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Sophos UTM 9 (Auto Scaling PAYG)

Starting from $0.10/hr or from $788.00/yr (10% savings) for software + AWS usage fees

Sophos UTM9 Auto Scaling is an AWS Security Competency approved NextGen Firewall Auto Scaling solution that helps customers with their shared security responsibilities by offering multiple layers of protection in a single solution that scans, controls and reports on traffic entering and leaving a VPC.... See more

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It has allowed us to have a solution that we can maintain and not have to babysit all the time

  • By Scott R.
  • on 12/09/2018

Our Sophos UTM provides a secure VPN solution. It allows us to have a VPN solution that limits access to certain sensitive areas in our environment.
How has it helped my organization?
It has made our organization more secure, because we are using a VPN. We are not accessing services directly. It allows us to segregate some of the traffic for individuals which may be more of a developer role rather than an operational role needing access to developer resources, but not necessarily production operational resources.
Previously, it was all intermixed, and access was kept under control by other means. This makes it easier and more streamlined.
What is most valuable?
* The VPN side of it.
* The ease of configuration of the VPN.
* Some of the end user self-serviceability of it without having to have a whole lot of touch from our operational group
What needs improvement?
The UI on it could stand a little improvement. In some areas, it is a little slow and clunky. It is sometimes not easy to find something. However, once you get used to it, it is pretty normal to use.
For how long have I used the solution?
One to three years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We haven't had an issue with it yet.
Any given day, we have easily ten to 15 users on it constantly, plus some other ancillary services which go across the VPN to access resources in our environment.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It works for what we have, as we only need a couple of them. Scalability-wise, we don't need a whole lot.
How is customer service and technical support?
We have used technical support one time for a weird upgrade issue. Their response was good.
How was the initial setup?
It integrated well with AWS. The documentation was a little fuzzy on getting it to work with how the whole public exposure versus private exposure, then routing some of the traffic. However, once you read the documentation carefully, it comes out well. This goes back to the UI issue.
What was our ROI?
It makes it a lot easier for us to maintain things. Prior to it, things were more difficult. This means less time on us. We can focus on other things. The recovery is more in man-hours for us than anything else.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is pretty straightforward. Because were entirely on AWS and don't have anything anywhere else. It made the most sense for us as a one stop shop.
The pricing is pretty reasonable. I don't think that it is overly expensive.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We looked at a couple other products. However, overall, Sophos UTM seemed to fit the bill. It has allowed us to have a solution that we can maintain and not have to babysit all the time.
What other advice do I have?
It is definitely worth looking at. It is a pretty good product.
It is integrated with our LDAP solution, and that integration is okay. Any LDAP integration can be hit or miss. It doesn't matter what it is, because it's LDAP. Since we use LDAP as a service, it's a little different, but it does work well.


It provides a solid firewall, but they could improve on the support

  • By John X.
  • on 12/05/2018

We are using as a firewall product.
How has it helped my organization?
It helped to connect our satellite offices to the main Amazon infrastructure in a circular way.
What is most valuable?
It provides a solid firewall.
What needs improvement?
We had some problems with the configuration. They had provided a CloudFormation template, and we had to go several rounds to make it work.
For how long have I used the solution?
One to three years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It's pretty stable. For our usage, it has been pretty good.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We are a small company with a small infrastructure. For our infrastructure, it is perfectly solid. I don't have experience using it on a larger scale.
How is customer service and technical support?
They could definitely improve on the support, especially in other countries. Right now, it is just average. For example, we have a team in India. When they face issues, they have to go to Australia or talk to somebody in the US to receive support. They should be more responsive and have more local offices.
What about the implementation team?
AWS has been pretty good. It is well integrated and pretty user-friendly. Initially, we experienced issues with the configuration because Sophos provided us a CloudFormation template, which caused us some back and forth. By now, the process may have improved.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Purchasing it through the AWS Marketplace went smoothly. We did not have any issues and the pricing was decent.
We decided to purchase through the AWS Marketplace because of the integration with the AWS infrastructure, firing it up and configuring it was very seamless.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We originally considered Barracuda and another solution.
We chose Sophos because we thought that it provided superior service. Also, they have a long history in the market, and I received a recommendation from one of my consultants.
What other advice do I have?
I would recommend to take a look a product, as it is a good product apart from the improvements that I mentioned. We are very happy with the product so far.
It is used as a standalone. We don't integrate it with other systems.


It has a single pane of glass which allows me to manage all my VPCs from a single instance, managing all my firewalls from one place

  • By Frank S.
  • on 12/04/2018

Every single Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) has Sophos in front of it. I also use it for Outbound Gateways in my WorkSpaces environment.
How has it helped my organization?
Our company trusts Sophos without even seeing it, as it provides us comfortability while allowing for flexibility.
What is most valuable?
Its scaling capability.
Sophos has a single pane of glass which allows me to manage all my VPCs from a single instance, managing all my firewall from one place, which is huge for me. When you have multiple VPCs and multiple accounts, it becomes too cumbersome to use a product that you have to look at individually. With Sophos, I can look at one place and see everything: my logs, filters, firewall rules, etc.
What needs improvement?
I would like them to move from the Classic Load Balancer to the Network Load Balancer. This would make it easier to do certain things with Amazon. They are able to do some enhancements with Network Load Balancer that they are unable to do with Classic Load Balancer.
For how long have I used the solution?
More than five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I have never had a stability issue with Sophos. It self-heals.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I have not run into a scalability issue since it is scalable past my license.
How is customer service and technical support?
I have had great technical support. The only issues that I have experienced with technical support are when I get a Tier 1 support person who knows about the on-premise product, not the AWS side of the product.
What about the implementation team?
The implementation and configuration through AWS is easy. They have cloud configuration templates, which are easy to deploy.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
We originally purchased the solution through the AWS Marketplace. I started my proof of concept doing pay-as-you-go, then moved to a VAR for a 'Bring Your Own Licence' (BYOL) licensing model. The BYOL license still requires you to accept the terms of the AWS Marketplace to deploy.
It is easy to purchase through the AWS Marketplace. In addition, if you have a budget for the AWS Marketplace, then your purchases will appear on your regular Amazon bill, which makes things even easier.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
I went and looked at Check Point eight years ago, because back then, I loved Check Point. They also weren't many solutions like this back then. AWS Marketplace did not even exist eight years ago!
After comparing Check Point and Sophos pricing, I questioned whether the decimal for Sophos was in the wrong spot. Sophos's competitors were so much higher in price.
Originally, cost sold me because Check Point and Sophos had the same features. Now, Sophos has surpassed Check Point's features.
What other advice do I have?
If you haven't tried it, do so.