I'm a system and network engineer in the financial services industry. I'm looking at both PA and Sophos for firewalls. Which one do you recommend? Why? What are the pros and cons?
Thanks for your help!
Palo Alto is a robust system and a leader among firewall technologies. On the other hand, Sophos is not quite there yet. From my personal experience, Sophos lacks advanced features like a virtual firewall. However, price-wise PA is much more expensive. Im sure Sophos can fulfill all your basic network requirements. It is more of a qualitative vs quantative thing. Sophos devices provide high performance at a lower cost but as i mentioned earlier lacks advanced features like virtual firewall, and cloud management.
WildFire Data Sheet: https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/resources/datasheets/wildfire
Please let me know if I can be of assistance I can have you speak with one of our Certified Palo Alto Engineers if you would like an in-depth overview of the Palo Alto Platform.
I like PA strategy which says Secure the core, Cloud and future. Its a holistic approach and all their solutions are in line with this strategy. If client is looking for a Long term security solution relationship he should go for PA. I am not well versed in Sophos solutions.