Cisco ASAv vs. Fortinet FortiGate

As of February 2019, Cisco ASAv is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 6 reviews vs Fortinet FortiGate which is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 44 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 Fortinet FortiGate writes "The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors". Cisco ASAv is most compared with Cisco ASA, Cisco Firepower NGFW and pfSense. Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA, Sophos UTM and pfSense. See our Cisco ASAv vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.
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Pros
I haven't had any major problems so I haven't had to open a ticket with technical support.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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Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.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.

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In the past though, colleagues have had issues during the upgrade process. The failover didn't work and production was down.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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I think there could be more QoS featuresThey 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.

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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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Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.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.

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Ranking
17th
out of 48 in Firewalls
Views
1,356
Comparisons
912
Reviews
5
Followers
85
Avg. Rating
7.4
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
Adaptive Security Virtual ApplianceFortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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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.

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
BluelockPittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider13%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Cloud Provider17%
Comms Service Provider10%
Writing And Editing Position8%
Financial Services Firm8%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise26%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise16%
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