Cisco Firepower 2100 Series vs. Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Cisco offers the Firepower 2100 Series NGFW, designed to allow businesses to gain resiliency through superior security with sustained performance. The Firepower 2100 Series has a dual multicore CPU architecture that optimizes firewall, cryptographic, and threat inspection functions simultaneously, to achieve security doesn’t come at the expense of network performance.N/A
Sophos SG Firewall Appliances
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Sophos SG Firewall Appliances are designed to provide optimal protection for organizations of all sixes from small remote offices, to global organizations requiring high-availability andN/A
Pricing
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSophos SG Firewall Appliances
Editions & Modules
Firepower 2100
3,000-20,000
per appliance
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSophos SG Firewall Appliances
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSophos SG Firewall Appliances
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Firepower 2100 Series
8.4
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Sophos SG Firewall Appliances
7.8
4 Ratings
9% below category average
Identification Technologies7.01 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Content Inspection9.01 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.01 Ratings7.74 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP6.01 Ratings7.74 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.01 Ratings7.34 Ratings
Reporting and Logging9.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
VPN10.01 Ratings8.34 Ratings
High Availability10.01 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.01 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Proxy Server6.01 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Visualization Tools00 Ratings7.34 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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User Ratings
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSophos SG Firewall Appliances
Likelihood to Recommend
5.5
(2 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Firepower 2100 SeriesSophos SG Firewall Appliances
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco [Firepower] 2100 [Series] is an easy sell for anyone looking. You already know Cisco excels in the security department, but now that firepower lives right on the box and inline with the rest of the firewall data flow you can save yourself a lot of time and headaches. Unless you cant quite afford Cisco's 2100 line, there's not much reason to go with the competition.
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Sophos
It is a great fit for small to medium enterprises who are low on budget. The pricing is very competitive when compared with other major players like Palo Alto and the features match any NGFW Firewall in the market. However, in my opinion when it comes to massive performance requirements, I would say the Sophos SG Firewall Appliances lacks the sheer power that other devices in the market have.
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Pros
Cisco
  • For us, to power the whole system does scaling quite a bit. So we can definitely have a lot of room to grow if needed. The device can support a lot of way more than we need right now, but in the future, if we need more it seems to be a big pro of that. Also the support of Cisco, knowing that it's backed by Cisco definitely is good. You guys are the largest players in the market
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Sophos
  • Sophos' support is actually pretty decent compared to Fortinet. We as a customer who uses both have first-hand experience in that. Sophos' way of support is much more hands-on. For instance, if you raise a ticket, they will contact you via chat, email, or phone in a timely manner and based on your SLA.
  • Sophos antivirus can speak with your firewall natively so that when a threat happens it can be blocked on a network level. We had first-hand experience of this where there was a potential outbreak on the network but the machines were getting isolated and prevented the spreading of malware.
  • Sophos comes with a whole suite of products like Intercept X, MDM, Antivirus, On-premise, and a virtual firewall. So they are like a one shop stop for all your security needs. We liked Sophos compared to our other firewall, which only had on-premise and virtual firewall boxes.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Cisco patches bugs quickly but patches are slow to install and reboot
  • Smart licensing is getting better but still can be troublesome
  • Some weird visual interface glitches that require clicking the same options a few extra times
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Sophos
  • The user interface could use a refresh. It's been a few years.
  • Not having the ability to use an Open VPN configuration is a little disappointing.
  • Home license is too restrictive with only 50 IPs.
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Support Rating
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Sophos
The biggest selling point for sophos is their vendor support. Those guys put a smile on our faces. There are multiple ways you can contact their support like chat, or telephone or email. They are very responsive and they do have very knowledgable and patient support staff. We have raised tickets at all odd hours and they have been addressed correctly
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Sophos
Both are equally good when comparing the features, FortiGate has a better dashboard while Sophos SG Firewall Appliances has good vpn texhniques.Overall price was better for Sophos SG Firewall Appliances,So we considered this for our Remote Branch Location .
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • It's keeping threats out like a firewall should. Definitely cost wise it is at a higher cost center than other alternatives. Especially when it comes to licensing. Cisco is generally the higher, for perhaps, definitely for good reason, right? I mean, definitely positive impact as far as working as it should that's at cost.
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Sophos
  • Positive ROI due to the competitiveness of the product.
  • Positive impact as the device is fully functional and easy to operate.
  • Negative impact when it comes to log integration as it does not support industry logging standards.
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