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Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall NSa vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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Pros
"I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).""When it comes to the integration among Cisco tools, we find it easy. It's a very practical integration with other components as well.""The Firepower+ISE+AMP for endpoint integration is something that really stands it out with other vendor solutions. They have something called pxGrid and i think it is already endorsed by IETF. This allows all devices on the network to communicate.""Being able to determine our active users vs inactive users has led us to increased productivity through visibility. Also, if an issue was happening with our throughput, then we wouldn't know without research. Now, notifications are more proactively happening.""One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""We get the Security Intelligence Feeds refreshed every hour from Talos, which from my understanding is that they're the largest intelligence Security Intelligence Group outside of the government.""I have experience with URL filtering, and it is very good for URL filtering. You can filter URLs based on the categories, and it does a good job. It can also do deep packet inspection."

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"The functionality is the same whether it is on hardware or a virtual appliance. The interface is the same. It's nice that it's standardized.""The DPI-SSL is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's handy.""This product has kept us safe and we haven't had any breaches.""The technical support is very good.""The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.""The most valuable features of this solution are the GUI pre-filtering and the ATP (advanced threat protection).""The most valuable aspect of the solution is its ability to work like any other firewall.""The most valuable feature is the Global Management System."

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"It is a very good product. The threat monitoring process is the most valuable feature.""I would recommend UTM over XG because it's easier to manage.""The most valuable features of this solution are the firewall application and application control.""We've found the technical support to be helpful.""It's a stable solution.""Efficient and effective - it's easy to separate rules.""With Sophos, we have not had any incidents this year. The security provided has been good. It has proven to be okay for our needs.""Good basic firewall functions with advanced firewall scanning."

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Cons
"One of the few things that are brought up is that for the overall management, it would be great to have a cloud instance of that. And not only just a cloud instance, but one of the areas that we've looked at is using an HA type of cloud. To have the ability to have a device file within a cloud. If we had an issue with one, the other one would pick up automatically.""The performance should be improved.""Its interface is sometimes is a little bit slow, and it can be improved. When you need to put your appliance in failover mode, it is a little difficult to do it remotely because you need to turn off the appliance in Cisco mode. In terms of new features, it would be good to have AnyConnect VPN with Firepower. I am not sure if it is available at the moment.""The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement.""Web filtering needs improvement because sometimes the URL is miscategorized.""The visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs.""It's mainly the UI and the management parts that need improvement. The most impactful feature when you're using it is the user interface and the user experience.""I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device."

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"They are not ready for managed security services. Their Cloud GMS product is weak, barely out of beta (buggy).""The implementation for VLANs is a little bit cumbersome. It would be good to make that a little bit easier.""Some of the configurations could be better.""The anti-spam requires a specific Java version on the server side (do not update it, otherwise it will break).""The content filter needs to be improved.""It only has a single power interface, which has limitations in terms of high availability.""The scalability is something that should be improved.""SonicWall does not support DynDNS, yet this is an important feature for smaller companies that do not have a static IP address."

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"The solution needs to do better at covering mobile devices, although they may have an integrated solution for that purpose.""The ease of use could be a bit better.""There were a lot of features and functionality in Sophos SG UTM but nothing was state of the art in terms of technology. You did not get the latest functions. It was very monolithic as it was based on an old Linux PuTTY system.""The logs are not clear, which means that you need an additional piece of software in order to read them clearly.""The solution is not scalable.""I think that additional metrics features are needed to be able to monitor other areas or to monitor as much as you can, at a fine-grain resolution.""The integration capabilities could be better.""The classification segregation of applications lacks sufficient definition."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive.""The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.""Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing.""When we purchased the firewall, we had to take the security license for IPS, malware protection, and VPN. If we are using high availability, we have to take a license for that. We also have to pay for hardware support and technical support. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""This product is expensive."

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"It would be better if it has a better price, but its price is okay considering the benefits that you receive.""Normally, when we buy any product, we buy it with a five-year service built into it. Later on, depending on the growth of the organization, we go for a new one or an upgrade.""We are on a three-year license for the solution. The price is inexpensive compared to other solutions.""The pricing is good and we are satisfied with the cost of this solution.""The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product.""If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee.""SonicWall is not an expensive solution.""Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance."

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"It's reasonably priced.""It is necessary to pay for a licence to use the solution, but it is not very expensive.""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.""The appliance should be purchased and there is a fee for the license.""Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis.""I think the pricing of Sophos is very fair.""The solution is very low cost compared to competitors. You have a good firewall, a lot of functions for less than the price of some omni firewall competitors.""This product is free for home users. The more expensive products have better performance."

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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 »
Top Answer:  The Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is a very powerful and very complex piece of anti-viral software. When one considers… more »
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Top Answer: The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
Top Answer: Our organization would pay for a license every two to three years.
Top Answer: Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much… more »
Top Answer: In my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great firewalls with excellent performance and a… more »
Top Answer: Sophos UTM is no longer being developed, according to our reseller. All the development effort is going into XG. So XG… more »
Top Answer: With Sophos, we have not had any incidents this year. The security provided has been good. It has proven to be okay for… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
Astaro
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense 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 NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
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.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

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.
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
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
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
One Housing Group
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Non Profit8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company19%
Educational Organization15%
Healthcare Company12%
Marketing Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company20%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Government10%
Comms Service Provider6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company18%
Government7%
Media Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise19%
REVIEWERS
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise17%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise20%
Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall NSa vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SonicWall NSa is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 35 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 2nd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 20 reviews. SonicWall NSa is rated 7.6, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". SonicWall NSa is most compared with Meraki MX, Fortinet FortiGate, WatchGuard Firebox, SonicWall TZ and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Untangle NG Firewall and Stormshield Network Security. See our SonicWall NSa vs. Sophos UTM report.

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