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"It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like.""What I really love in FortiSwitch: its usability, the graphical user interface, and the ability to be managed by FortiGate.""The technical support has been very good.""Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management."

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"We have scaled it without any issues.""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.""What I like the most is the management system integrated with the HP system.""These are the basic access layer switches used for connectivity among users, and they are cost-effective.""They are affordable and very stable. They also have good performance.""The solution is very, very stable.""The scalability is very good.""The speed is very fast."

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"It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.""I don't like the way it's managed.""If you contact Fortinet, it's a bit difficult. Most of the time, they send you just links and documents to read for troubleshooting. When you contact support, you don't need documents. You want someone that can understand your problem, give a hand, and help you. I'm not impressed by the support really.""In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""The product could use more security related features.""Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""The security of the solution could be a bit better.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad."

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"Configuration can be complex.""It would be better if they improve the implementation of SD-WAN.""There is some improvement needed for the power supply of the solution.""VLAN can be improved, but I have to check that with the company expert. I have different switch models, but they don't have all the same interface. I don't know whether lower-level switches don't have the same interface as the better quality ones. I might have two different model types.""Technical support needs improvement, as the response time could be better.""The solution is very comparable to Huawei, however, it could be more scalable. Huawei is easier to scale.""When we have a lot of clients on the system, we lose signal and have to restart our antenna.""If there is any fluctuation in power then we will face an outage with our POE switches, so this is something that should be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.""Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.""You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses.""It's affordable compared to other switching products, like Cisco switches."

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

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Top Answer: We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
Top Answer: Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.
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.
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Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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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Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company4%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm10%
Healthcare Company8%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company14%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
Small Business82%
Large Enterprise18%
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise35%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. HPE Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews while HPE Ethernet Switches is ranked 9th in Ethernet Switches with 16 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 8.6, while HPE Ethernet Switches is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Ethernet Switches writes "Good management system, good support, and guaranteed for life". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Meraki MS 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 Ubiquiti UniFi Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. HPE Ethernet Switches report.

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