Teamlead IT Core at SoloInsight Inc.
Reseller
Top 20
Next generation firewall that is scalable and one of the best on the market
Pros and Cons
  • "Sangfor is a good solution that provides a WAF and firewall solution. Most other vendors, like Sophos and Fortinet and Cisco, only provide one solution. That's a valuable feature of Sangfor."
  • "Sangfor could improve their interface capacity on the 5100 series model and upgrade their hardware from one gig to 10 gig. This would improve the overall throughput."

What is our primary use case?

Sangfor is an on-prem firewall I use for my local infrastructure. It is used as an aggregated interface. Behind Sangfor, I have built a data center that is deployed on high availability using a model that is 5100 CV with 10 gig ports.

What is most valuable?

Sangfor is a good solution that provides a WAF and firewall solution. Most other vendors, like Sophos and Fortinet and Cisco, only provide one solution. That's a valuable feature of Sangfor.

What needs improvement?

Sangfor could improve their interface capacity on the 5100 series model and upgrade their hardware from one gig to 10 gig. This would improve the overall throughput. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for the last six months.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. We have approximately 1,000 users.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support team are available 24/7 and if we need any assistance for Sangfor, FortiGate or Sophos, we can call their support number and they provide assistance from their L2 or L3 engineers. 

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

How was the initial setup?

It's very easy to set up because Sangfor provided us with export and HCI capabilities. Deployment took almost one week.

The process starts with low level design for internal teams to make a design on network requirements. This contains all current and future requirements.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For four to five physical appliances for a licensed firewall, it costs approximately $4,000.

What other advice do I have?

We have six people managing IT operations. We have not had any issues in the first six months of using this solution. 

If you want to deploy a firewall in your infrastructure, Fortinet, Sangfor and Sophos are the best solutions to protect traffic.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Network Administrator at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology
Real User
Top 10
Integrates well, reliable, and different pricing models available
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of Sangfor NGAF is its integration."
  • "Sangfor NGAF could improve the policies and default criteria. They could be much better."

What is our primary use case?

Sangfor NGAF is a complete firewall solution.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Sangfor NGAF is its integration.

What needs improvement?

Sangfor NGAF could improve the policies and default criteria. They could be much better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Sangfor NGAF for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sangfor NGAF is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of Sangfor NGAF is good.

We are using the Sangfor NGAF as our firewall, we have approximately 6,000 to 8,000 end users who are passing through. We have approximately 10 to 15 people using the Sangfor SSL VPN feature remotely from home.

How are customer service and support?

The support from Sangfor NGAF here in Pakistan is great. Whenever I have an issue the support helps me out efficiently.

I rate the support from Sangfor NGAF a five out of five.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of Sangfor NGAF is straightforward. Sophos and Fortinet have more difficult initial setups.

I rate the initial setup of Sangfor NGAF a five out of five.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The license of Sangfor NGAF can be purchased at different interval lengths, such as annually or three years. They offer a range of packages to choose from, such as combo or hybrid packages. We are using the complete solution package which includes IM, NGF and SSL VPN, and WAF

We have purchased the support for three years.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is they should try the solution. I have experienced other solutions, such as Fortinet and I feel much better using this solution overall.

I rate Sangfor NGAF a nine out of ten.

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Deputy Manager IT at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Priced well with good end-user security features, but the web interface should be more user-friendly
Pros and Cons
  • "Sangfor has the best capabilities for securing connections, securing web browsers, securing servers, and general threat protection."
  • "The web interface needs to be improved, making it more user-friendly."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this product as an intrusion prevention system.

How has it helped my organization?

Sangfor has the best capabilities for securing connections, securing web browsers, securing servers, and general threat protection.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part of this product is the set of end-user security features.

What needs improvement?

The web interface needs to be improved, making it more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working Sangfor for the last 20 years. I have only recently installed the NGAF, so I am still learning about it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial set was easy.

What about the implementation team?

I installed it myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Sangfor is cheaper than competing vendors.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated several other options and found that Palo Alto and Sangfor were the best two. Ultimately, I chose Sangfor.

Price-wise, Sangfor was cheaper than the others and Palo Alto was more expensive than Fortinet.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that if you have a large enough budget then implement Palo Alto. Alternatively, with a lesser budget, I recommend using Sangfor.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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A most cost-effective solution
Pros and Cons
  • "While the features are not dissimilar to other brands, configuration is much more simple, which works out great for Indonesian people."
  • "The solution has too many bugs and these slow down the implementation."

What is our primary use case?

Our customers purchase Sangfor NGAF primarily out of budgetary considerations. Sangfor enables high power internet access. Indonesia has a big market, not only as concerns the firewall. 

What is most valuable?

While the features are not dissimilar to other brands, configuration is much more simple, which works out great for Indonesian people. 

What needs improvement?

The solution has too many bugs and these slow down the implementation. The software should be updated to account for this. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not received complaints from our customers about the solution's stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not received complaints from our customers about the solution's scalability. 

How are customer service and technical support?

So far, we have not had occasion to contact tech support. 

What about the implementation team?

As we are a distributor, we have our own maintenance team. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When it comes to the price of firewall solutions, Sangfor NGAF takes the cake. It is cheaper than Fortinet, Sophos, Check Point and Palo Alto. 

What other advice do I have?

I would no longer offer Sangfor, as I have ceased to be its distributor. I am now a distributor for Check Point. 

I rate Sangfor NGAF as an eight out of ten, owing to its bugs. 

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Head - Enterprise Solutions Architect at NGXESS
Real User
Top 20
Highly customizable and competitively priced
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are the WAN optimization, the internet access gateway (IAG), and the central console, which allows us to implement on their firewall."
  • "An area for improvement would be the number of ports defined on the box. In the next release, I would like them to develop their provisioning stage of enrolling end devices."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the WAN optimization, the internet access gateway (IAG), and the central console, which allows us to implement on their firewall. 

What needs improvement?

An area for improvement would be the number of ports defined on the box. In the next release, I would like them to develop their provisioning stage of enrolling end devices.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good - they are very supportive and friendly and are available even on the weekends.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I have worked with Palo Alto, Fortinet, Sophos, and Endpoint Kaspersky. I would recommend Sangfor over these due to its ability to implement user restrictions.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Sangfor's pricing is competitive.

What other advice do I have?

This product is very user-friendly, and its Layer 7 security is very much improved. It can be customized to a very deep level. I would give this solution a score of eight out of ten.

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