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We performed a comparison between SonicWall TZ and Sophos Cyberoam UTM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Firewalls solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM report (Updated: August 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is stability.""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 features I've found most valuable are the packet captures and packet traces because they help me debug connections. I like the logs because they help me see what's going on.""The most valuable feature would be ASDM. The ability to go in, visualize and see the world base in a clear and consistent manner is very powerful.""The most valuable feature is the Intrusion Prevention System.""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.""The implementation is pretty straightforward.""I have integrated it for incidence response. If there is a security event, the Cisco firewall will automatically block the traffic, which is valuable."

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"Good VPN connection.""It's a stable solution.""The most common feature in the firewall, apart from that traditional firewall, would be the security services, like application control, URL filtering, Gateway Anti-Virus, and IPS protection. These are the essential features in the firewalls which I think, has to be enabled and properly used at every network infrastructure.""It is very user-friendly, and there is no problem in using its interface.""Offers the right amount of control without being incredibly convoluted and frustrating.""SonicWall TZ is a stable product.""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 most valuable features have been content filtering, and the interface is easy to navigate and to use."

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"There are plenty of features that are valuable in the Sophos Cyberoam UTM. We use all the features, such as email Security, firewall rules, web server security, web devices, web protection.""The solution is easy to use.""The solution is easy to integrate.""There are plenty of features available, such as Full Guard and WAN.""The VPN is excellent on the solution.""The user interface is well laid out and understandable.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the solution is easy to configure for users."

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Cons
"The application detection feature of this solution could be improved as well as its integration with other solutions.""A major area of improvement would be to have more functionality in public clouds, especially in terms of simplifying it. The high availability doesn't work right now because of the limitations in the cloud.""We only have an issue with time sync with Cisco ASA and NTP. If the time is out of sync, it will be a disaster for the failover.""One of my colleagues is using the firewall as an IPS, but he is worried about Firepower's performance... With the 10 Gb devices, when it gets to 5 Gbps, the CPU usage goes up a lot and he cannot manage the IPS.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""Most of the features don't work well, and some features are missing as well.""The performance should be improved.""Cisco Firepower is not completely integrated with Active Directory. We are trying to use Active Directory to restrict users by using some security groups that are not integrated within the Cisco Firepower module. This is the main issue that we are facing."

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"Needs more robust self-help documentation along with examples and things to watch out for.""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.""Sometimes there is a glitch between the network connection. Last time, something happened on our IP phone, the SonicWall team did some updates to fix the issue. However, glitches happen very rarely. I did not experience any other types of problems.""Support for SonicWall TZ needs improvement, particularly the time it takes before you're able to speak to a support person, e.g. you have to wait for at least 30 minutes on the phone.""Its pricing can be better. It is very expensive.""I would like to see a SonicWall integration with the DLP tool, this would be interesting. Data Loss Prevention integration.""Getting support can be slow.""The solution should provide some additional ports."

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"The policy is a bit too vague.""Sometimes, users are timed out intermittently.""I had an issue when I was trying to stop a user from using too much bandwidth while I was using Azure, I was not able to stop them.""Sophos Cyberoam UTM could improve by adding VPN site-to-site capabilities. The correct version does not work with Microsoft Azure Cloud.""The VPN is an area that can be improved.""It should have better VPN protection. Some of the VPN applications are not blocked by this firewall. Some VPNs are able to get through this firewall, which is why I am planning to replace this firewall with a good one in the near future.""In my experience the solution can be easier to configure with more documentation, we need more training.""The technical support response time could be faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The price is comparable."
  • "It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market."
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  • "The price is fair."
  • "The license that we purchased is good for three years."
  • "Its price is very high, which makes it difficult to convince the clients to buy this solution."
  • "The price is fair for the solution for the quality you receive."
  • "You need to purchase multiple licenses to manage multiple devices which is cost-prohibitive for the value you would receive."
  • "Customers are required to pay for a yearly subscription."
  • "It has a yearly subscription."
  • "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."
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  • "It is not cheap."
  • "We paid for a two-year FullGuard license that includes support."
  • "It's not an expensive product."
  • "I am not happy with the pricing, it could be better."
  • "I had an issue when I was trying to stop a user from using too much bandwidth while I was using Azure, I was not able to stop them."
  • "We pay for licensing the solution. It's my understanding that it is not overly expensive. It may be somewhere around $2,000 for a license."
  • "It is a cheap firewall. We are not paying for any license."
  • "There is a license for this solution and it is priced competitively. We paid approximately $2,000 for the license."
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    Top Answer:We have all of the features we need. It isn't missing anything.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
    Dell SonicWALL TZ
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    Overview

    Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) is a firewall that provides capabilities beyond those of a standard firewall and delivers comprehensive, unified policy management of firewall functions, application control, threat prevention, and advanced malware protection from the network to the endpoint.

    Cisco NGFW Firewalls include advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small offices to high-performance data centers and service providers, and are deployed in leading private and public clouds. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.

    Key Features of Cisco NGFW Firewalls

    • Breach prevention and advanced security: Prevent attacks before they get inside. Cisco provides its firewalls with the latest intelligence to stop emerging threats and employs filtering to enforce policies on hundreds of millions of URLs. Cisco NGFW offers built-in sandboxing and advanced malware protection that continuously analyzes file behavior to quickly detect and eliminate threats.

    • Comprehensive network visibility: Constantly monitor your network so you can rapidly spot and stop bad behavior. Cisco NGFW provides a holistic view of all activity and provides a clear picture of threat activity across users, hosts, networks, and devices, as well as information on threats and website, application, and VM activities.

    • Flexible management and deployment options: Centrally deploy, customize, and manage all your appliances.

    • Fast detection: Detect threats in seconds and detect the presence of a successful breach within hours or minutes. Cisco NGFW allows you to deploy consistent policy that's easy to maintain, with automatic enforcement across all the different parts of your organization.

    • Automation and product integrations: Seamlessly integrate with Cisco tools and automatically share threat information, event data, policy, and contextual information with email, web, endpoint, and network security tools. Cisco NGFW automates security tasks like impact assessment, policy management and tuning, and user identification.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco NGFW stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its extensive discovery abilities that enable you to constantly see what is happening on your network and take action when necessary, and the high level of protection it provides.

    Mike B., a director of IT security at a wellness & fitness company, writes, "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."

    Zhulien K., the lead network security engineer at TechnoCore LTD, notes, " The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy. Again, with that being said, I cannot shy away from giving kudos to all of the other features such as AVC (Application Visibility and Control), SSL Decryption, Identity policy, Correlation policy, REST API, and more. All of the features that are incorporated in the Cisco Firepower NGFW are awesome and easy to configure if you know what you are doing. Things almost always work, unless you hit a bug, which is fixed with a simple software update. "

    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.
    Cyberoam Unified Threat Management hardware appliances offer comprehensive security to organizations, ranging from large enterprises to small and branch offices. Multiple security features integrated over a single, Layer 8 Identity-based platform make security simple, yet highly effective.
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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
    Gulf Corporation for Technology, Maridive & Oil Services, Fidelity Bank, Petra University, Capital FM Kenya, Safari Park Hotel and Casino, Mayfair Casino, Pacific International Lines, Mozambique Ministry of Education, University of Namibia, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, University of Hawai, New Delhi Municipal Council
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Construction Company12%
    Non Profit9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Healthcare Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Retailer6%
    Government5%
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    Manufacturing Company15%
    Non Profit12%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise16%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise16%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    SonicWall TZ is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 36 reviews while Sophos Cyberoam UTM is ranked 6th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 21 reviews. SonicWall TZ is rated 8.2, while Sophos Cyberoam UTM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Multifeatured firewall solution with a user-friendly interface, high availability, scalability, and stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Cyberoam UTM writes "Reliable, easy to set up, and excellent for remote access with the VPN". SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, pfSense and Cisco ASA Firewall, whereas Sophos Cyberoam UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Sophos UTM and Check Point NGFW. See our SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM report.

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