As the leading provider of virtual firewalls by market share, we believe our approach to network security is best suited for helping customers minimize risk without slowing down the speed of business. It’s not an either/or proposition. Understanding what your choices truly are can help safeguard innovation as networks and infrastructure grow in complexity.
You have a lot of choices for implementing cloud network security. Traditional firewall vendors offer virtual firewalls, and public cloud vendors offer cloud-native firewalls. So how do you choose what’s best for you? In truth, the “choice” is a false one. Let’s see why.
The purpose of virtual (or software) firewalls is to protect applications and data that reside in both on-premises data centers (or private clouds) and public clouds. By using virtual firewalls, organizations want to minimize the risk of a breach. And they want to do it in a way that doesn’t slow down the business. They want a solution that moves at cloud speed, whether it’s procuring, installing, scaling, monitoring, or troubleshooting the solution.
Today many organizations take a hybrid cloud approach to infrastructure, with a mix of on-prem, private cloud and public cloud environments. That means if an organization relies solely on cloud vendor-provided firewalls, it will be unable to minimize the risk of a breach, because it won’t have the security capabilities required to defend against today’s attacks. The firewalls cloud vendors supply do not provide critical and essential capabilities, such as:
On the other hand, if an organization relies exclusively on a legacy firewall vendor’s virtualized offering, it may be able to reduce risk, but will be forced to slow down the business. As an example, many organizations want to automate the deployment and scaling of security in the same way as they work with cloud infrastructure, but typical virtual firewalls do not allow this flexibility. Nor are these virtual firewalls available in cloud-native form factors like Kubernetes-integrated containers.
With the proliferation of threats and heightened competition across industries, being forced to choose between these options is not much of a choice at all.
The Palo Alto Networks family of software firewalls – the VM-Series virtual firewall and CN-Series container firewall – provides the only cloud network security offering in the market that does not force organizations to make tradeoffs between minimizing risk and maintaining the speed of business.
This means you can get cloud network security that provides both risk reduction and speed. Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls are:
Figure 1: Our best-in-class approach to cloud network security meets the demands of today - and tomorrow.
Today, more than 10,000 customers rely on our software firewalls, and the number keeps growing as we continue to be the market share leader.
If you’re ready to stop making unnecessary tradeoffs between risk reduction and speed, consider our proven ability to help you:
The choice is yours. Sign up for your personalized demo and find out how to stop making unnecessary tradeoffs.