FortiGate-VM Review

The traffic shaping feature is helpful to help control traffic


What is our primary use case?

In our office, primarily everything goes through FortiGate. We expand that for all the firewall rooms that we have. We have features that link to FortiGate and from FortiGate on the shelf we ran the core cells. There is primary access to each of the devices and then we also use it between our offices. We use VPN tunnels in between offices. There are all of the typical settings within a firewall device: Protection, application control, and quality tracking.

How has it helped my organization?

There's routing and then there is control. For routing, there is quality. The security site has anti-virus and web filter applications. I'm used to all of them, so I wouldn't pick one or the other.

What is most valuable?

I like the traffic shaping feature. I find it helpful to be able to control the traffic.

What needs improvement?

The GUI could be improved. Furthermore, the unit we have could be modified because it's not that high of a torrent. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable product. We source our current load with ease and I think it can handle a bit more. It definitely can handle a lot more capacity than what we currently use.

How is customer service and technical support?

We do not use the tech support. We have another source for tech support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered Sophos, Checkpoint, and Palo Alto. 

We do have Palo Alto at one of our smaller offices of about 60 people. We noticed that Palo Alto is a much more costly solution.

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