Fortinet FortiGate-VM Review

Easy to use and deploy with good performance and capacity


What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

What is most valuable?

The most valuables features are the ease of use and deployment. 

It is easy to back up and easy to transport.

This is a flexible solution.

Our customers are happy with the performance and capacity.

The user interface is ok and we haven't had any problems with it.

What needs improvement?

The price of FortiGate-VM is high and should be more competitive.

In the next release, we would like to see full integration with VMware NSX virtualized networks.

For how long have I used the solution?

We began working with this appliance about five years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a reliable solution and we haven't had any issues with the virtual appliance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a largely scalable and flexible solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not been in contact with technical support.

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

I have personal experience with Palo Alto, Check Point, pfSense, and SonicWall.

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

This solution is very expensive. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have tested virtual appliances from almost every vendor and the only ones that I can recommend are those from Fortinet. Many do not have the maturity or a proper licensing model, whereas others lack performance optimization for the virtual scenarios, and some vendors lack field engineering experience.

What other advice do I have?

Our customers for this virtual appliance are very happy with their deployments and I recommend it. This is not a perfect solution but we are not seeking one. Every product has room for improvement.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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