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Rick Rutledge
Real User
Network Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The features we see and use the most are the SD-WAN, auto failover for dual ISP connections, auto failover for our VPN... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As the only network admin in the company, I have to monitor nine remote sites (production and shipping facilities) and... more»

What needs improvement?

I do wish you could control some ports locally from a console, but this is not the case. The only thing you can control... more»

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

Well, you get what you pay for. If you want good products that work well and are easy to configure, as well as remote... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used to be an HPE shop. I pulled out all that equipment, and installed Meraki switches and firewalls. It’s been so... more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have your network planned out, mapped out and you can see exactly where you need the devices installed.... more»
Simon Chaba
Real User
ICT Manager at a aerospace/defense firm
Jan 25 2017

What is most valuable?

You can create multiple Virtual Domains (VDOMs), which are treated as separate firewall instances. The reporting you... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is no need to buy physical firewall hardware when you host multiple customers requiring individual secure access... more»

What needs improvement?

1. sFlow and NetFlow I could not configure sFlow from the FortiGate graphical user interface. I realized that the sFlow... more»

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

Fortinet licensing is straightforward and less confusing compared to Cisco. Fortinet has one or two license types, and... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used different solutions as well. We did not switch, we have different requirements for different customers.

What other advice do I have?

Great appliances, and it is affordable.
Charles Ogwari
Real User
Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* Form factor: It is small, very nimble, and can be deployed in very small environments which do not have wiring... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has greatly reduced the network management functions by reducing the number of devices to manage (one vs three), and... more»

What needs improvement?

Disaggregation (this is available in the box) should be improved to include software intelligence that is actionable.

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

The price per performance value is the best out there in the market. No licensing is needed for all the features apart... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We looked at MikroTik. However, more features such as the performance, scalability, and consolidation were available on... more»

What other advice do I have?

The Juniper SRX300 is a stable and very reliable product, packed with a lot of capabilities that are not available in... more»
Sergei Chernooki
Consultant
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Cisco ASAs are great network firewalls and they can work for years after being configured. The best features are NAT,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With ASAs, we can keep operational expenses as low as possible. Disaster risks should be observed as usual, but this is... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see new SW versions being more stable and HW performance increase. However, the new 2000 series has... more»

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

Basic features and IPs can work without subscriptions. All next-generation features require per-year payments.... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Some of my customers switched from ZyXel to Cisco and this is an obvious decision for me. It will be much harder to... more»

What other advice do I have?

All you need to succeed is careful design, professional setup, and a support contract.
Pavan Tipirneni
Real User
Solution Architect at JM Family Enterprises
Dec 12 2018

What is most valuable?

AWS has improved our agility to apply firewall rules. It has reduced the amount of time that it takes to apply firewall... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it mostly for the firewall and its ability to work in AWS. That is why we like it.

What needs improvement?

We still need to understand what are the best practices which we need to implement. We also don't know how it will... more»

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

We found purchasing process the product on the AWS Marketplace to be very good. We used the AWS Marketplace because we... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using a lot of Cisco firewalls before. We switched because we wanted what works best in the cloud.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend to try it out.

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