New Product: Network Switches for Sophos UTM and Sophos XG Firewall
It would be nice to be able to do the following with these switches:
Manage Every Port
-- Turn Ports On/Off
-- Assign Ports to Separate Zones And/Or VLANs
-- Collect Stats
SNMP Support For Third Party Monitoring
Automatic VLAN Assignment (VLAN Assignment by time of day, port, VOIP)
Jumbo Frame Support
802.1X Authentication (so unauthorized devices such as laptops cannot be plugged in to my network lan ports, unless they are joined to our AD Domain)
SFP Ports (optional on some models, there should be no reason why somebody who doesn't need these should have to pay more because they cost more to manufacture these ports)
SFP+ Ports (essentially the same thing, but these support 10GB instead of 1GB)
Link Layer Discovery Protocol: So you can map your devices from the UTM or XG.
Auto MDI/MDIX: To adjust for crossover cables vs straight-through cables
Packet Storm Protection
Cable Tester: So you can test cables using the software instead of having to do it manually with a cable tester.
ACLs by port, so you can only allow certain computers access by different ports.
Automatic DOS Protection
ARP: Address Resolution Protocol.
From a technological perspective, this would be VERY VERY useful in a lot of organizations.
and from a selling point, A LOT of people would buy this switch because it would be so useful. Please Please make a switch, and don't make one just for the Sophos XG, unless your going to provide home user licenses for the XG. It's would be great to have these devices at home as well. Sophos UTM is the only Product with a home license. These switches would be great if they came in a variety of ranges. such as a 5/8/16/24/48 port without poe or with poe on either all or half of the switch. For example Netgear provides an 8 Port switch but to make it less expensive for people who don't need many poe ports, only 4 ports are capable of POE however they also have a switch where all the ports have POE, however it costs more.
I think this would be great addition to Sophos and will increase your customer base as well as sales, in addition it would help IT Administrators a lot.
Matthew Ritchie commented
Why not just buy the Cisco Small Business line from Cisco and rebuild it for Sophos purposes. That way CLI remains familiar to all Cisco techies who love Sophos security products.
Count me in!
We'd be able to more or less completely move off Aruba if you ever decide this . Would make good money $$$ for you guys.
Wesley Shupp commented
I agree, this would be a game changer. It would get them SMB and Enterprise
Michaël Van den Steen commented
It really amazes me that this idea isn't more popular...
Ubiquiti has this beautiful line of products who can all be centrally managed. Sophos just has the FW and AP's. I want my switches to be SOPHOS as well!
Michaël Van den Steen commented
I agree, we need switches. Is this on the roadmap?
A switch product from sophos would be great as long as it can be all managed via Sophos Central, like XG and the APs. Must have visibility end to end on the network if Sophos goes this route. Lets do it Sophos!
Luca Kühne commented
@Sophos What about this idea? Fortinet already has a Switch line.
Thinkin about "Security Heartbeat" this could be a veeeery good idea...