Fortinet FortiGate Other Advice

Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Cybersecurity & IT Operations Professional (VirtualCxO) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I highly recommend, and often try to deploy Fortinet solutions for my office network and for my customers. They run for a long time, they are supported for many OS updates, and they are pretty solid. Don't upgrade the OS right away when it is released, if a major new version has come out. v5.0 was problematic early, but v5.2 was great. v5.4 was a problem child, but v5.6 had only a minor issue. v6.0 was surprisingly smooth and had only a minor issue. I could have avoided most of these problems if I waited an additional month or so before updating, but I updated because I need to advise customers on what they should be doing. I've had to interact with support a lot, and overall they've been good (with the caveat mentioned earlier). View full review »
Chingiz Abdukarimov
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Many interesting things are hidden in CLI, they can help you in different situations. Web-interface (GUI) is primarily intended for day-to-day routine. Don't underestimate FortiAnalyzer. It can give you a better understanding of what is going on in your network. When FortiGate sends logs to FortiAnalyzer, FortiAnalyzer inserts received log data into database. Predefined and customizable data queries, charts and reports can significantly help you by visualizing problem points, so you can thoroughly investigate security events and traffic behavior anomalies. FortiGate is a constantly evolving product, so pay attention to FortiOS version it runs. View full review »
Neal Tipton
Consultant at MT Pockets Computers
There's a setup guide on the Fortigate website that is a video that is far better than the written manual that is provided. If you've set up other products before, that may get you through, but the training on their website was far more useful to me than the user manual. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. View full review »
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Cesar Nieves
Technical Services Manager with 501-1,000 employees
I rate FortiGate a 10 because every time I need to use the support, they are there. There were times when I went to a customer to give support, I called Cisco, they pass me to Brazil, and on another call, they passed me to India. After I gave the guy in India all this information for an hour, he asked me, "What's the problem?" So there was a communication issue with them and they don't know the problems very well. With Fortinet, they are in the US, not in India. Do a total cost of ownership analysis with all the features you are looking for and, based on that, make the purchase. Also, reviews are very important. View full review »
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We look for a couple of things when selecting a vendor or product. First, we look at the user interface and figure out whether it is easy to manage. We also consider the price because we do not want to overpay. That said, price is not our number one priority; user manageability is. We have been using a pretty wide range of products. We have used models such as the Fortinet FortiGate-30E, 51E, 90D, and 200D. They are all pretty good at doing the job that they are configured for. Obviously, the firewall sizing has to be done right, but if the product sizing is done correctly then they will never go wrong. I have not yet used the cloud access capability, but we do plan on testing it. After we purchased FortiGate we grew by forty percent, and it was able to continue to perform as it had before. Overall it is user-friendly, easy to configure, easy to manage, the support is pretty good, they are priced low, and they do the job that you require. I would rate this solution nine out of ten. View full review »
Vineeth Babu P
IT System Administrator at emirates hospital
In terms of rating, Fortinet FortiGate will come in with an eight out of ten. We are satisfied with the product overall. View full review »
Manager and General Attorney with 51-200 employees
I would rate FortiGate at seven out of 10 because, although they are doing well, the problem is the licensing, the cost is too high, and how they support their own devices needs improvement. They have to focus on more features with less cost for the customer. If you see the market, where it's going, there are a lot of players offering more features for less cost. FortiGate is a great product but they have to look out. My advice would be, look at the time on the market. FortiGate is doing well, but right now they have many competitors that are doing well. View full review »
Emmanuel Salamat
Solutions Architect at UAS
The Fortinet FortiGate solution has to have a system-wide update for improvements. First and foremost, you need to have a patch. You have to continually improve FortiGate by having continuously updated patches applied. Then always check for the admin reports from Fortinet that the patch was applied. When it comes to the features of this device, I would rate Fortinet FortiGate an eight out of ten. View full review »
Diana Nongera
Senior I.T. Administrator at a agriculture with 201-500 employees
You don't need to reinvent the wheel, as FortiGate is the best solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The ability of the brand * Best of breed * Reliability * After hours sales service, because we know technology comes with renewals, upgrades, and support. This is quite critical to our functionality and efficiency. View full review »
Director, CFO at IT Green Public Company Ltd.
The policy for integration and for configuring Fortinet FortiGate should be friendlier than in the version we are using now. Because Fortinet has been in the market for a really long time, and we are very experienced with Fortinet products, I would rate FortiGate with an eight or nine out of 10. I would rate it this score because of the experience that Fortinet has as a market leader for such a long time. View full review »
Sabyasachi Sen
General Manager with 51-200 employees
As I said, that at least one part I am "headache free" that I don't have to categorize all the websites and that security has been pre categorized by the people, and that the services are getting updated. At least one part of my problem is over. View full review »
Amgad Soliman
Senior System & Security Administrator at Icon
If anyone asks me for my experience with Fortinet solutions, I would recommend FortiGate, especially if they need to use it for security. I would recommend the FortiGate series for integration with any hardware or software product. I am very satisfied with Fortinet. I would rate it a 9 out of 10 overall. View full review »
Information Security Analyst at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
If price is a constraint for you, you should go with Fortinet. But security is a very big factor right now. If you want to be compliant with GDPR and all the other things that are coming up, you should go with another good vendor. Even though Fortinet is a big competitor, in one to three years, when they include many new features in their products, they will be a good solution. I would rate FortiGate at eight out of 10 because the support was very good. Considering the current scenario, I would not give it nine or 10 because they need to include many features in the smaller products, not only in enterprise-level products. View full review »
Sherif Abouelezz
Head of IT at CGP
We may increase our usage of Fortinet next year. I would recommend to anyone to buy Fortinet FortiGate. I would rate the product ten out of ten. View full review »
Fernando Neto
Network Analyst at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
There is a VOIP feature that by default is enabled on the Fortigate 60D. This greatly increases the CPU usage, which causes bad behavior in the equipment. This feature should be disabled and if necessary, the user can re-enable it. The FortiGate 60D is a fantastic piece of equipment. View full review »
Naseema Ap
Manager systems at HOCL
I cannot find anything lacking in Fortinet FortiGate. I would rate it a nine out of ten. We advise other users to go for Fortinet. There is a back-up service that needs to be included with the firewall support. I have the requirement to filter what information goes to the user to see which user require the most bandwidth and other resources. When there is a disconnection, that should be shown somewhere in the reports. View full review »
Md Mohiuddin
Assistant Manager IT at Urmi Garments Ltd
Maintenance only requires two or three people. At the moment both a Senior Executive and an IT manager are in charge of maintenance. Besides wanting to see a faster connection speed I would like to see the expanded bandwidth, IP, and proprietary net settings feature included within the tool. I rate this product an 8 out of 10. View full review »
IT/Operations Assistant at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We have specific procurement rules, then we specify the technical specifications. After that, whoever is cheapest should get the job. View full review »
Principal Mining Consultant at senhwabio
Fortinet FortiGate is a stable and affordable product. I would rate Fortinet FortiGate an 8/10. So far, Fortinet FortiGate has been enough for our business requirements. View full review »
Kevin Stephens
ICT Administrator at a mining and metals company with 11-50 employees
I would advise someone considering this solution to learn the product. You have to get to know the product, don't just look at it from outside. Get to know the product, the ins and outs and see how you can actually use it for your scenario. I would rate it an eight out of ten. View full review »
Network and Security Manager at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
It's very easy to contact, the conversation is easy and it provides us all the features on point. It is also reliable. View full review »
Assistant Manager (Infrastructure) with 1-10 employees
I found that the memory usage for the Fortigate firewall are relatively higher than other firewall brand when compared to same traffic volume. It might be the scan engine do their job well or the scan engine not well tuning. If there is a details information about this would be good. View full review »
Directorate at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Before implementing this solution, you have to study your network first, and then consider your needs. Decide what features you need and what features you don't need. It is important to know what is required from the device because they come in very different models. There are different features and each feature costs money, so you need to be prepared so that you can optimize your cost. You don't want to end up buying something that you won't use in the future. I would rate this solution eight out of ten. View full review »
PTL Network Administrator at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
When choosing a new solution, I suggest seriously researching the pricing and the features. It must be a solution that fits your particular requirements and specifications. I think FortiGate is more reliable, consistent, and easy to learn. It is robust and more secure than other solutions on the market. View full review »
Gamal Al-Hamzah
Network Engineer at LinkTech
I would rate Fortinet FortiGate a nine out of ten because I don't know all of the features of the platform personally. View full review »
Kofi Osei-Appaw
Consultant at WorldNet ICT Solutions Limited
This is a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. View full review »
Network Engineer
I highly recommend the Fortinet product because of its implementation. It is a solid product with an easy configuration and good support. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Experience * Installations of similar types which met our needs * Pricing * Support * Ease of implementation. View full review »
Derrick Slaton
IT Specialist 3 at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
FortiGate is very good if you're thinking of expanding where you have remote offices, then it's a good solution. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. View full review »
Ramon Henriquez
Director TICs at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: The security of the platform, because we are very concerned about cybersecurity. Also, the customer service response is important. View full review »
Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at a tech services company
Buy FortiGate for a hassle free network management and excellent ROI. View full review »
Mohamed Abdullah
Senior Security Engineer at crystal networks
I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because of the monitoring and the stability issues. View full review »
Solutions Architect at Focus
If someone is considering this solution, they should do their homework to learn about the product. A user should make sure they compare between a short list of products. The choice should be made after considering price, support, ease of access, and evaluation of integration with other products the organization still uses. Due diligence is the key to integrating a solution. View full review »
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Easy to implement, and it is also reliable. View full review »
Security Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: stability and service. View full review »
Ahmed Konsowa
Senior Pre-Sales Engineer (Commercial Sector) at SEE "Systems Engineering of Egypt"
I think when you look at this product, you must realize that the box hardware and software are vary stable. And, the pricing is perfect. View full review »
Robert Kaczorowski
System Administrator at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Their proxy-based inspection is responsive and secure. View full review »
Randy Obanon
IT Manager at Soporte Antivirus Ltda
I would rate it an eight out of ten. View full review »
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