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Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall NSa vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"There are no issues that we are aware of. It does its job silently in the background.""Provides good integrations and reporting.""The most important features are the intrusion prevention engine and the application visibility and control. The Snort feature in Firepower is also valuable.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""The most valuable feature is stability.""Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to improve their end to end firewall functionality.""The Adversity Malware Protection (AMP) feature is the most valuable. It is also very easy to use. Every technical user can operate this solution without any difficulty. The dashboard of Cisco Firepower has every tool that a security operator needs. You can find every resource that you need to operate through this dashboard.""The solution offers very easy configurations."

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"I like the solution's configuration, interfaces, and user guides.""It's very simple to use and the support is great.""The most valuable features are flexibility, ease of setup, and it's a good product cost-wise.""This product has kept us safe and we haven't had any breaches.""It's very flexible and meets our customer's needs.""The prices are similar to other vendors and the support is good.""We like the features, but the main thing is from a commercial and cost perspective it is very good.""One of the main features is the built-in storage capacity."

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"The solution is very easy to use and straightforward.""The solution has very good security features, is easy to use for administrators and users, and has informative reports.""The most valuable feature is web filtering.""The most useful aspect of the solution is the concept of integrated security.""Sophos is a stable solution, and we haven't had any bugs or limitations.""The multifactor authentication is helpful because whenever the user wants to connect to the firewall, they have to use the authenticator before they can access it.""The stability has been excellent.""We get good usage out of the features. It has enabled us to gain popularity. It has great features."

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Cons
"The initial setup could be simplified, as it can be complex for new users.""One issue with Firepower Management Center is deployment time. It takes seven to 10 minutes and that's a long time for deployment. In that amount of time, management or someone else can ask me to change something or to provide permissions, but during that time, doing so is not possible. It's a drawback with Cisco. Other vendors, like Palo Alto or Fortinet do not have this deployment time issue.""The Firepower FTD code is missing some old ASA firewalls codes. It's a small thing. But Firepower software isn't missing things that are essential, anymore.""The solution could offer better control that would allow the ability to restrictions certain features from a website.""I would like to see improvement when you create policies on Snort 3 IPS on Cisco Firepower. On Snort 2, it was more like a UI page where you had some multiple choices where you could tweak your config. On Snort 3, the idea is more to build some rules on the text file or JSON file, then push it. So, I would like to see a lot of improvements here.""In a future release, it would be ideal if they could offer an open interface to other security products so that we could easily connect to our own open industry standard.""This product is managed using the Firepower Management Center (FMC), but it would be better if it also supported the command-line interface (CLI).""The change-deployment time can always be improved. Even at 50 seconds, it's longer than some of its competitors. I would challenge Cisco to continue to improve in that area."

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"Potential improvement around the associated VPN cost""Initially, it may be difficult for some people to learn and become acquainted with it.""The implementation for VLANs is a little bit cumbersome. It would be good to make that a little bit easier.""We also need to increase the throughput because the other devices are slower. The throughput will become slow. Since we're using VoIP, it tends to affect the voice quality. Even if you're using a quality service, it tends to decrease.""The pricing for this product in India is high and the fees should be reduced.""Having to deal with too many lower-level people in technical support means that it takes longer to resolve issues, so escalating support tickets should be faster.""They are not ready for managed security services. Their Cloud GMS product is weak, barely out of beta (buggy).""The logging, reporting, and storage capacity size could improve in a future release."

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"Support for this product is something that is really important, and it needs to improve.""The first area that needs to be improved is customer support.""Sophos XG does not have the ability to disconnect a user.""Areas for improvement would be the access points and the on-premise version, which is very bad.""Inability to investigate incidents, there is no tracking.""Sophos needs improvements made to the console, such as host entry or defining rules directly from it.""SD-WAN needs to be improved because it often fails at the network security level.""The SD-WAN could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."
  • "There are additional implementation and validation costs."
  • "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 requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
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  • "Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance."
  • "The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product."
  • "A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy."
  • "You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end."
  • "If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee."
  • "SonicWall is a one-time purchase and there is no renewal license."
  • "The pricing and value are good."
  • "The pricing is good and we are satisfied with the cost of this solution."
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  • "The Sophos pricing, in general, is better than SonicWall, Fortinet, WatchGuard, or anybody else."
  • "We paid for our licensing for three years, upfront, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees."
  • "The price is cheaper than that of some competing vendors."
  • "The pricing is flexible. Sophos looks at a country's economy and offers flexible pricing. This is how they have managed to penetrate the market."
  • "It's approximately $6,000 for each device."
  • "It is not expensive, it's a reasonable price,"
  • "The issue of a recurring license is a hassle because every year, we have to subscribe."
  • "It is not very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
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    Comparisons
    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
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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.

    Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.

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    Learn more about Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall
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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
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Non Profit8%
    Government8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Manufacturing Company23%
    Educational Organization13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Insurance Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider40%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government6%
    Media Company4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    SonicWall NSa is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 38 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 130 reviews. SonicWall NSa is rated 7.8, while Sophos XG is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Light and stable with excellent real-time control ". SonicWall NSa is most compared with Meraki MX, Fortinet FortiGate, WatchGuard Firebox, SonicWall TZ and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Azure Firewall. See our SonicWall NSa vs. Sophos XG report.

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