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Question: How does Fortinet FortiClient compare with Open VPN Access Server?
Answer: Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution, you can assign a different VPN or network for each user, once they are authenticated. Fortinet FortiClient is very scalable and easy to use. This is an all-in-one solution with very high throughput. We did find, though, that it was lagging in some authentication tools, especially with the newer versions. Installation can take a very long time. Deployment with Mac devices and even some WIndows based-devices can be problematic. The stability could be improved too - it can be very buggy at times, especially with the EMS. Support could be better too. Open VPN Access Server is easy to set up and use. It is a stable solution that offers multi-authentication and the support is quite good. It is an open-source solution so it is very affordable. While it scales vertically with some difficulty and downtime, it does not scale horizontally. Some of our clients indicated that this solution did not meet all of their security protocols. They could do with better intrusion protection and detection. Conclusion We have a very large, diverse client base and need a solution that provides for excellent scalability and can completely satisfy the numerous different security protocols they all require. Fortinet FortiClient was the best fit for our organization and our clients are very satisfied.
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"It supports securely connections for VPN users from outside our environment during the lockdown.""It seems to be more scalable than we thought.""Installation was easy.""The technical support from Fortinet and local vendors is good.""The solution is stable, we have not had any issues in the time we have been using it.""It has a very easy-to-use interface. It has ease of management, and all the modules are there. SKUs are also easily identifiable. Whatever is required in the firewall is already there in it. It's very advanced, and analytics reporting is very good. They also have cloud reporting. You get all the services that are available for your device in the cloud. You just have to subscribe. It's very easy. There's a lot of demand for this solution because it's an all-in-one solution. The throughput is very high.""From Forticlient, the EMS, the central management is easy to use.""Having a centralized console is a valuable feature. The Fortinet fabric is also very valuable where all different pieces talk together to secure our network and track the North, South, East, and West movement of files and data through our network."

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"There is support for multi-factor authentication.""It was very easy to set up users.""OpenVPN Access Server is cheap, and we get to use it ourselves. It is also a stable solution."

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"The solution should have faster turnaround when it comes to new technology.""I would like to see endpoint detection and response included.""The only thing that is lacking in this product is the support. Their support can be improved.""In terms of improvements, their SSL VPN tunnel can be a lot better. I've seen other products that have got much better VPN features than Fortinet. Some of my colleagues get this error called "License not available." When they get this error, they have to uninstall and reinstall it. This kind of problem is there, and sometimes, we have to open a case with Fortinet to resolve it. Their support is quick, so we are able to resolve and move forward. In terms of new features, when it is connecting, it should check the endpoint and say whether the end client is actually safe enough or whether there is a vulnerability. It should give a pop-up on the client itself. Because I'm on the admin side, I can also see this information in the log. However, if a non-IT user, such as a user from finance, is working on this and there is some problem, he or she would not know about this and would call IT admin to say that this is not working. If the users get a message explaining why and what is happening, it is easy for them to understand.""The user interface could be more inviting.""I don't think FortiClient is bad, but it's very buggy. We ran into some issues with the EMS, which amounted to more than 10 cases last year.""When we change our endpoint, we have to connect again, which means having to enter our credentials and permissions.""We'd like to be able to properly encrypt the data more effectively."

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"The high availability deployment is not very straightforward. They can make it simpler. OpenVPN does not support some of the additional protocols that Pulse Secure and Cisco AnyConnect support. They can include support for these additional protocols.""The security needs to be improved because it was a complaint that our customers had.""It is not scalable."

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"The licensing fee varies with what one is trying to accomplish. It can range from being free to costing several hundred thousand dollars per year.""The solution's scalability is inexpensive.""Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature.""The cost per port is very less as compared to the other technologies.""It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine.""If we pay for the yearly package that includes the FortiGate firewall, then the FortiClient VPN license is included with it.""The pricing is good because you get and end-to-end security solution in one package price.""The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good."

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"It is an open-source solution, so we don't pay for anything."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
Top Answer: I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
Top Answer: The solution offers great stability.
Top Answer: It was very easy to set up users.
Top Answer: The high availability deployment is not very straightforward. They can make it simpler. OpenVPN does not support some of the additional protocols that Pulse Secure and Cisco AnyConnect support. They… more »
Top Answer: It is important to document the steps so that if one person is not available, another person can continue the work. I would rate OpenVPN Access Server a seven out of ten.
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FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

The FortiClient fabric agent can:

• Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
• Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
• Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
• Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
• Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
Cloud-based endpoint security

Benefits and Features

• Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
• SAAS control and web/content filtering
• Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
• Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
• Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
• ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
• Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

Reviews from Real Users:

IT Central Station users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Verizon, Amazon, Disney, HP, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm23%
Comms Service Provider18%
Consumer Goods Company14%
Computer Software Company9%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company20%
Educational Organization4%
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company19%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise22%
Small Business73%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise9%
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Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 26 reviews while OpenVPN Access Server is ranked 6th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 3 reviews. Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.4, while OpenVPN Access Server is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Provides good endpoint security at low price". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenVPN Access Server writes "Easy to set up and use, offers multi-factor authentication, and technical support is good". Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with Fortinet FortiEDR, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, CrowdStrike Falcon and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, whereas OpenVPN Access Server is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks. See our Fortinet FortiClient vs. OpenVPN Access Server report.

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