Fortinet FortiGate-VM Review

Good security and functionality but not as robust as Palo Alto


What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for the security so that our systems will not be penetrated externally.

What is most valuable?

The security the solution provides is its most valuable feature. All the basic security we need is found within this product.

The functionality provided is very good.

It integrates well with FortiMail and the two combined add a nice layer of security for our on-prem emails.

What needs improvement?

As we just began implementing the solution, I'm not sure if there are any features missing. We haven't come across any shortcomings in the product yet.

We purchased the product through a reseller, and we don't have any issues with them and therefore, so far, don't have any issues with the solution itself.

The product may not be as robust as Palo Alto. However, unless you are a big bank, you probably won't need it to be.

For how long have I used the solution?

This is the first time we've acquired a firewall. It's pretty much a new experience on our end. We haven't been using it long at all. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues when it comes to stability. It's been very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is good. We haven't faced any issues with expansion.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have yet to contact technical support, as we've just started to use the product and haven't had any issues to speak of so far.

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

This is our first firewall. We didn't previously have a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

The solution's setup was pretty straightforward. It took the team about two to three weeks to deploy it.

What about the implementation team?

We had a reseller assist us with the implementation.

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

Fortigate is cheaper if you compare it to Palo Alto, a main competitor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our team evaluated Palo Alto as well, although I did not evaluate it directly. I'm not sure what the main difference was between Palo Alto and Fortigate.

However, we have evaluated Fortinet for the last four or five months and now we're officially acquiring the licenses for it. 

I believe the pricing was a big part of the decision to choose Fortigate.

What other advice do I have?

We've also recently acquired FortiMail as well.

This solution has the basic functionalities required for a firewall. In fact, in terms of our evaluation, it's basic functionalities are enough for us. If I were to compare it to Palo Alto, it does not necessarily have the full capability of that particular solution. We're not a bank. We don't belong to the banking industry so we don't really need such high caliber firewalls that provide multiple levels of security. It's not required with our industry, so a mid-range firewall like Fortigate is perfect.

If your business is small or even enterprise-level, if it doesn't necessarily need multiple or heavy firewalls, Fortigate will actually work just fine for you.

I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. It perfectly meets our requirements.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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