Fortinet FortiGate Review

I don't need to have a cluster because it's stable, but rules are not intuitive and the admin UI needs improvement.

Valuable Features

It offers a proxy and a firewall.

Improvements to My Organization

It has a better processor than CheckPoint.

Room for Improvement

It's not intuitive, as the rules will be in the last place you look. You can look for a report for an hour, eventually getting a blank page. User experience for the administrator is basically not good as it needs to be more proficient.

Use of Solution

I've used it for two years.

Deployment Issues

I have five ISPs, and it was hard to connect the LAN to the WAN. It did not go well and I had do to a roll-back.

Stability Issues

The product is so stable I don't need to have a cluster.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

I use a service given by the integrator and it's better than Fortigate’s. The integrator gives me a guarantee that they will immediately replace my machine if a problem occurs.

Technical Support:

I use a service given by the integrator and it's better than Fortigate’s. The integrator gives me a guarantee that they will immediately replace my machine if a problem occurs.

Previous Solutions

I used an open-source product name Squid.

Initial Setup

It's straightforward, and was transparent for the users.

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.


It costs $200,000 and is only a bit better than the open source solution, which was free.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

You don’t have to buy the Fortigate analyzer, as you can also get the reports using Fortinet.

Other Advice

It's fine as a firewall and as a proxy. You need to configure the rules right or else it will be hard to keep up with the logs.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Andrew S. Baker (ASB)Real UserTOP 5POPULAR

I would be interested to know what you found unintuitive about the rules. From your review it seems that the focus in more on the proxy than the firewall itself.

26 August 15
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

When you're looking for something it BETTER be in the last place you look! Continuing the search after finding it is just silly.

Seriously, I have had similar issues with rules being obtuse, and I have experience with about a dozen firewalls. Like other IT tech, 'intuitive' is a misnomer, but it does seem to be less obvious than any other that I have experience with.

26 August 15
Technical Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employeesConsultant

Fotigate is enhanced their GUI from 5.0 onwards . firmware 5.2.2 is very good GUI , user friendly. more stable , Webfiltering, explicit proxy and Application controls are awesome. I would suggest Fortigate devices at perimeter level, because which will eliminates the standalone IPS at perimeter level for inspection.

27 August 15

The review misses a fundamental point about Fortigate. It is an UTM device, which integrates multiple security layers in a single device. Pointing out only firewall and proxy features is (IMHO) a bit misleading.
Talking about the GUI, it requires a little bit of time to understand the logic and the different tools but it is not complex as many other firewalls are (again, we are talking about perceptions).
Last but not least: it is strange to have no cluster enabled. I have always seen Fortigates sold and configured in an active / passive pair.

01 September 15
Andrew S. Baker (ASB)Real UserTOP 5POPULAR

The v5.6 GUI is much improved, IMO. Very happy to see the changes there. Some things are still a little hard to find, but not as many.

18 July 17
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