Fortinet FortiGate Review

Easy to configure and very user-friendly, with a great graphical interface

How has it helped my organization?

Unlike Cisco, which is expensive, or Sophos, which has performance issues, Fortinet offers a good product with no bottlenecks.

What is most valuable?

The UTM and security features are the solution's most valuable aspects.

It's very fast and easy to configure.

The solution is extremely user-friendly.

The graphical interface is great.

Now, we are able to optimize the bandwidth. We have the level of control to be able to block specific sites - like YouTube, Facebook etc.

What needs improvement?

The performance and speed are aspects of the solution that could always be improved upon.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for the last two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. We haven't experienced any issues in the last two years. It's reliable. There aren't bugs or glitches. It works well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 400 users covered under the firewall and 50 employees. We've never had issues with scaling. It shouldn't be a problem. However, it's not something we actively measure.

We plan to increase usage and to continue to use the product for another three years. After that we may upgrade to a new Fortinet product or seek out a new solution, depending on the landscape at that time.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't really faced any technical challenges. We just install it and it runs perfectly. Therefore we don't really have any experience with technical support.

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

Previously, maybe five to seven years ago, I had Cisco. We moved firewalls due to the fact that the renewal cost on Cisco was so high. At the time, we moved to Sophos. It was very good on the UTM side. However, there were performance challenges. That's why we switched to Fortinet. The internet speed is okay and there are no bottlenecks or major challenges.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. It's pretty straightforward. 

It's pretty simple for us as we're very familiar with the product. Every year we do a minimum one or two million dollars of business with Fortinet. At this point, my team is very experienced. 

It's very easy to migrate from other solutions and we can migrate within one day.

It's pretty plug-and-play. You can handle everything in an hour or two and then you can do the testing. It's very easy.

What about the implementation team?

We handle the implementation for our clients as we're Fortinet partners and well versed in the product.

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

We received this solution for free because we are one of the leading and exclusive partners for Fortinet in Uganda.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Fortinet.

I'm not sure of the exact version of the solution.

Overall, I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. It's offered us a very stable VPN and we can access it from anywhere in the world. We're not facing any challenges whatsoever.

I'd happily recommend Fortinet to other organizations. It's one of the best products out there.

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