Palo Alto Networks Recognized in Critical Capabilities Report

Feb 02, 2022
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Highest Scores for Enterprise Edge and Public Cloud Use Cases

In November 2021, for the tenth consecutive time, Palo Alto Networks was named a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls, positioned the highest for Ability to Execute and the furthest for Completeness of Vision. And, on January 17th, Gartner published its Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls report. This companion piece to the Magic Quadrant evaluates vendor solutions on a set of capabilities and discusses how those apply to enterprise network security use cases.

We received the highest scores out of all vendors in the Public Cloud and Enterprise Edge use cases. For more than a decade, we’ve partnered with our customers to understand their environments, anticipate new, unknown threats and develop industry-first solutions that extend security to all users and all applications across the enterprise.

Public Cloud

In the Critical Capabilities report, Palo Alto Networks received the highest score for the Public Cloud use case. Our industry-first VM-Series virtual firewalls provide enterprise-grade security, including our Cloud-Delivered Security Services and feature-rich integration with service providers like AWS, Azure, GCP and Oracle. Customers can drive unified policies and management across multi-cloud and hybrid environments from a unified management console, allowing them to deploy firewalls 90% faster and increase security team efficiency by 80%, according to the Forrester Total Economic Impact Report for VM-Series Firewalls.

Enterprise Data Center

Enterprise data centers host critical applications and data that are continuously targeted by adversaries and require flexible security solutions that can meet today’s threats and grow to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Our ML-Powered NGFWs received Customers’ Choice recognition in the Gartner Peer Insights “Voice of the Customer”: Network Firewalls report, and achieved a AAA rating, the highest possible, in the CyberRatings Enterprise Firewall evaluation. Our solutions provide deep visibility and consistent, best-in-class security controls across physical, virtualized, containerized and cloud environments. All security tools and capabilities are integrated into the platform via our Cloud-Delivered Security Services, allowing administrators to eliminate point products and seamlessly add security capabilities as their needs evolve. Customers deploying our Cloud-Delivered Security Services have been able to attain a proper security posture 30% faster than when using point products, and reduced risk of a security breach by 45%. Data center administrators manage policy across their hybrid environments from a single centralized management console.

Enterprise Edge

In the Critical Capabilities report, Palo Alto Networks received the highest score on the Enterprise Edge use case. We believe this is a testament to our best-in-class integrated security and networking capabilities, delivered with our ML-Powered NGFWs, SASE solutions, and integrated Cloud-Delivered Security Services like Threat Prevention, DNS Security, Advanced URL Filtering, Enterprise Data Loss Prevention, and IoT Security. The Cloud Identity Engine provides identity-based security controls, critical to Zero Trust, to consistently authenticate and authorize users regardless of location, allowing access to applications and data everywhere.

Distributed Enterprise

In the Gartner Critical Capabilities report, Palo Alto Networks received the second highest score for the Distributed Enterprise use case. Branch locations and remote workers need secure access to applications that may be hosted in the data center, in the cloud or available through SaaS providers. Prisma SASE converges security, SD-WAN and Autonomous Digital Experience Management into a single, cloud-delivered service. Prisma Access brings our industry-leading firewall capabilities into a single cloud-delivered platform, maximizing deployment flexibility while providing consistent security across the distributed enterprise. We’re proud to be named a Leader in the Forrester ZTNA New Wave 2021. With our Prisma SD-WAN solution, we were also named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge.

Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs)

Small and midsize businesses want true enterprise-grade security in an affordable, easy-to-deploy package. In practice, too many of them have deployed NGFWs without enabling key security services or features due to concerns about performance or cost. Since its launch last June, our PA-400 Series is transforming security strategies and outcomes for SMBs. These affordable, high-performance firewalls enable customers to fully implement important security features and services. High-value bundles of our Cloud Delivered Security Services simplify the buying process. Zero-touch provisioning and integrated, single-console management makes it easy to deploy and use.

We’re proud to deliver these industry-leading innovations to our customers. Read a complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls.


Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls, Adam Hils, Rajpreet Kaur, 17 January 2022

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Nat Smith, Adam Hils, 1 November 2021

Gartner, Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Network Firewalls, 9 April 2021

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