Anonymous UserNetwork Specialist at a financial services firm
Riasat AliGroup Head of IT at a maritime company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It gives you the ability to upgrade switches remotely, schedule the upgrade time, perform backups, and monitor the health of all networks."
"The interfaces are a valuable feature."
"Enables oversight in order to tweak and tune."
"Cisco Prime is helpful as it provides us with real-time monitoring. This allows us to be proactive in our environment."
"The product is a combination of management and monitoring from the same interface."
"It would normally take us a handful of days to install one FortiGate instance on one site. But with this technology, zero-touch deployment, we need just one hour or maybe as little as 30 minutes to install one site. It is much more efficient."
"The user interface is very easy to navigate."
"The most valuable features are the centralized management of the firewalls."
"A fully integrated solution."
"We look at the traffic to segment the network and it improves and increases the performance. When we have a mobile connection and local laptops are on the same network. We have seen a big performance upgrade."
"Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account."
"For the whole security fabric from Fortinet, with a simple click you can see if some workstations or services are affected by an attack. You can really easily quarantine it, check the solution, and fix it."
"If you think about a centralized monitoring system, Cisco Prime is not good because it does not support third-party vendors like Palo Alto or FortiGate."
"Lacking in integration with a SIEM tool."
"The solution can be slow at times."
"The overall management capabilities of Prime need to be improved."
"The areas that need improvement are implemenation and support. In terms of implementation, it mainly needs clear documentation."
"Troubleshooting for Fortinet products is more difficult than competing products like Cisco and Palo Alto."
"Regional support in African countries needs to be improved."
"It's a difficult process to transfer one interface from one virtual domain to another."
"Can be difficult to configure."
"Performance issues should be improved. We have problems when we have more mobile connections than local devices. Most of us have two to three devices."
"The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker."
"Fortinet is releasing quite a lot of new versions and I would say that most of the versions are not well tested before they're pushed out. Even the new versions sometimes are a bit buggy before it's all correct."
"Cisco Prime is an expensive solution."
"Fortinet FortiManager is not expensive at all if you compare it with other vendors like Check Point and Cisco. Fortinet products are the least expensive on the market in the category of firewalls."
"The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use."
"In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable."
"Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers."
Cisco Prime products deliver next-generation management by supporting an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience and integrated lifecycle operations across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks.
Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.
Cisco Prime is ranked 5th in Network Management Applications with 4 reviews while Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 12 reviews. Cisco Prime is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Prime writes "Good management capability and wireless heatmap, but NetFlow needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click". Cisco Prime is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, HPE Intelligent Management Center, Huawei eSight and Infoblox NetMRI, whereas Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Cisco DNA Center, Fortinet FortiOS and AppGate SDP. See our Cisco Prime vs. Fortinet FortiManager report.
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