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ReinholdSteininger
Real User
Managing Partner
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

One top feature is the ability to use the appliance as a WLAN controller for up to 10 access points with the new 5.6 firmware. Another top feature is the really good web interface and the classic… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is an interesting possibility of building a tunnel to a firewall from access points. We use this feature for small branch offices with one to two employees with access to central RDP servers.

What needs improvement?

At this time, I can't say anything against the device. It has been doing a great job.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The basic pricing in Austria is OK, but asking for special offers, e.g., NPOs, NGOs, trade up, and/or trade in, is always useful.

What other advice do I have?

Look for the latest OS version, read the release notes and the technical documents for comparison.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, I did not evaluate other products.
Real User
Technology Management - Specialist with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

None of them. It is a classic firewall, but better than the free versions.

How has it helped my organization?

There have been no improvements. We would just use another device if this one did not exist.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing and licensing are not as expensive as its competitors. This applies to SonicWall, too. Check Point and Palo Alto are very expensive solutions, because of the ownership and renewal costs.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used SonicWall, before they were sold to Dell. After Dell bought them, some issues came out. I used Check Point, which was terrible for me. You can do almost nothing without software. The web… more»

What other advice do I have?

Be aware of your own requirements.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated different options before choosing FortiGate. It has four separate modules which give fast reactions when it is analysing. It has an app ID and user ID option, which are the most important.
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Wael Benmessaoud
Real User
Account Manager at a tech services company
Jan 25 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very useful to make lists for rules and prepare firewall rules.

How has it helped my organization?

Before using Fortinet, the company had an attack (DDoS) from the outside and had many points of failure, when they started to use Fortinet, I think the attacks stopped. The DDoS attacks were no more. This was from 2015.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price: It is a bit higher than the other competitors. This is why I started to look at other brands. For example, I am looking at Sophos firewall and whether it can meet our requirements, since I am sure that their price would be… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have previously used pfSense (open source) before joining this company. However, the company has been using Fortinet for a long time.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend a company to use Fortinet, because it is an attractive solution. No bugs with a very easy installation guide, and also the support and the customer care, are very important. Fortinet is a nice solution with economic… more»
Real User
Platforms and Products Manager at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 09 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the traffic shaping feature. I find it helpful to be able to control the traffic.

How has it helped my organization?

There's routing and then there is control. For routing, there is quality. The security site has anti-virus and web filter applications. I'm used to all of them, so I wouldn't pick one or the other.

What needs improvement?

The GUI could be improved. Furthermore, the unit we have could be modified because it's not that high of a torrent.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered Sophos, Checkpoint, and Palo Alto. We do have Palo Alto at one of our smaller offices of about 60 people. We noticed that Palo Alto is a much more costly solution.
Leko Ford
Real User
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The web GUI is easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

From security changes to VPN setup to web filtering, changes happen now more quickly.

What needs improvement?

The tech support calls were not the best and could be improved. There have been times when we felt as if we knew more about the device than the support person on the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Not applicable.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used ASA (ASA 5510) before this. You had to have ASDM loaded and fight with different versions of Java just to administer the device. We needed to do an upgrade, and… more»

What other advice do I have?

It was no different than any other rollout. Do as much configuring before dropping it into your environment (especially if you are using content filtering with multiple… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we did not evaluate other options. It was the firewall rated numerically behind Palo Alto, and we could afford this one.
Leandro Birri
Real User
Responsable de Ingenieria at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The UTM. In particular, the IPS module is my favorite because of the security advantage reached with a few clicks and its automatic updates.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to centralize every network service into one appliance, administrating all traffic going in and out of my company. Its given us only one point of monitoring and auditing, getting us… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is an expensive solution if you are migrating from an open source solution. If you are in a licensed solution, like Cisco or Palo Alto, it is cheaper. I do recommend using it with a license… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used mostly Cisco products. We changed because of support and feature costs.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it 100%. Go ahead and implement it. We are implementers of Fortinet among other things (Cisco, Sophos, HPE Networking, VMware, EMC, Zimbra, etc.).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco, Sophos, and SonicWall.
Real User
Information Technology
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the firewall and security. They filter out unwanted connections.

How has it helped my organization?

The improvement was felt in the traffic use. Without the firewall, there is unauthorized traffic coming in from the Internet. We can’t be sure whether it is legit traffic… more»

What needs improvement?

We are using a product from eight years ago. I am sure there have been improvements in the newer versions. Improvements on the following are needed: * Responsive UI * JIT… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I have yet to research a hardware replacement. If anything, I am the one that needs some advice!

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No.

What other advice do I have?

This product surely will fit your basic needs at the very least. However, always match up the specifications of the products you will buy to your current and future needs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I can't remember.
Kevin Cummings
Real User
BETHEL SCIENCE AND MATH CONTENT COACH with 51-200 employees
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

Simplicity of daily operations would be my favorite facet of this gem.

How has it helped my organization?

Use of this product does not require daily interactions, like our previous firewall service option.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was not involved in that aspect. Therefore, I cannot provide information along these lines.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a previous solution and switched due to a corporate decision to eliminate some subscription fees.

What other advice do I have?

Draw out a plan of what traffic to unconditionally allow (whitelist) and what traffic to restrict under what conditions, before you even unwrap the box. It has taken me a little while to gain… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not involved in the corporate decision-making.
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FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

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