Most Helpful Review
Configuring the network was the easiest part of implementation, but the internet failover needs to work better.
It is easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it.
The IPsec and VPN services, as well as the interoperability with other solutions such as Cisco, Juniper, and Palo Alto have been invaluable.
Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails.
Its features rival many of the high cost solutions out there.
The initial setup was straightforward, therefore I wanted to continue using the product.
I can manage it easily by myself.
The performance and functionality are good.
Creation of certificates and the facility to administer services are valuable features.
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.
They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI. Occasionally, they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software a bit and provide better monitoring software.
When a carrier that supports a VPN or IPsec tunnel bounces, the recovery time can take a few minutes. Reducing that time would be greatly appreciated in future releases.
It is not centrally managed, where you log into the website and can see all your services there. We would like to be able to see is all the configurations from a central interface on all our pfSenses.
The GUI could use improvements, though it is manageable.
A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion.
It requires more attention to provide a better alternative for open source to small government or educational institutions with reduced budgets in terms of technology.
Needs services on additional features, such as managing inventory and generating reports.
My only observation is about the quality of the IPSec logs, which are difficult to interpret and are poor in filters.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive.
It is a great solution that is economical. It scales so the cost per protected MB is almost free.
It is a free solution.
It is economical (i.e., free).
From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is included in one price.
There are a few features not included, and when you have to use those features, you have to pay for them.
It is an open source solution. Therefore, the price is good.
It works quite well for an open source product.
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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