatchGuard partner.
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Online Training
Palo Alto Networks
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WatchGuard Technologies
Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
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Implementation Rating
Palo Alto Networks
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WatchGuard Technologies
I had my key information for setting up the firewall, and they assisted me in finding the settings and appropriate places to enter data. They also helped troubleshoot when I didn't understand some of their feature concepts, and we got it running.
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Alternatives Considered
Palo Alto Networks
No one can say any other companies in this time is better than Palo Alto Networks Next-Generatoin Firewalls. Palo Alto offers very advanced features which protect you[r] organization. Advanced malware protection, anti spam, lots of other threats.
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WatchGuard Technologies
At 3 of my locations I use both a Sonic Wall and a watch guard. In my experience, the sonic wall has a much better interface. I feel it was much easier for someone that has never accessed a fire wall to be able to make changes and learn very quickly. I feel the Watchguard has better built in applications and the VPN was easier to use and access.
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Scalability
Palo Alto Networks
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WatchGuard Technologies
This product is very scalable since previously everything related to Watchguard was on premises but that has now changed with the inclusion of watchguard cloud. Now the product has evolved to have full control of firewalls at the cloud level.
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Return on Investment
Palo Alto Networks
  • Overall, even though the device is very expensive (both hardware and licensing), the product does produce a decent ROI, given that one (or HA pair) of devices can do so many things, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, URL filtering, SSL decryption, SSL VPN, routing, etc.
  • There will definitely be sticker shock when you're renewal comes up annually (or after 3 years), so be sure to look very carefully at the recurring costs of this product, with respect to licensing and hardware/software maintenance.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • The VPNs are very easy to configure, less time to loose at new implementation.
  • The traffic monitor can be improved, I can't see the ISO layers to do a faster diagnosis.
  • Having an ADDS authentication is a plus, can use it with rules and vpn for remote access. Very useful.
  • The dimension feature can be developed as a website + database for NGINX, Apache2, IIS, etc., I feel traped on that linux vm only.
  • Most of the customers doesn't like to pay for a solution like this. They will accept only after beign attacked. WatchGuard can improve the sales with a demo (hacking, active security, etc.).
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