I'm about renewing my license soon. Normal, I do it for three year - Which is a lot of money, and I have some decisions to make.
1) Yes 2) Several years for the complete switch over 3) Yes 4) Yes, it should.
Stick with UTM9 for now. Copernicus is missing quite a few features that are in UTM. These will be ported over for V2 of Copernicus. When the time comes and you are ready, your existing UTM license will be able to be converted over to Copernicus.
Install the trial of Copernicus to play with in a VM and see what you think. Sophos is very proud of it. Many beta testers were quite vocal about their dissatisfaction. Very subjective, so play with it to make an informed decision on your own, based on your needs.
Sophos UTM 9.3 Certified Engineer
The real question is -> how much effort will be involved in developing new functionalities? It could easily happen that upgrade from UTM9 to XG feature would be the only functional improvement (plus ongoing bugfixes) in version 9.4, announced to Q1 2016.Last official published roadmap:
In some cases, even upgrading to to new major version is a big head ache (all the new bags an so) Moving from 9.** to Coperncuse seems to me like moving to totally another Firewall. Copernicus - like Vista in the beginning, expect to be very buggy. It takes time to clean all the bugs and make a stable system. QA and all beta tests, will never simulate real world and full scale running. Wonder how many corporates and companies would go for it.
After some digging, found those two links, to clear a bit the fog about 9* and Copernicus.
Not sure if it's good or bad, but see where the wind blows...
Only after writing the above thread all the other threads spears
I think its important to note that Copernicus is based on Cyberroam. Which means that Sophos has made the decision that Cyberroam and not Astaro is the path forward. Sure its got a fancy new GUI....but this is cyberroam.
Everyone can make their decision if that was the best bet. For us, cyberroam has always been one of weakest UTM offerings on the market. At least Sophos has given us a heads up so we know we have 1-2 years to find a new firewall partner. Kudos for not making us have to scramble and find a new one ASAP.