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"The product is a combination of management and monitoring from the same interface.""It would normally take us a handful of days to install one FortiGate instance on one site. But with this technology, zero-touch deployment, we need just one hour or maybe as little as 30 minutes to install one site. It is much more efficient.""The user interface is very easy to navigate.""The most valuable features are the centralized management of the firewalls.""A fully integrated solution.""We look at the traffic to segment the network and it improves and increases the performance. When we have a mobile connection and local laptops are on the same network. We have seen a big performance upgrade.""Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account.""For the whole security fabric from Fortinet, with a simple click you can see if some workstations or services are affected by an attack. You can really easily quarantine it, check the solution, and fix it."

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"We have expanded the wireless access point and switches using Fortinet FortiOS.""The fact that is it has a UTM, a Unified Threat Management feature is the most valuable aspect for us. It's an all in one product. It's like our one-stop-shop to the internet.""The most valuable features are the intrusion prevention system and the anti-virus.""For my organization, it has become much easier to scan the firewalls because the solution is more user-friendly than competitors.""The interface is easy to understand, so when there are threats you get alerts. It's quite intuitive, but if you are ever confused they have instructional videos. For example, if you don't understand a graph there's a link to a video that explains what the graph means. It makes it very user-friendly.""I like its configuration and the various functions it offers.""All of the features in this solution are effective and efficient.""The technical support is very good and the assistance they gave was very good."

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"The areas that need improvement are implemenation and support. In terms of implementation, it mainly needs clear documentation.""Troubleshooting for Fortinet products is more difficult than competing products like Cisco and Palo Alto.""Regional support in African countries needs to be improved.""It's a difficult process to transfer one interface from one virtual domain to another.""Can be difficult to configure.""Performance issues should be improved. We have problems when we have more mobile connections than local devices. Most of us have two to three devices.""The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker.""Fortinet is releasing quite a lot of new versions and I would say that most of the versions are not well tested before they're pushed out. Even the new versions sometimes are a bit buggy before it's all correct."

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"The additional features I would like to see included in the next release is better troubleshooting and reporting.""The complexity of the VPNs should be improved.""I would like to see smaller and more frequent updates.""The signature discs, compared to Palo Alto, aren't as good. It takes more time to get the signature updates.""The solution is good, but they have poor marketing in Nigeria. They need to market their product better.""For me, it is important to be able to block VPN applications, like Facebook, so I would like to see that included in the next release. With this version, if you want to block or allow a site, you now have to drag all the domains related to this site.""The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure.""In the future I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a drop in the price."

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"Fortinet FortiManager is not expensive at all if you compare it with other vendors like Check Point and Cisco. Fortinet products are the least expensive on the market in the category of firewalls.""The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use.""In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable."

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"The program is expensive.""We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.""Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue.""We pay $100,000. That covers the cost of the hardware that we run the VN's on. That also includes any SGNA costs for the internal support tech.""Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses.""The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device.""The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."

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Top Answer: Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account.
Top Answer: In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable.
Top Answer: The GUI and the whole process of configuration should be improved. The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker.
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Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet, Broadcom, Extreme and others in Network Management Applications. Updated: November 2020.
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Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 1st in Network Management Applications with 11 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 21 reviews. Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Scalable, with extensive features and good technical support". Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Stealthwatch and Cisco Prime, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiWeb, Darktrace, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway and LiveAction LiveNX.

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