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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cloud firewalls?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of using a cloud firewall? 

In which scenarios is using a cloud firewall recommended?

When is it not advisable to use a cloud firewall?

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Cloud firewalls are most beneficial in that they can be securely managed from anywhere with just a browser.  Drawbacks are cost (usually subscription based) and also usually not a fully featured as some enterprise solutions that are managed locally.

MSPs or enterprises with a lot of remote offices benefit the most from a cloud solution. Managing multiple devices all from the same interface is a huge plus and saves time for the persons managing the devices.

Managing cost may be the largest factor to avoid a cloud solution. Some users seem to have an allergic reaction to the subscription licensing model for a firewall. Cloud solutions are also typically not as mature as cloud solutions so for some high end enterprise solutions a non-cloud solution would be better. 

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