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Real User
Manager Information Technology at a media company with 51-200 employees
Jan 29 2020

What needs improvement?

In terms of what features should be improved with Fortinet, I feel it should give better reports. They provide some basic reports in the entry-level and middleware products but I would love this product if they gave more reports, including more MIS from the traffic because they capture everything in the UTM. They don't produce a team value report. They don't produce a usable report where the IT… more»

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

We already procured Sophos. I already ordered two devices from our Indian partner. We are now partners with Sophos. We were partners with FortiGate for the last year. The first reason that we switched is because of our work use cases. We moved 80% of our infrastructure to AWS outsource. So we do not require a big firewall anymore. We are a 50 to 70 employee organization so a different firewall is… more»

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… more»
Eric Xiao
Reseller
Director at Treasure Technology
Jun 17 2020

What is most valuable?

For myself, the UI is pretty much perfect. It's much easier to work with than Cisco's FirePOWER, for example. I prefer the way it is designed above everything else, even though Cisco may be better for a different reason. Fortigate is just… more»

What needs improvement?

The stability could be improved. I find Cisco to be more stable than Fortigate, which is I major differentiator between the two. I haven't really explored the cloud too much, as we deal mostly with an on-premises system. However, now with… more»

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

With Cisco, licensing is quite complex, but with Fortigate, you simply need to buy a bundle and they give you everything you'll require.

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Right now, I'm also interested in learning more about Cisco, and how it compares to Fortigate. I know Cisco quite well, but I've never directly compared Cisco and Fortigate together before. Of course, I still believe I know Fortigate… more»
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Abdul Faheem
Real User
Sr. ERP Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the V-Scanner which is the monitoring software. That's something that I love. We are able to closely monitor the usages of individual users and see their usage habits and other items, including… more»

What needs improvement?

I think one thing we couldn't find in the software console was all of our logs. In the logs themselves, for example, we couldn't find if a user was accessing all of the VPN. We don't get to know or we don't have a report that shows on what… more»

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

The pricing of the solution is moderate. It's competitive, although I wouldn't consider it a cheap solution per se. Aside from the licensing, there are some add-ons that need to be added that we personally haven't added. There are features… more»

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

We used to have Sophos and we shifted to Fortinet about two years ago. The integration of the active directory with Sophos was not up to spec. We decided to drop it and instead went ahead with Fortinet.

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… more»
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Real User
Team Leader Network & Security at Rogers Capital
Aug 04 2020

What is most valuable?

The virtual and hardware versions of the solution are mostly the same. 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… more»

What needs improvement?

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. Overall as I say, the features-wise and performance-wise the VM and hardware versions are the same. The main difference is that… more»

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

The cost of the solution is good.

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… more»
Real User
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The user interface is the most valuable aspect of the solution.

What needs improvement?

It's important that, over time, the solution just keeps up with additional features. There's nothing specific that comes to mind, however, it's important for Fortinet to stay as much on the edge as possible, as far as keeping up with what's… more»

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

Since we don't primarily work with the solution, I'm not sure what the licensing costs are.

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

We previously worked with a lot of open source products.

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… more»
Real User
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 06 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the integration within the environment, with centralized reporting. One analyzer and the different devices feeding into that environment. The firmware is always up-to-date.

What needs improvement?

Compatibility and integration with other products or vendors such as Cisco SD-WAN products need improvement. The multi-tenancy environment for multiple customers, to make it more secure, needs some improvement. When you buy a bigger box, you should have the ability to slice and dice data. It should… more»

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

We have clients with three-year licensing and others with five. It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits. It's all bundled. When we purchase this product, it is bundled with a support license for that period.

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… more»
SegunIyanda
Real User
Software Developer/ IT Analyst at AIICO Capital Limited
Feb 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution has similar attributes to other competitors. The encryption detection is good. In terms of administration, it's perfect.

What needs improvement?

The encryption detection could be improved. In my opinion, I think Sophos has better encryption detection than this solution. The security of the solution could be better. The interface needs to be… more»

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

At this time, I'm unsure of what the costs related to the solution are. It's my understanding that support is part of the OEM fee and you do have to pay that yearly. However, it does depend on the… more»

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

I've used Sophos in the past. There are some technical issues with Sophos, at least on the older version, but with XG they kind-of did an upgrade. The interface of Sophos is great. It makes it easy to… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at Barracuda, but we decided against them because it gets a bit too technical. Also, unlike Sophos, for example, you can't pick the license you want and instead have to buy a package that… more»
Real User
Managing Director at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jan 29 2020

What is most valuable?

Their support is very good. Fortinet has a good support base here who has been working closely with us. Whenever there is an issue that needs to be addressed to our end clients, we have received very good support. The product is quite user-friendly so we didn't have a lot of issues that needed to be addressed. The pricing structure is also flexible.

What needs improvement?

Customization needs improvement. A lot of people have very unique requirements that they ask for at times. Everybody wants to get more out of the solutions so that they have more with less. I would like a little more customization, especially now that everything is becoming a lot more flexible with cloud-based deployments. A little more flexibility in terms of the offering that we can do or the… more»

What other advice do I have?

POCs are definitely the way to go because cyber-security is still in many cases new for many clients. Cybersecurity is a very wide arena in today's day and age. There is no one single solution, every day someone else is innovating some specialization in some form or another. Clients would like to see a proof of concept before they go on a large full-scale deployment. In the next release, I would… more»
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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.

Also known as
FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
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