Fortinet FortiGate-VM Review

A simple solution with very fast response time


What is our primary use case?

The majority of the government sector prefers using the solution as an external firewall and most of the customers prefer that it be one layer. It's good for use as a preemptive firewall.

What is most valuable?

I find the simplicity to be most valuable. The solution is very simple to manage and to use effectively. It has a very fast response time. There is no need to make improvements to it whatsoever. 

What needs improvement?

The graphical user interface should be enhanced. While the antivirus profile can be implemented very easily with the graphic user interface, there are many important features that cannot be undertaken without the CLI command like signature, such as extending a  database. One cannot do a graphical user interface for this and CLI command must be employed instead. 

All hidden features related to CLI should appear as a graphical user interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been an integrator for Fortinet FortiGate-VM for a couple of years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is really stable and the connection with FortiGate is very good, as is the solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Fortigate has its own systems and provides the services that are related to the priority of the ticket. They provide the tickets for groups, say... one through four and have their own metrics for how they manage these tickets. As such, I consider Palo Alto to be faster and more professional. 

How was the initial setup?

Template or marketplace on Azure can be employed. The credentials one will select while doing the deployment can be used in respect of VM with Fortigate. 

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

Similar to Palo Alto, we have our own license and we're working on this. The customer must buy his own license. 

What other advice do I have?

Just like with Palo Alto, all products are deployed on the cloud.

We have a large number of customers who are making use of the solution, south of 30. Those in Qatar opt for the solution because of its comparative cost effectiveness. It is not only cheaper but also good.

I rate Fortinet FortiGate-VM as an eight out of ten. 

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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