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Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Real User
Cybersecurity & IT Professional (VirtualCIO) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* The CLI is robust and powerful, enabling rapid, consistent changes via SSH. The device identification is very flexible, facilitating the creation of rules to regulate… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first implementation I performed of a FortiGate 200D was to replace a Juniper SSG-140 in a main corporate office. This implementation provided improved network… more»

What needs improvement?

WAN load-balancing could be a lot better at detecting when a link is poor or inconsistent, and not just flat out dead. There are lots of options for routing traffic over a… more»

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

Licensing and setup costs are generally pretty clear with Fortinet. If you go with centralized management or their Log Analyzer tool, these carry some additional pricing… more»

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

I previously favored NetScreen/Juniper SSG solutions, but Juniper stopped supporting the SSG line, and FortiGate provides more value and performance for the dollar. I've… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, I tested and evaluated solutions from pfSense, Sophos, and Palo Alto.
Chingiz Abdukarimov
User
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Jul 26 2019

What is most valuable?

Good VPN, both IPSEC and SSL (web-mode, tunnel-mode). An engineer/network administrator has tools to debug VPN issues that can occur during tunnel setup with other… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Better manageability (opening and closing ports/services/addresses is very quick). Outstanding reporting tools when coupled with FortiAnalyzer (Fortinet's log collector… more»

What needs improvement?

I think there could be more QoS features in GUI. FortiGate has Traffic Shaping that is enough in most cases, but sometimes I just need 802.1p prioritizing (Class of… more»

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

Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.

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

We used an old IPS from Cisco. We switched because of End-of-Support on that device.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Palo Alto, Cisco ASA, CheckPoint
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Neal Tipton
Consultant
Consultant at MT Pockets Computers
Feb 13 2019

What is most valuable?

There's an all-inclusive appliance where all of the logs, registers, and everything is customizable as far as the way reporting comes back.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

As far as the licensing goes for the small product that we have, the pricing was pretty competitive. It wasn't as simple and as cheap as a SonicWall but for the service we would get it was a good… more»

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

We did use a different solution. We switched primarily because of the audit trails because the user interface, what you saw on the screen and the options you were presented with were difficult to… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Fabrizio Volpe
Real User
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Feb 27 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

We're discussing a family of UTM (Unified Threat Management) appliances.  FortiGate is a term which includes a wide range of products, starting with small ones dedicated to small offices, and developing into devices which are able to grant security and networking for large companies. The family includes physical devices and virtual machines, which grant network security on different layers using a single point of control. FortiGate is optimized to avoid bottlenecks or delays while the various controls are performed. High availability is also part of the available features with various solutions to avoid single points of failure.  In the following short list, I will list some interesting points about the FortiGate solution.  1. Administrative Interface If you are experienced…
Cesar Nieves
Real User
Technical Services Manager with 501-1,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It's a complete solution. 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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first benefit is the cost. It is very affordable. Also, it's very easy to set up, it's very easy to make policies and, for an organization, that means you don't need… more»

What needs improvement?

For me, at this time, it's very complete.

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

Pricing is good. They offer a lot of things, the most important is the support. Every time you upgrade your license, you also get insurance for the equipment. If you have… more»

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

I was using a SonicWall. The problem with SonicWall is that they were purchased by Dell, and apparently, Dell is not putting any research money into the devices. That is… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a total cost of ownership analysis against Sophos and also Palo Alto, but that was out of scope, it was too expensive. Another one was WatchGuard. When you start… more»
VeerSharma
Consultant
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 15 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features for us is that it is easy to configure. It is also very easy to manage. One of the things we were looking at was a product that is user… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution made it very easy to manage our bandwidth. It is important because we do not have to buy additional bandwidth from our ISPs. The rules and policies are set… more»

What needs improvement?

I recently saw the new updates that are coming, such as the ability to quarantine a user's machine. Once done, you have the ability to connect to it from the FortiManager… more»

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

In terms of pricing, the cost of the product is important because we do not want to pay for something that is too expensive. At the same time, however, pricing is not as… more»

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

Previously we were using SonicWall, and we had no trouble after switching to FortiGate. One of the reasons that we switched is because we needed something that is easy to… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

After switching from SonicWall, we did not evaluate options other than the current solution.
Vineeth Babu P
Real User
IT System Administrator at emirates hospital
Apr 20 2019

What is most valuable?

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. All branch FortiGate devices are integrated with FortiAnalyzer and easy to download and monitor the logs from all other… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With Fortinet FortiGate I can do over forty enlaces. We give all of the log-based runtime support to every user and the web traffic coming in. Also, we can enlace all of the security projects from our two servers with the other forty enlaces.

What needs improvement?

It is mainly our own application of FortiGate that we need to improve. If you compare FortiGate to any other products, all of the other products have more signatures. I couldn't find that many signatures available in the application. Some features of Fortinet FortiGate are actually fee enabled that… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of rating, Fortinet FortiGate will come in with an eight out of ten. We are satisfied with the product overall.
MnG32
Real User
Manager and General Attorney with 51-200 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The filtering that you can do with the firewall.

How has it helped my organization?

We have peace of mind. We do work in a very dangerous environment, the internet, and this device gives us alerts. It gives us the opportunity to know what is going on.

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to do segmentation, for a specific user, with more priveledges. I would also like to see an easier user interface to implement that.

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

One of the main reasons we're considering switching from FortiGate is because many companies have a lot of features and you don't have to pay for. If you compare side by side, you find a lot of things… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Fortinet and Sophos are the main players for this type of solution.
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What is Fortinet FortiGate?

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

Also known as
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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