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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/DZ/IE/G35QRNV62FSQ.pngPalo Alto Networks VM-Series Firewalls: "Virtually" the GreatestWe'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.,10,Reduced firewall management tasks by an order of magnitude Reduced needed VPN client support to nearly zero Allowed reporting/monitoring of bandwidth usage, increasing overall productivity (big brother is watching you.....),Cisco ASA Firepower, SonicWall and Fortinet FortiGate,Aerohive Wireless, Atlassian Confluence, Sophos Endpoint Protection, Barracuda Email Security Service, Malwarebytes, SightMax, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
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June 13, 2017

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series Review: "Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Firewalls: "Virtually" the Greatest"

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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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About 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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