FortiGate-VM vs pfSense

FortiGate-VM is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 9 reviews vs pfSense which is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 22 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 pfSense writes "The performance and functionality are good. I can manage it easily by myself". FortiGate-VM is most compared with pfSense, Juniper SRX and Kerio Control. pfSense is most compared with Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate and Cisco ASA. See our FortiGate-VM vs pfSense report.
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Pros
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 easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it.The IPsec and VPN services, as well as the interoperability with other solutions such as Cisco, Juniper, and Palo Alto have been invaluable.Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails.Its features rival many of the high cost solutions out there.The initial setup was straightforward, therefore I wanted to continue using the product.I can manage it easily by myself.The performance and functionality are good.Creation of certificates and the facility to administer services are valuable features.

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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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They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI. Occasionally, they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software a bit and provide better monitoring software.When a carrier that supports a VPN or IPsec tunnel bounces, the recovery time can take a few minutes. Reducing that time would be greatly appreciated in future releases.It is not centrally managed, where you log into the website and can see all your services there. We would like to be able to see is all the configurations from a central interface on all our pfSenses.The GUI could use improvements, though it is manageable.A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion.It requires more attention to provide a better alternative for open source to small government or educational institutions with reduced budgets in terms of technology.Needs services on additional features, such as managing inventory and generating reports.My only observation is about the quality of the IPSec logs, which are difficult to interpret and are poor in filters.

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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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In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive.It is a great solution that is economical. It scales so the cost per protected MB is almost free.It is a free solution.It is economical (i.e., free).From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is included in one price.There are a few features not included, and when you have to use those features, you have to pay for them.It is an open source solution. Therefore, the price is good.It works quite well for an open source product.

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Also Known AsFortiGate Virtual Appliance
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Overview
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.

Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.
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University
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Energy/Utilities Company
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Construction Company
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Manufacturing Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Non Tech Company
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