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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... 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.... 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.... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I previously favored NetScreen/Juniper SSG solutions, but Juniper stopped supporting the SSG line, and FortiGate... 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... 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...
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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... 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... 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,... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I was using a SonicWall. The problem with SonicWall is that they were purchased by Dell, and apparently, Dell is not... 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... more»
Chingiz Abdukarimov
User
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Sep 19 2018

What is most valuable?

Good VPN, both IPSEC and SSL (web-mode, tunnel-mode). An engineer/network administrator has tools to debug VPN issues... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Better manageability (opening and closing ports/services/addresses is very quick). Outstanding reporting tools when... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
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... more»

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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
Diana Nongera
Real User
Senior I.T. Administrator at a agriculture with 201-500 employees
Jul 29 2018

What is most valuable?

* DHCP functionality: The object tab where we manage our IP addresses and static. The DHCP monitors them. * FortiClient: You can easily connect... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The greatest improvement was on security. If you put rules that will not allow certain traffic, it won't happen. You can close the traffic that... more»

What needs improvement?

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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were previously using Netgear, which was smaller. It didn't have the advanced technology in terms of what we wanted it to do. It was an older... more»

What other advice do I have?

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... more»
Sabyasachi Sen
Real User
General Manager with 51-200 employees
Nov 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The only feature is that I don't have to be worried about categorization of the websites. I am able to put on the policies for the blog because this is an institution.There are... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For Fortinet Fortigate,I have to have a Fortigate access point. In my opinion, it should have been a universal access, which supported the universal access point. At this point,... more»

What needs improvement?

A couple of things I've seen that need improvement, especially in terms of a hard coding. The driver-level active moment really is out-of-the-box and we have to have contact the... more»

What other advice do I have?

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... more»
reviewer32902
Real User
Owner at a tech services company
Nov 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* The prompt and knowledgeable support behind them. * Their reliability and their policy of pre-shipping replacements... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I am a one-man show, so there is not much that can be done to improve the way that I function. However, these products... more»

What needs improvement?

I can't think of too much which they can improve upon. I just have not come across any situation where they have fallen... more»

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

Pricing and licensing have to be taken in context with value. Fortinet is usually not the least expensive alternative... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have sold and supported other solutions in the past. Fortinet is not always the least-cost solution available, but... more»

What other advice do I have?

Anyone evaluating this product should consult the documentation available and plan out their solution before making a... more»
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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.

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