Cisco ASAv vs. FortiGate-VM

Cisco ASAv is ranked 26th in Firewalls with 5 reviews vs FortiGate-VM which is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 10 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASAv writes "We need the product to have HA pairs, so we can failover. It is relatively stable". The top reviewer of FortiGate-VM writes "Can use the appliance as a WLAN controller for up to 10 access points". Cisco ASAv is most compared with Cisco ASA, Cisco Firepower NGFW and pfSense. FortiGate-VM is most compared with pfSense, Juniper SRX and Meraki MX Firewalls. See our Cisco ASAv vs. FortiGate-VM report.
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Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control.The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward.It is a comprehensive suite and complete package.

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It handles our current load with ease, and I think it can handle a bit more. It definitely can handle a lot more capacity than we currently use.It is very useful to make lists for rules and prepare firewall rules.The customer care center of Fortinet is good. For all the requests that we have done, they work as fast as possible, so this is a good point for Fortinet.​There is an interesting possibility of building a tunnel to a firewall from access points. We use this feature for small branch offices with one to two employees with access to central RDP servers.One top feature is the ability to use the appliance as a WLAN controller for up to 10 access points with the new 5.6 firmware.A top feature is the really good web interface and the classic Fortinet features, such as IPS, IDS, AV scanner, and spam filter.​Initial setup was quite straightforward, as we can simply head to the required sections to apply the planned network.​We use it to ensure that our network is properly protected from viruses and malware.

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There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates.The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version.Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on.

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The GUI could be improved.The price is sometimes very expensive.​In the first two releases of FortiOS 5.6, we had some trouble with the SSL VPN service. Sometimes it stopped working, and the IPS daemon too.Improvements are needed for the responsive UI and JIT traffic reporting.The management tools should be more user-friendly.We encountered scalability issues in IPSec Module. The tunnels freeze sometimes.There were challenges during setup, and many of them were self-inflicted.The user interface (UI) and the performance of interface both need improvement.

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We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy.Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click.It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants.Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase.

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The price: It is a bit higher than the other competitors. This is why I started to look at other brands.​The basic pricing in Austria is OK, but asking for special offers, e.g., NPOs, NGOs, trade up, and/or trade in, is always useful.​The price is expensive compared with other vendors, like Cisco and Huawei.The best part of Fortinet is the license is bundled together, so it is easy to use and apply.The pricing and licensing are not as expensive as its competitors.​It is on par with what you receive. It can be expensive upfront.It would be nice to have the ability to extend FortiGuard subscriptions at a reasonable yearly cost versus a bulk three year pricing.​It is an expensive solution if you are migrating from an open source solution.

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26th
out of 47 in Firewalls
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1,207
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831
Reviews
4
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15th
out of 47 in Firewalls
Views
2,112
Comparisons
1,565
Reviews
9
Followers
76
Avg. Rating
8.7
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Adaptive Security Virtual ApplianceFortiGate Virtual Appliance
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Overview


The Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance is a virtualized network security solution. It supports both traditional and next-generation software-defined networks (SDN), as well as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) environments. The ASAv provides policy enforcement and threat inspection across heterogeneous, multisite environments.

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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