Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today announced the expansion of its next-generation firewall portfolio with two new high-end, enterprise-grade XGS Series appliances. The new XGS 7500 and 8500 models provide unrivaled performance and protection for large enterprise and campus deployments, broadening market opportunities for the channel partners that serve them.
“Large enterprises are under incredible pressure to support tens of thousands of users, all while protecting against complex cyberthreats and demonstrating clear return on IT infrastructure investments amidst today’s challenging economic climate,” said Daniel Cole, vice president of network security product management at Sophos. “Sophos is shaking up the competitive enterprise firewall landscape with these new high-performance appliances, providing best in class price per protected megabit per second (Mbps). Network performance, reliability and security are top of mind as customers grow and expand their infrastructure needs, and these platforms enable organizations to grow and scale without having to compromise on security, which is often the case in larger, more demanding environments. For our channel partners, we’re creating new opportunities to support distributed organizations needing everything from managing an office of one to the most complex environments protecting tens of thousands of distributed users.”
The new XGS 7500 and 8500 models deliver industry-best modular connectivity; highly scalable software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) features; trusted traffic and application acceleration; high performance Transport Layer Security (TLS) inspection; threat protection; and enterprise-grade, high-availability and redundancy capabilities. Featuring high performance Xstream flow processors and central processing units (CPUs) with enterprise-grade acceleration, the models offer roughly 50% faster throughput than industry averages in their class:
- Up to 190 gigabits per second (Gbps) firewall throughput.
- Up to 141 Gbps Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) virtual private network (VPN) throughput.
- Up to 93 Gbps intrusion prevention system (IPS) throughput.
- Up to 76 Gbps next-generation firewall (NGFW) throughput.
- Up to 34 Gbps threat protection throughput.
- Up to 24 Gbps Xstream Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and TLS inspection.
- Support for up to 58 million concurrent connections.
- Support for up to 1.7 million new connections per second.
Additional highlights include:
- Up to two times better energy efficiency than the industry average when using IPsec VPN.
- High speed connectivity with two QSFP28 ports supporting speeds of up to 100 Gbps.
- High capacity, high-speed random access memory (RAM) and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid-state drives for improved compatibility and storage.
- Unique programmable Xstream architecture delivers unmatched levels of protection, performance and visibility:
- Intelligent TLS inspection guarantees industry leading performance, flexibility and transparency into all encrypted traffic.
- Deep packet inspection (DPI) engine delivers threat protection in a single streaming engine for antivirus, IPS, web, app control, and TLS inspection.
- Network FastPath technology ensures automatic and policy-based intelligent offloading of trusted traffic processing at wire speed.
Sophos Firewall is a key pillar of Sophos’ SASE strategy. It provides a more simplified, scalable and secure solution over traditional remote access VPN, and integrates with Sophos ZTNA (zero trust network access) under one unified management plane.
The network solution is part of the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which integrates Sophos’ anti-ransomware endpoint solutions, as well as its entire portfolio of products, services and Sophos X-Ops threat intelligence for faster and more contextual and synchronized detection, protection and response.
Sophos Firewall is available for immediate purchase exclusively through Sophos’ global channel of partners and managed service providers (MSPs). It is easily managed in the cloud-native Sophos Central platform alongside other solutions, where users can oversee installations, respond to alerts and track licenses and upcoming renewal dates via a single, intuitive interface.
Partners can also leverage Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR) as a comprehensive service to detect and respond to threats across customers’ existing security deployments, with integrated telemetry across endpoints, networks, firewalls, servers, cloud, identity, and email security technologies. The industry-leading service offering is trusted by more than 15,000 organizations for 24/7 threat hunting, detection and response with industry-first third-party integration capabilities and a $1 million Sophos Breach Protection Warranty that’s now available via Sophos’ MSP and reseller partner networks.
What Partners Say
“These new models are blazing fast,” said Brooks Roy, president at Communications Consulting, Inc. “We’ve already got a customer running XGS 7500, and we’ve seen firsthand what it’s capable of. The surprising speed boost over previous models blew us away, and will now enable us to better compete in high-end markets with QSFP speeds that enterprises require.”
“Sophos has long been a leader in the SMB market; with these new firewall models, it’s making it clear that it’s also a leader in the large enterprise market,” said Alessandro Amadori, senior manager, cybersecurity and datacenter, CoE leader, at Ingram Micro. “Ingram Micro is one of a handful of worldwide partners – and the only distributor – that had early access to these new models. We especially appreciated the IPS and decryption capabilities, and the joint performance delivered by the internal CPU and proprietary Xstream processor is top notch.”
“Our experience with the XGS 7500 during the early access program showed that these models have the necessary throughput to target much larger deployments,” said Lars Kröllken, IT security team leader at Bechtle IT-Systemhaus Dortmund. “We will now be able to position Sophos in larger projects where we would have previously had to look to other vendors. By broadening the total addressable market, we can now pursue new opportunities with Sophos beyond the traditional SMB and mid-market sweet spot, which will be mutually beneficial for our already successful business relationship.”
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