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Find out what your peers are saying about SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""The integration of network and workload micro-segmentation helps a lot to provide unified segmentation policies across east-west and north-south traffic. One concrete example is with Cisco ACI for the data center. Not only are we doing what is called a service graph on the ACI to make sure that we can filter traffic east-west between two endpoints in the same network, but when we go north-south or east-west, we can then leverage what we have on the network with SGTs on Cisco ISE. Once you build your matrix, it is very easy to filter in and out on east-west or north-south traffic.""I have access to the web version of Cisco Talos to see the reputation of IP addresses. I find this very helpful. It provides important information for my company to obtain the reputation of IP addresses. The information in Talos is quite complete.""Feature-wise, we mostly use IPS because it is a security requirement to protect against attacks from outside and inside. This is where IPS helps us out a bunch.""I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).""Another benefit has been user integration. We try to integrate our policies so that we can create policies based on active users. We can create policies based on who is accessing a resource instead of just IP addresses and ports.""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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"SonicWall TZ is very user-friendly and has network MAC binding. Additionally, the firewall works well.""The solution boasts good performance and is easy to use.""We like their interface very much. It's pretty easy to use.""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.""It's a very cost-effective solution.""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.""It is very user-friendly, and there is no problem in using its interface.""Good site categorization and application controls."

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"The feature that we find most valuable is the VPN, which ensures that people working remotely have a secure connection.""Sophos XG protects our network from advanced threats.""I like the firewall, inbound, and outbound modules the most. The VPN feature also works well. It is very easy to configure rules in Sophos XG. We have got local service here in Zimbabwe from Sophos, which is something that I like a lot. We have got good local support, and they come on-site when we have any challenges. Sophos provides a lot of good training all around Zimbabwe. They are quite dominant here, similar to other solutions like Fortinet or WatchGuard.""The VPN access for users is also a great thing, especially nowadays when working from home.""The most valuable feature is the Intercept X. It is the advanced features that are used for malware detection, and antivirus.""It's a complete firewall solution that has everything.""We created and configured a VPN for connecting our remote sites and also to make it more secure and reliable. We also like its two-factor authentication features.""I like the dashboard, the interface, the management console, and the remote login."

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Cons
"Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""Implementations require the use of a console. It would help if the console was embedded.""The central management tool is not comfortable to use. You need to have a specific skill set. This is an important improvement for management because I would like to log into Firepower, see the dashboard, and generate a real-time report, then I question my team.""It would be great if some of the load times were faster.""The performance should be improved.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough.""The intelligence has room for improvement. There are some hackers that we haven't seen before and its ability to detect those types of attacks needs to be improved."

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"In general, the company needs to think contingently and integrate more security options.""In an upcoming release, SonicWall could improve by adding cloud management for all devices for free or at a nominal cost. Currently, they have a cloud management platform but is not free. We have the MySonicWall portal for purchasing from them for software updates and renewals.""The technology in this particular version is very old.""I would like to see more integration with other platforms.""The price could be better for us in Bolivia.""The stability could be a lot better.""We require centralized monitoring of the network features, which they have but they are not to the level that we require.""The user support could be improved because you have to go outside to get that kind of support."

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"They need to improve the SD-WAN feature.""I need to open the email to see what it contains and the value of it before I know whether to access it or not.""It would be helpful if the solution offered some tutorial videos to help new users learn the system quickly.""The VPN features can be improved. Due to covid-19, we have a lot of employees that work from home and we need better VPN capabilities.""In the Firewall, the Intrusion Prevention System can be improved.""They can lower its price. It is very expensive. We are looking for a less expensive solution depending on our budget. They can also improve it in terms of firewall protection.""I would prefer if Sophos XG were cheaper. A lower price would benefit me as a system provider for the end customer. The cost of the license and renewal for all the software and devices is somewhat high.""Inability to investigate incidents, there is no tracking."

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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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  • "The price is high compared to some other solutions."
  • "Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."
  • "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."
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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 most valuable features are its nice interfaces and configuration. The endpoint is also very good.
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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 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.

    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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    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
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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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    Construction Company13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Non Profit10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Retailer5%
    Government5%
    REVIEWERS
    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 Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    SonicWall TZ is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 36 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 130 reviews. SonicWall TZ is rated 8.4, while Sophos XG is rated 8.2. 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 XG writes "Light and stable with excellent real-time control ". SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Meraki MX, pfSense and SonicWall NSa, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and SonicWall NSa. See our SonicWall TZ vs. Sophos XG report.

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