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"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."

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"This is a sophisticated product with easy configuration that can save time and effort.""This is an OK solution for small to medium-sized businesses with no IT staff.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the interface because it is very simple and easy to learn, even for somebody who hasn't seen it before.""The interface is great. It's easy to understand for the customer.""The management is cloud-based so you do not have to be on-premises to work with it.""The initial setup is straightforward. You only need two people for deployment and maintenance.""The solution has been very stable so far.""The product provides a single-pane-of-glass in for management of wireless, security, and switching from multiple devices."

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"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."

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"The pricing needs to be more competitive with other products on the market.""This product depends on a cloud connection in order to function. If you have an unstable internet connection or other connectivity issues the product will not function as expected.""This solution is too simple for some cases, and there should be more configuration options.""Sometimes there's a problem with the pricing model they use. They should work to fix this.""There is not much training available for this solution.""The solution could be simplified a bit.""It could be easier to use and easier to implement.""Communication of compliance risk is awkward at best and threatening at worst. It needs to be addressed."

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"Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco."

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"This product is more than the competition, but you get what you pay for.""With the solution that we currently have, I think it costs about 1,200 pounds a year. They bill on a yearly basis.""This is not a cheap solution.""The DNA subscription is a three-year minimum term.""The pricing is high and it is where we get the most pushback from customers.""We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD.""Its price is definitely competitive.""Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."

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MS220, MS320, MS420
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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.

The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Computer Software Company13%
Government6%
Media Company5%
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Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm7%
Integrator7%
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Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company6%
Government5%
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Small Business68%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise12%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 19th in Ethernet Switches with 5 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 40 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.2, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.4. 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 Meraki MS Switches writes "Pushing out policies from a single location is an easy way of leveraging utilities and resources ". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches, Mellanox Switches and Brocade Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Luxul Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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