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287 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.0

FortiGate

90%
7.8

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

78%
Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 10/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.1
91%
35 Ratings
8.0
80%
4 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.8
88%
35 Ratings
7.3
73%
4 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.4
84%
36 Ratings
8.7
87%
4 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
37 Ratings
7.7
77%
4 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

9.3
93%
36 Ratings
7.7
77%
4 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.3
93%
37 Ratings
7.3
73%
4 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.5
85%
37 Ratings
7.0
70%
4 Ratings

VPN

9.6
96%
37 Ratings
8.3
83%
4 Ratings

High Availability

9.2
92%
32 Ratings
8.7
87%
4 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.2
92%
35 Ratings
8.0
80%
4 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.9
89%
27 Ratings
7.5
75%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Sophos SG Firewall Appliances is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

FortiGate

91%
63 Ratings
7.7

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

77%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

FortiGate

99%
4 Ratings

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
6 Ratings

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
4 Ratings

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

FortiGate

100%
2 Ratings

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

FortiGate

87%
49 Ratings
10.0

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

100%
1 Rating

In-Person Training

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

FortiGate

80%
8 Ratings

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

7.0

FortiGate

70%
1 Rating

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.8

FortiGate

98%
2 Ratings

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating

Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Fortinet

For FortiGate Firewall, the basic functionality and requirement is met easily as Fortigate is among market leaders in NGFW. There are some extra points that inclined us to use Fortigate as our main Firewall. [Fortinet]Fortigate has a very well refined and functional SD-WAN solution when it comes to load balancing for normal Internet Traffic. SD-WAN - Load balancing of Internet traffic is a USP of Fortigate and makes it stand tall in the competition. Be it 3 or more Internet Links, multiple Subnets/segments of users to distribute and bandwidth load balancing for links and users. SLA based monitoring of Internet Links / MPLS links, makes it even better to choose the links on the basis of performance (Latency, packet loss, Jitter etc). SSL VPN configuration - The deep CLI-level debugging is also very helpful in troubleshooting. Type of tunnel can be easily configured - Full Tunnel or Split Tunnel for SSL. Though, I think Fortigate is one of the best options for small and mid-sized organizations, there are some areas for improvement. First, the CLI interface is very hard to adapt as the commands and directory hierarchy is very different for common syntax and standards.
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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

Fortinet

  • It is the most reliable NGFW that we have ever been touch with it.
  • You can easily upgrade the firewall cluster firmware without user attention!!!
  • User IDentity based feature is fantastic and intrusion prevention just works with least false-positive possible.
  • Very reachfull and intuitive GUI, just love it
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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

Fortinet

  • When we switched to Fortinet Fortigate, it took some time getting used to and become familiar with the new interface. Being used to strictly command-line interfaces, a full GUI-based firewall was something brand new. Careful planning had to be done when creating rules to ensure we didn't miss anything. However, once we got used to the new GUI interface, going from one Fortinet product to another was simple, as Fortinet used the same interface for all of its devices.
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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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Pricing Details

FortiGate

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

FortiGate editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    FortiGate pricing starts at $250 for home office use, up to $300,000 for large enterprise appliances. Must contact sales team for pricing.

    Sophos SG Firewall Appliances

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sophos SG Firewall Appliances editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Fortinet

      Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Fortinet

      The user interface shared among many simultaneous users is very easy to get around. With shared favorites among users, most tasks are easily bookmarked and can quickly be found and edited. Their strategy for web filter integration is easy to understand and manage as well. With some general direction, setup and maintenance were easy to do and easy to teach others in the organization to do as well.
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      Fortinet

      We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      Fortinet

      Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Fortinet

      We live in Turkey. Fortinet's Turkey office [dealt] constantly with us in our every problem or our experience. In addition, global support teams also supported every ticket we opened in every problem we encountered. They support innovative approaches and evaluate and offer solutions. In this context, they were very supportive of the problems we encountered in previous versions.
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      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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      In-Person Training

      Fortinet

      I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Fortinet

      Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Fortinet

      [Fortinet] FortiGate is not only cost effective but it gives the comprehensive security against the APT attacks and gives the complete traffic visibility and granular control. You can easily create the VDOMs (Virtual firewall) within a Fortigate firewall and customize the dashboard as per your requirement if you have multiple VDOMs within a single firewall.
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      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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      Scalability

      Fortinet

      My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Fortinet

      • Fortigates have an interesting bundle model for support and subscription services that make it an attractive option to deploy Firewall, IDS, Ant-virus, anti-SPAM in a single device. The cost of the bundle is pretty much what you pay for the device, not requiring huge expenditures on it's time to renew the hardware.
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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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