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Valtix vs. Firewall Virtual Appliances

DON’T TRUST CLOUD SECURITY
TO LEGACY BOXES

Virtual firewall appliance (Palo Alto Networks, Checkpoint, etc) vendors even admit that their legacy model doesn’t work in the cloud. Yet, many have tried to make virtual appliances work there – only to pay the cost of never-ending projects, failures, and troubleshooting. The result: valuable time away from their main goal – keeping the business secure while enabling agility.

Fork Lifting Virtual Appliances (NGFW, WAF)
Wastes Millions, Adds Risk, Slows Business

01

Complex to Operate

Unsupported scripts are expensive and complex to customize and maintain.

Bottom Line Impact:

Wasted Time and Money

02

No Cloud Context

Lack of cloud-native workload identity or posture visibility leads to poor security coverage.

Bottom Line Impact:

Elevated Security Risk

03

Not Aligned to DevOps

Scale must be managed manually and lack of fully-supported Terraform IaC slows down DevOps.

Bottom Line Impact:

Reduced Business Agility

Virtual Appliances Fail to Deliver in the Cloud

Need

Virtual Appliances

Valtix

Need:

Deployment

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Requires complex orchestration of network constructs to enable appropriate routing. This takes skilled resources and months of effort.

Valtix:

Valtix takes care of the orchestration and can be enabled in most environments in minutes.

Need:

Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) Automation

PAN Cloud NGFW:

The appliance vendors’ Terraform providers generally cover most of the core features, but may leave out some of the advanced features and aren’t updated consistently. Unfortunately, feature-level support is not well documented so it’s important to test all the features that you plan to use.

Valtix:

Valtix has a fully supported and feature-rich Terraform provider that is regularly updated. Most Valtix customers have fully automated their security using Terraform.

Need:

Security Posture

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Virtual Firewalls give you no visibility into cloud workloads, infrastructure, or network security posture. This leads to manual efforts to identify security needs.

Valtix:

Valtix provides visibility of posture via integration into each CSPs APIs to continuously discover workloads, traffic flows, and current posture issues.

Need:

Visibility and Control of PaaS

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Virtual Firewalls do not provide any PaaS or cloud service specific protections. There are no APP-IDs for the 100s of cloud services from AWS, Azure or GCP. While IAM sets the basic access control policy, don’t assume that an attacker won’t “assume” the role of a compromised instance.

Valtix:

Valtix provides a solution for APIs, serverless, and PaaS services such as S3. By placing a Valtix Gateway inline with network traffic (ingress, egress and east-west) and applying best practice security, resources can be protected against external threats and from data exfiltration via egress.

Need:

Zero Trust Microsegmentation

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Lack of dynamic policy tied to cloud tags makes implementing microsegmentation with legacy virtual appliances impossible.

Valtix:

Valtix Dynamic Multi-Cloud Policy(™) with association to CSP tags means that microsegmentation policies can be delivered granulary in a way that adapts as the environment changes or new workloads are added.

Need:

Protection of Cloud Workloads

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Most workloads in the cloud are ultimately web apps. If you want to protect them, you’ll need multiple appliances to cover both web application firewall (WAF) and network firewall (NGFW).

Valtix:

Valtix provides an integrated platform including best-in-class network firewall and WAF built to protect cloud workloads.

Need:

Incident Response

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Packet Captures (PCAPs) are essential for incident responders looking for rich forensics on attacks. Virtual appliances don’t enable PCAPs at scale or in an automated way.

Valtix:

Valtix users can leverage visibility into threats and attacks to automate PCAPs for incident responders.

Need:

TLS Decryption

PAN Cloud NGFW:

Performance implications make trying to do TLS decryption at scale impractically costly. As a result, organizations must choose carefully where they want to inspect traffic.

Valtix:

Valtix patented architecture delivers low-latency TLS decryption at scale. Inspect the content of encrypted traffic with single-pass data inspection that provides industry-leading speed. TLS 1.2 with ‘Perfect Forward Security’ (PFS) is fully supported.

Need:

Key Management

PAN Cloud NGFW:

No integration with cloud-based secrets managers. This means that organizations must stand up and maintain their own (cost, complexity).

Valtix:

Valtix enables full integration with cloud provider key managers.

Top Reasons to Choose Valtix Over Virtual Firewalls

Focus on What Matters

Valtix removes the complexity of security through the network across AWS, Azure, GCP, and OCI. Valtix automates network routing tasks, deploys in minutes, autoscales, and upgrades in seconds. Instead, teams can focus on what matters – defining security policy and responding to threats.

Cloud-Generation Security

Next-Generation is now last generation. Valtix delivers cloud-gen security through rich cloud-native context and continuous discovery to drive an understanding of your cloud accounts – thus enabling automation to secure workloads dynamically and scale seamlessly.

Aligned With DevOps

Valtix fully supports Terraform for Infrastructure as Code (IaC). As a result, Valtix enables security to move at the speed of DevOps. Both security policy and gateway deployment can be IaC enabled, which reduces errors, enables ops efficiency, and eliminates manual workflows that take weeks to complete.

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