Compare Cloudflare vs. Fortinet FortiWeb

Cloudflare is ranked 3rd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiWeb is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 13 reviews. Cloudflare is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiWeb is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "The dashboard is very well thought out, giving useful information". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWeb writes "Good pricing, and provides for faster and more secure application deployment". Cloudflare is most compared with Imperva Incapsula, Akamai and Sucuri, whereas Fortinet FortiWeb is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, FortiADC and Cloudflare. See our Cloudflare vs. Fortinet FortiWeb report.
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The technical support is good.The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is that it has a free version. They give us the free version with the anti-DDoS features and also the load balancing solution.Cloudflare allows us to self-host services such as Rocket.Chat and Node-RED, in high-availability mode, thanks to round robin DNS which allows us to share one hostname between our two locations.When using services like Heroku, Cloudflare is very useful for CNAME flattening. I also use it for their end-to-end SSL with TLS authentication on nginx for securing servers.Centralized, full-featured DNS.The simplicity of the overall dashboard makes it a great product for a user like me who has less understanding of the internet than a developer or other more technical people. It gives me peace of mind. I also love the easy customization of the Page Rules.

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FortiWeb offers machine learning in the latest product. This fixed many problems. There are no false negatives.It's the extra security that is the most valuable feature. You have insight into your traffic. There are some great insights into what utilities hackers are trying to exploit. It blocks a lot of stuff from the internet.The most valuable feature in this solution is the ability to disseminate between the user entering some wrong value to the field, and a suspicious actor trying to exploit some known vulnerability.What we like about Fortinet FortiWeb is it has all the features. We use all of them, so we have to turn on all the options.All the features that FortiGate contains are very suitable for our business. We work with other products in Fortinet, FortiWeb, FortiSandbox, FortiMail, and FortiCache. We use all UTM features like self-encryption, encryption, all UTM features.When we had Cisco we had around thirty thousand entries on our firewalls. Now we are down to three thousand. Fortinet has a mechanism to detect all of your entries which are not used, and it can clean it up.Security Fabric integration. This is really a value-added feature as FortiWeb can interact with the rest of the client’s Fortinet pack to provide an intelligent security layer like (FortiSIEM for central log management and correlation, FortiGate, FortiSandbox for malware analysis, etc.).The most valuable feature is the web application firewall (WAF).

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The product support needs to be accessible from more places, a wider area of coverage.If they improve on the placement of their data centers, it would be better. I'm living in a remote area. I would like to connect to them without any kind of lag.Sometimes their more advanced caching tools can cause higher first-byte times and problems with JavaScript.They lack a good way to manage DNS as a company, since everything is relegated to single account logins until you get to the higher levels. They have come out with a paid feature to remedy this, but I have not had a chance to fully review it yet to know if it fixes the access problem.One area of improvement is in the Access Rules. Hypothetically, if we wanted to block or challenge traffic outside of the United States, the only way to currently do that (as far as I know) is to enter every single country outside of the United States. That could be a labor intensive job. A solution could be to enable users to create a rule where traffic is only allowed within a certain country.I think the APIs are a little bit hard for us to work with. The APIs could be more open so that we could integrate better with our SolarWinds or our monitoring solution.The reporting can definitely be improved to offer a lot more explanation on something that may have happened or has actually happened.

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Fortinet FortiWeb is not scalable. You'll need more budget to change the hardware.The solution is rather complicated. If you know what to do, it's not bad, but it's complicated for a first time user to configure the solution. What I'd like to improve are the custom signatures.We would like to know more about the integration with the hardware or security products, such as Gemalto, because we need to move to that point.Fortinet FortiWeb needs to improve the way it's configured. Common services like publishing exchange should be done in one click only.New releases and old releases have some bugs, some features do not work as good as we want but every new release the Fortinet team fixes up problems.I would like to have an antivirus option.FortiWeb does not exist in a cloud-based form. Its only available for deployment as a virtual appliance on AWS and Azure IaaS platforms. Because of the trend to WAF environments, it would be good to have it as a SaaS. Also, FortiWeb would be more competitive if it combined WAF and DDoS protection.​Their support needs improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees.I think the pricing is competitive. I think as far as licensing is concerned it's pretty straightforward because it's based on domain. It's just that sometimes domains could be tricky with some customers.

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The solution gives us the best price to performance ratio.The license cost depends on the size of the box or the size of the solution. It can go from €200 Euros to a few hundred thousand Euros a year depending on your size.​The pricing is reasonable.​It really pays off to buy licences for multiple years​.Keep a loose margin between your actual bandwidth and the product sizing when using hardware appliances. Only virtual machines are upgradable to larger sizes.Cheaper than others.FortiWeb can be purchased in VM mode for a lower price and the same features.

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Overview

Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 9 million Internet applications. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests globally.

Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

FortiWeb is a web application firewall (WAF) that protects hosted web applications from attacks that target known and unknown exploits. Using multi-layered and correlated detection methods, FortiWeb defends applications from known vulnerabilities and from zero-day threats.

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Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.Lush, Barnabas Health, Options, Riverside Healthcare, Hillsbourough County Schools, Columbia Public Schools, Schiller AG
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Energy/Utilities Company18%
Marketing Services Firm18%
Financial Services Firm18%
Engineering Company18%
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Software R&D Company26%
Comms Service Provider10%
Media Company9%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Financial Services Firm30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Mining And Metals Company10%
Local Government10%
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Software R&D Company33%
Comms Service Provider20%
Media Company9%
Government6%
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