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Sophos XG vs other firewall products

We are looking at deploying the Sophos XGs series firewall and I would like to hear from some of the peers regariding your experience with this environment or, alternatively, other recommendations.

Our requirements: 

  • Web Proxy
  • Sandboxing
  • Mail scanning with store and forward
  • geo-blocking
  • URL filtering
  • DNS 
  • Other general firewall services

We have about 350 users and a private circuit WAN (a small county government footprint).

I have a short window for budget approval. So, I will be grateful for any advice that meets our requirements.

Thank you!

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2 Answers
Manojkumar Deshmukh - PeerSpot reviewer
G.M.(Works) at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
25 May 21

It is a good Firewall considering the price point. 

Sophos XG Firewall is easy to configure and use. 

Sophos XG firewalls work excellently  for routing, firewalling, webserver protection, email gateway, VPN appliance .Mail logs show the list of all emails. You can filter these by the action taken and scanning outcome. 

The XG firewall will block traffic from blocked countries on its public IP address. Pre-defined IPS, Web, App, and Traffic Shaping (QoS) policies enable quick setup and easy customization for common deployment scenarios. Policy test simulator tool to enable firewall rule and web policy simulation and testing by user, IP and time of day.

Overall a good buy.

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Community Manager
18 May 21

Hello @Unmesh Deshpande ​, @Thameem Ansari ​and @Manish Nalawade , can you please help and share your advice?

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Hi @Oleg Pekar and @Manish Nalawade. Can you share your thoughts?
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This depends on many factors like size of organization, how organization is geo-spread, type of NGFW and Proxy you are looking at or you have. And where proxy is deployed, onprem or cloud? With cloud you have additional options and companies like Zscaler and Netskope started to eat this part of market. 
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