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Palo Alto Networks is a security vendor based in Santa Clara, Calif., with more than 4,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion. It has been in the enterprise firewall business for a more than a decade. It serves more than 42,500 customers in 150+ countries.
Gartner placed Palo Alto in the Leaders quadrant and gave it one of the highest ratings in its report. Its next-generation firewalls run on its PAN-OS. The NGFWs classify all traffic, including encrypted traffic, based on application, application function, user and content. Models range from the low-end PA-200 to the high-end PA-7000. The firewalls combine policy enforcement and cyberthreat prevention via the company's Content-ID and WildFire features. Content-ID limits unauthorized data transfer and blocks threats. WildFire identifies unknown malware, zero-day exploits, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) through static and dynamic analysis in a virtual environment. It automatically disseminates updated protections globally in near-real time. The Application Command Center includes visibility of sanctioned and unsanctioned SaaS applications. Combined with automated event aggregation and filtering and drill-down options, this makes it easier to understand application flows and related risks.
Markets and Use Cases
Gartner says Palo Alto is visible on evaluation shortlists across all industries.
The high-end systems can provide 200 Gbps of firewall throughput, 100 Gbps of threat prevention throughput, 1.2 million connections per second and up to 80 million sessions.
NEBS level 3
The Application Command Center (ACC) includes visibility of sanctioned and unsanctioned SaaS applications. Combined with its automated event aggregation and filtering and drill-down options, it makes it easy to understand application flows and related risks.
Physical and virtual appliances.
Agentless integration with Microsoft Active Directory and Terminal Services, LDAP, Novell eDirectory and Citrix.
No pricing data available. However, price is cited by some Gartner clients, especially distributed organizations, as a reason not to select Palo Alto Networks.