Fortinet FortiGate Review

Good filtering, ROI, and technical support


What is our primary use case?

We use it for routing and restricting user access.

What is most valuable?

We use the filtering feature the most. It has filtering and inbuilt securities. We can create customized rules to define which users can access a particular type of site. We can create policies inside the firewall.

What needs improvement?

The visibility of the network can be better. The GUI can be improved for better visibility of the network flow. Other solutions have better GUI in terms of network visibility.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for maybe five or six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

You can have the availability features. All the traffic goes through this firewall for access to the outside world.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good.

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

We were using some open-source solutions, and then we directly moved to firewalls.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was completed in a month or so.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it on our own. We are a small team, so a person with a few other duties also manages this solution.

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

It is not a very costly product if you compare it with other products. The return on investment is also good. If you compare the return of investment and money that you are spending on this product with Palo Alto, Cisco, Check Point, and other solutions, the investment is very less. We are happy with this solution.

The optional licenses are there, and you can choose which one you want and which one to avoid.

What other advice do I have?

It is a fine solution. We have been using this solution for some years, and we are happy with it. We will continue using it unless the FortiGate solution is running itself in some other ways with new features.

I would recommend this solution. It is working fine for us. 

I would rate Fortinet FortiGate an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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