Fortinet FortiGate Review

It's excellent and we strongly recommend it, but WAN link load balancing needs improving.


What is most valuable?

I am using different features of this product but the most valuable are -

  • SSL VPN
  • Web filter
  • Explicit proxy
  • IPS
  • Application control
  • Routing

How has it helped my organization?

I replaced my core router with a Fortigate appliance and it is performing inter-VLAN routing. I removed manual proxies and used transparent proxy using Fortigate security profiles, and implemented traffic shaping, web filter, application control, IPS and anti-virus. All the servers are protected by Fortigate security profiles.

What needs improvement?

  • WAN link load balancing
  • Reports
  • Anti-virus.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution since 2013.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We faced some technical issues on the Fortinet side.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

6/10.

Technical Support:

6/10.

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

I didn't use any other solution prior to Fortinet.

How was the initial setup?

It was complex because there was a huge network with VLANs configured and routing protocols enabled.

What about the implementation team?

We implement this through a vendor. I would rate their level of experience 8/10.

What was our ROI?

I would only say that Fortinet provides business and security returns at a cost substantially lower than the benefits derived.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Sophos and Barracuda alongside Fortigate.

What other advice do I have?

Our experience of using Fortigate is excellent and we strongly recommend it.

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