Fortinet FortiOS Review

A feature-rich and stable solution, but the GUI needs to be improved


What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant, and I have worked with solutions from many different vendors. Depending on what the customer wants, we help to select the solution. This is one of the solutions that I have serviced in a client environment.

What is most valuable?

All of the features in this solution are effective and efficient. They are dependent on the environment in the organization.

What needs improvement?

The policies and the way that they are applied can be improved. It could be more direct, as it is an issue for some people. Generally, policy management could be made better and simpler to deploy.

The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this product for several months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think it's a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have been deploying this solution in small and medium-sized environments, with no more than fifty users, and it has always been effective.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't think that we have had any issues with technical support for this solution.

How was the initial setup?

The difficulty of the initial setup depends on who is handling it. Definitely, there are challenges, but if you have a proper understanding of what you're supposed to do, then it is straightforward to work with.

For me, I think that the physical box is more straightforward to work with, but it depends on who is doing it. If you get your architecture right then it is a pretty straightforward deployment. If you don't, then you run into issues that you will need to troubleshoot.

What other advice do I have?

For my requirements and expectations, I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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