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2021-06-18T19:45:00Z

Which firewall is better and why: Sophos XG 210 or Fortinet FortiGate 100E?

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Hello,

I’m planning to purchase Sophos XG 210, but I’m confused as I don’t know if this is a good choice compared with Fortinet FortiGate 100E. 

My requirements are below:
✓ VPN for 100 concurrent users
✓ Firewall can handle internet requests of up to 200 concurrent users
✓ Sites filtering and domain blocking
✓ Malware and viruses inspection
✓ IPS
✓ Include port forwarding for local service publishing
✓ Failover internet connection in case of the mainline outage to ADSL backup line or data line “4G”. ✓ Limit bandwidth usage and disable huge file download
✓ Control streaming and video usage and the ability to disable them.
✓ Monitoring and reporting

Please share your recommendations based on my requirements above

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Top 5User

I personally used Sophos UTM 9, and it´s great, it can support all your needs without a problem, the only concern is to find the correct physical server for deployment. Also, it can be purchased in a stand-alone box. I totally suggest the appliance for a UTM version or a XG Firewall

I never used FortiGate but a lot of people do and they are fine with the choice. So, I think it's a matter of the budget.

2021-06-22T12:34:25Z
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Top 5User

Today I have deployed a small FGT40F with OS 7 build 006. This is replacing a 3 years old FGT30E. In both cases even under heavy attack, memory in the FGT30E would jump to 77% and CPU would reach the 90%. I would then block those addresses and CPU would go down to 1 %. Again this shows again and again how the hardware is so incredible due to what I have written below.


Now the OS7 and F40F, memory seats at 55% and CPU 1 %. I have full IPS, SPAM, and any other policy you could imagine.


Do that in Sophos and you will need the computer that NSA has in USA. Sorry, it is just the truth and nothing but the truth.


When you have the chance to see what OS7 info to the administrator has to offer the user, you will see what I say.

2021-06-24T08:22:03Z
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Top 5User

I can see answers with the word "budget", What is cheap may end expensive. CAREFUL.


Fortinet is a clever company who had put ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). They use silicon, chips, so they are not only fast but can guarantee throughput. I have since instanced of Sophos where the CPU runs at 90% and struggles.


So, think how can you guarantee traffic with IPS, VPN and many other simultaneous tasks.


 But it is your decision.


Good luck. I personally would not touch Sophos at all.

2021-06-23T06:08:01Z
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Top 20User

The Fortinet FortiGate appliance is recommended,  we have in the past used Sophos and found that certain malware gets through rendering it very unreliable. Fortinet has a great reputation and you should not just select Sophos base on pricing alone as you will have more than a 100 VPN users, you can't have a bad inconsistent box which will break your network.


2021-06-22T21:08:40Z
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Top 20Real User

Sophos XG210 dusts Fortinet fortigate 100E in every department far more than you can ever imagine. SSD storage and throughputs Sophos is dope.

2021-06-25T12:25:03Z
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Top 5MSSP

I can only agree with the previous speakers. Both systems are good and differ in details.


Apart from the budget, topics such as scalability and which systems (SIEM/SOC) the components are connected to are important.


And then there is the saying that we all know: Who buys cheap buys twice.


Best Regards


Norman

2021-06-24T07:21:50Z
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Top 20Real User

Sophos XG210 fills these needs adequately. Give it a go.

2021-06-22T12:46:53Z
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