Fortinet FortiGate-VM Review

A nice solution with economic interfaces and a very useful installation guide


What is our primary use case?

We are using an IPS and an IDS at the moment. 

How has it helped my organization?

Before using Fortinet, the company had an attack (DDoS) from the outside and had many points of failure, when they started to use Fortinet, I think the attacks stopped. The DDoS attacks were no more. This was from 2015.

What is most valuable?

It is very useful to make lists for rules and prepare firewall rules.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. We have not had a bad experience with the Fortinet firewall.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not really, but it does have it limits.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support will reply quickly and everything will be okay.

The customer care center of Fortinet is good. For all the requests that we have done, they work as fast as possible, so this is a good point for Fortinet.

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

I have previously used pfSense (open source) before joining this company.

However, the company has been using Fortinet for a long time.

How was the initial setup?

The first setup is easy and very simple. After that, you may require assistance implementing the new rules.

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

The price: It is a bit higher than the other competitors. This is why I started to look at other brands. For example, I am looking at Sophos firewall and whether it can meet our requirements, since I am sure that their price would be cheaper than Fortinet.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend a company to use Fortinet, because it is an attractive solution. No bugs with a very easy installation guide, and also the support and the customer care, are very important. 

Fortinet is a nice solution with economic interfaces and a very useful installation guide. Very nice customer care, too, but the price, it is sometimes very expensive.

**Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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