Top Rated
147 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 100
33 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
8.5

Sophos XG Firewall

85%
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 11/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.9
99%
21 Ratings
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Visualization Tools

9.2
92%
21 Ratings
7.7
77%
7 Ratings

Content Inspection

9.9
99%
21 Ratings
8.9
89%
7 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

10.0
100%
21 Ratings
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

9.8
98%
20 Ratings
8.3
83%
6 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.9
99%
21 Ratings
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

9.4
94%
21 Ratings
8.6
86%
7 Ratings

VPN

9.5
95%
21 Ratings
9.1
91%
7 Ratings

High Availability

10.0
100%
20 Ratings
9.2
92%
7 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

10.0
100%
20 Ratings
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Proxy Server

9.3
93%
10 Ratings
7.8
78%
6 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • Sophos XG Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
37 Ratings
9.0

Sophos XG Firewall

90%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
1 Rating

Sophos XG Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
2 Ratings
9.0

Sophos XG Firewall

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.4

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

84%
18 Ratings
9.1

Sophos XG Firewall

91%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Palo Alto firewall only affords by Large level infrastructure having a budget for Security Prospect. I will recommend it for the Card information industry & Confidential data solutions. Because it provides a bucket of security features that are not easily vulnerable.
Vinit Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

This is the best product for small-size organizations with a low budget that want advanced and deep-level security features. Sandboxing and advanced malware protection are the most valuable features available on Sophos devices. Other features like applications and web content make your organization more secure, and you can put more restrictions on users.
Rahul Verma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • The PA handles VPN connectivity without missing a beat. We have multiple VPN tunnels in use for redundancy to cloud-based services.
  • The PA has great functionality in supporting failover internet connections, again with the ability to have multiple paths out to our cloud-based services.
  • The PA is updated on the regular with various security updates, we are not concerned with the firewall's ability to see what packets are really flowing across the network. Being able to see beyond just IP and port requests lets you know things are locked down better than traditional firewalls.
  • It is a great overall kit, with URL filtering and other services that fill in the gaps between other solutions without breaking the bank.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

  • You can scan every packet deeply through sandboxing.
  • Control the user traffic through content filtering.
  • Put the restrictions on user web traffic through web filtering.
  • Control any type of malware through anti virus.
Basant Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Our specific model is a bit slow and outdated and takes up to 10 minutes to commit a configuration change.
  • Nested security rules would be helpful instead of a linear approach. But rule creation in general is very simple.
  • Documentation gives a very straight forward answer to some items but is very vague in others.
  • Support could be a little better. An issue we had a tech was insistent it was the "other guy" and it ended up being the very latest PAN OS upgrade.
Christopher St.Amand | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

  • If using Endpoint security and the Firewall it would be nice to have an easier back and forth between the portals rather than have two separate tabs open. Especially if using more than one in multiple locations.
  • If dealing with different revisions options are moved around and sometimes in places that doesn't normally seem like they should be there.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Sophos XG Firewall

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The PA5220s have far exceeded what we have expected out of them. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from another vendor, but everything falls into place now with ease. The capabilities of the solution still surprise us, allowing us to remove other costly hardware and providing a single point of management needed
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
Based on 2 answers
In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a good and pleasant experience to use Sophos XG firewall and it offers more then what we expect and the price is ok in the current market level
nawas khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 8.4
Based on 18 answers
We've run into a couple undocumented bugs, but that seems to happen with every brand and technology. Any time we've had to engage Palo Alto support they've always been professional, knowledgeable and prompt. In almost all cases we've been able to resolve our issues without having to escalate our tickets.
Paul Luchini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Honestly we didn't get the premium support from them, but our partner has been supportive. Online forums are also a good place to learn things from.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

No one can say any other companies in this time is better than Palo Alto Networks Next-Generatoin Firewalls. Palo Alto offers very advanced features which protect you[r] organization. Advanced malware protection, anti spam, lots of other threats.
Basant Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

We have been a Sophos customer for the most part but i have seen some other offerings from SonicWall, Barracuda, and Cisco. While they all offer nice products, we've always been content with our Sophos XG firewalls, especially as they release more and more features/etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Overall, even though the device is very expensive (both hardware and licensing), the product does produce a decent ROI, given that one (or HA pair) of devices can do so many things, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, URL filtering, SSL decryption, SSL VPN, routing, etc.
  • There will definitely be sticker shock when you're renewal comes up annually (or after 3 years), so be sure to look very carefully at the recurring costs of this product, with respect to licensing and hardware/software maintenance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

  • Easy to integrate with Active Directory & LDAP
  • We don't need to purchase any additional 2FA & VPN Tools so the cost is saved for us
  • High Availability
Pretty Varughese | TrustRadius Reviewer

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