Fortinet FortiGate Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Alberto E. Luna Rodriguez
Real User
Network Security Coordinator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 11 2017

What is most valuable?

* LinkGreat firewall capabilities * Great IPS and web filter for small remote locations, with VPNs for tunneling to the corporate network, makes this device a solid choice for many sites.

How has it helped my organization?

These devices allowed my organization to connect a network of gas stations and convenience stores nationwide. The VPN capabilities provide a reliable connection to our corporate network over very low… more»

What needs improvement?

Stability and technical support are the two major issues I have found with Fortinet.

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

We still use Cisco for some cases. However, where we need the advanced security and UTM features, Cisco’s prices can be very restrictive. Fortinet is a much more cost-effective choice for those cases.

What other advice do I have?

Be careful with dimensioning. Don’t expect the device to handle ALL the features. Usually firewall, Web Filter and the WLAN controller work well. But if you need IPS, app control and AV, I would… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Cisco.
Adriana Ymeri
Real User
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Mar 15 2017

What is most valuable?

FortiGate/FortiWifi: * IPS * Application control * IPsec & SSL VPN * Web filtering * E-mail security * Data leak prevention * Wireless security and wireless controller * Central antivirus… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Routing and security policies, central management and all of the other features help us to improve network performance and implement organization policies.

What needs improvement?

They could improve vulnerability scanning.

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

They are very cheap compared to other vendors.

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

We previously used Cisco solutions. They are more expensive, have fewer features, are more difficult to use, and response and help from technical support is not quick.

What other advice do I have?

Fortinet solutions are very easy to implement, proven, certified and tested.
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Simon Chaba
Real User
ICT Manager at a aerospace/defense firm
Jan 25 2017

What is most valuable?

You can create multiple Virtual Domains (VDOMs), which are treated as separate firewall instances. The reporting you receive out of this appliance is excellent. You will… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is no need to buy physical firewall hardware when you host multiple customers requiring individual secure access to their FW. You just create virtual domains… more»

What needs improvement?

1. sFlow and NetFlow I could not configure sFlow from the FortiGate graphical user interface. I realized that the sFlow configuration is available only from the CLI, and… more»

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

Fortinet licensing is straightforward and less confusing compared to Cisco. Fortinet has one or two license types, and the VPN numbers are only limited by the hardware… more»

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

We previously used different solutions as well. We did not switch, we have different requirements for different customers.

What other advice do I have?

Great appliances, and it is affordable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I already have experience with Cisco ASA, so it was simply a customer preference and well within the budget.
11820_DevOps Engineer
Real User
Dëvóps Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Jan 22 2017

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

I have had the displeasure of having to support SOHO Fortigate offerings (Fortigate/Fortiwifi). in almost any measure, I have found these products inferior to respective solutions from cisco and juniper (two examples i've had experience with). I'll start with the most egregious and disturbing: the product is unstable. the VPN client is crash prone and the VPN daemon is crash prone. if you want to enjoy having to drive to the office when the roads are iced because the VPN daemon just gave up the ghost again, just to reboot a unit, by all means - choose Fortigate. I'll continue with support - pretty much a joke, although being fair here, it is similar in other respective products. by the time a competent engineer reviews your case, you may have to wade through more than a month of back…
Real User
IT NETWORK ENGINEER at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 14 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are * VPN * WebFilter * Firewall

How has it helped my organization?

It's features are highly customizable. This means that when our different business groups have different needs, the implementations can be customized to meet the demands of those groups and needs.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see an improvement in the Bandwidth Management and Traffic limit control. Also, the licenses are expensive, turning off some users.

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

The appliances and licenses are expensive, and I know some people use other vendors because of this.

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

I depend on different products from different vendors depending on the required function.

What other advice do I have?

You should know the customization you want from the beginning, and plan your requirements appropriately.
NetworkEng896
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 01 2016

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility * Flow tracking * B2B VPN

How has it helped my organization?

It's good for what it is. I could achieve the same results with a pfSense firewall. This one just comes in a nice hardware package.

What needs improvement?

Better documentation about usage of the CLI. I learned most of what I know in diagnostic functionality through saving SSH sessions with the customer support staff while in… more»

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

Buy the support package! Upgrades, advice about upgrade paths, and troubleshooting help is paramount. There have been some times where, without it, I'd have been dead in… more»

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

On the site where the FortiGate is stationed, it's never been changed out.

What other advice do I have?

Figure out what features you want, and what policies you want. Look up how to do it in advance, and create an implementation plan. Plan for policies, routing, NATting… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was an in-place firewall when I integrated the site to my org.
Real User
Project Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 01 2015

What is most valuable?

* Performances * VDOM * UTM * Consolidated Management * FortiGuard

How has it helped my organization?

* Endpoint control of mobile devices with Security Profiles compliancy checking, captive portal redirection, Antivirus, IPS and Web Filtering enabled on outgoing traffic (coupled to FortiClient… more»

What needs improvement?

* Fix all pending bugs present in 5.0.x branch * Improve the testing process of newly published firmware like using real and representative configurations submitted to consequent traffic load during a… more»

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

* CISCO ASA: Too expensive, performances issues, non-consolidated management between traditional ASA and inspection ASA CX, not the best security engines * Checkpoint: Very expensive but good… more»

What other advice do I have?

Contact Fortinet or Fortinet’s partner and ask for a POC.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Taking into account the price criteria, nowadays Fortinet always wins offers in front of competitors like CISCO and Checkpoint. Mixing this key-point with other success keys like UTM features and… more»
Real User
CEO with 51-200 employees
Jul 29 2015

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

Valuable Features

Load Sharing VDOM Security Profiles Vulnerability Assessment

Use of Solution

6 Years

Deployment Issues

Yes, bugs.

Stability Issues

No.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Poor.

What is Fortinet FortiGate?

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

Also known as
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
Fortinet FortiGate customers

Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co.

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