Fortinet FortiGate Review

Improved our organization through single pane of glass management


How has it helped my organization?

  • Single pane of glass management
  • Easy GUI for monitors

What is most valuable?

FortiGate is really strong in the following:

  • UTM
  • IPS-like
  • Antivirus
  • App control
  • AntiBotnet
  • Anti-Spam web content filtering
  • L3 routing

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using it for the last five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is fine. I rebooted after 755 Days from the date of installation.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is Fine.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Partner support is very good.

Technical Support:

FortiGuard Service is also good with the push method update.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using Cyberoam.

How was the initial setup?

Easy by WebGUI and also mobile app.

What about the implementation team?

We have implemented in-house.

What was our ROI?

Excellent ROI, due to virus spambot intrusion free network.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a little bit higher than Cyberoam but the security is higher compared to the other vendor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Sophos, Check Point, and SonicWall.

What other advice do I have?

Buy FortiGate for a hassle free network management and excellent ROI.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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COO/CTO at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employeesReal UserTOP 5

I have used Fortigates for 6 years. Like you, similar experiences augmented by an additional support subscription due to my early learning curves. What I did not realize was the speed compromises with all the security apps acivie - if I have a Verizon FiOS true Gig subscription, my speed was tapered down to 100 Mbps or less. That is a 90% reduction. With 6 users multiplied by cell phones accessing the same WiFi, you can imagine the data speeds we were actually working with.

So, I picked WatchGuard, the T70 specifically. The data speeds with everything turned on remains near the subscription (1 Gig) and I have the same types of protections as the Fortigate. It is too early to report the reliability and other specs since this has changed only in the last week, but the specs tell me a lot that helped me to understand what I missed on my first go-around with Fortigate. Don't get me wrong, I had zero issues over the last 6 years to Fortigate's credit. However, that speed compromise doesn't work for me. Perhaps I missed something, but my support knows the product and there were no adjustments available, other than turning certain feature off. I couldn't afford that security risk, not these days.

01 November 17
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