FortiGate-VM Competitors and Alternatives

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Owner at David Strom Inc.
Dec 19 2017

What do you think of Cisco ASA?

Cisco ASA has better application granularity, a more flexible means of policy creation, and easier to use controls and more powerful reports than its predecessors. We tested the ASA-5525-X in January 2013 and found a much improved user interface and lots of content-aware features.
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Consultant
Network Engineer II at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 27 2017

What is most valuable?

* Firewall * NAT * Intrusion prevention * Site-to-Site VPN * Web filter * Anti-virus

How has it helped my organization?

Before using the Sophos appliance, we consistently struggled with users clicking on things they shouldn't be. This led to virus/malware infections that seemed to propagate through the network at an alarming speed. Since we incorporated the... more»

What needs improvement?

I wish the internet failover worked better. As it stands right now, when we have an internet failure on WAN1, it takes several minutes before our WAN2 connection picks up the traffic, with many things not working until I manually fail over to... more»
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Real User
Owner with 51-200 employees
Nov 28 2017

What do you think of pfSense?

Primary Use Case Primary we use it for bandwidth limiting and load balancing our ISPs. And Pfsense excels doing that.  • Improvements to My Organization We had two ISPs, and still our Internet connection was awful. By installing pfSense and configuring load balancing and limiting bandwidth, we now have a reliable and stable connection. • Valuable Features Routing, load balancing, Traffic Limiter and queues. Since this company relies on an Internet connection, having these features is a must. • Room for Improvement Reporting and real-time monitoring, since I'm used to Watchguard's reporting features, it would be nice to have an embedded solution for reporting.  • Stability Issues Close to none. One time, while upgrading, the system crashed and had to install from...
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SonicWall
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Real User
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Mar 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Easy to use GUI VPN (Site-to-Site and Client-to-Site) Gateway Security Built in A/V options Content Filtering

How has it helped my organization?

The site-to-site VPN allows for consistent communication between sites. Upgrading the OS is easy and they alert you when an upgrade is available. Content filtering and gateway security has help reduce visiting unwanted websites and attacks.... more»

What needs improvement?

I would love to see a more detailed logs and filtering. Wireless versions have week signal strength in comparison to other wireless routers.
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Real User
Website and EComm at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 13 2017

What do you think of Meraki MX Firewalls?

I was using the Meraki MX Firewall with a complete Meraki set up (WAPs over 43 acres) and, in general, it was a really lovely system to administer.  We had a problem with our MX100 and Meraki sent us a spare the next day so we'd have it on hand in case of issues - we did end up doing a swap to check if this solved the problem. The swap took less than an hour to have it up and running. Meraki products are great for swapping in and out and generally administering. I don't think you need to have much training to deal with most Meraki appliances - the user interface is very easy to sort. It's cloud based and I never had problems accessing it. I've taken some screenshots from the Meraki PDF on the MX100. This gives you an idea of the kind of thing you're going to see in...
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Real User
ICT System Security Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The routing feature is most valuable, because SRX is the best enterprise router. SRX has complete MPLS service features with L3VPN, VPLS, EVPN. You can also combine Router and FW in one box, with selective packet filter to bypass flow engine... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provides good routing and high performance of the data center. It solves protecting our datacenter, separate networks and protect data center with FW policies + DPI

What needs improvement?

Web management needs to improve. The web interface on Juniper SRX is just a short conversion from Junos OS CLI; this is not very suitable for users with little expertise. But Juniper has complete MGMT for managing SRX devices and other... more»

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