Compare Fortinet FortiGate vs. Juniper SRX

Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 58 reviews while Juniper SRX is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 24 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.6, while Juniper SRX is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper SRX writes "Enables us to integrate a firewall and router in a single product but IPS needs improvement". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA NGFW, Meraki MX Firewalls and Sophos UTM, whereas Juniper SRX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA NGFW and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Juniper SRX report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate vs. Juniper SRX and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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Pros
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.

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The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere.It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us.Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.Anti-Spam web content filterinG.This solution has solid UTM features combined with a nice GUI.This is a quality product with ok support, and it is better than the competition we've tried.The features that we have found most valuable are the SSL VPN and the User Portal.We have been able to offer several services to customers in a single box.

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I like the routing and firewall features.The solution's stability is very good.I've found the security features, such as IDS and the VPN most valuable.The deployment is quite easy and fast.It helped us with its routing capabilities which eased the cost, because otherwise I would have had to take a router and firewall, and then integrate it. With this, however, it was an integration of firewall and routing services all together in a single product. That was one thing that I loved about it.The most valuable feature is the virtualization because it can be used for customers who are using the mobile data network to request a private connection to a remote site.There is a lot of flexibility in how you can commit, check, and back out of a configuration.On a scale from one to ten, one being the worst and ten being the best I'd give Juniper SRX an overall rating of eight because of its' competitive price.

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The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.

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Technical support for this solution can be improved.I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.I think there could be more QoS featuresThe Web-filter in this solution is not very good.FortiOS is not simple.This product could be improved with Active directory integration and better handling in IPsec and GRE Tunnels.I use the FortiGate 60D model and realized the 300Mbps bandwidth limitation. Because it is a product that offers many services, I think it could have greater bandwidth capacity.Some features of Fortinet FortiGate are actually fee enabled that are inconvenient for deploying in production. Other issues relate to isolation with Cisco products and your server.

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The workplace management console needs improvement. It should be a little bit more developed. Also, the interface needs a bit more improvement.The big thing is performance. With all the features turned on it slows down.In terms of other features, I'd like to see a web filter, 10 point control, application control and a DNA filter in the next release.The GUI needs improvement.IPS is one that I would definitely want to be improved. I would also like SSL VPN to be integrated.The Juniper product has to improve in terms of innovation.It's a good stable firewall, but it's nowhere near what it needs to be for a next-generation type firewall.Improvements can be made to the GUI. The GUI can be improved by creating policies to handle IPS requirements. The configuration should be a one-step process. This would make it easier to complete the setup to register the time of operation.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.

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The pricing for this solution is good.Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.Before choosing a piece of equipment you have to take into account the cost-benefit offered by each one. Sometimes it is not worth paying a very cheap price to have a minimum level of security.Each feature costs money, so it is important to study your needs.I would say that all things considered, the pricing is pretty good.Fortinet is reasonable in pricing and licensing. Overall, FortiGate is affordable. The licensing fee can be a little high, depending on the budget for your project.Our licensing costs are on a yearly basis.Compared to Palo Alto, which we have used in the past, pricing and licensing are okay.

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The price of this solution is more than other products, but it's stable, and the technical support is better than I have seen with others.There was no additional licensing cost because there were no IPS services. It was just a firewall IP circuit router so they have the default licensing. We just need to renew the support yearly.While the price of support is expensive, the price of the solution, itself, is not.The pricing is perhaps half, probably forty percent, of Cisco.The direct support with Juniper is expensive. When you stop using the solution and miss one year of payments, if you want the support back on a specific node, they ask you to pay for the year that you haven't used the node.In terms of pricing, Juniper is in the middle. The most expensive firewall is Palo Alto. If a customer wants the cheapest price they should go for FortiGate. Juniper is in between these products.It has a low price.It is not that expensive.

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Answers from the Community
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Hamza_FarhanReal User

I dont like the GUI and CLI command. It is hard to manage the firewall, their GUI is not a user friendly and some advance configurations you have to do through CLI. When it comes to Fortigate, it is easy to manage and many advanced features you can do through GU.

- SSL VPN, you need additional appliance to do SSL VPN functionality with Juniper.
- With Fortigagte you can manage wireless AP very easily ( builr-in wireless controller).
- Licensing with Juinper is very complicated and you need license for almost every feature.
- Webtraffic inspection with proxy is much better in Fortigate. In general, security features with Fortigate is better than Juniper.

03 April 19
Leke N. OluwatosinConsultant

Firewall selection should be based on business need from a security standpoint. Both firewalls are good at what they do and depending on what you want. If I want to do more than just deep packet inspection like SSL VPN, SDWAN and application visibility/heuristics, I'll choose fortigate. Easy to manage via GUI, SDWAN capabilities.

03 April 19
ABDULRAHMAN ALBATARNIUser

There is no chance for any comparison between FortiGate and SRX, as FortiGate is one of the best and most popular next-gen firewall, while the SRX, well, I would not even recommend it to you for layer 3/4 filtration.

FortiGate is one of the most popular and respected Next-Gen firewalls for its functionality, simplicity, effectiveness and price. In addition to that, features, such as web filtering, traffic shaping and reporting are available are great, neat and user-friendly FortiGate, while you would not find the same in the SRX.

As for the SRX, the GUI is very poor, and CLI is very complicated and the OS has many bugs. I personally faced a bug while working with it in my previous work, as it was not receiving ARP replies from the server, which brought the almost the entire server farm down out of the blue. In addition to that, its application layer inspection is pretty poor.

Basically, I would not say that SRX is the worst, but it is pretty bad, and I definitely do not recommend it. Nor do I say that FortiGate is the best, but it is one of the best. Especially for the perimeter layer.

04 April 19
Jefferson LoiseauUser

Both are good, it’s all about cost when comparing these two. Fortinet is more cost effective, however, Juniper is a leader in the security and has a more proven track record.

You can’t go wrong on either platform.

03 April 19
CristianLopezUser

Well, I think you need to understand where the company go, and try to plan ahead in order to get the best results not only now but in the future (as much as you can).

for example we are planing to migrate to Fortinet, we think that "Security Fabric" could give us a plus in a long time.
Fortinet got a lot of products, Forti-Switch, AP, gateway, even client, that works if you need the Company laptops fulfill the policy.

Well I don't know much about Juniper but I think cant be a bad Firewall, just try to determine what you really need and what you think could need in the future.

03 April 19
Scott DuncanUser

We have not reviewed the juniper line.
We decided to move to FortiGate due to the Lower cost of ownership.
FortiGate is pretty easy to figure out and configure.
I have some experience with Cisco ASA, and none with FortiGate NG firewalls.
With no formal training, I was able to figure out the FortiGate and manage its NG Features.

03 April 19
BURAK YESILDERYAReal User

I really like the captive portal feature for our guest network. It has nice VLAN features in terms of separating our network. also anti-virus is good, It is easy to use and performs very well.
Ability to set up remote systems is the most valuable feature for Fortinet.

04 April 19
VijayKumar13Consultant

Both Firewall are good and capable to handing the packet inspection, fortigate is easy and most wildly used today in the market, Juniper is old and gold have more power. Juniper is best firewall compare to fortigate or another as well. All other part depend on company requirement. Thanks.

03 April 19
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Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASAFortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGateSRX
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Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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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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.Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here7-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
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