Fortinet FortiAuthenticator Review

It integrates very tightly with the rest of the Fortinet ecosystem. ​

What is most valuable?

Integrated RADIUS server with 802.1x functionality and access control. Single Sign On and AD integration. It integrates very tightly with the rest of the Fortinet ecosystem.

How has it helped my organization?

It integrated with the existing Cisco wireless infrastructure to solidify the way people authenticate onto the network. It permitted having a centralized area to authenticate all users and enabled SSOimplementation.

What needs improvement?

A better integration with other vendors. The device is rich in features but there are a lot of functionalities I have still not experienced with.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Overall not really, a few hiccups with the syncing with AD but nothing major.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not in my experience. The device can scale on a VM with an additional license. And there are boxes that can support thousands of users (which I have still not met).

How are customer service and technical support?

Very good. In our area we get support both in French and English and the response times are usually pretty decent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are a Fortinet reseller and integrator so there were no "switches" per say.

How was the initial setup?

The setup process can be tedious.

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

I would start off with a VM including the base license and scale according to the number of users you need to authenticate.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ClearPass by Aruba and ISE by Cisco are the two main competitors in this space. To me ClearPass seams to be the most feature-rich solution for the price and vendor neutral as is FortiAuthenticator.

What other advice do I have?

I strongly recommend someone accompany you in the initial deployment of the product to view all the functionalities that the platform is capable of doing.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
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