I have installed the latest version of Sophos firewall in a test environment and, trying to be fair, I compared the two solutions. In summary, the details make the difference:
The simplicity and sense of control over what is edited or managed from the UTM interface are not even remotely comparable to Sophos Firewall (those who are UTM customers know what I am talking about).
For instance, logics such as matching hosts or users to groups are limited in Sophos Firewall compared to UTM.
Real-time tracking and understanding if a firewall rule in Sophos Firewall is doing the right thing are not comparable to the immediacy of the UTM system.
When disabling a user, it is not clear from a rule assigned to them.
I could continue with dozens and dozens of other examples...
And I wonder, rather I ask: why was this EOL (End of Life) decided for the UTM solution but not for the one on AWS? Why are development or at least updates maintained only for AWS?
Sophos Firewall is not as mature as SOPHOS UTM today; I hope it will be by June 30, 2026.
Shall we talk about the cost of UTM licenses VS Sophos Firewall licenses with the same features?