We just raised a $30M Series A: Read our story

Fortinet FortiGate Scalability

Owner at Tech Exchange

I will tell a client not to go with Fortinet if they have no firewall or they have a very, very old firewall. If this is from scratch, I'd say let's not go with Fortinet, let's go with Meraki if you have the money. I always say create the budget for it if you have a lot of sites, as Cisco does a better job if you have a lot of sites. If you have two sites, then it's fine to go with Fortinet. It'll scale to that scale. However, if you want to go over a couple of sites, it's not the best option.

View full review »
Solutions Engineer/Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It is easy to scale as long as you start with the right firewall. Our clients are of different sizes. We have clients with the home office with two or three employees. One of the clients has about 26 locations in all four time zones and about 400 employees.

View full review »
JC
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees

We have a cluster and we have configured it with high availability. What we have done is we have put one primary and one secondary in case it breaks or it gets damaged. We have a third one at our DR site as well, which works in conjunction with Plateau. We have employed the same rules and some stricter rules on the DR site, just to allow traffic between these machines.

We allow certain times for updates on the infrastructure we have at the DR. We are planning some more, however, we don't enjoy all the features yet. We want to bring in an SD-WAN. Maybe that can also help us with scaling our network at different angles and from the cloud or being from an LD device or so forth. We're still working on that.

View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
552,027 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Director at a integrator with 11-50 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 »
EP
Director of IT with 51-200 employees

I know that it's scalable, but I don't actually have any experience regarding scalability. It's probably not as scalable as pfSense because pfSense is based on open hardware platforms. I definitely know that proprietary platforms usually tend to be less scalable because they're more constrained with licensing. The scalability in my opinion would be decent, satisfactory, but I believe pfSense is probably more scalable. I know that there are a lot of big corporations like Google and others that use pfSense. I don't know the details. I'm just giving my educated guess.

View full review »
JT
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees

The scalability is good. You can expand it as needed and add on extra apps to add in extra functionality if you want to.

We mostly deal with mid-range companies. 

View full review »
Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

I haven't worked on the scalability side because most of the time, the pre-sales tools are relatively bigger devices. So right now, I haven't faced any issues with scalability. They have some larger devices for the data center. So if we talk about their hardware, I think they're capable of handling around 10,000 to 15,000 people on a single device. But if you go with the virtual environment, I don't think there is a problem. Fortinet has a single OS that we can deploy on whatever hardware capacity we want to configure over there or through virtualization.

View full review »
Owner at Computech Associates

It is a scalable solution, and you can also upgrade. They come up with a new feature every time. Whenever you're updating your firewall firmware, it is ready to mitigate threats available in the fiber scenario.

Our clients are small, medium, and large businesses. We have deployed it for small offices or retail stores as well as for big manufacturing units. We also have clients from Education and Healthcare. Some of the large companies have between 800 to 1,000-plus devices protected through this firewall.

View full review »
MS
President at Sovereign Mange Services

I haven't really pushed this product from a scalability perspective. Certainly, if you look at the performance metrics, the F series appears to have really expanded the capacity and capabilities beyond past models. If you look at 40E versus 40F, there's a fairly substantial difference. For a small office, it's going to be just fine.

View full review »
MS
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

It's quite scalable. The scalability and the migration are okay as well. Licensing model is also stright forword and certain features such as basic SSL VPN requires no to min additional cost per user.

View full review »
NN
IT Infrastructure Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is scalable. There are no issues. In terms of the number of users who use FortiGate, we have only about ten users for remote working. Only selected users utilize this remote capability.

View full review »
Senior Network Architect at Combat Networks

In terms of scalability, it scales very well.

They have different models for different sizes. Obviously, if you buy too small and you have to upgrade, then it's a box swap. Some other vendors can just add another unit and you cluster them together. In their case it's more of just switching the box out for more performance boxes if you go too low.

View full review »
UB
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The scalability depends on the design and how it was done. You have to think about the next five years. We get lots of new updates on the older versions and if the product is still in support then the new features will be included.

View full review »
CEO at Acme Technologies

It is scalable. We have more than a thousand users. 

View full review »
VK
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

We've found the scalability of the solution to be very good. If a company needs to expand on this solution, it can do so with ease.

We have between 2,000 and 3,000 users on the solution currently.

We do plan to continue to use the solution going forward. We have no plans to change anything.

View full review »
JS
Network Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution can scale well. If a company needs to expand it, they can.

I have various clients that use the solution and they have a user base that can range anywhere from five users to over 10,000.

I do plan to continue to use the solution in the future, however, I can't speak as to if my clients will expand their services or not.

View full review »
AC
Sales Engineer - Sênior at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The scalability is fine. If a company needs to expand it, they should be able to do so without any issues.

We only have about 40 users on the product currently. It's not a big company.

For now, the product is good as it is and we don't have plans to increase usage in the future.

View full review »
JA
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is scalable. If you need to expand it, you can. We have it at a variety of networks and sites with no problem.

We have 120 users that are connected to a minimum of 80 computers and a minimum of 15 servers, which is great. The solution is working and it is still stable even across all of these devices and servers. We have multiple networks inside as well, so we are not only on one network. We set them separately, which is why the initial setup for us was quite complex. We're through with that though.

View full review »
Sr. Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Scalability of this solution is good, we can add devices whenever we like. 

View full review »
IT Specialist at Divante

Currently, everyone who is connected with the company is using this solution. We have up to 240 people.

View full review »
SK
Lead Program Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I currently have about 36 to 40 devices that are being used. We use a certain number of devices from business to business.

View full review »
SP
Enterprise Service Manager at Technology Associates Limited

We have 400 users covered under the firewall and 50 employees. We've never had issues with scaling. It shouldn't be a problem. However, it's not something we actively measure.

We plan to increase usage and to continue to use the product for another three years. After that we may upgrade to a new Fortinet product or seek out a new solution, depending on the landscape at that time.

View full review »
Technical Account Manager at DSM Technology Consultants, LLC

Our clients are small to medium-sized businesses. 

View full review »
RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

The solution is pretty scalable. It's flexible. It works with the organization and allows you to expand it as necessary.

In my company, we use FortiGate across several locations. The location with the most number of users has maybe 400 to 500 employees. That said, there is another FortiGate that manages the traffic that goes to the internet for all of the users across locations. We must have around 900 users.

We do plan to continue to use it going forward.

View full review »
SH
CEO at SAYCOM

It fits for small and medium-sized companies. Regarding the very big ones, I don't know, I'm not in the enterprise market. But for our clients that are offices or companies that are sized between 20 users and 300 users, it's okay. It's good for them.

View full review »
MH
Managing Director at FORESEC

In terms of scalability, our biggest customer using it has 500 people.

View full review »
SP
Data Center Operations and Customer Support Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We have not tried to expand the product much, but it is currently used as the main security perimeter for about 2000 people which is already quite a large number. We don't predict that we will be increasing usage much more than that.

We plan to keep using FortiGate as much as we can for our security solution as we casually move more of our systems to the cloud.

View full review »
SR
Project Manager at renaissance group

I haven't run into any issues when it comes to scaling. If a company needs to scale it should be able to do so without much of a problem.

View full review »
LW
Consultant at Resolve Technology

The solution isn't exactly scalable, especially when it comes to the public cloud environment. We'll need to scale up, so we will have to figure out how to do it effectively.

We primarily work with medium and large enterprises.

View full review »
MA
Manager IT at Riphah

I do not foresee the product being easy to scale. We find it so hard. It does not seem to be possible.

Currently, we have around 15 users and there are five to ten people handling the management aspect of the product.

View full review »
MP
IT Operations Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The scalability is very good. If you need to scale it as an organization, you can do so.

We have 100 users. They are largely network engineers, however, we have technicians and active users.

We do plan to increase usage in the near future. We have more projects coming up.

View full review »
Deputy Manager Of Information Technology at Nitco Limited

We have not tried to scale FortiGate.

View full review »
Director Of Technology at PT Exa Teknologi Indonesia

So far our biggest client is only FortiGate 400, a small-medium business.

View full review »
IT Manager at KSB MIL Controls Limited

The scalability of the solution seems to be pretty good. We haven't had any issues in that respect.

Currently, our organization has about 125 users on the product.

View full review »
SW
Compliance Officer at a venture capital & private equity firm with 11-50 employees

You can scale the solution if you need to. It's not a difficult thing to do.

We do plan to continue using this solution.

View full review »
IT Infrastructure Engineer at Communication Progress

This solution is scalable. They have now built hyperscale firewalls and it's very easy. Also VMs, for example, is very easy to scale, you just need to adjust the licensing. 

View full review »
Senior Information Security Consultant at Alkhorayef

With respect to scalability, it's an excellent product.

View full review »
ME
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We have more than 7.000 users on the solution right now.

We do plan to continue to use the solution going forward.

View full review »
Technical Services Manager at ProComm technologies

It is highly scalable. A customer had about 500 users.

View full review »
IQ
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We find the solution to be quite scalable. If your organization needs to expand this solution out, you shouldn't have any problems doing so.

We have two or three different locations and have between 50 to 200 users amongst those locations.

View full review »
KN
Service Delivery Engineer - Network Security Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is highly scalable because they have devices that can handle a large amount of traffic. The VM version with the hardware appliances is widely scalable. It can handle small businesses to large scale enterprises. In terms of mode of deployment, you have VM, hardware appliance, and cloud. There is cloud management as well that is scalable. It can suit a number of deployment scenarios.

We currently have 50 employees using the solution, some of our clients that have deployed it has 1000 users and it has not given a problem.

View full review »
RJ
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Since we are integrators, this product gets sold to people who have a minimum 25 and up to 600 users.

At the moment, we don't plan to increase usage.

View full review »
IT & PPN Coordinator at a manufacturing company

The solution can scale if you need it to. That's not a problem at all.

We do plan on continuing to use the service going forward.

View full review »
PH
Deputy Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

I can't really speak to the scalability of the solution, as it isn't as aspect I handle. I've never tried to do it, so I'm not sure how it works.

We have about 50 users on the solution. About one third have access to it.

View full review »
TF
Officer / General Manager Software R&D Laboratory at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

I can't speak to the scalability. I've never attempted to scale and therefore don't have a sense of how well the solution would take to it.

We have about 30 engineers that work with the solution currently. I'm not sure, however, if there are any plans to increase usage in the future.

View full review »
Head of Customer Success at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It's a scalable product.

View full review »
DB
Security Systems Analyst at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees

Their scalability is pretty good. We have upgraded and changed them, and we have been running them for 20 years. They run for a long time. We are not replacing them every couple of years, and we have scaled up a lot. We have over 10,000 users behind it. We have three people for maintenance and deployment. 

View full review »
SK
Deputy General Manager Information Technology at a media company with 201-500 employees

You can have the availability features. All the traffic goes through this firewall for access to the outside world.

View full review »
PH
President at Integral Design Software

With only two people in the company, we haven't needed to scale. Our roles include software development and providing technical support for various clients.

View full review »
JH
Engineer at The Learning Network

For the traffic we have all five firewalls. The log is minimal with the traffic, which is going over the firewall and we don't require a lot of scalability. 

View full review »
Manager - IT at Mosambee - Synergistic Financial Networks

This is a scalable solution. We are able to integrate new products and different payment options. As new projects come in, we are looking for a hybrid setup that will incorporate the cloud.

View full review »
IT Director at Guangdong Technion Institute of Technology

Fortinet FortiGate is a very scalable product.

It is managed by the IT department, so only they use it.

View full review »
RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

The solution is scalable.

View full review »
SN
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

This product is scalable and as a service provider, we extend our usage to external customers. There are many users on the platform.

View full review »
AN
System Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

Fortinet FortiGate is very scalable.

View full review »
QV
IT Infrastructure managerInformation an Communication Services Manager at a agriculture with 5,001-10,000 employees

We don't have scalability requirements so I can't comment. 

View full review »
VD
Information Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

There are other products on the market that are a little better than FortiGate in terms of scalability, but in general it's a good solution. We have about 200 users in the company. 

View full review »
DO
System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

My colleagues have easily switched licenses and features for the device. There was not any complication, it was really intuitive.

View full review »
MC
System ADM at a recreational facilities/services company with 501-1,000 employees

This is not an area fully explored. It has been sufficient for what we need.

We have 700 users in our organization who are using this solution. We don't have plans to increase our usage at this time.

View full review »
Senior solution architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The scalability of the device is limited.

View full review »
Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at Amity Infosoft Pvt. Ltd.

Scalability is Fine.

View full review »
MR
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

FortiGate is a scalable product and our customer has approximately 2,000 users.

View full review »
Head Of IT Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is scalable but when you do scale, it limits the performance. We have over 1,000 users in our company and four people who deal with the maintenance of all our solutions. 

View full review »
PD
Group Leader – FM Operations Team at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We have had no trouble scaling the solutions.

View full review »
MK
Dy General Manager at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees

The solution's scalability is a problem because when you use a LAN, you use hardware and hardware wastes resources. However, it is more scalable than some of its competitors, such as Check Point. We have 620 users using the product.

View full review »
TK
CIO at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

It's a scalable product. We have 600 users in our organization.

View full review »
AJ
Telecommunications Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's a scalable solution. I would rate it a seven out of ten.

We have 2,500 users in our organization.

View full review »
MV
Senior Information Technology Auditor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

This solution is scalable.

We have 300 users in our organization.

View full review »
President at simnet

With respect to scalability, it's good.

We have 15 people using this solution in our organization.

View full review »
YK
IT Professional at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

Fortinet FortiGate is scalable. We don't have any constraints that create a problem for us except the support.

View full review »
MR
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Fortinet FortiGate is a scalable solution.

View full review »
CEO e confundador at Infinity Learning

It is good enough for us. We have about 15 employees who use this solution.

View full review »
AL
GM: Information Systems at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees

It is scalable. We use it at five sites, and all in all, we have around 300 users.

View full review »
JM
Network Manager at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We have approximately 40,000 employees and the product is very scalable. The different hardware units are quite good and are an appropriate size for enterprise-sized businesses.

View full review »
AM
Chief Information Officer at teamddt

Scalability can be improved. Compared to Cisco, Fortinet FortiGate's scalability is in a good position.

View full review »
Director/Owner at Miodesk

Scalability is good, we have about 5,000 users.

View full review »
SC
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 »
Specialist of IT Solutions at INTERNEXA

The solution is scalable.

View full review »
RW
Documentation Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Scalability-wise, I haven't had any problems. Because of the price, I would say that this product is better for large enterprises.

View full review »
Program director at a tech consulting company with 201-500 employees

We have over 5000 users using the solution at my company.

View full review »
JT
Chief Information Officer at a analyst firm with 10,001+ employees

Fortinet FortiGate appears to be scalable. 

View full review »
RJ
Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

The scalability is good. We have approximately 50 employees using this product in our company.

View full review »
AC
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Fortinet FortiGate is both scalable and stable.

View full review »
Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

This product is definitely scalable. Our clients range from small to medium-sized businesses.

View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
552,027 professionals have used our research since 2012.