Most Helpful Review
It is very useful to make lists for rules and prepare firewall rules.
The customer care center of Fortinet is good. For all the requests that we have done, they work as fast as possible, so this is a good point for Fortinet.
There is an interesting possibility of building a tunnel to a firewall from access points. We use this feature for small branch offices with one to two employees with access to central RDP servers.
One top feature is the ability to use the appliance as a WLAN controller for up to 10 access points with the new 5.6 firmware.
A top feature is the really good web interface and the classic Fortinet features, such as IPS, IDS, AV scanner, and spam filter.
Initial setup was quite straightforward, as we can simply head to the required sections to apply the planned network.
We use it to ensure that our network is properly protected from viruses and malware.
The initial setup was quite straightforward.
It has the typical features of a next-generation firewall. It can do application control, antivirus, content filtering, etc.
I like to install Palo Alto mainly on the data center side to have visibility into all VLANs. That gives full visibility into the core.
The price is sometimes very expensive.
In the first two releases of FortiOS 5.6, we had some trouble with the SSL VPN service. Sometimes it stopped working, and the IPS daemon too.
Improvements are needed for the responsive UI and JIT traffic reporting.
The management tools should be more user-friendly.
We encountered scalability issues in IPSec Module. The tunnels freeze sometimes.
There were challenges during setup, and many of them were self-inflicted.
The user interface (UI) and the performance of interface both need improvement.
We have experience stability issues, when the product sizing is wrong or on configuration errors.
I would like to see more in terms of reporting tools and the threat analysis capabilities.
I'm thinking about a new feature. They have decryption. It's a good idea to use decryption on Palo Alto. It would be good if they had offloading of the traffic, and if they could decrypt the traffic and offload it. Like, for example, ASM on our site. We have an SSL decryption to offload the traffic. We could use that on Palo Alto.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The price: It is a bit higher than the other competitors. This is why I started to look at other brands.
The basic pricing in Austria is OK, but asking for special offers, e.g., NPOs, NGOs, trade up, and/or trade in, is always useful.
The price is expensive compared with other vendors, like Cisco and Huawei.
The best part of Fortinet is the license is bundled together, so it is easy to use and apply.
The pricing and licensing are not as expensive as its competitors.
It is on par with what you receive. It can be expensive upfront.
It would be nice to have the ability to extend FortiGuard subscriptions at a reasonable yearly cost versus a bulk three year pricing.
It is an expensive solution if you are migrating from an open source solution.
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|Also Known As||FortiGate Virtual Appliance||Palo Alto Networks NGFW, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series|
|Website/Video||Fortinet||Palo Alto Networks|
FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.
Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.
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|Sample Customers||Security7 Networks, COOPENAE||SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments|
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