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Pros
"One of the most valuable features is the AMP. It's very good and very reliable when it comes to malicious activities, websites, and viruses.""The solution offers very easy configurations.""It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective.""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.""The most valuable features of this solution are the integrations and IPS throughput.""We have not had to deal with stability issues.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem."

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"The most valuable features are security and technical support.""It's been very easy to implement and deploy.""Its user interface and simplicity are the most favorite parts for our clients. They find it stable and easy to use. Its performance is also good.""I like the firewall product, the security server, and the content filter.""The feature with SonicWall that I have found most valuable is that all the models have the same interface. We don't need to learn different interfaces in the smaller or bigger models.""The site-to-site VPN connections, content filtering, and in our current remote working situation, SSL VPN remote desktop connectivity are the most valuable features.""The installation is straightforward and took approximately 30 minutes.""We are able to block whatever we want to block by using this product. It provides all required security features, such as content filtering, VPN, in one box. Before switching to SonicWall, we had specified all required features."

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"This is a very stable product.""The most valuable feature is the price. I've been requesting prices all over these years between different solutions like Fortinet, Palo Alto, and Check Point and Sophos has been the cheapest and the best of all of them that I have tried. I have been working with Fortinet, it's a fact that the price is surprisingly better.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""Good basic firewall functions with advanced firewall scanning.""The stability, overall, is excellent. I haven't had a problem in the last two years.""Monitoring and reporting are areas that need improvement.""It's a stable solution.""Technical support is very responsive."

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Cons
"My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement.""This product is managed using the Firepower Management Center (FMC), but it would be better if it also supported the command-line interface (CLI).""One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box.""We're getting support but there's a big delay until we get a response from their technical team. They're in the USA and we're in Africa, so that's the difficulty. When they're in the office, they respond.""Web filtering needs improvement because sometimes the URL is miscategorized.""Report generation is an area that should be improved.""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 initial setup could be simplified, as it can be complex for new users."

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"Sonic Analyzer could be improved. It's difficult to manage and not very intuitive.""The stability could be a lot better.""The price could be better for us in Bolivia.""The marketing of SonicWall has to be increased. Currently, when it comes to firewalls, most people go for Cisco and Palo Alto. SonicWall should improve its marketing and branding policies to increase sales. Other than that, it is good.""I would like the solution to build in more redundancy. I""GUI interface could be improved.""Its pricing can be better. It is very expensive.""Its reporting can be improved. Currently, we cannot directly get the user names. It only shows the IP, which makes it a bit confusing because we need to use the IP to find the user. If we could directly get the name of the user, it would be better."

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"The classification segregation of applications lacks sufficient definition.""The initial setup may be difficult for those not familiar with the product.""Sophos should improve its ability to check something like bandwidth consumption for users or something more real-time.""It's stable, but the reaction time of the GUI is terrible.""There needs to be some improvement in the IPsec VPN. There is implementation only support. I have version one. I'd be most interested in having IP version two from the protocol.""We need to speed up the support.""Updates come out agonizingly slowly, a trickle.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""When we are fighting against other competitors for customers, whether it is a small or big business, we feel very comfortable with the price that Firepower has today.""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.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case.""The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.""The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."

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"Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions.""The price is fair for the solution for the quality you receive.""It has a yearly subscription.""The price could be better for us in Bolivia.""It is a bit expensive. We have to purchase the license and the reporting part separately, which makes it a bit pricey. This is the main reason why we have thought of moving to another firewall. It would be good if they combine both of these.""Its price is very high, which makes it difficult to convince the clients to buy this solution.""Customers are required to pay for a yearly subscription.""The price is fair."

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"Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis.""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 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.""I think the pricing of Sophos is very fair.""It's reasonably priced.""The appliance should be purchased and there is a fee for the license.""It is necessary to pay for a licence to use the solution, but it is not very expensive.""The prices can be better, they could make it a lot cheaper."

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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 »
Top Answer: It is easy to integrate Cisco ASA with other Cisco products and also other NAC solutions. When you understand the Cisco… more »
Top Answer: I’ll say it depends on your needs. Fortinet FortiGate and SonicWall TZ are both next-gen firewalls (NGFW) with similar… more »
Top Answer: Offers the right amount of control without being incredibly convoluted and frustrating.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of licensing costs, but the price point isn't bad. In addition, you need to buy the hardware. There is also… 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 »
Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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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.

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.
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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
AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
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
Construction Company15%
Manufacturing Company12%
Healthcare Company12%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company19%
Retailer4%
Government4%
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 Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise14%
REVIEWERS
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise17%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise20%
Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SonicWall TZ is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 31 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 2nd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 21 reviews. SonicWall TZ is rated 8.4, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.4. 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 "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Sophos XG and Meraki MX, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Untangle NG Firewall and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. See our SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos UTM report.

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