Compare Fortinet FortiGate vs. Juniper SRX

Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 56 reviews while Juniper SRX is ranked 12th in Firewalls with 21 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.6, while Juniper SRX is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Don't underestimate FortiAnalyzer. It can give you a better understanding of what is going on in your network". 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 pfSense, 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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For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.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 feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.The technical team is always available when we have problems.

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Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.The most valuable feature is the VDOM, which allows the customer to have multiple firewalls in a single campus.The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere.It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us.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.

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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.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.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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We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.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.I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.

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I think there could be more QoS featuresImprovement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas.Technical support for this solution can be improved.I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.The 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.

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IPS is one that I would definitely want to be improved. I would also like SSL VPN to be integrated.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.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 varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months.The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology.The program is very expensive.The cost of this solution is high.Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.

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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.The pricing for this solution is good.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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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.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.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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author avatarHamza_Farhan
Real 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.

author avatarLeke N. Oluwatosin
Consultant

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.

author avatarABDULRAHMAN ALBATARNI
User

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.

author avatarJefferson Loiseau
User

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.

author avatarCristianLopez
User

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.

author avatarScott Duncan
User

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.

author avatarBURAK YESILDERYA
Real 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.

author avatarVijayKumar13
Consultant

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.

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Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire FirewallsFortiGate 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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