Fortinet FortiGate Review

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

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides real security for business customers.

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the 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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product has always been stable and performed quite well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encounter any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

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

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

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

How was the initial setup?

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

What about the implementation team?

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

What's my experience with 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.

What other advice do I have?

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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