Compare SonicWall NSA vs. Sophos XG

SonicWall NSA is ranked 25th in Firewalls with 9 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 16 reviews. SonicWall NSA is rated 7.2, while Sophos XG is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SonicWall NSA writes "Difficult to manage and a large number of sessions slows it down". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Gives us customizable policies, modifiable templates, and customized rules for single users". SonicWall NSA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and SonicWall TZ, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate and pfSense. See our SonicWall NSA vs. Sophos XG report.
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Pros
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.

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With the deployment of the SonicWall NSA solution, we never suffered a problem due to invasion or contamination of any kind.I really like the performance; there are no delays and no latency, which is a unique quality in firewalls nowadays.Our old firewall was running as HA (High Availability) on two different but identical rack mounted servers. Moving to SonicWall allowed the company to move to one unit, yet accommodate more connections because it had sixteen ports and handled fail-over better than the old firewall solution.Content Filtering and sandboxing are valuable features.Anti-Spam reduces unwanted mail on corporate exchange services.Content filtering reduces the load on the available bandwidth and restricts employees from using distracting websites on the job, which leads to more productive hours.It has good reporting, the reporting is marvelous.Support is usually good when it comes to helping with issues.

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All of the features are amazing, especially Sandstorm, which prevents bad traffic or downloaded files from reaching our customers' and partners' networks.We are able to trace any user and pinpoint any vulnerability or any malicious software. We are able to synchronize between the local and active directories so we can catch users easily through their login names and IDs.Price-wise the solution offers acceptable rates. You can find cheaper solutions on the market but when you go cheaper you have fewer features. Today, based on iQuate market the price is very reasonable and affordable, and it's good if you get a good discount. Discounts can be offered by the vendor. If it's a competitive upgrade which means the customer is upgrading from another vendor, Sophos provides extra discount so they can win the deal. In general, it is a good price.I like the fact that it can self remove malware and do updates on the cloud via Sophos Central.The solution seems pretty stable. We've had no issues so far.What I like about his program, is that it is easy to use and easy to manage.The filtering is very easy to do. You can segment and create profiles for usage very easily.The SL VPNs are the most valuable feature. I have a lot of systems out of the head office that need to connect to the local networks, and they all connect wirelessly via the Sophos VPN client.

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Cons
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.

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This product is unable to secure access to endpoints for our external employees.The cloud services may be in need of some improvement.I feel that the SSL VPN client software needs a lot of improvement.The only thing that we would want would be single-pane management, which it has, but the GMS is not very good. It's purely the management of multiple devices for multiple customers, that's the only thing that it's lacking.After-sales support and hands-on training facilities are not available in my country.The problem primarily with SonicWall is it's a Unix box. And it's all software, all the activities, blocking, censoring, everything has to happen in the software. If you start hitting the box with a lot of sessions it slows down and that's not what I expect from a firewall.It's very hard to manage this box. You really need a lot of skills to operate the SonicWall. There is training and the like, but it's just hard to manage. Even if you have the knowledge, there are too many options. The menus are not very clear, where you should find the information.Port forwarding could use streamlining.

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Network security is in need of improvement.There needs to be a way that we can distinguish between educational institutions on Youtube and other Youtube videos. You can do this on Fortinet. Basically, they can block all other Youtube videos besides those that are from educational institutions. With Sophos, you either allow for all Youtube videos or none at all. They need to allow for more specification on different websites.They should expand their DDoS feature. It's basic. They need to enhance it.On reports, they sometimes give a summary, but it lists different users as unknown. There are times that I really want to know which user or which IP is causing a problem.It's easy to use, but it's hard to configure exact settings. They need to make it easier to access advanced features.The program is rather expensive.The UTM itself needs improvement. When you're navigating it seems like it takes forever to load anything. The hardware is okay. It's just the software that could be more responsive.The initial set up process can be a little tricky, especially when you are registering with Sophos using your registration number. Setup is not necessarily complex, but it's not trouble-free. You do have connectivity issues at the initial setup with registering the device on the Sophos platform to access the advanced features. It doesn't always go through the first time around. That may be an issue with the quality of our automation. I'm not sure exactly what it is.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.

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In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive.Considering the market, I believe that the price of this solution is great.Additional resources are too expensive.Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance.The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product.A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy.You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end.

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We are paying about $1,500 yearly for the Enterprise Plus. As far as I know, there aren't costs above this standard fee.It's a suitable price and license.For licensing the XG 210, we paid approximately $3000 for three years. There are no additional fees on top of this.

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASANSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.

Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.

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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.Orange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company11%
University8%
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Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Software R&D Company21%
Manufacturing Company10%
Writing And Editing Position9%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Mining And Metals Company22%
Financial Services Firm11%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Wholesaler/Distributor11%
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Software R&D Company19%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company9%
Construction Company7%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise24%
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Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise16%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise27%
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