Fortinet FortiGate-VM Review

It has allowed us to centralize every network service into one appliance

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to centralize every network service into one appliance, administrating all traffic going in and out of my company. Its given us only one point of monitoring and auditing, getting us visibility of all network traffic in an easy way. 

What is most valuable?

The UTM. In particular, the IPS module is my favorite because of the security advantage reached with a few clicks and its automatic updates.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, we have experience stability issues, when the product sizing is wrong or on configuration errors.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, we have experience scalability issues, but only when the product sizing is wrong.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

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

We previously used mostly Cisco products. We changed because of support and feature costs.

How was the initial setup?

It is always complex when you migrate from a complex solution to another one.

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

It is an expensive solution if you are migrating from an open source solution. 

If you are in a licensed solution, like Cisco or Palo Alto, it is cheaper. I do recommend using it with a license, because it is a security solution and it needs updates.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco, Sophos, and SonicWall.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it 100%. Go ahead and implement it.

We are implementers of Fortinet among other things (Cisco, Sophos, HPE Networking, VMware, EMC, Zimbra, etc.).

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