Why Sophos partners and customers are so excited about XG Firewall

heartbeat-bubble-150The release of Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat™ has made some headlines this week, and we’re pleased that analysts like John Oltsik of ESG are giving us great reviews. But real success is measured by the responses of our valued partners and customers.

Here’s some of the things we’re hearing from customers and partners about XG Firewall and our synchronized security strategy.

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Sophos UTM’s SG 135w beats Fortinet, DELL SonicWALL and others in Miercom performance tests

sg-series-performance-150Miercom, a leading, independent test center, recently conducted a comparative test of UTM/Next-Gen Firewall appliances from leading network security vendors including Sophos. Miercom tested our desktop model, the SG 135w, alongside models from Fortinet, Check Point, DELL SonicWALL and WatchGuard.

Miercom also ran a test comparing the performance of the SG 135w desktop model against the competition’s rackmount 1U appliances, a traditionally more powerful form factor.

All models were tested under equal circumstances and using equal packet sizes for a fair comparison. Also, all vendors involved had the chance to demonstrate their performance in a separate test if they didn’t agree with the results. Only WatchGuard made use of that possibility.

So how did the SG 135w, a popular choice as a small business and branch office UTM, stand up against the desktop and rackmount models of our competitors? Below is an overview of the test results, which you can also see in more detail in the full Miercom reports on the desktop and rackmount tests.

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Sophos XG Firewall: A network security ecosystem with many innovations

xg-firewall-150As I’m sure you know by now, this week we launched our new Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat.™ But you might be wondering: just what does XG Firewall include, and what other innovations does it offer? So I thought I’d give you an overview of all the exciting new bits and pieces.

To start, it’s important to point out that XG Firewall is more than just a firewall product. It’s an entire network security ecosystem.

XG Firewall Ecosystem

XG Firewall is our new firewall product that is available as a next-gen firewall or a UTM. It can be deployed as a hardware appliance, a software appliance on an Intel compatible server, or as a virtual appliance in your favorite virtual environment.

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FAQs for Sophos UTM customers about the new XG Firewall

Sophos XG FirewallWith today’s release of our revolutionary new XG Firewall, we’re breaking the mold and bringing endpoint and network security together. This is an exciting time for Sophos, our partners, and our customers.

The XG Firewall combines some of the great technology from UTM 9 with a ton of innovative new features. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end for our industry leading and award-winning Sophos UTM platform. Far from it.

Sophos UTM has a long and successful history that extends back several years. We will continue to develop and support this platform. You can learn more about Sophos UTM 9 and the SG Series on sophos.com.

We anticipate that many of our existing Sophos UTM customers will want to migrate to the XG Firewall, to take advantage of new technologies like the Sophos Security Heartbeat,™ new features like the simplified new interface, improved reporting, and more.

If you’re a Sophos UTM customer, however, you do not have to migrate right away, or at all if you don’t want to. Many of you will have questions about the new XG Firewall and what it means for you. Rest assured, we’ve been thinking a lot about our Sophos UTM customers, and we’ve put together this FAQ to help answer any questions you might have.

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Sophos UTM 9 is strong and getting stronger

Sophos UTM 9As you know, Sophos SG Series appliances with UTM 9 firmware are our industry leading and award-winning unified threat management (UTM) platform. Sophos UTM has a long and successful history that extends back many years.

Now, with the introduction of Sophos XG Firewall and our XG Series appliances, people may ask if Sophos UTM and the SG Series are going away. The answer is simple: No!

Existing partners and customers who are familiar and happy with their Sophos UTM can continue to sell it and use it, and we will continue to develop and support Sophos UTM 9, with a couple of new releases already in the planning stages.

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Introducing the XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat – synchronizing network and endpoint security

heartbeat-150Sophos is a great place to work on any day but today is particularly exciting. It’s the day Sophos revolutionizes the IT security industry. Yes, that’s a big claim, and one many security vendors have made over the years.

But the release of Sophos Security Heartbeat™ today means, for the first time ever, network and endpoint products can to talk to each other and share intelligence to improve protection, and that’s a very big deal indeed. Let me explain why.

For years, security vendors have responded to increasing threats by sticking Bandaids over new points of infection as they emerge. And when that becomes ineffective, some next-generation Bandaids come along to fix the problem. The industry just keeps on asking customers to add more layers of security.

The strategy of adding layer upon layer of disparate security technologies really is no longer practical or effective. It’s costly, complex and out of reach for the vast majority of businesses who simply don’t have the resources to deploy, maintain and coordinate all these products. At best, the result is disjointed security that may defeat separate elements of the threat, but fails to provide the complete visibility and control necessary for rapid response and remediation.

This is where Sophos’s revolution begins. Today we’ve released the world’s first Synchronized Security products. Sophos XG Firewall and Sophos Next-Gen Endpoint with Security Heartbeat™ finally break down the wall between network and endpoint security, allowing independent endpoint and network security products to join forces for the first time.

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Sophos Firewall Manager now available in Copernicus beta

Project Copernicus betaIf you’ve been following Project Copernicus, you know that it’s our revolutionary new firewall platform that’s been in beta for the last couple of months. Today, we’re pleased to announce that our brand new centralized management platform for Copernicus firewalls is now available for beta.

Sophos Firewall Manager (or SFM for short) provides powerful centralized management for all your Copernicus firewalls, with time-saving features that make it easy to ensure consistent protection across multiple locations.

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