End of Sale - Sophos XG 85(w) and XG 105(w)
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End of Sale - Sophos XG 85(w) and XG 105(w)

Patrizio - June 11, 2019

In April of this year, Sophos introduced the new firewall models XG 86(w) and XG 106(w), which are now available without delays. You can read about the differences between the two new models and their predecessors in the following blog post: New firewall hardware: Sophos XG 86(w) and XG 106(w)

The XG 85(w) and XG 105(w) firewall models will be removed from the product line by 17 August 2019 at the latest. Sophos wants to get rid of the remaining stock as quickly as possible, which is why we also offer the models in our shop at a much reduced price.

Why you should avoid this special offer, I'll explain in this post.

License renewals restricted

Sophos officially announces via its website that a license for the XG 85(w) or XG 105(w) can be renewed for the last time on the 17th of August 2021. The 3-year licenses will be withdrawn on June 15, 2019. The end-of-life date is specified as the 17th of August 2022.

This means that anyone who owns one of these two devices or buys a new one because of the promotional price will only be able to use the functionality for a little more than three years. Afterwards this device is unusable, or can only be operated with the Base license.

For those who are completely satisfied with three years and who will buy a new firewall after that anyway, the next aspect, regarding the low performance of the devices, could be crucial.

Too limited performance

Let's ask ourselves why Sophos is taking these two smallest devices off the market. If you compare them to their successors, you'll find that they only use more RAM and the XG 86(w) has increased eMMC memory from 8GB to 16GB. So it's a small performance update, no more and no less.

So why do the two smallest XG models get a performance update and the SG 105(w) don't? We could laugh sarcastically and say that the whole SG series will end of sale soon anyway. 🤣

From our point of view, this move by Sophos has only to do with the SFOS operating system, which will probably require a little more performance in the future, with regard to the expected v18 at the end of the year. This would not affect the SG hardware and there would be no need for a hardware replacement in a hurry.

It is currently rumored that the v18 can no longer run on an XG 85(w) or XG 105(w). At the moment this is just a rumor and there is no official statement yet. Even if Sophos manages to do this with v18, one of the following firmware versions at the latest will no longer run on the hardware.

Exchange program

If it was not clear from this article, we would strongly advise against supporting Sophos in the clearance of old assets. If, after reading this article, you still want to grab one of the last XG 85(w) or XG 105(w) devices, you will surely have your reasons. 😅

For those of you who have recently purchased one of these devices, there will certainly be a trade-in program from Sophos in due course, where you can switch to the next model for a small extra charge. Nothing is currently known about this. However, we will certainly inform you here on the blog as soon as we know anything.

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