Sophos UTM vs. pfSense

pfSense is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 23 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 21 reviews. The top reviewer of pfSense writes "The performance and functionality are good. I can manage it easily by myself". 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 WatchGuard XTM. See our Sophos UTM vs. pfSense report.
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Super easy to manage. Anyone who has been working with firewalls can handle it.There is good documentation with a fantastic community and enterprise support.The ability to perform packet captures on the command line and via the GUI is useful for diagnosing problems.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.

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The most valuable feature is that it is easy to administer.I have no problem with the cost or licensing of this solution. This is a primary reason whay I wanted this solution. It does the same thing cheaper than other name brands.It helps us with protection, with concurrent use of the VPN.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.

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It needs better parsing of logs. At the moment, you have to use an external server for this if you want a deeper analysis.I would like to see multiple DNS servers running on individual interfaces.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.

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The pricing is an issue.The memory and processing were problematic. The interface could be better.During initial configuration, I encountered a few issues.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.

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All costs are low compared to other solutions. The hardware is stable and cheap.There is no licensing fee except for the enterprise support, if you want it.This solution was about $150,000 cheaper than the closest competitor over a three year period.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.

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The price is something that one will need to consider.I have no problem with the cost or licensing of this solution. This is a primary reason whay I wanted this solution. It does the same thing cheaper than other name brands.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.

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Providing 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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University
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Comms Service Provider
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Construction Company
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Healthcare Company
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Manufacturing Company
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Financial Services Firm
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