Fortinet FortiGate Pros and Cons

Fortinet FortiGate Pros

Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Cybersecurity & IT Operations Professional (VirtualCxO) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The CLI is robust and powerful, enabling rapid, consistent changes via SSH.
The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors.
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Chingiz Abdukarimov
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
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Neal Tipton
Consultant at MT Pockets Computers
We use a southern institution that's audited for IT security and the reporting that automatically comes off the unit makes it much easier to meet compliance standards and makes it easier as far as the amount of time that has to be spent to compile that information. If you get your reporting set up correctly when you initially set it up, you just select the one you want and hit print. The auditing trail on it is the best feature.
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Fabrizio Volpe
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
A strong point of FortiGate is that the graphical interface is complete and easy to use, especially if we think there is a list of operations that we are able to perform inside.
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Cesar Nieves
Technical Services Manager with 501-1,000 employees
It's very easy to set up, it's very easy to make policies and, for an organization, that means you don't need IT expert in firewalls. You just need to have somebody who knows a little bit of IT, and that's it. With other products, you need someone with a "Masters" degree in firewalls.
You can purchase switches and you don't need to do anything with them. You just put in the firewall and the switches get all the policies and rules that you already have in the firewall. With Fortinet, you just connect the FortiSwitch to the Fortinet and that's it.
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VeerSharma
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
This solution made it very easy to manage our bandwidth.
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Vineeth Babu P
IT System Administrator at emirates hospital
The most important features with FortiGate are the web filter and application controls. We can control our internet usage and use the web filter for application purposes.
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Emmanuel Salamat
Solutions Architect at UAS
Fortinet FortiGate is a security device. It can optimize security on the networks of a company. It actually protects the company from attacks from outside. With FortiGate, you can categorize the users. You can create a group of users that can access all of the websites for their work. You can limit other users' access.
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NipontChartkul
Director, CFO at IT Green Public Company Ltd.
Fortigate is very scalable to serve our customers' needs. We have scaled already from fifty to more than a hundred instances of Fortinet FortiGate. Around 20 staff are required for deployment and maintenance, mostly engineers.
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Diana Nongera
Senior I.T. Administrator at a agriculture with 201-500 employees
With FortiClient, you can easily connect when you are home, check out what you want to do, and connect to your network when you are not at work. You can switch on servers and you can check what is wrong.
Our security improved from being able to put in rules and close off unwanted traffic.
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Fortinet FortiGate Cons

Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Cybersecurity & IT Operations Professional (VirtualCxO) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
WAN load-balancing could be a lot better at detecting when a link is poor or inconsistent, and not just flat out dead.
Some configuration elements cannot be easily altered once created.
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Chingiz Abdukarimov
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
I think there could be more QoS features
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Neal Tipton
Consultant at MT Pockets Computers
They should make the rule sets more understandable for the end user. When you're trying to explain to somebody how a computer network is secured, sometimes it's difficult for an end user or customer to understand. If there was a way to make the terminology more accessible to the end user, the set up could be easier. They should translate the technical jargon to an easily relatable and understandable conversation for the end user, the customer, that would be brilliant. Particularly in an environment where the IT structure is audited regularly, there's always pressure from the auditor to up the standards and up the security and you get your USCERT's that come out and there's a warning about this and the customer will want to lock out so much and when you apply it they run into issue where they can't search the internet or print to their remote office. Of course they can't print to your remote office, they just locked it up. They should make the language more understandable for the customer. If there's a product out there that made the jargon understandable to John Q. Public, I would buy that.
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Fabrizio Volpe
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
With FortiGate, the main complaint that I have heard is about the technical support.
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Cesar Nieves
Technical Services Manager with 501-1,000 employees
As far as wanting more scalability or things in the network diagram, it's going to cost you.
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VeerSharma
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Compared to some other products, the DLP is not at par for the moment.
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Vineeth Babu P
IT System Administrator at emirates hospital
Some features of Fortinet FortiGate are actually fee enabled that are inconvenient for deploying in production. Other issues relate to isolation with Cisco products and your server.
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Emmanuel Salamat
Solutions Architect at UAS
Scalability is one of the disadvantages. When it comes to scalability, you have to actually change the box. If you want to upgrade it, you need to actually change the existing box and probably you take the system off to other sites.
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NipontChartkul
Director, CFO at IT Green Public Company Ltd.
Fortinet already improved FortiGate, but in the current market, many brands of security devices have improved together. Fortinet still needs to catch up with market standards. Fortinet is lacking in features in comparison to competitors.
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Diana Nongera
Senior I.T. Administrator at a agriculture with 201-500 employees
It should come integrated or have its own type of network monitor tool in a module. There should just be one package, and you are good to go.
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