Check Point VSX vs. Sophos UTM

Check Point VSX is ranked 19th in Firewalls with 3 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 18 reviews. The top reviewer of Check Point VSX writes "Valuable features include centralized management using the MDM solution and the log management module". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". Check Point VSX is most compared with Cisco ASA, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and pfSense. Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and WatchGuard XTM. See our Check Point VSX vs. Sophos UTM report.
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Pros
We consolidated from three management consoles and three clusters to only one, which is a big improvement.Its blades and VSLS (Virtual System Load Sharing) work fine.Monitoring using SmartConsole and all its features is extremely easy, and I find SmartEvent an excellent monitoring tool for spotting threats and user behaviour.The multiple virtual firewalls on one box are extremely useful and the interconnection with virtual switches is simple and easy to understand.

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It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.It now controls all the security aspects of our web servers with Sophos UTM WAF.​We use Sophos UTM as our main firewall with all its features included. Mainly, it controls all of our network perimeter security: firewall, IDS/IPS, and web application firewall (including VoIP).​The initial configuration is straightforward thanks to the web GUI. In 30 minutes, you can have a running firewall with UTM protection enabled.​Brings greater visibility into the network traffic coming inside and passing away from the company.They are all good, but most-used are Network Protection and Web Filtering.Scaling out cannot be easier, as there are many migration paths.Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.

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Cons
Having a web UI in the VSX (or something similar) would be nice.We have Microsoft CASB cloud app security and it's one of the least compatible firewalls. They really need to look at this, as both Check Point and Microsoft are major players. Why aren't they compatible? If we had Palo Alto then we wouldn't have this problem.

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Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.​Reporting: We have had to work manually in many of our reports.Needs to improve the certificate management (ex. Let's Encrypt support).VPN needs IKEv2, but it’s in the roadmap. Also, all new, cool features will only come to the new Sophos XG Firewall.There is still room for improvement in wireless protection. I don't mean their WiFi device is bad, but there are still things to improve on, such as WiFi roaming.​This product could use some improvement with web filtering. It takes a lot of time and effort to set up and maintain.​Finding information about Sophos’ sizing guidelines can actually be difficult. Also, Sophos does not make it clear what they mean by “users” when you are sizing a firewall, which then leads to undersized implementations.​​I am going to flat out say technical support is terrible. Being a Platinum level customer, I am not happy with the support.​

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We purchased the appliance with five years onsite support and licenses.Pricing for the upgrade was very competitive as Sophos wanted to retain existing customers.​In the case of a software/virtual appliance subscription, you pay by protecting user/IP addresses. You can do this to as much hardware resources as you like.​​The pricing for Sophos UTM is quite acceptable compared to other UTM vendors.If you would like to run an active-passive HA system, you only need to buy an additional hardware without subscription. At other vendors, you need subscription for both devices.​For under 50 users, MSP licensing is profitable.Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.Sophos offers free training when selling their products from within the partner portal.​

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Overview
OverviewVSX (Virtual System Extension) is a security and VPN solution for large-scale environments based on the proven security of Check Point Security Gateway. VSX provides comprehensive protection for multiple networks or VLANs within complex infrastructures. It securely connects them to shared resources such as the Internet and/or a DMZ, and allows them to safely interact with each other. The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.
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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersBentley Systems, Almaviva TSF S.p.A, Yankuang Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.One Housing Group
Top Industries
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Government
19%
Financial Services Firm
19%
Comms Service Provider
13%
Transportation Company
7%
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Mining And Metals Company
14%
Legal Firm
14%
Government
14%
Construction Company
14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider
8%
Retailer
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Non Tech Company
7%
Company Size
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Small Business
65%
Midsize Enterprise
12%
Large Enterprise
23%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
46%
Midsize Enterprise
36%
Large Enterprise
18%
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