Fortinet FortiGate vs Meraki MX Firewalls

Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 33 reviews vs Meraki MX Firewalls which is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 10 reviews. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors". The top reviewer of Meraki MX Firewalls writes "Great SD-WAN solution. Manage multiple Meraki devices (security, switches, APs, Cameras) with a single pane of glass". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA, Sophos UTM and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. Meraki MX Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Sophos UTM. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs Meraki MX Firewalls report.
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Pros
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.Easy to use support and licensing portal as well as activation process.The CLI and GUI do a good job of putting a lot at your fingertips.Their proxy-based inspection is responsive and secure.We can detect any attack of viruses or malware at the first point of contact.Whenever we raise a complaint with FortiGate, their response and resolution times are minimal.It has improved our organization with control data.Valuable features include the Web Application Firewall, and it even has DLP (data leak prevention).

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Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and point-to-point VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.​It is very easy to configure.​It is very fast to implement.In a week, we can make new policy and view what all our users did.​The dashboard is very intuitive and easy to understand.Simple to manage.Real Auto VPN with load balancer without needing a public IP. It is simple and functional.

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Cons
I think there could be more QoS featuresI would like to see improvements made to the dashboard and UI, as well as to the reporting.It could use more templates for third-party site-to-site VPN setups other than FortiGate and Cisco.There are problems with the custom reporting of the unique traffic. The data is there, but it is too difficult for us to extract.They need faster serviceability and more security features.The reports are very basic.The firewall engine is not so strong as of now, in my opinion... My second concern is that, while they have Zero-day vulnerability and anti-malware features, the threat engine needs to be strengthened, its efficiency can be increased.I need user-behavior analytics, to find threat scenarios from inside the organization, insider attacks. That would be very helpful for us. In addition, I would like next-generation features for small and medium businesses. These businesses require UTM, all in one product. Fortinet must include it.

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Meraki tech support staff have a lot more visibility into your network than you do, which is frustrating at times. I understand the approach is to keep the dashboard easier to understand. This will frustrate more advanced users at times.​We could have more reporting options and the ability to send alarms to the administrator.More detail needed for configuration of the VPN.It would be great if the Meraki devices let us see, in real time, the internet demand on a single device.The only stability issue is in Content Filtering. Sometimes we need to report these types of issues to Cisco support.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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.Compared to other firewall products, it's a little cheaper in terms of pricing.It scales well if you know what to buy from a physical box standpoint. They seem to offer something for every level.Pricing is good. They offer a lot of things, the most important is the support. Every time you upgrade your license, you also get insurance for the equipment. If you have any problem with equipment, they send in new equipment.The cost is too high... They have to focus on more features with less cost for the customer. If you see the market, where it's going, there are a lot of players offering more features for less cost.​We saved a bundle by not needing all the past appliances from an NGFW.​Easy to understand licensing requirements.The value is the capability of having multiple services with one unique license, not having the limitation per user licensing schema, like other vendors.

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​Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.It is more expensive than other solutions, but it is a cloud-managed network solution and support is given at the moment you call. That give a very big plus.The Meraki UTM is excellent when you buy the Advanced Security license. If you buy a different license you lost all the valuable functions.It can always improve pricewise regarding throughput.

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Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Also Known AsFortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGateMX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
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Overview
Overview

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.

With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.
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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersPittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies hereHyatt, ONS
Top Industries
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider
13%
Real Estate/Law Firm
13%
Energy/Utilities Company
13%
Construction Company
8%
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Financial Services Firm
15%
Comms Service Provider
10%
Government
7%
Manufacturing Company
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Government
14%
Comms Service Provider
14%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Transportation Company
7%
Company Size
Company Size
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Small Business
48%
Midsize Enterprise
31%
Large Enterprise
20%
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
70%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
51%
Midsize Enterprise
19%
Large Enterprise
30%
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