Sophos Cyberoam UTM Review

Useful data quota features, but scalability is an issue and the signature database could be enhanced


What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Sophos Cyberoam UTM is the main product that we sell. We also use it as part of our own network security solution as well.

The primary use cases are setting data quotas on a per-user level, web filtering, and granting or denying access to resources. In Sri Lanka, the data is always limited, which is one of the biggest problems that we have.

How has it helped my organization?

In some companies, productivity is not as good because people are using sites like Facebook and YouTube. This can consume a lot of data without the organization being aware of it, and Cyberoam is really good in these kinds of cases.

What is most valuable?

Having a firewall solution with a data quota is very important when the bandwidth is limited, which really distinguishes it from other products. When it comes to small and medium-sized organizations, one of their main concerns is that their data quota is not exceeded. It is quite an advantage for the administrators.

There is training material available on the website for the administrators to learn how to set it up and use it. This is very helpful and can be done easily with a one or two day course.

What needs improvement?

When it comes to web filtering and application filtering, it does not contain enough signatures to determine all of the sites that need to be blocked. This is something that higher-end firewalls are better at.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cyberoam for the past four years. My company has been using it for at least five or six.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Prior to the acquisition of Cyberoam by Sophos, the product was not very stable. Currently, it is really stable and we are happy with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

One of our clients has 200 employees and they are all relying on protection from Sophos Cyberoam UTM. Nonetheless, it is all on-premises and it does not work through the cloud, so I don't consider it to be a highly scalable product. I would say that it is better for a company with a single branch, rather than for one with multiple branches or with branches connected to a head office.

How are customer service and technical support?

Although we have people who are knowledgable about the product, if there is a level of configuration that we are not used to then we contact our distributor for help.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have also worked with similar products from Cisco and I find them quite difficult to set up compared to this. Cisco also has training available, but I think that you will need two weeks or a month to learn how to set it up and maintain it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is between easy and intermediate. For a basic configuration, it is straightforward. I would say that compared to a Cisco product, it is easier.

What about the implementation team?

We have engineers who are qualified and we deploy Cyberoam for our clients.

For companies with approximately 200 employees, having two or three system administrators is enough to maintain it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is a cost-effective solution compared to other vendors, such as Cisco.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers look at many options but they normally choose Cyberoam because of the data quota, as well as the competitive pricing. After you buy the device, you can get subscriptions for different features. Companies normally buy it for one year or three years at a time.

There are also basic features that are available without purchasing a license. An example is that web filtering is not available without a license, but the data quota management is. That comes with the appliance itself.

What other advice do I have?

When we transitioned from Cyberoam to Sophos Cyberoam UTM, we were able to back up the rules and then upload them into the new solutions. It was easy to do and within a few hours, it was set up.

If your company does not have a network administrator then this is a good option because the training makes it very easy to use. For larger, enterprise-level organizations, people will look for different solutions.

If I were rating this product only for the Sri Lankan market then I would score it an eight out of ten. However, the majority of other countries do not have the issue of bandwidth limitations, and without the quota being important, I cannot rate it as high.

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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