Fortinet FortiGate vs Sophos XG comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Apr 30, 2024

Categories and Ranking

Fortinet FortiGate
Ranking in Firewalls
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Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions (2nd), WAN Edge (1st)
Sophos XG
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Firewalls category, the mindshare of Fortinet FortiGate is 22.6%, up from 20.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Sophos XG is 14.3%, up from 9.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions
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Q&A Highlights

Jun 14, 2024

Featured Reviews

Feb 22, 2022
Affordable, reliable, and scalable
In my previous company, which was a silver partner, we installed 300 and 301 for a few use cases. The most selling product at that time was FortiGate 100E I'm pretty happy with its reliability. It is also very scalable. They have to just improve its performance when we enable all UTM features.…
Mar 15, 2018
Firmware flexibility allows us to run multiple rules with different configurations
It is performing well. However, the only challenges that we are facing are the effectiveness with blocking the proxy and tuneling applications, aside from proxy and similar applications. So the application filter on the product is not really performing 100%. Every now and then there are some updates that are happening on such applications, and it takes time until it gets the appropriate updates and becomes capable of capturing such applications and blocking them. A new feature I would really like to see would be some sort of an enhanced application filter with greater efficiency when it comes to the applications that can bypass firewall policies. These applications are really a nightmare. Once they are on the network and not detected, or the appliance is not really successful in capturing them and unblocking them, the bandwidth gets wasted all the time.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"FortiGate Secure SD-WAN includes best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven networking WAN edge transformation in a unified offering."
"We use the filtering feature the most. It has filtering and inbuilt securities. We can create customized rules to define which users can access a particular type of site. We can create policies inside the firewall."
"This solution has helped our organization by having strong functions and a reliable firewall."
"The solution is very user-friendly."
"The user interface (UI) is very, very good."
"The solution is stable."
"The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate are the different types of profiling. It has been the most effective for me. The WAF and the antivirus profile are the most effective in network protection."
"I appreciate FortiGate's flexibility, which allows for centralized management through FortiManager."
"Great interface and in-built help is very intuitive."
"As a security solution, it's a very good security solution."
"I like it for its simplicity. It is very simple to configure and implement. It is a very good product for medium-sized organizations."
"The initial setup was straightforward."
"IPS and advanced threat protection (ATP) are the most valuable features. I am able to segment my network traffic and block incoming connections. It is also easy to use."
"Easy to deploy and user friendly."
"I recommend the solution due to its ease of use and pricing."
"SD-WAN features should be added."


"I would like to see a more intuitive dashboard."
"In the future, I would like to see improvements made to cloud-based management."
"We would like to see better pricing."
"It needs more available central management."
"Usually, we sell the bundle with the UTM or threat management piece with IPS, IDS. Other providers, such as Palo Alto, are ahead in terms of safe functionality. So, for me, delivering truly safe service is probably something that still needs to be improved."
"Some of the web policy reports could be improved."
"The support is the main thing that needs to be improved."
"I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees."
"While it is possible to configure between two of the solution's devices in the same model, the high available usually fails."
"The weakest point is the technical support because they are difficult to get into contact with."
"The solution could improve by having better security."
"I would like to have remote access to clients using a static IP for a certain period of time."
"The manuals or guides we are given are too simple. When we are implementing the product, it is difficult for us as we don't have more detailed information."
"In feature releases of the solution, I would like there to be an increase in the detection capability."
"Technical support could be improved. They aren't as responsive as they could be."
"We are facing some technical issues with Sophos XG right now. We have already escalated this issue with the Sophos technical support. They seem to be working on it. We are satisfied with the technical support. They reply quickly to our queries, but sometimes take time upgrading their systems."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Fortinet FortiGate is expensive."
"The license for Fortinet FortiGate is affordable in my country."
"The pricing is fair."
"Our licensing costs are on a yearly basis."
"In the Asian economy in which we operate, FortiGate is expensive."
"The price is fair compared to the other competitors."
"The product pricing is reasonable."
"The pricing is justified. It's a little pricey, but what you pay for is what you get."
"The Palo Alto solution is expensive and the FortiGate is less expensive than Palo Alto. The Sophos XG would be priced in the middle of the two."
"We pay for two licenses for the use of Sophos XG annually and it is a flat fee. We do not have everyone going through both of the Sophos XG firewalls a the same time and the Sophos XG on Microsoft Azure is only accessible from the VPN."
"It is very expensive."
"Currently, we have a contract for three years. It would be good if its price is reduced before we renew the contract. We will buy the equipment if it is cheaper."
"I don't think that it is expensive when you compare it with other solutions available on the market."
"For our company, the price was reasonable."
"There is a license required to use this solution and my customers pay for it annually."
"I paid for a license for the solution for three years costing approximately $11,000. Additionally, I received the Web Appliance fee for paying for the full licencing."
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Comparison Review

it_user216600 - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 3, 2016
Sophos UTM vs. Fortinet FortiGate
I have used both Sophos and Fortinet products in production and I have found the Sophos UTM appliances (hardware and virtual) to be a better fit most of the time -- with a few caveats which I will touch on below. In both instances, the transition from TMG will be mostly straightforward. The main…

Answers from the Community

Jun 14, 2024
Jun 14, 2024
Choosing between Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos XG depends on specific needs and context. FortiGate is often preferred for its robust security features, extensive integration capabilities, and high-performance hardware. Sophos XG stands out for its user-friendly interface, strong endpoint integration, and advanced threat protection. If I had to choose, I would lean towards FortiGate for its comp...
2 out of 7 answers
Oct 23, 2023
Hi, XG is EOL the new series is XGS, both are excellent equipment but I prefer Fortigate, why ??? DHCP slection, leader SD-WAN, many IPSEC dynamics is possible on SOPHOS but is limit the are conflicts with many IP's dynamics you need to use DDNS, SSL tunnel for remote clients, VRF, advanced routing with OSPF and BGP ("as path"). Greetings  
Oct 24, 2023
Hello Sharif,   I prefer FortiGate SDWAN Devices (FortiGate) even though we also deliver Sophos to our clients.  The decentralized FortiGate devices work as firewalls with an excellent security ecosystem. FortiGate and most other items work as Hardware units or on virtual machines. As a Telco company we have a lot of companies working in different industries with various requirements. We can support them all with FortiGate.Our customers prefer the security features, the stable ecosystem for life cycle management, for device/user/policy management, thread detection & prevention, intrusion prevention, sandboxing, ... the low operation effort to build a stable company network that supports the need of any customer size.In our business, we also like that the architecture of a company network can be easily changed if the customer requirements change. From single-line sites to Data Centers with high availability and Cloud integration FortiGate can be used in any design.The different security features that can be added by the license are powerful and integrated into the management dashboard. Updates of protection mechanisms against new threads happen automatically as soon as a new protection mechanism is available when new threads occur. The security team at Fortinet is excellent.GreetingsAndre

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Questions from the Community

Which is the better NGFW: Fortinet Fortigate or Cisco Firepower?
When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use Fortinet too...
What is the biggest difference between Sophos XG and FortiGate?
From my experience regarding both the Sophos and FortiGate firewalls, I personally would rather use FortiGate. I know the firewalls change every 5 to 7 years as stated but you really do need to upg...
What are the biggest technical differences between Sophos UTM and Fortinet FortiGate?
As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite good. The most valuable features for me are their web and email filtering. I wou...
Which is better - Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls or Sophos XG?
Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls have both great features and performance. I like that Palo Alto has regular threat signatures and updates. I also appreciate that I can just import addresses and URL...
What are the main differences in features between Sophos XG and FortiGate 80F?
Hi Arvind P , The Sophos XG firewall has a number of models right from XG86 to XG135w under the 1U Desktop Form Factor. The Sophos XG appliance that offers a direct competition to the Fortigate 80...
What Is The Biggest Difference Between Sophos UTM and Sophos XG?
The Sophos UTM is a UTM and Sophos XG is the NGFW. First, you must know about the difference between a UTM and NGFW. They can not be compared with each other because the price, license, firewall th...

Also Known As

FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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