FortiGate-VM vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series

FortiGate-VM is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 9 reviews vs Palo Alto Networks VM-Series which is ranked 21st in Firewalls with 4 reviews. The top reviewer of FortiGate-VM writes "Can use the appliance as a WLAN controller for up to 10 access points". The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "A reliable tool with excellent support". FortiGate-VM is most compared with pfSense, Juniper SRX and Kerio Control. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Juniper SRX. See our FortiGate-VM vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series report.
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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.

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It is reliable and the support is very good.In the newer version, there are 3850s, all of them are scalable. They fit better into the medium or small businesses.They now know the details about their network traffic that they did not know before: Applications that they are using and some application they did not know they were using.A solid operating system with all the necessary data center security features.We have reduced the number of configuration lines by 90%. We need fewer number of admins right now because of it.It scales linearly with load and no issues.We now know a lot more detail about what our users are doing on the network.It is very stable. It is fairly easy to use.

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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.

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From time to time, they have released some content updates that have some issues, maybe twice a year.There are various reports that come with the box or with the VMware, but you can only run them daily.All areas need improvement: manufacturing, education, financial, etc.The user-friendliness of the UI could be improved.The interface is all Java-based. I would prefer an HTML5 interface.Just sometimes it can be a bit sluggish navigating through pages. That is just purely because of Java.​

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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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I know Palo Alto is not cheap. They have been telling me, the members of the finance team, it is not a cheap solution. It is a solution whose target is that no matter how big your organization is, small, medium, or large, it is about the maturity of your security team or infrastructure team whom you want to work with.It is a little bit of crazy if you compare it to Vanguard, Sophos, or even Cisco. The newest version of Cisco, the Next-Generation Firewall of Cisco, is less expensive than Palo Alto. It is more comparable to Check Point.For licensing, It depends how they want to use the firewall. The firewall can be used only for IPS purposes. If you only want that firewall IPSs, you will only need a license that is called threat prevention. That license, threat prevention, includes vulnerabilities, antivirus signatures and one additional measure (that I can't remember), but it includes three measures and security updates.The box, if you do not want to buy the threat prevention license in the box, you can buy it only with the support license. It is for the support of the hardware. It works like a simple firewall. It integrates what it calls user IDs and application IDs. If you do not buy any other license, only the firewall, Palo Alto will also help you improve a lot of your security.​The licensing is pretty much like everyone else.When you have a client compare box against box, a lot of times Palo Alto is a bit more expensive, but its network firewalls have a very rich ratio.Do not buy larges box if you do not need them. Rightsizing is a great task to do before​hand.For what you get, it does do what it says. It is a good value for an enterprise firewall.​

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Overview

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.

The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.

The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.

In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.

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