Sourcefire vs Palo Alto UTM Appliances

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Unified threat from Sourcefire and Palo Alto Solutions

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Version 4.10 from Sourcefire was a stable, robust, competent piece of software. The detection engines performed their duties as expected and IPS/IDS functionality worked as expected.

Version 5.x is an abomination with regards to unified threat management (UTM). Version 5.x is expected to also handle Layer 3 filtering which it can not do in a competent manner. The introduction of the ‘Defense Center’ as a management node, feels wholly as a ploy by Sourcefire to generate more revenue. The individual sensor interfaces, web or CLI are de-balled to the point of being worthless, even when not hobbled by software bugs.

You can not manage 4.10 sensors from 5.x Defense Centers until version 5.3 probably.

The Palo Alto devices pummel the Sourcefire’s with regards to competence, performance, threat reduction, IPS/IDS, firewalling and management.

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Sourcefire vs Palo Alto UTM Appliances

Unified threat from Sourcefire and Palo Alto Solutions

palo-alto

Version 4.10 from Sourcefire was a stable, robust, competent piece of software. The detection engines performed their duties as expected and IPS/IDS functionality worked as expected.

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