Fortinet FortiGate Review

Delivers what it promises when it comes to performance, stability and security functions.

Valuable Features

The web content filtering and application control allow us to control which websites and online applications our users can access and those they cannot, thus preventing access to pornographic sites, online gaming sites, social media and many others during office hours.

The application control reinforces the blocks, preventing, for example, users from using specific applications to bypass the web content filter blocks. An example is a user running the UltraSurf proxy, attempting to access banned sites. With the application control function, FortiGate is able to prevent the operation of this application.

IPS - Intrusion Prevention System: It is the main component that detects and blocks hackers and malware attacks.

Other valuable features are SSL VPN and WAN link balancing.

Improvements to My Organization

It provides real security for business customers.

Room for Improvement

The reports provided by the equipment could be more detailed, and not so dependent on the FortiAnalyzer.

The FortiGate internal reports are good, but could have more details and options for viewing certain network data. For the client to get the richest reports, they need to buy the FortiAnalyzer appliance or hire FortiCloud service. These two aim to catch all of the FortiGate logs and turn them into friendly reports, many of which are not present in FortiGate itself.

Use of Solution

I have been installing and configuring this product for at least 10 years with different companies, including other models such as the Fortigate 60D and 80C.

Stability Issues

The product has always been stable and performed quite well.

Scalability Issues

I have not encounter any scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is very good. Fortinet professionals are well trained.

Previous Solutions

For commercial UTM solutions, I have always worked with Fortinet; I had no reason to trust another third-party solution.

Initial Setup

It's simple: Just turn it on, access your Web console via the default IP address and then perform the settings.

Implementation Team

I installed and configured the 200D for one of my clients.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The full license is UTM Bundle Full Guard. The license fee varies according to the Fortigate model; prices can be low or too high.

Other Advice

If you need real and effective security for your network, do not hesitate to buy a Fortigate appliance. It is no wonder that it is the best according to Gartner, for several years running. It delivers what it promises and more when it comes to performance, stability and security functions.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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