Check Point VSX vs. Fortinet FortiGate

As of February 2019, Check Point VSX is ranked 21st in Firewalls with 4 reviews vs Fortinet FortiGate which is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 44 reviews. The top reviewer of Check Point VSX writes "Valuable features include centralized management using the MDM solution and the log management module". The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors". Check Point VSX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and pfSense. Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA, Sophos UTM and pfSense. See our Check Point VSX vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is the monitoring. We can easily monitor what kind of stuff comes over to our network and we can then check the dashboard and work accordingly.We consolidated from three management consoles and three clusters to only one, which is a big improvement.Its blades and VSLS (Virtual System Load Sharing) work fine.Monitoring using SmartConsole and all its features is extremely easy, and I find SmartEvent an excellent monitoring tool for spotting threats and user behaviour.The multiple virtual firewalls on one box are extremely useful and the interconnection with virtual switches is simple and easy to understand.

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We use a southern institution that's audited for IT security and the reporting that automatically comes off the unit makes it much easier to meet compliance standards and makes it easier as far as the amount of time that has to be spent to compile that information. If you get your reporting set up correctly when you initially set it up, you just select the one you want and hit print. The auditing trail on it is the best feature.It is easy to use and performs very well.We are a visual effects company, and there have been a number of high profile security issues in our industry. This has brought us to a higher standard of security, which our clients are very keen on these days.It's a firewall that secures our internal network. I have been using it since 2013, and I find that most of the features are advanced, and very user friendly.The most valuable feature is the bundled subscription, which is IPS, TV and web filtering.It is a good source for firewall protection.It has improved our security capabilities.I am "headache free" that I don't have to categorize all the websites and that security has been pre categorized by the people, and that the services are getting updated. At least one part of my problem is over.

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Cons
The initial setup was a bit complex.Having a web UI in the VSX (or something similar) would be nice.We have Microsoft CASB cloud app security and it's one of the least compatible firewalls. They really need to look at this, as both Check Point and Microsoft are major players. Why aren't they compatible? If we had Palo Alto then we wouldn't have this problem.

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They should make the rule sets more understandable for the end user. When you're trying to explain to somebody how a computer network is secured, sometimes it's difficult for an end user or customer to understand. If there was a way to make the terminology more accessible to the end user, the set up could be easier. They should translate the technical jargon to an easily relatable and understandable conversation for the end user, the customer, that would be brilliant. Particularly in an environment where the IT structure is audited regularly, there's always pressure from the auditor to up the standards and up the security and you get your USCERT's that come out and there's a warning about this and the customer will want to lock out so much and when you apply it they run into issue where they can't search the internet or print to their remote office. Of course they can't print to your remote office, they just locked it up. They should make the language more understandable for the customer. If there's a product out there that made the jargon understandable to John Q. Public, I would buy that.There could be more integration between the logging and analytical platforms to make it more seamless and integrated.We had a minor problem where there was a major system upgrade on the hardware platfrom and the Mac client was not available as soon as it might have been. The PC client was available immediately, but we had to wait a month or so, before there was a mac client. I was slightly irritated that it was not ready on time, but it was eventually resolved.The web-cache feature which was previously on the FortiGate device, but was deleted with the recent upgrade should be returned. It was a very valuable feature for us.I think they need to improve more in order to be a competitor with the leaders of the field.The UTM filtering needs improvement.There were quite a few problems with the stability of the system.A couple of things I've seen that need improvement, especially in terms of a hard coding. The driver-level active moment really is out-of-the-box and we have to have contact the customer support and sometimes it is difficult to resolve.

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The initial setup is super straight forward and as far as the licensing goes for the small product that we have, the pricing was pretty competitive. It wasn't as simple and as cheap as a SonicWall but for the service we would get it was a good price.It is a good product from a price perspective versus functionality.Price-wise, it's at a good price point for our market.It is cost-effective, and provides a good value for your money. The pricing, and license renewal, is very reasonable for us.They need to be competitive with other solutions.It is an inexpensive solution.We find the most valuable aspect of this solution is the price. It is affordable, and cheaper than other firewalls.The pricing is perfect.

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Ranking
21st
out of 48 in Firewalls
Views
13,699
Comparisons
7,636
Reviews
3
Followers
210
Avg. Rating
8.7
1st
out of 48 in Firewalls
Views
223,407
Comparisons
107,155
Reviews
41
Followers
4,319
Avg. Rating
8.6
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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Overview
VSX (Virtual System Extension) is a security and VPN solution for large-scale environments based on the proven security of Check Point Security Gateway. VSX provides comprehensive protection for multiple networks or VLANs within complex infrastructures. It securely connects them to shared resources such as the Internet and/or a DMZ, and allows them to safely interact with each other.

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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Sample Customers
Bentley Systems, Almaviva TSF S.p.A, Yankuang Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company10%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Financial Services Firm10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Cloud Provider16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm9%
Writing And Editing Position8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business63%
Large Enterprise38%
REVIEWERS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise26%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise18%
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