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Question: Would you choose Cisco SD-WAN or Fortinet FortiGate? Answer: Fortinet includes SD-WAN with no upcharge in the FortiGate NGFW
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"This solution can scale from SMB to the enterprise level. It is very impressive.""So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager.""The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now.""The solution's application control and application traffic steering tool are its most valuable aspects in terms of how we utilize the product.""Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand more-so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.""There is minimum blind space in this solution.""It's very easy to manage and monitor the network's health and security using the solution.""The product's brand recognition is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution."

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"SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.""Virtual Domains (VDOMs) are a feature that we found valuable.""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.""We use the FortiGate Sandbox to detect zero-day vulnerabilities, such as anomalies or malware, that are unknown and have not yet been discovered.""The virtual firewall feature is the most valuable. We have around 1,500 firewalls. We did not buy individual hardware, and the virtual firewalls made sense because we don't have to keep on buying the hardware. FortiGate is easier to use as compared to Checkpoint devices. It is user friendly and has a good UI. You don't need much expertise to work on this firewall. You don't need to worry much about DCLA, commands, and things like that.""The most valuable features are that it is very simple to configure and to manage.""Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.""The most valuable features are the possibility of having one fabric for switching on security."

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Cons
"This solution is expensive so pricing is a concern.""It would be very helpful if we had better access to a knowledge base, or online documentation, to help both us and our customers learn to use this solution.""Cisco's router and voice gateway has not been available since the launch of SD-WAN.""The whole solution needs to be re-imagined. It's quite complex right now and really needs to be simplified to make it easier for those of us using it. It should offer more simplified management as well.""The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better.""The main issue is that not in the technology, but it comes back comparison. When we do a comparison with other SD WAN solutions, they are priced better.""Since most user-data is going through the solution, we are concerned about security, as all the information is in the cloud and not on-premises. The user data authentification should be higher to better prevent malicious attacks.""The initial setup could be a bit less complex."

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"The user interface could be improved to make it less confusing and easier to set up.""To the best of my knowledge, Fortinet does not have a CASB solution and Fortinet does not have a Zero trust solution.""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.""We would like to see a better training platform implemented.""FortiGate is really good. We have been using it for quite some time. Initially, when we started off, we had around 70 plus devices of FortiGate, but then Check Point and Palo Alto took over the place. From the product perspective, there are no issues, but from the account perspective, we have had issues. Fortinet's presence in our company is very less. I don't see any Fortinet account managers talking to us, and that presence has diluted in the last two and a half or three years. We have close to 1,500 firewalls. Out of these, 60% of firewalls are from Palo Alto, and a few firewalls are from Check Point. FortiGate firewalls are very less now. It is not because of the product; it is because of the relationship. I don't think they had a good relationship with us, and there was some kind of disconnect for a very long time. The relationship between their accounts team and my leadership team seems to be the reason for phasing out FortiGate.""In the next release, maybe the documentation on how to use this solution could be improved.""I think there could be more QoS features""I would like to see a more intuitive dashboard."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars.""80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization.""Cisco is more expensive than some competing products.""SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location.""The costs are a bit on the high side.""It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract.""The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models.""It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."

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"Fortinet is the least expensive solution.""It's very affordable.""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 Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing.""I think that the pricing is fair.""For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year.""It's an expensive solution.""The price is okay."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Fortinet includes SD-WAN with no upcharge in the FortiGate NGFW
Top Answer: Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.
Top Answer: It is not the cheapest solution on the market, however, without a doubt, it is one of the options that best handles complex topologies. Therefore there is a need to know more accurately what the… more »
Top Answer:  When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use… more »
Top Answer: In my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great firewalls with excellent performance and a useful integration witch Active directory and LDAP - Fortinet is easier to… more »
Top Answer: We have Meraki Mx devices now, we are looking to replace them. But that is because the Meraki MX platform lacks SSL Inspection, Granular Firewall rules (Block only, no allow setting), client vpn… more »
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Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

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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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider50%
Transportation Company10%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company4%
Government4%
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Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company9%
Financial Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
542,823 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 95 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN, VMware NSX and Citrix SD-WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and VMware SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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