Fortinet FortiGate Review

Next-Generation Advanced Firewall Protection


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use of Fortinet FortiGate is for a firewall. I use it as the firewall system and protection from spam. I mainly use Fortinet FortiGate for protection and security.

How has it helped my organization?

Mainly the FortiGate reporting system is very good. It guides us through all the expectations of security. Fortinet provides us all that we need for security. Also, Fortinet FortiGate is a next-generation firewall. It is much more advanced than others.

What is most valuable?

I like all of FortiGate's features. 

What needs improvement?

The FortiGate reporting system needs to be more detailed about files. Palo Alto Networks is more detailed in the reporting system than Fortinet.

Currently, as for our security, we don't need more. The main reporting in Palo Alto Networks is much more developed than Fortinet, especially in the part of the file exchange.

As a security lead, I think Fortinet FortiGate is much more reliable than Palo Alto Networks.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The Fortinet FortiGate solution is very stable for our installations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of Fortinet FortiGate is sufficient. What we bought was sufficient for what we need. I don't know if we're going to need to upgrade it or not, it depends on if we need to increase or lessen it. 

Since we built Fortinet FortiGate we didn't need to do anything more for it. Over 200 users are currently using this solution and only one staff is required for maintaining it.

How are customer service and technical support?

The Fortinet technical support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

Setup and installation of Fortinet FortiGate were very straightforward. The deployment stage took five days. We used an integrator company and they were very good.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented Fortinet through a third-party integrator company.

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

With Fortinet licensing, you have to buy a license for every product: for the stamp, for the email, for the firewall, for everything. This is all the same for all vendors. You have to buy a license for each service. 

In terms of pricing, they are reasonable compared to Palo Alto Networks. FortiGate is much cheaper than Palo Alto Networks with more efficiency in operations.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We talked to several vendors like Cisco and Palo Alto Networks. There was another system and they gave us a test drive for a week running it on their premises to see how reliable it is.

We tested Cisco, a next-generation firewall, two years ago. We also tested the Palo Alto Networks equipment.

What other advice do I have?

We may increase our usage of Fortinet next year. 

I would recommend to anyone to buy Fortinet FortiGate. I would rate the product ten out of ten.

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