Fortinet FortiGate Review

Reasonably-priced, intuitive, and offers a seamless VPN

What is our primary use case?

I am primarily using FortiGate to provide a hardware VPN or an equipment base of VPN to a central office. I am only using a small fraction of its capabilities, so I'm not pushing it at the edges.

How has it helped my organization?

Using this product makes the VPN seamless and almost invisible to me in the sense that I don't have to think about it.

What is most valuable?

Once it is in use, it is intuitive to use. Once it's in place, it doesn't require any further interaction.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup and configuration are not intuitive and require training.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiGate for approximately four months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been rock-solid, and I haven't seen any glitches or bugs at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With only two people in the company, we haven't needed to scale. Our roles include software development and providing technical support for various clients.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not needed to contact technical support.

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

This is the first firewall product that I have used.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is fairly technical and it's not something the untrained person would want to do. You need to know what you're doing in order to set it up.

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

The price of FortiGate is reasonable. In terms of the market, it's not a cheap product, but it's cost-effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I purchased this product because this is the one that the central office supports.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product, it works, it doesn't need any attention, and I'm satisfied with it. Although the initial setup is slightly complex, security is a complex question and I'm not sure that it can be simplified.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

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