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"The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features.""The feature that I find to be the most valuable is the bandwidth aggregation.""It's a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything.""The WAN aggregation feature is the most valuable."

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"We have expanded the wireless access point and switches using Fortinet FortiOS.""The fact that is it has a UTM, a Unified Threat Management feature is the most valuable aspect for us. It's an all in one product. It's like our one-stop-shop to the internet.""The most valuable features are the intrusion prevention system and the anti-virus.""For my organization, it has become much easier to scan the firewalls because the solution is more user-friendly than competitors.""The interface is easy to understand, so when there are threats you get alerts. It's quite intuitive, but if you are ever confused they have instructional videos. For example, if you don't understand a graph there's a link to a video that explains what the graph means. It makes it very user-friendly.""I like its configuration and the various functions it offers.""All of the features in this solution are effective and efficient.""The technical support is very good and the assistance they gave was very good."

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"They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud.""They can't do one-to-one NAT (Network Address Translation) in AP (their access point), and that is something that Palo Alto can do.""I would like to see better integration with identity providers.""Its functionality is a bit limited in some areas as compared to a Cisco solution. It is not as granular. It doesn't have the manageability, feature set, and capabilities of a larger or an enterprise-level solution. It just needs a more robust feature set and granularity."

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"The additional features I would like to see included in the next release is better troubleshooting and reporting.""The complexity of the VPNs should be improved.""I would like to see smaller and more frequent updates.""The signature discs, compared to Palo Alto, aren't as good. It takes more time to get the signature updates.""The solution is good, but they have poor marketing in Nigeria. They need to market their product better.""For me, it is important to be able to block VPN applications, like Facebook, so I would like to see that included in the next release. With this version, if you want to block or allow a site, you now have to drag all the domains related to this site.""The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure.""In the future I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a drop in the price."

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"The price is not an issue for us, as it is priced more competitively than some other vendors.""If you compare with VeloCloud, the price is the same or even cheaper.""You pay yearly based on the speed of your network. If you increase the speed of your network, you increase the cost for your throughput. It is by bandwidth for the most part and then licenses for VPN. There is some per-seat licensing for VPN access, but the majority of it is minimal. It is like $30 a year per client. The rest is based on how much bandwidth you'll use. You pay for that upfront for the year, and if you have to increase it, you increase it, and then they let you send more data through. There are no additional costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."

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"The program is expensive.""We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.""Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue.""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.""Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses.""The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device.""The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features.
Top Answer: Our primary use case was to switch from MPLS to SD-WAN to minimize the cost. Also to have a cloud platform to transport traffic to different solutions to be more effective.
Top Answer: If you really want to have a solution that has an easy deployment and provides SD-WAN and firewall abilities, go with Cato Networks. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because they don't… more »
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Cato connects your branch locations, physical and cloud datacenters, and mobile users into a secure and optimized global network in the cloud.

One Network, protected by One Security stack and enforcing One Policy.

The Cato Cloud Network is built on a globally distributed network of Points of Presence (PoPs). The PoPs are interconnected with an encrypted and optimized multi-carrier private backbone to ensure optimal global traffic routing. The Cato Cloud Network provides an affordable, SLA-backed, global enterprise network backbone.

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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Cato Networks is ranked 10th in SD-WAN with 4 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 21 reviews. Cato Networks is rated 9.0, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cato Networks writes "Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Scalable, with extensive features and good technical support". Cato Networks is most compared with Zscaler SASE, Cisco SD-WAN, VeloCloud, Fortinet FortiGate and Masergy Managed SD-WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiWeb, Darktrace, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway and Vectra AI.

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