Most Helpful Review
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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.
The most valuable feature is the IPS. It also protects us from malware.
UTM 9 brings along IPSec as well as iPhone and iPad support. This seems small but it’s useful.
The isolation of infected machines is a big feature. Also, the ability to detect external sources that change files on a file server is really big.
It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.
Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.
It has helped by identifying threats within the company. If there are computers or servers that are compromised, then we are able to identify them right away in the system.
The implementation with the AWS environment was good.
It meets our compliance needs in an elastic computer environment.
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.
The solution could be improved by adding cloud soundboxing.
We didn’t find any issues but I know there have been some in the last few years.
It does have built-in policies, which enable you to disable USB devices, etc. It would be nice if they had more policies because there are not that many of them.
Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.
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.
The technical support only communicates via email. I would prefer to communicate directly with someone.
They could reduce the price.
It is a little too CPU resource intensive, so we would like to see improvements there.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
The biggest issue with Sophos is the pricing. It's definitely more expensive. As I said, we looked at Webroot, which is a big alternative, and Sophos was almost three times the price of Webroot. That's a pretty big difference.
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.
Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.
The pricing and licensing are both good and better than Sophos's competitors. This is why we went with the product.
The AWS Marketplace product should be a better fit, but it is a little pricier.
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is pretty straightforward. Because were entirely on AWS and don't have anything anywhere else. It made the most sense for us as a one stop shop.
The pricing is pretty reasonable. I don't think that it is overly expensive.
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