We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The solution has made configuration and setup very, very easy."
"The interface is very straightforward."
"The most valuable feature is the port analytics."
"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."
"I have found the solution to be scalable."
"A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity."
"It is a very easy-to-use product."
"The solution could always benefit from more security. It's of critical importance to organizations right now."
"We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users."
"Before using FortiSwitch, you need several certifications."
"With IT products, there is always room for improvement."
"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."
"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."
"When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably."
"The configuration is a bit different from Cisco, and therefore, for me at least, there's a bit of a learning curve."
"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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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.
The Mellanox Open Ethernet switch family delivers the highest performance and port density with a complete chassis and fabric management solution enabling converged data centers to operate at any scale while reducing operational costs and infrastructure complexity. This family includes a broad portfolio of Top-of-Rack (TOR) switches that range from 12 to 128 ports, with Ethernet data rates of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE per port. These switches allow the building of cost-effective and scalable switch fabrics, from a few nodes to tens-of-thousands of nodes.
Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 17th in Ethernet Switches with 7 reviews while Mellanox Switches is ranked 23rd in Ethernet Switches with 1 review. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.8, while Mellanox Switches is rated 7.0. 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 Mellanox Switches writes "Stable, easy to use, and offers a unique RDMA feature". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and MikroTik Cloud Router Switch, whereas Mellanox Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches.
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