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Pros
"The solution has made configuration and setup very, very easy.""We are able to monitor everything that is happening on our network.""Configurations between FortiGate and FortiSwitch have to link to each other. We need configuration. The configuration is not like a Cisco switch. It has a unique configuration.""The interface is very straightforward.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.""The most valuable feature is the port analytics."

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"The main features of the solution I have found to be the interface and unique features other solutions do not have. Additionally, they have a lifetime warranty on the hardware.""It is a scalable solution.""These are the basic access layer switches used for connectivity among users, and they are cost-effective.""A very robust solution.""The scalability is very good.""We have scaled it without any issues.""They are affordable and very stable. They also have good performance.""The solution is very, very stable."

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Cons
"We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users.""The solution can improve by upgrading QSFP+, it is very limited and must be supported more than it is now. If we need FortiSwitches to support all the QSFP ports our budgets would have to be very large.""The solution could always benefit from more security. It's of critical importance to organizations right now.""When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably.""With IT products, there is always room for improvement.""Before using FortiSwitch, you need several certifications.""FortiSwitch should improve the FortiGate map. The diagram cannot move automatically to show the switch. The map does not map the physical location. It cannot move or touch the diagram."

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"The ability to stack, as well as a unified operating system, would be extremely beneficial.""There is some improvement needed for the power supply of the solution.""The solution is very comparable to Huawei, however, it could be more scalable. Huawei is easier to scale.""It is not very stable.""Authentication and other security features are not easily satisfied using the lower-end switches.""Configuration can be complex.""They should have more control tools for controlling the bandwidth.""It would be better if they improve the implementation of SD-WAN."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco.""This solution is expensive but it does not require a license."

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"The pricing is very good.""They are affordable and less expensive than Cisco. Their price was the decider at the time.""It is a more expensive solution.""We need to pay when we buy the switch. We pay for a license to use the software, but it is not required.""This is an expensive product.""All the solutions have a license for the QSFP. Additionally, there is a one-time license fee to increase the interface speed.""There are no licensing costs for this solution.""The price is fair."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.
Top Answer: This solution is expensive but it does not require a license.
Top Answer: It would be great were FortiGate to allow for the management of many switches, such as 50 or 60 FortiSwitches. The managed display is very low. It takes a long time for the view to become visible, two… more »
Top Answer: It's fairly lightweight, they don't require a lot of maintenance.
Top Answer: There are no licensing fees, the price of the product is all that is required.
Top Answer: In general, the web GUI, or web interface, requires improvement. Interface, and the ability to do things that are only possible through the command line, which seems pointless because there is no… more »
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Overview

With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

HP has created the most open, integrated and software-defined networking portfolio and ecosystem of its kind – driving simplification with networks that understand, adapt to and protect your business applications in real-time. Only HP extends the momentum of software-defined networking everywhere–from the mobile edge to the heart of data centers.

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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company17%
Government6%
Media Company4%
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Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm10%
University8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company14%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
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Small Business86%
Large Enterprise14%
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise35%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. HPE Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 16th in Ethernet Switches with 7 reviews while HPE Ethernet Switches is ranked 9th in Ethernet Switches with 16 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.8, while HPE Ethernet Switches is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good visibility, a seamless connection with FortiGate and very easy to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Ethernet Switches writes "Good management system, good support, and guaranteed for life". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Mellanox Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Juniper Ethernet Switches, whereas HPE Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Meraki MS Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches and Mellanox Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. HPE Ethernet Switches report.

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