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Pros
"I have access to the web version of Cisco Talos to see the reputation of IP addresses. I find this very helpful. It provides important information for my company to obtain the reputation of IP addresses. The information in Talos is quite complete.""The integration of network and workload micro-segmentation helps a lot to provide unified segmentation policies across east-west and north-south traffic. One concrete example is with Cisco ACI for the data center. Not only are we doing what is called a service graph on the ACI to make sure that we can filter traffic east-west between two endpoints in the same network, but when we go north-south or east-west, we can then leverage what we have on the network with SGTs on Cisco ISE. Once you build your matrix, it is very easy to filter in and out on east-west or north-south traffic.""There are no issues that we are aware of. It does its job silently in the background.""The dashboard is the most important thing. It provides good visibility and makes management easy. Firepower also provides us with good application visibility and control.""One of the nice things about Firepower is that you can set it to discover the environment. If that is happening, then Firepower is learning about every device, software operating system, and application running inside or across your environment. Then, you can leverage the discovery intelligence to get Firepower to select the most appropriate intrusion prevention rules to use for your environment rather than picking one of the base policies that might have 50,000 IPS rules in it, which can put a lot of overhead on your firewall. If you choose the recommendations, as long as you update them regularly, you might be able to get your rule set down to only 1,000 or 1,500, which is a significant reduction in a base rule set. This means that the firewall will give you better performance because there are less rules being checked unnecessarily. That is really useful.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""Provides good integrations and reporting."

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"It's very easy to set up, even for more junior developers.""The configuration, graphical interface and command line are easy to use.""This product is affordable and it's a good, high-performance appliance.""In spite of the solution being inexpensive, it has everything one would need.""The user interface is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""The most valuable features are the web proxy for protection and web gateway for deployment.""I have worked on some of the largest and smallest solutions that Fortinet sells and they all scale really well.""The most valuable feature is the UTM, which gives them an advantage over other firewalls."

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"Juniper is one of the most powerful network security solutions while remaining simple to use, set up, and scale.""It is a complete security bundle. The cloud-based Sky Advanced Threat Prevention feature is very valuable. I am 100% satisfied with the performance of the Juniper firewall. It has a very good throughput. It works very fine. We use our firewall as a site-to-site VPN or Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN). In both cases, it has a very good and optimum performance. Their service support is very good in India. I get really good support from the Juniper team.""When compared to Palo Alto, Juniper is a better choice when it comes to the enterprise network and connectivity.""The Juniper SRX series is easy to use.""I like the Junos OS, which has been very good for me. It's very clever.""The EEE security controls allow us to make policy restrictions, so I can customize port numbers to allow or limit control.""What I like the most about Juniper is that they have the same CLI on all routers, switches, and firewalls. If you have worked with any Juniper device, such as a Juniper router, you will be able to work with an SRX, which is really cool. It is a nice experience to work with every device of Juniper, not only firewalls.""One of Juniper SRX's most valuable features is the site-to-site VPN."

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Cons
"The intelligence has room for improvement. There are some hackers that we haven't seen before and its ability to detect those types of attacks needs to be improved.""We cannot have virtual domains, which we can create with FortiGate. This is something they should add in the future. Additionally, there is a connection limit and the FMC could improve.""FirePOWER does a good job when it comes to providing us with visibility into threats, but I would like to see a more proactive stance to it.""The visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs.""One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box.""The configuration in Firepower Management Center is very slow. Deployment takes two to three minutes. You spend a lot of time on modifications. Whereas, in FortiGate, you press a button, and it takes one second.""On the VPN side, Firepower could be better. It needs more monitoring on VPNs. Right now, it's not that good. You can set up a VPN in Firepower, but you can't monitor it.""Implementations require the use of a console. It would help if the console was embedded."

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"The reporting is not as good as it is with other firewalls and it should be improved.""The technical support is not very responsive and is an area that needs to be improved.""Some issues with connecting to the VPN from home after firmware updates.""The solution could use very well-defined support for resellers.""Price-wise, it could be slightly better, however, if you compared it to other makes and models of equal category, it is generally cheaper.""To improve FortiGate-VM, Fortinet needs to harden it more. For example, if you are using Hyper-V, then you need guidelines for hardening FortiGate-VM that are specific to the Hyper-V environment. If it's VMware, there should be at least a guideline on how to harden the firewall.""FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better.""FortiGate-VM could be improved by making it cloud-based. I'd like it to be a cloud-based management solution instead of just a dedicated management orchestration tool."

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"In the future, I would like to see the UI more responsive""In the next release, I would like to have a better web interface. It needs to be more user-friendly. Right now, you can only access many features through the console.""It should be easier to escalate support tickets.""Juniper SRX is stable, but it could improve. FortiGate has better stability than Juniper SRX.""The capacity can be limiting. We have outgrown its capacity. You can only scale up to a certain extent, depending on the device purchased.""As a networking person, I don't really have any major issues with this device. Based on my experience of using it in a cluster, it could be more stable. I had an incident when one of the SRXs in a cluster couldn't learn ARP. It is a good solution, but firewalls don't seem to be an area of development for Juniper. They are focusing on data centers, routers, and switches, not firewalls.""I would like to have a better web UI for administration. Juniper could simplify the web UI and make it more compatible with mobile devices.""The solution isn't very granular or detailed."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way.""This product is expensive.""There are additional implementation and validation costs.""Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products.""When we are fighting against other competitors for customers, whether it is a small or big business, we feel very comfortable with the price that Firepower has today.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."

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"This solution is very expensive.""There are no additional costs beyond the standard fee.""Of all the firewalls that we compared, FortiGate is the cheapest and most affordable, so we are satisfied with the pricing.""The solution could be better priced.""The cost of this product is too high.""At present, the SD-WAN licenses are on an annual basis.""There is an annual license required to use the solution.""Our license is yearly, but we're thinking of going monthly. I think it's somewhere around 100,000 for VM04. Nowadays, everyone wants to be a hacker, so we believe in security. That's why we also have third-party people that we involve to make sure that we're secure. I don't think the costs are too bad. You still want to get advice from people who worked in security for many years, so you add a third party. The third party also said they would give their share like 100K, or 200K or something like that, so I don't think it's too expensive for security. I think it just adds more trust."

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"It is best suited to an enterprise-level, as the mid-range companies may find that the cost is not affordable.""This is an expensive product.""The price could improve, it is a bit expensive.""The product itself is costly and the price of migration is very high.""Its price is reasonable. In India, most of the products have a similar price. There is only a 5% to 10% variation in the price of different brands.""When you consider performance, price, and features, maybe Juniper is not so cost-effective compared to other solutions like MikroTik.""The price is reasonable.""There is a licensing fee."

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Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
SRX
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

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.

High-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform. SRX Series gateways set new benchmarks with 100GbE interfaces and feature Express Path technology, which enables up to 1 Tbps performance for the data center.
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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
Security7 Networks, COOPENAE
7-Eleven, AARNet Pty Ltd, Allegro Networks, alltours GmbH, Apollo Hotel Papendrecht, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Atlantech Online, Availity, Bajaj Capital, Baloise Insurance, BancABC, BAS Group, Black Lotus, Blue Box, Borealis, Carilion Clinic, Catholic Health System, CATV, Champlain College, Chinas Ministry of Railways, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), Cloud Dynamics, CloudSeeds, Cloudwatt, CODONiS, Colt Technology Services, Cork Internet Exchange, CSS Versicherung AG, CyrusOne, Danish Crown, Deloitte Belgium, Department of Energy, Divona Telecom, DQE Communications, DreamHost, European Government Agency, Expedient, Financial Market Information Services Provider, Fluidata, Fonality, Fox Sports, Global Financial Institution, Global Investment Bank, Global Investment Company, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Goethe University, HEAnet, High Performance Networks Inc., Hillenbrand
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm13%
Media Company6%
Construction Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company30%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider44%
Financial Services Firm16%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Leisure / Travel Company3%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company24%
Government5%
Financial Services Firm3%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise20%
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise45%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. Juniper SRX and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 58 reviews while Juniper SRX is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 32 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.2, while Juniper SRX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Slightly unstable, needs a better user interface, and lacks good monitoring capabilities ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper SRX writes "This best in class Next-Gen firewall is elegant in its ease-of-use and architecture". Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, OPNsense and Sophos XG, whereas Juniper SRX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. See our Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. Juniper SRX report.

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