Fortinet FortiGate Competitors and Alternatives

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Sherif Fouad
Real User
Project Manager at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 25 2019

What is most valuable?

The application filters available with Sophos XG are brilliant. The sandboxing and the way the firewall or the UTM integrates with the installed endpoint antivirus clients… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have a serious problem because our offices are scattered around the world in very remote areas. We cannot deploy proper branch office guides, active directory sites, and… more»

What needs improvement?

There was a big issue with the Cyberoam and with the SG units as well, i.e. the previous Sophos UTM model. With Sophos XG, you get the chance to block what sites operate… more»

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

We have the annual license for Sophos XG. It all depends on what you would like to have in the package that you are purchasing.

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

I used Cyberoam previously, although I always used it as a UTM only. What made me move to Sophos is that they were acquired, i.e. they acquired Cyberoam to start with the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend that everyone should have a proper understanding of new network requirements and then enjoy it. Sophos XG is definitely a good product. On a scale of 1 to 10… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated FortiGate but wasn't happy with it. I evaluated another group called WatchGuard. WatchGuard has good features in it, but it's for a smaller business scale than… more»
Taradutt Pant
Real User
Founder at let's-ConnectIndia
Feb 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Live monitoring of what is happening inside and with the interfaces, either ingress or egress - this is a good feature of the device. Secondly, most people use enterprise applications remotely, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm a network and cyber security consultant. This is not only for my offices, I have deployed it for many large enterprises where customers are remotely accessing their applications. We can define… more»

What needs improvement?

It's a little bit complex in terms of handling. If you implement a change, there is a specific point where you have to commit it. It's not like you just push a button and it's always committed. If you… more»

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

Pricing and licensing are fine. It's worth the value because if I buy any other product, every four years I have to replace my hardware. But with Barracuda I get a free hardware upgrade. Today I'm… more»

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

I have used Cisco, Fortinet, Check Point, Palo Alto, Sophos Cyberoam, Dell SonicWall, and Juniper (both SRX and NetScreen). One of the reasons I switched to Barracuda is that I was looking for… more»

What other advice do I have?

When I initially started using it I was just an end-user, a technical consultant. And one of my customers said to me, "I want these and these features." I searched a number of products with respect to… more»
Adriano-Simao
Real User
IT System Integrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The policies that you can use with this equipment are valuable. This is very nice for us; it responded to our requirements for the application to go to the internet. So… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution improved our email service, with less presence on the internet blacklist.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be improved by creating or including in the product enforcement of some kind to deal with cybersecurity and all the new kinds of attacks we are dealing… more»

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

I cannot tell you the pricing, but we paid for three years. There aren't any other costs above the standard licensing and fess. We bought it, we use it.

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

We started with the Cisco PIX. The equipment was at the end of its life.

What other advice do I have?

If we're talking about value, in my opinion, the financial institutions are the companies that I see that can use this most. I like it because it's user-friendly. You can… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco ASA and FortiGate.
BartVan Es
Real User
IT Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2018

What is most valuable?

It's an easy, straightforward management platform to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We have currently bumped into several issues with the Stormshield firewall. It has some unexpected behavior in the terms of activating interfaces that were previously… more»

What needs improvement?

* Better management of high availability features * Application awareness to a higher degree * VPN throughputs: Stromshield needs a higher throughput on some models. When… more»

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

They have a very interesting pricing for their devices. For mid-sized companies, they sell their appliances for good prices.

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

The reason why they chose Stormshield to begin with is unknown to me.

What other advice do I have?

I don't have many positive things to say about this firewall because we keep bumping into issues. Now, we are looking to leave Stormshield. Search for a vendor based on a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The shortlist that I have now is Palo Alto, Check Point, WatchGuard, Fortinet, and Sophos. I have narrowed this list down based on technical specifications, pricing, and… more»
Real User
Head, Information Technology at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It has the typical features of a next-generation firewall. It can do application control, antivirus, content filtering, etc. And in terms of performance, the value for money of the model that we bought is sufficient for our size.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more in terms of reporting tools and the threat analysis capabilities.

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

We had another box before and it wasn't a next-generation firewall. We needed to change to a next-generation firewall so we compared a few of the top players in the market and Palo Alto was the right one, in terms of the features that we… more»

What other advice do I have?

List your requirements, give them the proper weighting, and look at what future options are available if you stick with the solution. Then do your evaluation. And don't forget the vendor, the local support, their competency and their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We called in proposals for different products, bigger players, like Check Point, Fortinet, Cisco. We set the criteria we need and had them make proposals. We found, based on the submissions, that Palo Alto seemed to be the one that had the… more»
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