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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. pfSense and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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"At this point, we find that this product has high productivity and high availability and there is no need for improvement.""It is a highly stable product. We rarely receive any serious outdates, so it works quite well.""It is a secure product.""It is scalable and stable.""Cisco ASA is very strong.""It protects our network.""The stability of the product is good.""It is a comprehensive suite and complete package."

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"It handles our current load with ease, and I think it can handle a bit more. It definitely can handle a lot more capacity than we currently use.""FortiGate is a nice and very good product.""The product is quite user-friendly so we didn't have a lot of issues that needed to be addressed.""The standard features, including the filtering, are quite good. All the basic features are pretty useful for us.""The most valuable features are site-to-site connections and UTM.""The stability of the solution is good. We haven't faced any issues at all while using the product.""The most valuables features are the ease of use and deployment.""In terms of administration, it's perfect."

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"We generally use it because it's cheap. When we need something more robust we use Barracuda and Sony Wireless Routers. For certain clients, we use pfSense because it's compatible with the VoIP platform.""My company mainly works in the health and educational domain, schools and universities. I prevent the improper use of content from schools and universities. I defend the medical records for the patients in our hospitals. That is the main use case for me for the firewall.""I had some outages in the network and we provide services for our company. We sell mobile credits. The terminal gets access to our own server inside the network and if one internet fails, then the other one is still up and we have a back-up link on the devices.""This solution has helped our organization by protecting our network from attacks.""This solution has increased the level of security, given us more control, provided a deep insight into network traffic, and is a great VPN solution.""The scalability is very good, where you can do an HA configuration and then bring in another box, if necessary.""The most valuable features are the VPN and the capture photo.""The solution is very robust."

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"<p>If there is old hardware, or appliances, it does not necessarily work with the new Cisco generation firewalls.""It is not easy to configure.""The scalability is a bit limiting, to be honest. In terms of when you look to changing landscape in terms of threats, I think to me, my personal it's a bit limiting.""Tech support could not answer all of our questions. I had to do research on the web to solve my issues.""Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time.""The pricing is a bit high.""Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on.""Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version."

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"The GUI could be improved.""FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better.""Customization needs improvement.""We haven't attempted to scale the solution just yet. If we want to scale this solution we may have to look at other models. With certain requirements, we probably wouldn't be able to scale it so well as it is right now.""When new versions are deployed they tend to be a little buggy, so they should be more fully tested before release.""The user interface needs to be improved.""In the next release, we would like to see full integration with VMware NSX virtualized networks.""The interface needs to be updated and simplified."

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"I would like to see SD1 integration into the software. That would be fantastic.""pfSense is not user-friendly. I hope to have something to make the interfaces more user-friendly.""Adjustment in the interfaces: I had to adjust those interfaces manually and of course that is a great feature that you can restore it but it is immediately also one point for improvement. If you don't have to adjust, if it's just stamped and it works, that's great.""This product needs improvements with respect to reporting and auditing.""We would like to see ready-made profiles to cover most users' needs.""I would like to see different graphs available in the reporting.""If a user doesn't have a large amount of experience in Linux systems, they will have problems using this solution. Users need to be highly skilled in troubleshooting competency. Users who do not have such skills will find the product difficult to use.""The solution requires a lot of administration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.""It is considered on the "high end" of the spectrum.""Cisco recently has become very expensive.""The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.""Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click.""It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants.""Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase.""With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy."

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"The price of this product is great compared to others.""This solution is very expensive.""The price is similar to Symantec Endpoint, but it's more expensive than Forcepoint solutions. Fortinet is better than Forcepoint.""There is a benefit in terms of the cost of using this solution because the price is very good.""It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits."

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"This solution provides enterprise-level features at a fraction of the cost of an enterprise firewall.""It is an open source firewall."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Fortinet FGs: Great devices, relatively easy to deploy and maintain. Cheaper than most devices of their kind. If you're… more »
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: The functionality provided is very good.
Top Answer: Fortigate is cheaper if you compare it to Palo Alto, a main competitor.
Top Answer: As we just began implementing the solution, I'm not sure if there are any features missing. We haven't come across any… more »
Top Answer: I'd agree with Karl's comment above. PfSense is a great product but treat it like a firewall and the big bonus is it's… more »
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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvFortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
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Overview

Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN 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 ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.

Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv 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.

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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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.Security7 Networks, COOPENAENerds On Site Inc., RKC Development Inc., Expertech, Fisher's Technology, Ncisive, Consulting, CPURX, Vaughn's Computer House Calls, Imeretech LLC, Digital Crisis, Carolina Digital Phone, Technigogo Technology Services, The Simple Solution, SwiftecITInc, Rocky Mountain Tech Team, Free Range Geeks, Alaska Computer Geeks, Lark Information Technology, Renaissance Systems Inc., Cutting Edge Computers, Caretech LLC, GoVanguard, Network Touch Ltd, P.C. Solutions.Net, Vision Voice and Data Systems LLC, Montgomery Technologies, Techforce, Concero Networks, ASONInc, CPS Electronics and Consulting, Darkwire.net LLC, IT Specialists, MBS-Net Inc., VOICE1 LLC, Advantage Networking Inc., Powerhouse Systems, Doxa Multimedia Inc., Pro Computer Service, Virtual IT Services, A&J Computers Inc., Envision IT LLC, CommunicaONE Inc., Bone Computer Inc., Amax Engineering Corporation, QPG Ltd. Co., IT 101 Inc., Perfect Cloud Solutions, Applied Technology Group Inc., The Digital Sun Group LLC, Firespring
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider26%
Media Company6%
Government5%
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Media Company18%
Healthcare Company9%
Maritime Company9%
Government9%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company30%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
Government5%
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University18%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Healthcare Company9%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company20%
Media Company8%
Government6%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise48%
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Midsize Enterprise28%
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Small Business68%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. pfSense and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,726 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 20 reviews while pfSense is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 13 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.0, while pfSense is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Clearly captures each and every thing for the backup capture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of pfSense writes "The terminal gets access to our own server inside the network and if one internet fails, then the other one is still up". Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Azure Firewall, OPNsense and Juniper SRX, whereas pfSense is most compared with OPNsense, Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate, Untangle NG Firewall and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. pfSense report.

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