Compare Fortinet FortiGate vs. SonicWall TZ

Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 50 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 9th in Firewalls with 19 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.6, while SonicWall TZ is rated 7.6. 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 SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Meraki MX , pfSense, Sophos UTM, Cisco Firepower NGFW and Sophos XG, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Meraki MX , pfSense, SonicWall NSA, Sophos XG and Barracuda CloudGen Firewall. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. SonicWall TZ report.
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Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The traffic inspection and the Firepower engine are the most valuable features. It gives you full details, application details, traffic monitoring, and the threats. It gives you all the containers the user is using, especially at the application level. The solution also provides application visibility and control.If we look at the Cisco ASA without Firepower, then one of the most valuable features is the URL filtering.It's easy to integrate ASA with other Cisco security products. When you understand the technology, it's not a big deal. It's very simple.The benefits we see from the ASA are connected to teleworking as well as, of course, having the basic functionality of a firewall in place and the prevention of attacks.On the network side, where you create your rules for allowing traffic — what can come inside and what can go out — that works perfectly, if you know what you want to achieve. It protects you.If you have a solution that is creating a script and you need to deploy many implementations, you can create a script in the device and it will be the same for all. After that, you just have to do the fine tuning.They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home functionality.

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Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.We use the FortiGate Sandbox to detect zero-day vulnerabilities, such as anomalies or malware, that are unknown and have not yet been discovered.We are a visual effects company, and there have been a number of high profile security issues in our industry. This has brought us to a higher standard of security, which our clients are very keen on these days.Virtual Domains (VDOMs) are a feature that we found valuable.SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.FortiGate Secure SD-WAN includes best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven networking WAN edge transformation in a unified offering.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.

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The best thing about the product is the very good threat prevention output.Ease of management and the VPN integration.We are very much happy with the support.The most valuable features are security and technical support.It protects against intrusion while allowing needed access.It lets me monitor in live time if someone is 'hogging' bandwidth.I find the security we are able to do with the policies to be valuable. The monitoring is valuable as well.Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable.

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In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Security generally requires integration with many devices, and the management side of that process could be enhanced somewhat. It would help if there was a clear view of the integrations and what the easiest way to do them is.One area where the ASA could be improved is that it doesn't have AMP. When you get an ASA with the Firepower model, ASA with FTD, then you have advanced malware protection.If I want to activate IPS features on it, I have to buy another license. If I want Cisco AnyConnect, I have to buy another license. That's where we have challenges.Cisco missed the mark with all the configuration steps. They are a pain and, when doing them, it looks as if we're using a very old technology — yet the technology itself is not old, it's very good. But the front-end configuration is very tough.Cisco provides us with application visibility and control, although it's not a complete solution compared to other vendors. Cisco needs to work on the application behavior side of things, in particular when it comes to the behavior of SSL traffic.It is expensive.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.

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I think there could be more QoS featuresWe would like to see a better training platform implemented.We had a minor problem where there was a major system upgrade on the hardware platfrom and the Mac client was not available as soon as it might have been. The PC client was available immediately, but we had to wait a month or so, before there was a mac client. I was slightly irritated that it was not ready on time, but it was eventually resolved.To the best of my knowledge, Fortinet does not have a CASB solution and Fortinet does not have a Zero trust solution.The user interface could be improved to make it less confusing and easier to set up.There is a lot of improvement needed with SSL-VPN.Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas.Technical support for this solution can be improved.

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The dashboard needs to be improved.From a support perspective, if we're talking tech support I think Silver Partners, Gold Partners, Platinum, whatever level, should have a different number to call. End users can call tech support over at SonicWall if they've paid for support as part of their AGSS or whatever services they bought. The end-user can call, or we can call, however, I don't want to be calling the same line that an end user's calling. I don't want the same response time. I need a different level of expertise.In general, the company needs to think contingently and integrate more security options.We have been facing issues with reporting.The monitoring is a little bit confusing.Needs more robust self-help documentation along with examples and things to watch out for.I would like to see lower antivirus pricing.Full monitoring obviously needs to be improved. We need full monitoring covered under the security licensing.

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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.There is room for improvement in the pricing when compared to the market. Although, when you compare the benefits of support from Cisco, you can adjust the value and it becomes comparable, because you usually need very good support. So you gain value there with this device.When it comes to Cisco, the price of everything is higher. Cisco firewalls are expensive, but we get support from Cisco, and that support is very active.It's a brilliant firewall, and the fact that it comes with a perpetual license really does go far in terms of helping the organization in not having to deal with those costs on an annual basis. That is a pain point when it comes to services like the ones we have on Fortigate. That's where we really give Cisco firewalls the thumbs up.Cisco is expensive, but you do get benefits for the price.In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.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.

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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.Fortinet is the least expensive solution.Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors.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.

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The price is high compared to some other solutions.License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.

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Answers from the Community
Gerard Mochael Moreno
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The biggest difference is based on two aspects:
The RF-DPI the sonicwall analysis capacity of the traffic without the need for the information to be reassembled or as it comes.
allowing the equipment's processing capacity to be superior. as well as its parallel architecture for all inspection engines.

The other factor is besides the much higher DPI-SSL. It is Capture ATP Its sandbox with 3 search engines and its unique patent of RTDMI (Real time deep memory inspection) to detect threats 0 days.

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Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire FirewallsFortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGateDell SonicWALL TZ
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Overview

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.

The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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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.Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies hereAeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
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Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
University8%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company7%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider18%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Media Company7%
Government5%
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Construction Company25%
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Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider16%
Retailer7%
Construction Company7%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
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Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise47%
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Small Business47%
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