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  • Subscription license (1 year) + 24x7 Premium Support
  • up to 75 users
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Subscription license (1 year) + 24x7 Premium Support
  • up to 75 users
Sophos UTM gives you complete security from the network firewall to endpoint antivirus in a single modular appliance. It simplifies your IT security without the complexity of multiple-point solutions. The intuitive interface will help you quickly create policies to control security risks. And clear, detailed reports will give you the insight you need to improve your network performance and protection.

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Software
Bundled Support: 24x7 Premium Support
License Category: Subscription license
License Qty: Up to 75 users
License Type: Subscription license
License Validation Period: 1 year

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Header
Brand: Sophos
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Sophos Appliances
Model: Plus
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Sophos UTM Software FullGuard

Service & Support
Type: Technical support

Service & Support Details
Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Sunday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 24 hours a day
Service Type: Phone consulting



Service Type: New releases update



Service Type: Web support



Service Type: Web knowledge base access



Service Type: Remote administration



Service Type: E-mail consulting

General
Category: Online & appliance based services
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Online & appliance based services - advanced threat detection , Online & appliance based services - adware & malware removal tools , Online & appliance based services - anti-virus , Online & appliance based services - antispam , Online & appliance based services - appliance software , Online & appliance based services - content filtering , Online & appliance based services - firewall , Online & appliance based services - intrusion detection

Product Reviews
Sophos UTM Software FullGuard Plus - subscription license (1 year) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The technical support is really good and the representatives are very responsive. Valuable Features:Reverse proxy, SSL VPN, web & email protectionFor me, those features were most valuable from a security point of view;• Reverse proxy is very important for shielding application frameworks.• For VPN, we all knew that PPTP was broken and is not secure anymore. For Ipsec, you need to have opened ports, and if you are in a hotel who only has ports 80 and 443 opened, you can’t do anything.SSLVPN is one of the solutions. Yes, you can use DirectAccess, but there are some limitations, too.For DirectAccess, you need to have all those computers joined in one domain.• Web & email protection is a nice feature because you have all of those controls in one dashboard. This is of course for small and maybe some mid-size companies. For larger and enterprise, it’s another story.Improvements to My Organization:Less and faster administration, full control of traffic, and a lot of futures included in the base price.Room for Improvement:The goal for small companies is to have one administration dashboard -- from where you can manage antivirus for computers, firewalls, IDS, IPS, mobile phones, tablets, etc.Sophos UTM ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/sophos-utm ) is on the right path to getting there.Use of Solution:Sophos UTM 135 = two years.Sophos UTM 115 = one year.Stability Issues:No problems with stability.Scalability Issues:No problems with scalability.Technical Support:The technical support is really good and the representatives are very responsive.Previous Solutions:Cisco ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/cisco ) (didn’t achieve expectations), Microsoft TMG ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/microsoft-forefront-threat-management-gateway ) (end of life).Initial Setup:The setup is straightforward, but I suggest hiring an expert for integration. This is your first line of defense, and there is no room for mistakes.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Sophos UTM’s are not the cheapest but they are not the most expensive. Create a checklist of what you need, and go through it with a sales representative. They will advise the right license for your company and I’m sure you can get some discount.Other Solutions Considered:Cisco, CheckPoint UTM-1 ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/check-point-utm-1 )Other Advice:Create a checklist with your requirements, test the solution, and if it passes everything, implement it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The email alert on event triggers is a valuable feature. The ability to disconnect the VPN connection needs to improve. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are:* Ease of configuration of the firewall rules and routing.* The email alert on event triggers.* Internal storage for logging, as you do not have to get another server to store the logs.Room for Improvement:The ability to disconnect the VPN connection needs to improve. Currently, in order to disconnect an existing VPN connection of a device, the admin needs to change the password of the user.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for two and a half years.Stability Issues:We encountered stability issues more on the Web Filtering feature where certain valid websites are blocked or the video cannot be played and it requires extra exceptional configuration.Scalability Issues:There were no scalability issues.Technical Support:I would rate the technical support a 8/10.Previous Solutions:Previously, we were using WatchGuard UTM. The pricing and ease of use of the configuration were the reasons as to why we moved over to this solution.Initial Setup:Setup is straightforward.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:From time to time, there is a promotion and it is more cost effective to get the 3 years subscription licensing upfront.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at Fortinet ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/fortinet ).Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some of the valuable features are web and email protection and VPN. Valuable Features:All the features are valuable.* Web protection: Allows me to control unnecessary web traffic into the company network.* Email protection: Protects the company from spam and malicious emails.* RED and VPN: Provides an easy and secure way to connect branch offices so I can easily control them.* WAF and DMZ: Provides an easy and very secure way to publish your internal servers. Enables you to have more than one WAN and to use them for load balancing and controlling the traffic through them.Improvements to My Organization:Before implementing Sophos UTM, we had a lot of problems with:* Malicious URLs* Spam* Unnecessary internet traffic* difficulties in connecting and controlling branch officesAfter implementing Sophos UTM, the percentage of infected computers because of bad URLs was been reduce by 90%. A lot of spam emails were blocked. Additionally, I created a whitelist for company emails and a blacklist for unnecessary emails.Branch offices have the same protection like the main office and communication between offices is very easy. We created rules for one-way communication for some branch offices and two-way communication for another office. You have got a lot of abilities for different configurations between offices.But after migrating to Sophos XG and the new XG OS, things got easier, more secure, and more interesting. Specifically, we had the ability to generate different reports for different protection types, different end users, or different services.With the new XG OS, I have better control of my network and I can easily detect malicious and unnecessary traffic.Use of Solution:We used UTM for four years, and XG for one year.Stability Issues:At the beginning, there were stability issues, due to a poorly configured switch. I had problems with HA, but after that, there were no stability issues.Technical Support:I only contacted technical support five or six times. They were very professional. I will rate them as excellent.Previous Solutions:We did not use a different solution before this one.Initial Setup:The initial setup, at the beginning, was very complex. After some time, everything got clear. I did the migration of UTM to the new OS XG by myself and I didn't need help from technical support.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Think twice when you are choosing your Sophos UTM/XG. I made a mistake the first time because I needed more powerful hardware for my network. I did not choose very well. The price and the license are definitely elements for which you must think twice. I had excellent cooperation with the Sophos sales team and my mistake was quickly resolved.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated SonicWall, Palo Alto, and Untangle.Other Advice:I love all Sophos products, but the combination of Sophos XG, Sophos RED, and Sophos advanced endpoint protection with intercept X is something that all IT professionals and security officers will love and want to have.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Application Control should be able to be managed with users; however, we now have a protected, standardized network. Valuable Features:The web filter and the ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) are great and easy to manage, and the integrated WAF (Web Application Firewall) allows the administrator to seamlessly protect HTTP/S services without having to pay thousands of dollars. The just introduced Sandstorm system for protection, is awesome as well.Improvements to My Organization:Our datacenter cloud services such as email, and web services for internal and external use, had to be protected with different systems and the web services where left really unprotected, since we used an standard IPS/IDS to protect ourselves from web attacks (from the outside) which nowadays are really sophisticated. Also, we had to employ many work hours to have a protected, standardized network. With Sophos EndPoint and Sophos UTM, we simplified and also protected our network at the same time, with less work force.Room for Improvement:Sophos UTM has many improvements that I would suggest, but the main one is for the Application Control to be managed with users as well, and with timeframes (schedules) for the administrator to allow certain apps outside an specific timeframe, or vice versa.Use of Solution:We've been using Sophos UTM since 2012 as we were looking for an easy and robust network protection tool at the same timesolution. We're using it in conjunction with Sophos EPP.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:The scalability is awesome as when you need the network protection systems to grow immediately, you just activate and license the exact same box, and configure it in cluster mode for Active-Active mode in Cluster/High Availability.Technical Support:This is where Sophos vendor outclasses every other vendor. They have grown so much throughout the last four to five years, but they have grown as well in their capability to attend support cases. We've had some really advanced cases, and we have never been forgotten or left behind.Previous Solutions:We used a commercial product, Untangle, with our own brand called Rhino Box. Untangle did not invest in the development of features as we expected, such as the adoption of IPSec VPNs (they had it but very limited), and IPv6. This was what made us do research for our SMB/Enterprise market offering. We tried out Sophos UTM (recently purchased as Astaro UTM) and it was really easy to deploy and came with Sophos Support, which is awesome.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward. Sophos brand is well known in the market for being a unique and powerful tool that is simple to deploy and manage. This is what makes it different from any other vendors. The Sophos UTM, comes with a deployment "Wizard for Dummies" since it show the wizard at the initial setup, and in less than three minutes, you can have your box up and running. Also for Policies deployment, you are clicks away to customize your security settings.Implementation Team:We always deploy by ourselves, so that way we can test how the customer will see the initial implementation. Our main advice, is to read the manual, and follow the wizards that comes with each tool. Also, it is strongly recommended to have a professional firm contracted for the initial setup, and support, as we are, to can design, and help with any kind of implementation issues.ROI:The ROI is in 12-16 months, since with this kind of tool, we deliver the best of breed protection, and increment the focus of the end user, in being productive.Cost and Licensing Advice:I recommend you get the three year licenses, since Sophos offers three years for the price of two. I would also recommend that you acquire any Sophos Licensing with Professional Services added, that way, you'll have the best experience possible.Other Advice:They have supported our business venture since 2010, and will do for many years. We have studied closely the different product portfolio, and each one of them, are carefully developed.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We have been a Gold Partner since 2010.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Product, easy to understand for an experienced engineer The Sophos UTM products helped us manage and a global network of more than 20 sites.Their ability to firewall, filter and monitor network traffic and provide VPN connectivity really helped us day to day with such a complex network.We chose the product initially because the user interface was simple to understand and made sense without requiring a long training course for an experienced network engineer to utilise.Central Management is made easy with the Sophos UTM Manager which allows you to set configurations, see patch status and pull reports from all your estate.While the product was originally with Astaro the low end (1xx) units had serious reliability issues and support was extremely challenging to engage with. However, once Sophos took over their world class technical support teams soon brought responsiveness up to the level I would expect from a premium product. And the newer hardware is much better quality.The ability to have either software, hardware or virtual appliances allows excellent freedom of choice.High Availability is easy to configure and works really well, with options to have either active \ active or active \ passive depending on your needs and budget.The fact you can use the full product for Free at home is a wonderful idea for engineers to become more familiar with the product and keep their skills up to date.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The reliability of the equipment makes it possible to provide stable connections but IPSEC site-to-site VPN connectivity needs to be improved. Valuable Features:* Reliability* Usability* Number of features that fully cover goals* Perfect support* Possibility to get “under the hood”Improvements to My Organization:The Sophos solution provides a branch to head office distributed network for a construction company across New Zealand, and the reliability of the equipment makes it possible to provide stable connections and is easy to implement and support.Room for Improvement:Would be great if it would be possible to improve IPSEC site-to-site VPN connectivity over slow/unstable internet connections.Use of Solution:This particular configuration has been in use for about two and a half years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:Very rare cases of appliance lost admin password or web-service hangs.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:Since I’m an engineer, I probably cannot evaluate this aspect, however as far as I know equipment order and upgrade was always fineTechnical Support:4.99 out of 5 – support is very helpful, only once there were misunderstanding about licensing and number of supported Sophos WAPs and that was resolved promptly and fully.Previous Solutions:For this project, the Sophos infrastructure has been planned and deployed from the start and there has been no need to change itInitial Setup:It's logically straightforward and the transparent interface made possible a quick deployment. However, a little time was needed to get familiarized with the interface.Implementation Team:It was implemented in house.Other Advice:Nothing is perfect, but with Sophos those are really small – sometimes it is incorrect firmware upgrade paths, or rare log in problems (device forgetting admin password). All those though can be fixed, there is plenty information in the Internet and support is usually awesome. Also, you need to plan the solution and costs involved, while having in mind potential growth of users/connections; e.g. creating virtual appliances and allocating resources (RAM, CPU, NICs) minding potential workload.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is full of options, but the web filtering engine needs to be improved. Valuable Features:They are all valuable, but the most valuable is the uplink balancing. This is very useful when dealing with more than one ISP, and the wireless capability for our guests.Improvements to My Organization:It's scalable and easy to manage.Room for Improvement:The web filtering engine needs to be improved as, sometimes, the service hangs for a while and restarts randomly. Alas, there was an issue with authorizing Lync traffic but it's all good now.Use of Solution:I've used it for eight years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:Rarely.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:It's good.Technical Support:It's acceptable because sometimes there are delays with answering our requests. We are using the regular support, so we don't have the ability to contact Sophos directly.Previous Solutions:We did, and we switched due to the costs and the functionalities.Initial Setup:It was very easy.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team to implement it.Other Advice:It's a nice product that is full of interesting options.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As both a firewall and UTM it's perfect, however, sometimes with setting up the spam filters there is an issue. Valuable Features:As both a firewall and UTM it's perfect.Improvements to My Organization:As we are a solution provider and not product oriented, we give the best solution for our customers, with a good price. We are the number one company in the region, BTC, and operate in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.Use of Solution:I have been using Astaro for seven years, from before it was acquired by Sophos. I'd rate the firewall as 8/10.Deployment Issues:Sometimes with setting up the spam filters, there is an issue.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:For me, the customer satisfaction, and awareness, is the most important thing. I usually train all my clients on their chosen system.Technical Support:10/10.Previous Solutions:As we are a service provider, we offer various other products to our customer:* Astaro ASG* Avaya/Netscreen* Fortinet* HP Switches & WiFi* Juniper SSG* Juniper SRX 210 & 240* Juniper WXC* Sophos next generation SG, including RED, SG, and WiFi* Telindus Crocus E1QInitial Setup:For me, the installation and setup is simple. I work hard to do the simulation for the customer, and discuss all the requirements before implementation with the client.Implementation Team:In one project I implemented Sophos for was a bank. I had to involve the Sophos team as the client was asking for WAF in transparent mode with HTTPS inspection. They were 10/10.Other Solutions Considered:Prior to Sophos, it was mainly Juniper and Fortinet.Other Advice:Give us 10 minutes of your time, and we will show you the differences. When I do presentations, I give potential clients demo access to the solution(s) I am presenting.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-04-30
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