FortiGate-VM Review
The pricing and licensing are not as expensive as its competitors


How has it helped my organization?

There have been no improvements. We would just use another device if this one did not exist.

What is most valuable?

None of them. It is a classic firewall, but better than the free versions.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, we encountered stability issues in IPSec Module. The tunnels freeze sometimes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, we encountered scalability issues in IPSec Module. The tunnels freeze sometimes.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of a nine out of 10. 

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used SonicWall, before they were sold to Dell. After Dell bought them, some issues came out.

I used Check Point, which was terrible for me. You can do almost nothing without software. The web interface does nothing. I do not like solutions with many components. In Check Point, you need to use over three interface to dig up anything.

I used Palo Alto 3020. It is a marvellous solution, but a bit expensive against its competitors. You can do everything in the web interface. There is no need for any installation (does not exist) and to manage it. It works quickly changing configuration and applying configuration. (Comparatively, FortiGate is fast in applying configuration.) You can easily rollback the previous configuration and backup configuration in Palo Alto. The firmware upgrade is like a baby's toy in Palo Alto.

İt is not fast to rollback config in SonicWall.

I used Untangle, pfSense, etc. However, there is no need to talk about them.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing and licensing are not as expensive as its competitors. This applies to SonicWall, too.

Check Point and Palo Alto are very expensive solutions, because of the ownership and renewal costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated different options before choosing FortiGate. It has four separate modules which give fast reactions when it is analysing. It has an app ID and user ID option, which are the most important.

What other advice do I have?

Be aware of your own requirements.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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