Fortinet FortiGate Scalability

Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Cybersecurity & IT Operations Professional (VirtualCxO) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
No. Scalability is good, and performance increases are great as you move to higher products. View full review »
Chingiz Abdukarimov
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
For large scale deployment I would suggest to look at FortiManager, a central management point for large amount of FortiGates. I have tested the solution and found it quite useful. I could download configuration from any device and install edited list of policies to several devices simultaneously through a couple of clicks. Also I liked functionality of clearing out Address objects list from unused entries. It can be configured to be a central repository of firmware and updates, and a local rating server (url and antispam rating services) which can improve rating lookup latency value. View full review »
Neal Tipton
Consultant at MT Pockets Computers
Scalability is excellent. Across three locations we have 120 users. View full review »
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Cesar Nieves
Technical Services Manager with 501-1,000 employees
Scalability is very good. We just did a quote for a university here that has about 25,000 students, and all the solutions that we put in the RFP, they were accepted. The only thing is the cost. As far wanting more scalability or things in the network diagram, it's going to cost you. View full review »
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is good, although I see that some brands are now coming up with an important advancement. Currently, when you want to do HE (High-end), you have to have the same model or a similar model. Some competing solutions are now able to do HE between mixed models. View full review »
Vineeth Babu P
IT System Administrator at emirates hospital
If we implement Fortinet to Fortinet connections, then the solution works fine and there are no issues. If we connect with any other vendor like Cisco, Palo Alto, or these kinds of devices, I can see sometimes that the connectivity issue is there. From IIS, the I/O packet works and connectivity is ideal. Connectivity is fine, but the title clock unnecessarily comes in and sometimes it doesn't reach the destination. We use Fortinet FortiGate in twenty to twenty-five locations at the time, although we are basically focused on healthcare industry requirements. For the deployment and maintenance, we have two people we are using right now. Regarding maintenance and deployment, we employ experts in network and security support. We don't have any plans to increase usage of Fortinet FortiGate. We only use it in 25 locations. View full review »
Manager and General Attorney with 51-200 employees
The scalability is fine. The problem is the licensing. To do more you have to pay for it. In this market, where you can find a lot of devices to do the same things, to charge for them in the license is very difficult. Also, sometimes Fortinet changes their products, they drop devices from the market very quickly. View full review »
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. With FortiGate, if you want to upgrade, it is physical and you have to buy a bigger box. You have to replace it with a bigger one. The boxes of Fortinet are not modular, so you have to replace the entire box. That's one of the bad sides of Fortinet. When it comes to security, it's not really possible if the other solution is actually plausible. View full review »
Diana Nongera
Senior I.T. Administrator at a agriculture with 201-500 employees
It has the capacity to change in size. It comes in different sizes. E.g., for a smaller organization, you buy smaller package, then for bigger entities, you buy the bigger one. If you have fewer users in a certain entity, they would get a package of 50 each. If it's a head office, then you'd get something like 201. So, it accommodates for all sizes. View full review »
Director, CFO at IT Green Public Company Ltd.
Our experience with Fortinet FortiGate depends more on the sizing of the customer. Fortigate is very scalable to serve our customers' needs. We have scaled from fifty to more than a hundred instances of Fortinet FortiGate. Around 20 staff are required for deployment and maintenance, mostly engineers. We are not a distributor for Fortinet, so we will not actively promote it as a solution. View full review »
Sabyasachi Sen
General Manager with 51-200 employees
It should have been scalable. But, it is not quite so. There are limitations, I need to change the box or I have 1500 D. That means I can make 1000 connections, but some kind of vestibules are going on and the advances are going on. Then, I find it very difficult to give a connectivity simultaneously and upon current connections. As a result, I have to deprive my faculties, my staff, or my students of certain functions. View full review »
Amgad Soliman
Senior System & Security Administrator at Icon
FortiGate is a very scalable tool. They have an app to manage the access points, switches, and other solutions. For our project, now we're over a hundred users at the headquarters. The other branch supports about 20 persons. View full review »
Information Security Analyst at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Scalability is fine as of now. Compared to other firewall products, it's a little cheaper in terms of pricing. So scalability is good. But right now, due to a greater focus on security, I think FortiGate needs to improve on the security features, and they need to do so for their small and medium business products, in order to compete. View full review »
Sherif Abouelezz
Head of IT at CGP
The scalability of Fortinet FortiGate is sufficient. What we bought was sufficient for what we need. I don't know if we're going to need to upgrade it or not, it depends on if we need to increase or lessen it. Since we built Fortinet FortiGate we didn't need to do anything more for it. Over 200 users are currently using this solution and only one staff is required for maintaining it. View full review »
Fernando Neto
Network Analyst at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
I found this product to be good for scalability. It offers several features, among them I can mention Application Control, Antispam, QoS and others. View full review »
Naseema Ap
Manager systems at HOCL
Fortinet FortiGate is scalable for our users. Right now, we have almost 70 users. We do not have any plan to increase our usage of FortiGate. For maintaining the firewall solution, one staff member is enough. View full review »
Md Mohiuddin
Assistant Manager IT at Urmi Garments Ltd
Currently, we have more than 600 employees using this product. Our users range from IT staff, management, and senior executives. We are all using it. And we plan on increasing the number of users to more than what we are currently at. View full review »
IT/Operations Assistant at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have been in no position to upgrade our number of users. So, I cannot judge this aspect of the product. View full review »
Principal Mining Consultant at senhwabio
Fortinet FortiGate is scalable, but it is not a requirement for us. We only have 25 users. They are general users, not engineers. I am the only engineer needed to maintain FortiGate. View full review »
Kevin Stephens
ICT Administrator at a mining and metals company with 11-50 employees
It is very scalable. We have around 200 users. View full review »
Network and Security Manager at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
It keeps improving the features and I am very impressed with the effort. View full review »
Assistant Manager (Infrastructure) with 1-10 employees
Directorate at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Regarding scalability, we have bought a very large box, so it meets all of our requirements. We have a big company, with fifteen hundred end points. View full review »
PTL Network Administrator at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of usage, I have a main branch and then we have smaller branches throughout the country. Connecting to each site through FortiGate is much easier. View full review »
Mgr. IT Infrastructure and Network Operations at a media company with 11-50 employees
We have not had any issues with scalability. View full review »
Gamal Al-Hamzah
Network Engineer at LinkTech
We have knowledge of other firewall products but FortiGate is the best. View full review »
Kofi Osei-Appaw
Consultant at WorldNet ICT Solutions Limited
The scalability of this solution is fantastic. View full review »
Network Engineer
Since we are not virtual, it is a physical box. It scales well if you know what to buy from a physical box standpoint. They seem to offer something for every level. View full review »
Derrick Slaton
IT Specialist 3 at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I would rate the scalability an eight out of ten. We have just over 100 users using this solution. View full review »
Ramon Henriquez
Director TICs at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The scalability is good. View full review »
Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at a tech services company
Scalability is Fine. View full review »
Solutions Architect at Focus
It is a very secure, easily managed product. It keeps up-to-date with all the variabilities. View full review »
Yousef Altaj
Tech Manager at Global tec
Sometimes the solution is not scalable. View full review »
Simon Coombs
System Administrator at a media company with 11-50 employees
Fortigate has more than adequate capability to cope with everything we require for the foreseeable future. View full review »
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Security Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
It is scalable. We are making a cost savings on the scalability. View full review »
Ahmed Konsowa
Senior Pre-Sales Engineer (Commercial Sector) at SEE "Systems Engineering of Egypt"
It is amazing, but sometimes there are issues with Fortinet Integrations. But, I know they are now trying to rectify the problem. View full review »
Randy Obanon
IT Manager at Soporte Antivirus Ltda
It's scalable. We have 22 users. View full review »
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