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Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

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What is Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series?

The VM-Series is a virtualized form of Palo Alto next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of cloud environments. The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and…

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Recent Reviews

Secure Public Cloud

10 out of 10
January 11, 2020
Incentivized
Palo Alto VM series firewalls are used across the organization in protecting our public cloud environment.
Demand in the public cloud is …
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PAN - Solid Choice!

9 out of 10
December 06, 2018
Incentivized
PAN has been a fantastic boon to our users by doing full inline threat protection, Easy VPN configuration, including a uniform interface …
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  • Content Inspection (6)
    10.0
    100%
  • Identification Technologies (6)
    9.7
    97%
  • Visualization Tools (6)
    9.5
    95%
  • Policy-based Controls (6)
    9.4
    94%
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What is Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series?

The VM-Series is a virtualized form of Palo Alto next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of cloud environments. The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity.

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Features

Firewall

A firewall is a filter that stands between a computer or computer network and the Internet. Each firewall can be programmed to keep specific traffic in or out

9.4
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Product Details

What is Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series?

The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of Palo Alto 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 can then be used as integral components of your security policy, improving security efficacy through a positive control model and reducing incident response time through visibility into applications across all ports.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The VM-Series is a virtualized form of Palo Alto next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of cloud environments. The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity.

Reviewers rate Content Inspection and Stateful Inspection highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We implemented the VM-200 firewall in some branches during the pandemic in 2020 to protect the internal network, interconnect some sites with site-to-site vpn and mainly create an environment for mobility and remote work using the remote vpn. The virtual firewall was implemented in VMware environment on existing servers. The PaloAlto VM-200 offers high throughput, reliability, security and access control of devices, web and applications with a layer 7 firewall. Most of the problems were solved with this solution integrated with other tools to make remote work more flexible and improve the internal network protection from external threats and data theft.
  • Virtualized firewall.
  • Rack and datacenter space savings.
  • Optimized for medium density of concurrently connected users.
  • Site to site VPN.
  • Remote VPN.
  • URL and application control for users.
  • It does not support SSL decription for high throughput of connections.
  • Guaranteed use of licenses are expensive.
PaloAlto VM-200 is a virtualized firewall with high processing power and network edge protection. The great advantage is being able to implement in a VMware environment without worrying about hardware, rack space, physical network connections and others. It can be easily managed via the web and remotely to create protection, access and reporting rules. The VM-200 firewall can be used by any company, small or large because it has several models available according to the real needs of each one.
June 03, 2022

Very strong product

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Palo Alto Networks Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls VM series are next generation firewalls that could be deployed on-premises or in cloud. They are used especially in urgent needs to establish new firewall instance with high capacities. and could be easily duplicated and saved in case of failures. I already installed many Vm series in many network environments.
  • user identification
  • application filtering
  • clustering
  • dashboards
  • GUI
  • price
Palo Alto Networks Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls VM-series are prefect for edge firewalling, VPN concentrator and East-West traffic filtering scenarios. The most used scenario is increasing VPN capacity in urgent cases like remote working. In this case VM series is perfect because it can immediately be installed which could not be done with bare metal appliances.
Diego Carmignani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We decided to purchase VM Series because we implement micro-segmentation into the Datacenter. We needed performance, scalability, and l7 feature are using Palo Alto physical appliances so why not implement their VM Solution into a High Density VMWare environment
  • L7 Firewall policies
  • Virtualized performance
  • Credit usage to scaleup o scaledown solution
  • SD-WAN implementation
  • No compatibility with OpenVPN clients
  • Historical logging
I think it's the best in class enterprise solution because at the right cost you can implement a Firewall VM with all features that an Enterprise Company requires (L7, performance, easy to use, scalable) In my experience is less appropriate when you want to implement it in a ROBO (cost is too high). In fact, we prefer to sacrifice some features (like L7 policies) and implement something from another vendor
Shephered Moyo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Palo Alto Networks Virtualized Next-Generation Firewall is deployed at one of our customers' datacenter. It is serving as a parameter firewall and a site-to-site VPN gateway. It is running Global Protect for management access out of band access. The firewall protects against threats via websites and emails. Any attempts to breach the firewall is logged and an email is sent to all administrators including management and a ticket is logged.
  • Sink holing access to command and control threats
  • Deep packet inspection
  • Secure remote access VPN via Global protect
  • High Availability can be improved to allow active-active deployment
  • All command line documentation to provide and support automation
  • It will be nice to have link aggregation just like in the hardware firewall models.
With the coming of cloud computing, this firewall can be deployed in most public and private clouds. Be it AWS, Azure, Google cloud, VMWARE, or Hyper-V it works well in all these scenarios. Daily snapshots can easily be taken from which a rollback can be done if there is a need to restore the firewall to a previously known working state. The flexibility of this firewall makes it more favorable for use in today's environments.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The solution is used across the entire enterprise. We monitor web traffic and decrypt SSL traffic with these units. The decision to decrypt traffic was a difficult decision but the correct one for the organization. This provides more visibility into what is traversing the network and helps IT determine what has actually occurred should there be any kind of incident.
  • Decrypt internet traffic
  • daily reporting of top internet users
  • classify internet traffic in real-time to allow us to understand the organization needs.
  • Strong AI capabilities
  • needs SD-WAN and cloud security in an integrated solution.
  • need stronger state-side support
  • requires significant compute resources
The ability to decrypt traffic is exceptional and has been useful many times in our organization. The analytic capabilities provide significant insight into internet behavior. We do not utilize it as the primary firewall, because it is not quite as robust as our core firewall vendor.
January 11, 2020

Secure Public Cloud

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Palo Alto VM series firewalls are used across the organization in protecting our public cloud environment.
Demand in the public cloud is ever-growing. More companies are now migrating to public cloud (Azure, AWS, GCP). Public cloud environments also need to be equally secured as on-prem environment. Palo Alto VM series firewalls allow you to replicate the same level of security on public cloud as well.
  • Securing public cloud on same level as an on-premise environment.
  • Ease of migration and management, similar to physical infrastructure.
  • Provide same level of security features as physical firewall.
  • Pay-per-use and flexibility in licensing.
It is well suited for a hybrid network model where you would like to extend your existing infrastructure and security policies to the public cloud. With security up to layer 7, it helps you deploy all the security policies on the public cloud.
December 06, 2018

PAN - Solid Choice!

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
PAN has been a fantastic boon to our users by doing full inline threat protection, Easy VPN configuration, including a uniform interface that scales from small devices to large devices.
  • Easy deployment.
  • Backups, snapshotting, etc. make returning to pre-change state a snap.
  • Threat management, data leak protection, etc. can be done in-line with ease.
  • I feel like there is not enough of a support community, similar to checkpoint.
  • VPN client is not as user-friendly as Anyconnect.
  • No root access to device.
PAN does a great job at classifying traffic, and rate-limiting said traffic at line rate. (Very similar to Bluecoat/Packetteer's Packet Shaper) This also alleviates the need for a second device to do bandwidth control. I believe that it's a great user-based, and security-focused device, and one of the few that can produce a positive enforcement model (Deny first).
Bear Golightly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We've been using the VM-series Palo Alto solution in a two-unit HA configuration running on our hardware as an affordable alternative to the PA-series hardware firewalls, without sacrificing speed or features. It services both outbound browsing (NAT, URL-based and deep inspection security) and inbound firewall (signature-based attack mitigation) needs. The AD/Exchange agents make it simple to manage by user, not by device.
  • GlobalProtect SSL-VPN/IPsec server and client are top notch.
  • The web interface and CLI are both very well documented and easy to use.
  • Technical support is knowledgeable and treats tier 1 issues with all due haste.
  • Sometimes the configuration gets out of sync between HA peers, it won't sync, and it also won't say why.
  • Every time I log in I get warned that the logfile partition is almost full. Yes, I know that, you're deleting the oldest ones, I know: stop telling me about it with a giant pop-up at login.
  • I like green, but I wish I could choose mauve as a background color for the web interface.
There's almost certainly a Palo Alto product to fit your organization's needs, although a PA VM-200 might be overkill for a small branch office. However, given the modest pricing of the VM-series, the central management capabilities of Panorama, and the site-to-site VPN capabilities of the Palo Alto platform, I can imagine recommending small PA VM-series appliances in place of small PA hardware appliances for branch sites that already have virtualization, especially if you have a number of branch offices - the cost reduction from centralized management would more than pay for the "premium" solution vs a typical branch router device.
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