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What are the main differences in features between Sophos XG and FortiGate 80F?

Hi colleagues,

Can anyone explain the main differences in features between Sophos XG and FortiGate 80F? 

Thanks and I appreciate your help!

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67 Answers

Mike Parsons - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Looking at the answers, most of the key items have been addressed.  

Both manufacturers have synchronization between endpoint and gateway. 

Fortinet has its security fabric; Sophos has its Synchronized Security.  

Fortinet can use SDWAN connections for persistent site-to-site VPNs and can facilitate building a mesh network joining several offices or locations.  

Fortinet also has a full line of routers and APs that can be centrally managed from the root firewall node.

Lauri Laanenurm - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User


Sophos XG series has been replaced with new XGS series using Xstream Flow Processors. This has doubled the performance compared to previous XG models.

With Sophos XGS firewall they also give cloud-based Sophos Central service free to use for managing firewalls. Central-based firewall reports are limited to 30 days with a free account.

Sophos models XG 85/86/87 and XGS 87 do not support reporting.

Comparing models of different vendors based on specifications may not give the most optimal result.

The model should be chosen based on real usage data and what functionalities will be used since they have an impact on firewall performance:

* WAN speed

* LAN speed

* User count and traffic per user

* Servers and do you need Web server protection?

* VPN client count and traffic per user (gateway mode or split tunnel)

* IDS/IPS needed?

* Application Firewall needed?

* E-mail protection needed?

* Endpoint client used? Endpoint synchronization with firewall?

* etc.

There is also a possibility to add a firewall in transparent mode to
the existing network, let it collect traffic data and choose the model on actual traffic and performance data.

There is also an alternative to buying out firewall appliance - MSP (Managed Service Provider) monthly based solution. A service provider or a vendor owns the hardware and rents it out as a monthly service. This adds flexibility for the client since the firewall and license can be replaced as needed. This may happen if the user count increases faster than expected. It may also have a good ecological impact if the hardware is reused.

Arun-M - PeerSpot reviewer

Hi Techies,

Sophos features:

-Address object can be created as a list.

-Endpoint security - added security.

-Reports can be exported from NGFW.

-ACL can be made as a group.

-IPSec VPN templates can be created and to be applied to a policy.

FortiGate features:

-VDOM can be created from the firewall.

-Fortitoken two free for MFA.

-SSL VPN MFA can apply through mail.

-KB article is very useful to troubleshoot any kind of issue.

Andrew Ramsey - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Go with the FortiGate all day long.  

They are impressive boxes and even though the support is overseas you always get someone on the phone.

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewerEvgeny Belenky
Community Manager

@Andrew Ramsey thanks for your answer! 
Can you please elaborate on "impressive boxes" (i.e., which parameters have you been taken into account) when FortiGate is compared to SophosXG?

William Yragui - PeerSpot reviewer

Sophos XG is a product series with over 14 models. The Fortinet 80F is a specific appliance within a product family that includes over 24 models and a broad number of variations. 

All NGFWs compete using the same baseline. However, Fortinet includes a wireless AP and switch controller. 

Sophos and Fortinet offer cloud management solutions with remote access to the appliance for logging and management reports. 

Comparing firewalls is dependent upon a number of factors including throughput, required interfaces and the price. 

Please specify the Sophos model and I will be happy to provide a comparison.  

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