Fortinet FortiGate-VM Review

A scalable solution that protects our mobile users


What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate-VM as a firewall, for intrusion detection and prevention to protect our Azure data center, principal operation sites and our mobile users. 

What is most valuable?

The thing that I like the most is that they're very willing to work with us to resolve issues that they haven't taken care of before in their product. 

The end-user protection suite is very good, including the log analysis feature that they now have.

What needs improvement?

There should be integration with Microsoft Azure active directory.  The rules base for data center access must correlate with the group membership of the users to be granted access to systems and services.  

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used the Fortigate solution for 2 years and the Forticlient is soon to be rolled out to our mobile users.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

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

We previously used CheckPoint.  Though a good solution, the license costs became too high for our organization and obliged us to look for another option.

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

Be very clear with your security consultant who is proposing Fortinet as a solution regarding all the features and integrations you expect to achieve with the solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we reviewed Palo Alto, Barracuda, and Sophos

What other advice do I have?

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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