Fortinet FortiGate Reviews

Fortinet FortiGate is the #1 ranked solution of our top Firewalls tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Cisco ASA Firewall - Fortinet FortiGate vs Cisco ASA Firewall

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Chingiz Abdukarimov
User
Director at a integrator with 11-50 employees
May 28 2020

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?

We have better manageability: opening and closing ports/services, adding addresses is done very quickly (can be done in single page of the web GUI). It offers outstanding… more »

What needs improvement?

I think there could be more QoS features in GUI. FortiGate has Traffic Shaping feature that is enough in most cases when shaping egressing packets, but sometimes I just… 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
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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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Emmanuel Salamat
Real User
Solutions Architect at UAS
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

First and foremost, 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 Fortinet FortiGate, you can categorize the users. You can create a group of users that can access all of the websites… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Originally, I used Fortinet FortiGate for SD-WAN. There is actually a feature for the SD-WAN. I could find a port and use it for SD-WAN. Then I also used FortiGate for security rules. We implement solutions categorizing the insurers by Fortinet, i.e. what are the network users that are allowed in… more »

What needs improvement?

Flexibility is questionable when it comes to the hardware parts. If Fortinet can make FortiGate modular so that you can actually upgrade it without changing the parts, I would prefer it. If Fortinet FortiGate could actually integrate with the hybrid cloud architecture without changing the storage… more »

What other advice do I have?

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… more »
NipontChartkul
Real User
Director, CFO at IT Green Public Company Ltd.
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

Fortinet FortiGate has many excellent functions and good security. The firewall is the most common function that we have used for a long time.

How has it helped my organization?

My company operates a large data center with many useful applications, sections, and databases. We have to put the security function into FortiGate to protect the… more »

What needs improvement?

The Fortinet FortiGate firewall has been improved with many new functions. Fortinet is working to develop a new generation of firewalls with better security. Fortinet… more »

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

The pricing and licensing of Fortinet FortiGate are good if they stay the same. The price is not too high now, but license pricing still changes too much. Fortinet… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also implement solutions with Palo Alto Networks and WatchGuard.

What other advice do I have?

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are not sole-distributors of Fortinet products currently. It is part of a portfolio of solutions that we offer our business clients.
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 several restrictions out there to get onto the websites. It… 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, our campus is large with some 10 thousand students and staff… 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 customer support and sometimes it is difficult to resolve. My… 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 services are getting updated. At least one part of my problem is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have considered the Linux Suite and HP BSM.
Amgad Soliman
Real User
Senior System & Security Administrator at Icon
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The main feature that Fortinet FortiGate has that is very useful for me, is that I can connect two sides of the network to each other with Fortinet. I can make two VPNs… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We were not fully operational previously. Our project needs to link two sides through the internet. One of these was in Cairo and the other in another city. In Egypt, to… more »

What needs improvement?

Fortinet needs more memory to save the log files (like in the 101E, the old product). We need it to save the logs on the hardware and not in the cloud. I know this feature… more »

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

The licensing price for the Fortinet products is approximately a thousand of dollars per year for the FortiGate 100E and $200 per year for the FortiGate 50E. I don't use… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The other product I was previously using was ForgeRock but did not have the experience of integrating it with Fortinet FortiGate.

What other advice do I have?

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other options for this purchase.
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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
Fortinet FortiGate customers

Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co.

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