Compare Fortinet FortiGate vs. SonicWall TZ

Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 59 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 14 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.6, while SonicWall TZ is rated 7.4. 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 SonicWall TZ writes "The product's modular nature is a huge plus, but work is needed on the ransomware application". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA NGFW, Meraki MX Firewalls and Sophos UTM, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and Cisco ASA NGFW. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. SonicWall TZ report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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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.The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.

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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 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.They give good protection to my network and support it.No negative impression of the scalability.The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.The stability is very nice.The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.SonicWall TZ is stable.

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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.One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.

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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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Full monitoring obviously needs to be improved. We need full monitoring covered under the security licensing.They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application.I currently have two of the issues from SonicWall. One issue is that the IP is not the public IP. Sometimes it moves to an alternate source and I have to refresh the new IP then we can go on.The small business line has less PPS throughput.The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.I can't get the support that I need from SonicWall.

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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.The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.

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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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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.Getting licenses in our country, Ghana, is not easy. Though, once we have them, adding them is quick (about a day).SonicWall has authorized distributors in our country. They have about two or three distributors in the country, so it makes it a bit easier. What we do is to request a quotation from these distributors, then we do a value for money analysis and see which one of them is giving us a competitive price.

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Answers from the Community
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I've only been the administrator for one of each and I did not do the initial purchase or configuration of either, so this is purely anecdotal and may not reflect what a user's typical experience would be like.

Feature-wise, I didn't see a lot of difference and neither interface was particularly intuitive. The biggest difference I saw was reliability. At least once per month I'd get a support call for "no Internet" and need to reboot the Fortigate. When this happened, the web interface was still working and logging showed no problems. It simply stopped routing traffic in or out. Fortigate support was unable to help, although they made a good effort. Still, "It shouldn't be doing that," isn't too useful. The unit would also randomly lose the one or both of the APs every so often. The Sonicwall never had any issues that were not configuration related.

A couple of years ago I replaced the Fortigate with a Protectli Vault with pfSense installed. With that and a couple of UniFi access points to replace the Fortinet ones and its been quite peaceful ever since. (Which to my mind significantly reduced the possibility that the Fortigate's probIems were due to other network hardware.) I only have to reboot it for updates. I actually use that combination for all of my new installs and/or when asked to replace an existing device, providing that there isn't some must have feature from a specific vendor that precludes it. I know - some people really want the big vendors' names attached to what they do. In that case, do what the client wants. I've been fortunate that I haven't yet had one who didn't trust me to make the right call. Not that saving thousands of dollars hurts, either.

19 April 19
Hamza_FarhanReal User

I worked with both products for many years and I like both vendors. Both have nice features but when it come to IPSec/SSL VPN, Fortinet is better from performance prospective because Fortinet is using ASIC for encryption / decryption which is fast than general purposes CPU. Say that, also SonicWall is capable of doing SSL Inspection but there is huge limitation based on model on number of SSL sessions can decrypt / encrypt which is not the case with Fortinet and this limitation is something you have to consider because most of traffic nowadays is encrypted and without visibility you can easily suffer from many threats.

19 April 19
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Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASAFortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGateDell SonicWALL TZ
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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.

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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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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