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Fortinet FortiGate-VM is the #12 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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What users are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM pricing:
  • "Our license is yearly, but we're thinking of going monthly. I think it's somewhere around 100,000 for VM04. Nowadays, everyone wants to be a hacker, so we believe in security. That's why we also have third-party people that we involve to make sure that we're secure. I don't think the costs are too bad. You still want to get advice from people who worked in security for many years, so you add a third party. The third party also said they would give their share like 100K, or 200K or something like that, so I don't think it's too expensive for security. I think it just adds more trust."

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Richard Domikis
Chief Technology Officer at cornerstone defense
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
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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SM
Senior Security Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Very intuitive with a clean interface and good stability

What is our primary use case?

The use case for VMs is if you're going to deploy them like a SaaS edge, to protect your applications or provide deeper visibility into the traffic. Or you could use it in your data centers as well. However, that's not our preference. We primarily use the solution for network segmentation at our data centers and remote connectivity to our distributed sites.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's very easy to set up, even for more junior developers."
  • "Their offering for MFA isn't the cleanest."

What other advice do I have?

I was previously a customer. now I am a reseller and Fortinet partner. We primarily use hardware-based appliances, including the 100 D/E series, 100F, 190 D/E's, ADCs, 600 E's. They are similar to VMs. We're using the most recent code level at this time. We're one version behind the latest version. We tend to use one version behind the most recent for safety reasons so that we can avoid troublesome bugs or glitches. Anyone looking to deploy Next-Gen firewalls, in general, should really define their use cases to be able to decide on the proper technology to deploy within the environment. If…
EX
Director at Treasure Technology
Reseller
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…
Abdul  Faheem
Sr. Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
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…
ThendoNdzimeni
Network Administrator Team Lead at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
A full-featured virtual appliance with valuable monitoring and visibility features

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate-VM for managing inbound and outbound internet traffic through our environment. Sometimes, we also use it for managing the site's internet outbound and routing. We also use it for IPSec on Azure. We also have an on-premises environment, and we're using it for IPSec on that environment. All the routing happens through it because we're swinging all the traffic on the Azure side through a firewall which is basically the gateway. It acts as the gateway and manages outbound traffic in that environment. We have also set up the SSL VPN for users. We do have FortiGate… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the visibility and monitoring features because they're easy to use to monitor traffic. Features like geo-blocking and more have AI, and we're currently using all of it. But for now, we're only using geo-blocking, and we're able to block traffic from different countries. I also like that it's highly responsive. VM04 is also very powerful."
  • "It would be better if it could provide you with options before completely blocking anything through the web filter. If you are doing a deep SSL inspection on the site if it says it's expired, it doesn't give you the option to continue at your own risk. I can't say that it's bad, but SSL internally isn't really a requirement. However, its security features can help. Right now, we have people going out and spending on purchasing the SSL certificates for internal sites."

What other advice do I have?

I will recommend the solution. If it's a first-time deployment in Azure, they need to understand a couple of things, like the interfaces we need to create. The good thing about FortiGate is that they don't hide how their devices work. You can go to their website and get every instruction that you need at any time. It's straightforward and even has pictures showing you what you should expect. I've done a few changes for the first time, and I didn't have to stress. But you must know the infrastructure well. On a scale from one to ten, I would five Fortinet FortiGate-VM a ten.
Dhsrms Fff
Team Leader Network & Security at Rogers Capital
Real User
Top 20
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
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…
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