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"The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured.""Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good.""I haven't had any major problems so I haven't had to open a ticket with technical support.""The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature.""I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy, straightforward on your left side pane you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty straightforward.""We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area.""The initial setup was completely straightforward.""I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference."

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"I have found the stability of this product to be excellent.""I have found this solution to be easier to use when compared to other products, such as those offered by Cisco.""SonicWall TZ is stable.""The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.""The stability is very nice.""The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.""No negative impression of the scalability.""Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable."

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"Sophos UTM has improved the porting section. It has improved security by seeing the gaps. For example, when you discover that an entry has been using a certain application, with Sophos UTM acting as a Layer 7 firewall, you can block the application, not the port.""The features that I've known to be most valuable are both the web security features as well as the web firewall capabilities. As a partner of Sophos firewall, we have some clients and they are using Sophos firewall UTM and we are using it as well.""Configuration troubleshooting is eased by the use of the color-coded, live firewall log.""It allows me to easily connect with more than forty-five remote sites and more than fifty remote users between IPsec and SSL VPN, applying the web filter and application filter to ensure a secure connection.""We find all of the features valuable because together they fit the needs of our customers.""I would recommend UTM over XG because it's easier to manage.""It is a very good product. The threat monitoring process is the most valuable feature.""It is easy to manage."

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"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats.""Some of the features, like the stability, need to be improved.""In the past though, colleagues have had issues during the upgrade process. The failover didn't work and production was down.""At times the product is sluggish and slow""If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own.""Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems.""We have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly.""The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used."

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"An additional feature that I would like to see is reporting that includes metrics to give me more information about the number of viruses that it has actually detected and interrupted.""The lack of support is having me look into other solutions to replace SonicWALL.""I can't get the support that I need from SonicWall.""We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.""There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.""The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.""The small business line has less PPS throughput.""They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application."

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"With Sophos UTM, there is a general rule in the firewall when the country blocking can block some countries from accessing your data. In the current version, you still need to add it by putting in the IP range. This feature would be helpful for administrators and it gives them the advantage to block stuff in less time.""The only time we face a problem or issues is when we place a ticket. We have found that response is very slow.""Support for IKEv2 is needed in this solution.""I would like to see the SD-WAN feature improved.""We would like to have unique viewable IDs for rules and in the packet filter logfile, for easier debugging of old log files.""It's stable, but the reaction time of the GUI is terrible.""Sophos should be more user-friendly, have more dashboards, and an easier implementation.""The five-factor authentication needs improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.""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.""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.""Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.""I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable.""With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect.""This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.""Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment."

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"The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.""The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.""Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.""License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.""The price is high compared to some other solutions.""Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."

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"This solution is less expensive than FortiGate.""It is the cheapest product available. It's good if you have a low budget.""We pay for the service on a yearly basis. The last time we paid was in June, for a year. At the time, it was about $20,000.""Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis.""It's reasonably priced."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and… more »
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Top Answer: It protects against intrusion while allowing needed access.
Top Answer: Needs more robust self-help documentation along with examples and things to watch out for.
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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvDell SonicWALL TZAstaro
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Overview

Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.

Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.

Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.

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The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.
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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.AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, UnimatOne Housing Group
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Comms Service Provider14%
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Computer Software Company7%
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Computer Software Company22%
Media Company5%
Government4%
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Construction Company21%
Computer Software Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
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Computer Software Company21%
Retailer5%
Construction Company5%
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Manufacturing Company17%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business49%
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Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
457,748 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SonicWall TZ is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 19 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 15 reviews. SonicWall TZ is rated 8.0, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Has a solid state hard drive and can boot in less than sixty seconds". SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, SonicWall NSA and OPNsense, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, OPNsense and Meraki MX. See our SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos UTM report.

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