Sophos UTM vs pfSense

pfSense is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 17 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 15 reviews. The top reviewer of pfSense writes "Users can work offsite through the VPN. ". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". pfSense is most compared with Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate and Cisco ASA. Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and Cisco ASA. See our Sophos UTM vs pfSense report.
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Pros
The gain in performance and security from configuring the VPN connections was significant.It is a stable solution.Improved service performance and availability through redundancy.An incomparable stability is achieved with other firewall systems.Firewall system for small, medium, and large data networks. It allows you to provide security to your environment: DMZ networks, LAN, WAN, etc.A very stable product that lasts over time, easy to understand, and administer.It is easy to use and has integrity with other systems, such as proxies and quality of service.

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It does not take much effort or thinking to understand how it works.​The product is extremely intuitive.​Configuration could not be made any easier.With over 150 firewalls in our portal, management and monitoring have never been easier.It is not an easy task to protect your web servers from the big bad internet. The Web Server Protection in this solution does it elegantly and, if configured correctly, even hides the server's base system from prying eyes.It allows our developers to be able to securely log into servers to deploy and manage software.It has allowed us to design a bespoke cloud space for our clients, while still having an excellent level of protection.

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Cons
My only observation is about the quality of the IPSec logs, which are difficult to interpret and are poor in filters.​Improve analysis of logs and dashboards (control panel) with improved alert functionality.It should integrate with LDAP, Active Directory, etc, to improve the way in which the traces and connections of each IP, or user connected through the firewall, are shown.

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​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.​Stay away from the wireless models, since you cannot put them in HA. They start to give you some weird issues once you start getting into multiple SSIDs and networks.The UI can be cumbersome and, sometimes, features are not where you think they should be.There is absolutely no support when using AWS. If you buy the on-premise Sophos solution, you get support.It is a pretty straightforward setup, but it should be some sort of documentation that takes you step-by-step to help set it up for your VPC.

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Sophos offers free training when selling their products from within the partner portal.​I would recommend to follow Sophos’ sizing guidelines for choosing which license and model to use. Sophos has their own way of going about this and supplies partners with all the information required. If you follow their documentation and guidelines, there should be zero questions about licensing and sizing.Go to a vendor and let them assess your needs so you can get a right-sized device.Unless you are in the United States, or you have to use Sophos, you can't contact Sophos directly. You have to use a third-party ​company, and they all have different ways of how they explain their licensing.

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Followers
3,697
Avg. Rating
8.8
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55,803
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14
Followers
3,026
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8.6
Top Comparisons
Top Comparisons
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Compared 22% of the time.
Fortinet
Compared 15% of the time.
Cisco
Compared 11% of the time.
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Fortinet
Compared 25% of the time.
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Compared 20% of the time.
Cisco
Compared 8% of the time.
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OverviewProviding comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.
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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider
18%
University
12%
Energy/Utilities Company
12%
Construction Company
12%
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Comms Service Provider
16%
Financial Services Firm
7%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Non Tech Company
7%
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Comms Service Provider
25%
Legal Firm
13%
Government
13%
Construction Company
13%
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Retailer
8%
Comms Service Provider
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Non Tech Company
7%
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Small Business
65%
Midsize Enterprise
22%
Large Enterprise
14%
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Small Business
38%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
26%
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Small Business
74%
Midsize Enterprise
13%
Large Enterprise
13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
46%
Midsize Enterprise
38%
Large Enterprise
16%
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