Fortinet FortiGate-VM Overview

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is the #13 ranked solution in our list of best firewalls. It is most often compared to Azure Firewall: Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs Azure Firewall

What is Fortinet FortiGate-VM?

FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is also known as FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM.

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  • "It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits."

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RD
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Slightly unstable, needs a better user interface, and lacks good monitoring capabilities

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for checking a 250-person defense contracting company with multiple locations.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a relatively simple product that is easy to use. It's not overly complex."
  • "The product does not have a good graphical interface."

What other advice do I have?

We're an end-user and a customer. We have a plug-in with the subscription. We use the current version on their 100Es. In general, I would advise other users that they need to look at whether they're going to go physical or virtual. I'd advise once they decide that to then look at the maybe lesser known next-generation firewalls that have functionality. The folks that are going to be operating the tool need to look at the user interface to make sure that that it is easy to use. Most users at an enterprise don't even know the firewall's there, let alone what it is, so they're not unique. I think…
PB
Manager Information Technology at a media company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Clearly captures each and every thing for the backup capture

Pros and Cons

  • "FortiGate is a nice and very good product."
  • "FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 9. FortiGate is a nice and very good product but the implementation and post-implementation of the product are cumbersome. You have to manage four devices instead of two devices if I go for FortiAnalyzer. For a small, entry-level business, Fortinet should give the entire reporting on the UI so that end to end engineers can manage efficiently. So as technology is concerned, I give eight out of 10, but because of reporting, I would give five out of 10. I am just giving an example: if I know everything or you know everything but if you can't explain it, how do…
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EX
Director at Treasure Technology
Reseller
Top 10
Excellent UI, very good features and very scalable

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution simply for its firewall functionality. It's the main reason we use it.

Pros and Cons

  • "While the stability maybe isn't quite to the level of Cisco, it is a very cost-effective solution. It's cheap compared to Cisco."
  • "The stability could be improved. I find Cisco to be more stable than Fortigate, which is I major differentiator between the two."

What other advice do I have?

We're resellers of both Cisco and Fortigate solutions. I'd advise other companies or users to give a try. The Virtual Appliance is very easy to set up. In terms of scalability, it's easy enough to expand out, especially if you compare it to the hardware. For the virtual solution, it's easily upgraded. For the physical, you need to do a POC. It really depends on what kind of distributor a company is working with. Some provide you all the resources. Others don't. I'm not sure how it works with the Cisco Virtual Appliance. For Cisco, I only know about the cloud. Normally, I provide my customer…
Sr. Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good monitoring and competitive pricing but needs integration with the exchange

What is our primary use case?

The solution is mainly used for remote connectivity and endpoint and gateway network security.

Pros and Cons

  • "We are able to closely monitor the usages of individual users and see their usage habits and other items, including the data itself, which gives us quite a bit of visibility."
  • "The one thing that could be improved is the integration with the exchange. The gateway level controls can be enhanced a bit more. For example, it's still little here and there. You do get malicious attacks and suspicious emails like spam. It's not like Sophos where we got a lot of spam email, and yet, it's still relatively vulnerable. It can be upgraded, maybe with a fifth-generation firmware that it is ready for unknown threats."

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a professional relationship with the organization. We're using the latest version of the solution. I have learned that they have some internal resources available. However, those who are not trained and certified should not be experimenting with it. I'd advise other organizations that, if they don't have a proper administrator who can monitor and maintain their appliance, it's better they if don't implement it. It's not like somebody who has a background of software can handle Fortinet. They need to be properly trained and knowledgable. I'd rate the solution…
Team Leader Network & Security at Rogers Capital
Real User
Top 10
User friendly with good documentation and a quick deployment

Pros and Cons

  • "The VM it's very quick for deployment. If we need to have a POC for a customer, if we don't have any hardware physically at our premises, at our store, in our office, we can download the VM from Fortinet and install all the VM to their environment in order to run it. If we have a customer that says "let's start tomorrow" we are able to do that in a way that's not possible with a hardware version."
  • "The licensing needs to be improved. We need longer licensing periods, especially for POCs and trials. It should be for six months. Right now, it's too short of a timeframe."

What other advice do I have?

Normally I don't really push a virtual appliance. Some customers may be interested in a virtual appliance for scalability. For most of our customers, we are pushing hardware-based solutions and not a virtual appliance. For example, if we have a customer that has a private data center in Mauritius and wants to have a hybrid solution, let's say to interconnect on the public cloud, and they want to do SD-WAN to secure it from the public to its current on-premises data center, normally we will go with the virtual appliance on the public side. I would recommend Fortinet's hardware 100% of the time…
EE
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Very stable, great user interface, and can scale well

What is our primary use case?

The client wants to use the solution for a mix of things, however, I can't recall exactly what they are at this time.

Pros and Cons

  • "The user interface is the most valuable aspect of the solution."
  • "The solution is fairly complex."

What other advice do I have?

We aren't really a customer or reseller, however, we do occasionally recommend the solution to clients from time to time. The entity I was recently researching for was looking basically to replace some existing solutions. That was the reason why they were asking me to help them do some research. I, on a normal basis, don't do that much with it anymore. However, because I have access, I've been helping them. I'm not using the latest version. I may be using the one before that, although I don't know the exact version number. I would warn other organizations that there are some places where some…
ZM
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Integrates well, provides centralized reporting, good support and has a firewall for security

What is our primary use case?

We are service providers, and we provide managed services to external customers. The primary use case of this solution is for firewalling, web applications, and proxying. We use all of the UTM (Unified Threat Management) features that come with this product.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features of this solution are the integration within the environment, with centralized reporting."
  • "Compatibility and integration with other products or vendors such as Cisco SD-WAN products need improvement."

What other advice do I have?

With our clients, there is a range of Fortinet FortiGate versions, anything from FortiGate 60E to FortiGate 3700D. Management connects to a FortiAnalyzer, and we have application firewalls as well. We have a centralized data center where we have a combination of customers with on-premises equipment. This includes small devices to secure the customer's environment, and larger devices at the data center, specifically for our customers. We try to build our services around Fortinet products. We prefer to work with Fortinet products based on what we have learned from the Gartner Magic Quadrant, and…
Software Developer/ IT Analyst at AIICO Capital Limited
Real User
Good encryption detection, good administration capabilities, and one of the best on the market overall

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for LAN connections.

Pros and Cons

  • "In terms of administration, it's perfect."
  • "The interface needs to be updated and simplified."

What other advice do I have?

We used to be on the cloud, but we phased it out more than a year ago. I'd recommend the solution. It's one of the best on the market. It's great for financial services institutions. Security is important because of the type of companies that are typically dealing with it. I'd advise that users use it within a firewall, to create a double layer of protection or something similar. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten, especially when comparing it to other solutions.
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