Top 3 Reasons Why Palo Alto Firewalls Are The Best

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John Snyder

Magic Quadrant "Leader" for Network Firewalls

It's no secret that Palo Alto Networks has been leading Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls. For the tenth consecutive time in 2021, Palo Alto Networks has secured the top standing position in the Leaders' quadrant ahead of peers, like Fortinet, Cisco, Sophos, and SonicWall.

Figure 1: Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls
Figure 1: Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls

As a managed IT services provider, it was an easy decision to feature PAN firewalls in our Technology Stack and to leverage our vendor partnership to deliver advanced, enterprise-grade technology to our SMB customers. Discover some of the compelling reasons why we think PAN firewalls are the best.

Why PAN Firewalls Are the Best

1. Security That Doesn't Eat Your Bandwidth

Most firewalls report flow rates without security protections enabled, and they even default their configuration to disabling all security features. Palo Alto Networks utilizes single-pass architecture, allowing us to inspect and protect traffic at high rates.

While most firewalls will suffer from performance degradation whenever more security features are turned on and bottleneck traffic, Palo Alto Next-Generation Firewall users do not have to trade speed for security.

2. Extended Life and Usability

The average firewall needs to be replaced every 4-5 years, not due to equipment failures, but because the hard-coded firewall chipset can no longer be reprogrammed with the latest firewall OS to defend your network properly.

Palo Alto Next-Generation Firewalls have an extended life because of the way they are architected with flexible chipsets that can be upgraded and fundamentally reconfigured as new firewall rules and software develop.

3. Local Storage on the Device

Many firewalls on the market do not come with local storage, so when the firewall reboots or spontaneously resets back to its factory reconfiguration, you lose all log and historical data.

Thanks to local storage capabilities, Palo Alto Next-Generation Firewalls store logs locally and allows for improved packet capture, web cache, and network optimizations.

Learn More About Palo Alto Next-Generation Firewalls

- How We Built Our Technology Stack: A Palo Alto Networks Case Study
- How Our Passion for Cortex XDR Paid Off
- Net Friends Recognized by Palo Alto Networks as a NextWave MSSP Partner

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