Fortinet FortiGate Review

Security has been increased but the licensing fees could be lower.


What is most valuable?

  • GUI
  • Flexibility
  • Easy to configure
  • UTM

How has it helped my organization?

  • Option to control application = increased productivity
  • Data leak prevention = increased security
  • Anti-virus & IPS = increased security

What needs improvement?

I'm happy with the product, however the licensing fees could be lower.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There is a specific way of deploying a Fortigate product, and the scalability is related to the new unit deployment so there are no problems here. If you need more power/space, you just have to add a new box.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's very good, I've never had any problems with customer service.

Technical Support:

It's very good, I've never had any problems with technical support.

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

I was using Cisco ASA, and I switched due to a lack of features (e.g. poor SSL VPN support).

How was the initial setup?

It's a very simple setup as everything is well documented online and via the Fortigate channel on YouTube. Also, I posses a large amount of knowledge gained during the years that has helped me to deploy all my solutions. Even from the the beginning, it was easy as Fortigate has a great GUI and good online help,

What about the implementation team?

We did an in-house implementation, with no third party involvement.

What was our ROI?

The product is deployed as part of, and an add-on to, the MPLS solution for the majority of my customers. There is no ROI as this is not the major expectation, as the ROI is coming from the whole solution, not just this product.

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

All the costs are for the annual licenses. The cost of the original deployment fell below £5,000, and licenses are priced at around £3,000.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Cisco, however we decided to go with Fortigate as it provides a good set of the features for the price paid,

What other advice do I have?

Enjoy it. The product is easy to implement, easy to manage, and easy to develop and grow.

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