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Researched Fortinet FortiGate but chose Versa FlexVNF: Very user-friendly and nimble software platform solution
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It has improved our security capabilities."
"It is a good source for firewall protection."
"It's a firewall that secures our internal network. I have been using it since 2013, and I find that most of the features are advanced, and very user friendly."
"The most valuable feature is the bundled subscription, which is IPS, TV and web filtering."
"It is easy to use and performs very well."
"We use a southern institution that's audited for IT security and the reporting that automatically comes off the unit makes it much easier to meet compliance standards and makes it easier as far as the amount of time that has to be spent to compile that information. If you get your reporting set up correctly when you initially set it up, you just select the one you want and hit print. The auditing trail on it is the best feature."
"We can use our devices to check all of the perimeters. It secures email websites."
"I really like the captive portal feature for our guest network. It has nice VLAN features in terms of separating our network. The anti-virus is also good."
"Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful."
"Overall, it's nice and very user friendly. That's what makes it so successful. They give you complicated features but with a very simple user interface, and that's been a big success for them."
"The most valuable aspects of the solution are the next-generation firewall features and geo-blocking capabilities."
"Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy."
"There were quite a few problems with the stability of the system."
"The UTM filtering needs improvement."
"The web-cache feature which was previously on the FortiGate device, but was deleted with the recent upgrade should be returned. It was a very valuable feature for us."
"I think they need to improve more in order to be a competitor with the leaders of the field."
"There could be more integration between the logging and analytical platforms to make it more seamless and integrated."
"They should make the rule sets more understandable for the end user. When you're trying to explain to somebody how a computer network is secured, sometimes it's difficult for an end user or customer to understand. If there was a way to make the terminology more accessible to the end user, the set up could be easier. They should translate the technical jargon to an easily relatable and understandable conversation for the end user, the customer, that would be brilliant. Particularly in an environment where the IT structure is audited regularly, there's always pressure from the auditor to up the standards and up the security and you get your USCERT's that come out and there's a warning about this and the customer will want to lock out so much and when you apply it they run into issue where they can't search the internet or print to their remote office. Of course they can't print to your remote office, they just locked it up. They should make the language more understandable for the customer. If there's a product out there that made the jargon understandable to John Q. Public, I would buy that."
"They need to improve their technical support."
"Some of the filtering is not robust, you can escape it with a VPN. Some of the users bypass some of the filters. It catches some but it also misses some, that area could be improved. It's functioning reasonably but there's room for improvement in that area."
"The UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality."
"We are thinking about how to make customers consolidate the loads to an SD-WAN network so that the customers can have bigger chunk from the SD-WAN side so that customers can have critical data be transferred with NPS VPN and non-critical data or some labeled traffic can be transferred by the SD-WAN network. I think it's a very important direction for digital transformation."
"The support needs to be improved."
"The smaller units lack a lot of functionality."
"Another thing that should be improved in Versa are their firewall features."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"We find the most valuable aspect of this solution is the price. It is affordable, and cheaper than other firewalls."
"It is an inexpensive solution."
"It is cost-effective, and provides a good value for your money. The pricing, and license renewal, is very reasonable for us."
"They need to be competitive with other solutions."
"It is a good product from a price perspective versus functionality."
"Price-wise, it's at a good price point for our market."
"The initial setup is super straight forward and as far as the licensing goes for the small product that we have, the pricing was pretty competitive. It wasn't as simple and as cheap as a SonicWall but for the service we would get it was a good price."
"Compared to Palo Alto, which we have used in the past, pricing and licensing are okay."
"The price is expensive but it makes sense for the market."
Questions from the Community
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Top Answer: Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful.
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Also Known As
|FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate||FlexVNF|
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.
Versa FlexVNF is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chaining capabilities.
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Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in SD-WAN with 107 reviews while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 5th in SD-WAN with 5 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Excellent integration capabilities, good UI and offers great security features". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, Meraki MX, pfSense, Sophos UTM and Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, CloudGenix and Zscaler SASE. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Versa FlexVNF report.
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