Compare Fortinet FortiManager vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager

Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 10th in Network Management Applications with 5 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 5 reviews. Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.2, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 8.0. 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 SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Enables us to oversee everything on our network efficiently but network logs should be improved". Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with FortiCloud, Cisco DNA Center and Cisco Stealthwatch, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, IBM Tivoli NetCool and Infoblox NetMRI.
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The most valuable features are the centralized management of the firewalls.The user interface is very easy to navigate.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 solution is very stable.The product is a combination of management and monitoring from the same interface.

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I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor.The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.We push all our configurations to the servers with ease and the logs capture almost all the transactions needed for an internal audit.

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It's a difficult process to transfer one interface from one virtual domain to another.Regional support in African countries needs to be improved.Troubleshooting for Fortinet products is more difficult than competing products like Cisco and Palo Alto.The GUI could be updated. It's not as good as it could be and is something the solution should improve in an upcoming release.The areas that need improvement are implemenation and support. In terms of implementation, it mainly needs clear documentation.

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The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data.The interface of solar winds could be improved.We want to be able to store it in a data warehouse format and integrate it with Google single sign-on.

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The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use.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.

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With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over and above that.

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Overview

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.

Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension DataUnited Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
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Software R&D Company34%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company9%
Consumer Goods7%
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Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Government8%
Construction Company7%
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