Most Helpful Review
Researched Sophos XG but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: Great diagnostics combined with a high-security VPN
Researched Sophos XG but chose Barracuda CloudGen Firewall: Good SIEM and a dynamic VPN with good scalability
Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,719 professionals have used our research since 2012.
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured."
"Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good."
"I haven't had any major problems so I haven't had to open a ticket with technical support."
"The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature."
"I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy, straightforward on your left side pane you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty straightforward."
"We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area."
"The initial setup was completely straightforward."
"I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference."
"The most valuable feature for us is the ability to offer firewall support to our clients."
"The most valuable features are SD-WAN, URL filtering, IPS, and virus scanning."
"The features I find most valuable is the VPN and the fact that we can apply our policies to the program."
"Scalability is good; the company wants to be able to handle large customers."
"Their GPS possibilities and the security that it has, especially the SD-WAN functionality, is very good."
"The interface is very user-friendly and it is quite easy to use."
"What I like best about this product are the support and the features."
"Ability to manage multiple firewalls."
"We have found that the simplicity of the XG 210 is its most valuable feature."
"Sophos XG has cybersecurity. It integrates with the antivirus software."
"It gives me a very good, stable connection in all tunnels."
"The SL VPNs are the most valuable feature. I have a lot of systems out of the head office that need to connect to the local networks, and they all connect wirelessly via the Sophos VPN client."
"What I like about his program, is that it is easy to use and easy to manage."
"The filtering is very easy to do. You can segment and create profiles for usage very easily."
"The solution seems pretty stable. We've had no issues so far."
"I like the fact that it can self remove malware and do updates on the cloud via Sophos Central."
"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."
"Some of the features, like the stability, need to be improved."
"In the past though, colleagues have had issues during the upgrade process. The failover didn't work and production was down."
"At times the product is sluggish and slow"
"If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own."
"Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems."
"We have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly."
"The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used."
"We would like to see a solution that is focused on container deployment, which is very important right now."
"The technical manuals, at times, have images that don't match the actual screens and are not always as clear as they could be on the configuration."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly dashboard and an easier interface."
"If you experience an attack it can take a very long time to find a solution."
"If you have another brand of VPN where you have to put an SSL VPN between two devices, Barracuda doesn't support that at a certain point. You can't actually build the VPN between Barracuda and a different device of a different brand."
"Technical support used to be at a very high level but it is now a bit less so."
"The interface should be more user-friendly and it should be easier to configure."
"Command line could be more user friendly."
"When I call, I have to wait at least one to two hours to reach them."
"The only issue that Sophos XG now needs to improve is the product's reporting capability."
"I would like to have remote access to clients using a static IP for a certain period of time."
"The initial set up process can be a little tricky, especially when you are registering with Sophos using your registration number. Setup is not necessarily complex, but it's not trouble-free. You do have connectivity issues at the initial setup with registering the device on the Sophos platform to access the advanced features. It doesn't always go through the first time around. That may be an issue with the quality of our automation. I'm not sure exactly what it is."
"The program is rather expensive."
"The UTM itself needs improvement. When you're navigating it seems like it takes forever to load anything. The hardware is okay. It's just the software that could be more responsive."
"It's easy to use, but it's hard to configure exact settings. They need to make it easier to access advanced features."
"On reports, they sometimes give a summary, but it lists different users as unknown. There are times that I really want to know which user or which IP is causing a problem."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions."
"The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market."
"We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement."
"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs."
"I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable."
"With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect."
"This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run."
"Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment."
"In general, it tends to be cheaper than most solutions."
"We pay around 150 to 200 Euros per year and there are no additional costs."
"The solution costs more than 800 Euros to purchase an F18, which is an entry model, and then another 500 Euros for instant replacement, and 500 Euros for energized updates. The total package would be around 1,900 Euros for five years license and all updates for an entry model."
"The 600 series is about USD $10,000 a year and the 80 is USD $400 a year."
"For licensing the XG 210, we paid approximately $3000 for three years. There are no additional fees on top of this."
"It's a suitable price and license."
"We are paying about $1,500 yearly for the Enterprise Plus. As far as I know, there aren't costs above this standard fee."
"The Sophos pricing, in general, is better than SonicWall, Fortinet, WatchGuard, or anybody else."
"We paid for our licensing for three years, upfront, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees."
"The price is cheaper than that of some competing vendors."
"The pricing is flexible. Sophos looks at a country's economy and offers flexible pricing. This is how they have managed to penetrate the market."
"It's approximately $6,000 for each device."
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and… more »
Top Answer: Cisco FW for peace of mind
Top Answer: What I like best about this product are the support and the features.
Top Answer: The price of this solution is comparable with similar products of similar quality.
Top Answer: The interface should be more user-friendly and it should be easier to configure. Its configuration are divided per… more »
Top Answer: The simplicity of the setup is the most valuable feature.
Top Answer: The BGP engine is very limited.
Top Answer: If you pay for the premium support, you'll get better support from Sophos. I would rate Sophos XG an eight out of ten… more »
Compared 34% of the time.
Compared 15% of the time.
Compared 7% of the time.
Compared 5% of the time.
Compared 1% of the time.
Compared 23% of the time.
Compared 7% of the time.
Compared 6% of the time.
Compared 5% of the time.
Compared 4% of the time.
Compared 19% of the time.
Compared 13% of the time.
Compared 10% of the time.
Compared 7% of the time.
Also Known As
|Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv||Barracuda NextGen Firewall, Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls|
Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Barracuda's Cloud Generation Firewalls redefine the role of the Firewall from a perimeter security solution to a distributed network optimization solution that scales across any number of locations and applications, connects on-premises and cloud infrastructures, and helps organizations transform their business.
Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.
Learn more about Cisco ASA Firewall
Learn more about Barracuda CloudGen Firewall
Learn more about Sophos XG
|There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.||ARZ, Bauer, CBCX Technologies, Diamant-groep, Eissmann Group Automotive, European Youth Olympics, Exalo Drilling, FineLine Technologies, Geocell, Grimaldi, Infront Sports & Media, Odlo, Schenker Deutschland AG, Tilak, Verbandsgeneinde Zell, Conservas El Cidacos S.A., Institute for Emergency Medicine and Medicine Management, Erwin Muller GmbH, Info-Tech: NGF is Champion, Schoellerbank, IZB Informatik-Zentrum, RHI AG, Berglandmilch, Antenne Bayern, Sanochemia|
Information Not Available
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company7%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company22%
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider9%
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company20%
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is ranked 23rd in Firewalls with 10 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 44 reviews. Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is rated 8.0, while Sophos XG is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall writes "Good SIEM and a dynamic VPN with good scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Offers a high level of visibility of what's happening on your network or on your client machines". Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, SonicWall TZ, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, WatchGuard Firebox and Azure Firewall, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos UTM and WatchGuard Firebox. See our Barracuda CloudGen Firewall vs. Sophos XG report.
See our list of best Firewalls vendors.
We monitor all Firewalls reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.