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Sophos Firewall v19.5 high availability enhancements

Check out all the great new features in SFOS v19.5 today.

In this ongoing series of articles about the great new features in SFOS v19.5, we’ve covered new search capabilitiesSD-WAN load balancingXstream TLS FastPathAzure AD integration, and now this week, high availability enhancements.

Sophos Firewall high availability

Sophos Firewall supports high availability (HA) clustering of two appliances in active-active or active-passive operation for higher performance and redundancy.

SFOS v18 introduced a major new enhancement to high availability with QuickHA setup that makes configuration almost a plug-and-play exercise.

If you’re not familiar with the various HA modes or how to use QuickHA, check out the great two-part video series on these topics.

What’s new with high availability in v19.5

Making management easier

Several user interface enhancements improve the status and visibility of your high-availability cluster with a new control center widget, enhanced status panel, and new node names for easy device identification.

Node Names help identify the particular device in the cluster and are shown on the browser tab, HA status page, HA logs, command line interface, and Control Center to make it very easy to know which device you are currently interacting with.

The new HA status panel and widget (available at the top of every screen) make management easier.

Redundant HA links

High availability pairs can now be synchronized with redundant HA links to add resiliency and prevent split-brain conditioning.

Up to four links can be provisioned for HA pairs using physical, LAG, VLAN or unbound interfaces. Conveniently, LAG configuration happens automatically behind the scenes in QuickHA mode.

You can now use multiple HA links for redundancy.

Check out this video for a full demonstration of all the great new HA enhancements in SFOS v19.5

Check out all the new features in v19.5

Sophos Firewall OS v19.5 includes a ton of great new capabilities. Check out the full list of what’s new in this What’s New PDF download.

SFOS v19.5 early access

Check out all the great new features in SFOS v19.5 today and help us make this release the best it can be by participating in the early access program. Visit the SFOS v19.5 EAP registration page to get started.

Sophos Firewall OS v19.5 EAP1 is a fully supported upgrade from any v18.5 firmware as well as v19, including the very recent v19 MR1 build 365 release.

Once you’re up and running, please provide feedback through your Sophos Firewall’s feedback mechanism (top right of every screen on your Firewall). Also visit our EAP community forums to share your experiences with others.

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