Compare Azure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiOS

Azure Firewall is ranked 23rd in Firewalls with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 18 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.8, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.2. 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 FortiOS writes "Scalable, with extensive features and good technical support". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Cisco Firepower NGFW, Check Point NGFW and Meraki MX , whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Darktrace, Fortinet FortiWeb, Infoblox Secure DNS, Cato Networks and Sangfor NGAF. See our Azure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiOS report.
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Pros
The traffic inspection and the Firepower engine are the most valuable features. It gives you full details, application details, traffic monitoring, and the threats. It gives you all the containers the user is using, especially at the application level. The solution also provides application visibility and control.If we look at the Cisco ASA without Firepower, then one of the most valuable features is the URL filtering.It's easy to integrate ASA with other Cisco security products. When you understand the technology, it's not a big deal. It's very simple.The benefits we see from the ASA are connected to teleworking as well as, of course, having the basic functionality of a firewall in place and the prevention of attacks.On the network side, where you create your rules for allowing traffic — what can come inside and what can go out — that works perfectly, if you know what you want to achieve. It protects you.If you have a solution that is creating a script and you need to deploy many implementations, you can create a script in the device and it will be the same for all. After that, you just have to do the fine tuning.They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home functionality.The most valuable feature is that the encryption is solid.

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The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.We secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall.Great security and connectivity.The solution has many useful features. For example, the solution allows users to create virtual IP addresses.Performance and stability are the key features of this product.The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive.The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs.

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FortiGate as a product is very easy to configure.There are a lot of features that we like within the solution. The resources or performance of the firewall is very good. However, the real selling point is the fact that the solution offers so many features, it gives our clients a lot of extras that they can work with. There's a lot on offer.All networks are security-driven, we get throughputs and security. We feel that the people at Fortinet are easy to deal with from a support standpoint. If they need to jump in and help us, they're very willing to do that. Their email filtering, their data loss prevention, their intrusion prevention, type of products in the newest OSs has been outstanding.A good network security system for medium-sized businesses with an excellent GUI interface that gives a graphic view of network status.The solution is extremely scalable.This is an easy means of setting up high-availabilty firewall protection.The initial setup is easy. It's the easiest firewall installation process on the market. I work with three or four other products and this one is the easiest.The most valuable feature of this solution would be the caching feature.

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Cons
Security generally requires integration with many devices, and the management side of that process could be enhanced somewhat. It would help if there was a clear view of the integrations and what the easiest way to do them is.One area where the ASA could be improved is that it doesn't have AMP. When you get an ASA with the Firepower model, ASA with FTD, then you have advanced malware protection.If I want to activate IPS features on it, I have to buy another license. If I want Cisco AnyConnect, I have to buy another license. That's where we have challenges.Cisco missed the mark with all the configuration steps. They are a pain and, when doing them, it looks as if we're using a very old technology — yet the technology itself is not old, it's very good. But the front-end configuration is very tough.Cisco provides us with application visibility and control, although it's not a complete solution compared to other vendors. Cisco needs to work on the application behavior side of things, in particular when it comes to the behavior of SSL traffic.It is expensive.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.

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Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment.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.The interface could be improved, it's not very user friendly.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 product could be made more customizable.We find it's different implementing it region-to-region. It might help if it was universal across all regions.This solution is not mature when it comes to handling perimeter traffic like internet browsing.

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Technical support could be better. Some competitors have much more responsive support teams.Right now, it's very trendy to integrate everything into the cloud. This solution would be more effective if they did more integration in that regard.It could more scalable for the lower end users.While it is a solid solution, there are some product limitations which exclude it from deployment in some situations.The solution needs to adjust its pricing models. With the way they are structured, everything is very disparate and sold separately, and, depending on the solution, it can get quite pricey.The support is not very good, but the product is stable so it is not so much of a problem.In terms of what needs improvements, the troubleshooting could use improvement. When we work with other products like Cisco ASA, Palo Alto, and Check Point, we see a big difference in the troubleshooting. It's not easy to find a report.Their technical support needs improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
There is room for improvement in the pricing when compared to the market. Although, when you compare the benefits of support from Cisco, you can adjust the value and it becomes comparable, because you usually need very good support. So you gain value there with this device.When it comes to Cisco, the price of everything is higher. Cisco firewalls are expensive, but we get support from Cisco, and that support is very active.It's a brilliant firewall, and the fact that it comes with a perpetual license really does go far in terms of helping the organization in not having to deal with those costs on an annual basis. That is a pain point when it comes to services like the ones we have on Fortigate. That's where we really give Cisco firewalls the thumbs up.Cisco is expensive, but you do get benefits for the price.In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.

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The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device.Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses.We pay $100,000. That covers the cost of the hardware that we run the VN's on. That also includes any SGNA costs for the internal support tech.Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue.We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.The program is expensive.

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Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

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.

Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall 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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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider9%
Manufacturing Company9%
University8%
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Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company7%
Government5%
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Software R&D Company42%
Comms Service Provider12%
Government8%
Real Estate/Law Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider38%
Transportation Company25%
Financial Services Firm13%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
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Software R&D Company34%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company9%
Retailer7%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business59%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise12%
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