Fortinet FortiGate Review

It helps to come up with the requirements of proxy servers, but it does not have that much troubleshooting & network testing features.


Valuable Features

The key features of this product are:

  • Network security
  • UTM Features
  • Configuration and ease of deployment.
  • IP/User/Device Mac ID/Device Type based policy configuration
  • Traffic shaping
  • Load balancing
  • Ease of VPN configurations
  • Explicit proxy
  • Link segregation
  • Application signatures
  • Network object based HTTPS/SSL inspection etc.

Improvements to My Organization

In many organizations it helps to come up with the requirements of proxy servers, defining network traffic and the amount of bandwidth for any network object or specified user(s). It has also provided us with security compatibility with other network devices such as IP cameras, the video conferencing system, VOIP phones. It also logs & reports on individual users network activities.

Room for Improvement

The FortiGate series does not have that much troubleshooting & network testing features in its GUI, hence we’ll definitely be looking for some add-on features in near future.

Use of Solution

I have been using this solution for the past year.

Deployment Issues

No issues yet.

Stability Issues

No issues yet.

Scalability Issues

For massive logs & reports (over a month) we have to go for a separate logging & reporting device i.e. FortiAnalyzer/FortiCloud, as this is not available in Fortigate itself.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

7/10.

Technical Support:

8/10.

Previous Solutions

We started with FortiGate itself.

Initial Setup

This product has a setup wizard (FortiExplorer) for the initial configuration, while the physical connectivity is done via a USB cable which is very easy to use.

Implementation Team

We implemented the solution ourselves.

ROI

It is value for money product as we’ve purchased it with Fortinet's three-year warranty package.

Other Solutions Considered

We have evaluated Dell’s Sonicwall & Cyberoam.

Other Advice

Analyze your needs first before implementing this product.

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