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Pros
"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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"The most valuable feature is the policy routing and application control.""The response is very quick and they can visually resolve our problems in a short period.""It enables our organization to become more productive. Also, it protects our NEtWare from viruses and malware.""It performs very well.""It has very easy management and an amazing ETM configuration.""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.""It has improved our security capabilities.""It is a good source for firewall protection."

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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 UI could be improved.""The room for improvement is about the global delivery time period. Usually I need to wait for almost one month to deliver it overseas. So if you can shorten the deliver time it'd be great.""I think the only issue that needs improvement is the interface.""I would like to see more advanced developments of a wireless controller in the future.""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.""There were quite a few problems with the stability of the system.""The UTM filtering needs improvement.""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."

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"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."

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"The beauty is the price performance ratio is great with FortiGate. It provides all the features we needed and the price is comparable with others' firewalls. The price is quite competitive with the firewalls with similar features.""The price, in comparison to other products is very cheap.""The pricing is perfect.""We find the most valuable aspect of this solution is the price. It is affordable, and cheaper than other firewalls.""It is an inexpensive solution.""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 a good product from a price perspective versus functionality."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: VeloCloud offers a hybrid deployment model i.e. you can have MPLS and SD WAN running simultaneously while Cisco only supports single deployment scenario.
Top Answer: Cisco SD-WAN has a true software defined architecture separating out the Control, Data and Management/Orchestration layers. It has the best in breed hardware, routing capabilities, integrated Security… more »
Top Answer:  Cisco is a traditional networking play and has successfully transformed from pure hardware to now software defined products. Many network engineers already use the product and makes a lot of… more »
Top Answer: From my experience regarding both the Sophos and FortiGate firewalls, I personally would rather use FortiGate. I know the firewalls change every 5 to 7 years as stated but you really do need to… 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 »
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Also Known As
Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud RouterFortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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Overview

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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Sample Customers
Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & AssociatesPittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider22%
Real Estate/Law Firm22%
Transportation Company11%
Consumer Goods Company11%
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Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company25%
Construction Company4%
Government4%
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Comms Service Provider17%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Financial Services Firm8%
Real Estate/Law Firm8%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company25%
Media Company6%
Government5%
Company Size
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise28%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise34%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 18 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in SD-WAN with 42 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "A solution for integrating services to enhance up-time, performance and lower costs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Don't underestimate FortiAnalyzer. It can give you a better understanding of what is going on in your network". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, VMware NSX and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, Meraki MX , pfSense, Sophos UTM and SonicWall TZ. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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