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Researched Fortinet FortiGate-VM but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: Good UI but too expensive and not very stable
Researched Fortinet FortiGate-VM but chose Azure Firewall: Good technical support but lacks machine learning and has a lot of limitations
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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"This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good."
"The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured."
"Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good."
"I haven't had any major problems so I haven't had to open a ticket with technical support."
"The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature."
"I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy, straightforward on your left side pane you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty straightforward."
"We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area."
"The initial setup was completely straightforward."
"The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs."
"The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive."
"Performance and stability are the key features of this product."
"The solution has many useful features. For example, the solution allows users to create virtual IP addresses."
"Great security and connectivity."
"We secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall."
"The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform."
"The solution can autoscale."
"FortiGate is a nice and very good product."
"The product is quite user-friendly so we didn't have a lot of issues that needed to be addressed."
"The standard features, including the filtering, are quite good. All the basic features are pretty useful for us."
"The most valuable features are site-to-site connections and UTM."
"The stability of the solution is good. We haven't faced any issues at all while using the product."
"The most valuables features are the ease of use and deployment."
"In terms of administration, it's perfect."
"The most valuable features are the web proxy for protection and web gateway for deployment."
"The phishing emails could be improved."
"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."
"Some of the features, like the stability, need to be improved."
"In the past though, colleagues have had issues during the upgrade process. The failover didn't work and production was down."
"At times the product is sluggish and slow"
"If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own."
"Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems."
"We have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly."
"This solution is not mature when it comes to handling perimeter traffic like internet browsing."
"We find it's different implementing it region-to-region. It might help if it was universal across all regions."
"The product could be made more customizable."
"The solution doesn't offer the same capabilities of Fortinet. It should offer intrusion prevention and advance filtering. These are two very useful features offered on Fortinet that Azure lacks."
"The interface could be improved, it's not very user friendly."
"There are a number of things that need to be simplified, but it's mostly costs. It needs to be simplified because it's pretty expensive."
"Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment."
"Azure should be able to work better as a balancer also, instead of just being a firewall. It should have a wider mandate."
"FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better."
"Customization needs improvement."
"We haven't attempted to scale the solution just yet. If we want to scale this solution we may have to look at other models. With certain requirements, we probably wouldn't be able to scale it so well as it is right now."
"When new versions are deployed they tend to be a little buggy, so they should be more fully tested before release."
"The user interface needs to be improved."
"In the next release, we would like to see full integration with VMware NSX virtualized networks."
"The interface needs to be updated and simplified."
"In the next release, I would like to see integration capability with SIEM tools, such as QRadar, and LogRhythm."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision."
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions."
"The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market."
"We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement."
"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs."
"I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable."
"With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect."
"This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run."
"Azure Firewall is more expensive. If Microsoft can make Azure Firewall cheaper, I can see that all clients will think of using it. One client used FortiGate because it is much cheaper. Some clients ask me for Cisco, but in the cloud estimate, I found its cost is the same as Azure Firewall."
"The price of this product is great compared to others."
"This solution is very expensive."
"The price is similar to Symantec Endpoint, but it's more expensive than Forcepoint solutions. Fortinet is better than Forcepoint."
"There is a benefit in terms of the cost of using this solution because the price is very good."
"It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits."
"Of all the firewalls that we compared, FortiGate is the cheapest and most affordable, so we are satisfied with the pricing."
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and… more »
Top Answer: Cisco FW for peace of mind
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of the exact pricing, however, I do believe it is less expensive than Fortigate. For Fortinet, we pay… more »
Top Answer: The functionality provided is very good.
Top Answer: Fortigate is cheaper if you compare it to Palo Alto, a main competitor.
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Also Known As
|Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv||FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM|
Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.
FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.
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|There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.|
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Azure Firewall is ranked 22nd in Firewalls with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 20 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.4, while Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall writes "Easy to set up, good integration, and the technical support is good". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Clearly captures each and every thing for the backup capture". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Check Point NGFW and OPNsense, whereas Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, pfSense, OPNsense and Meraki MX. See our Azure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM report.
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