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Diana Nongera
Real User
I.T. Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Jul 29 2018

What is most valuable?

* DHCP functionality: The object tab where we manage our IP addresses and static. The DHCP monitors them. * FortiClient: You can easily connect when you are home, check out what you want to do, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The greatest improvement was on security. If you put rules that will not allow certain traffic, it won't happen. You can close the traffic that you don't want in your network, because of malware and… more»

What needs improvement?

It should come integrated or have its own type of network monitor tool in a module. There should just be one package, and you are good to go.

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

We were previously using Netgear, which was smaller. It didn't have the advanced technology in terms of what we wanted it to do. It was an older version. We thought that if we were going to change the… more»

What other advice do I have?

You don't need to reinvent the wheel, as FortiGate is the best solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The ability of the brand * Best of breed * Reliability * After hours sales… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco, Netgear, and Cyberoam.
Real User
ICT Officer at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* There is an easy process for configuring it, and it is straightforward to implement the device from scratch. * It has a somewhat diverse device interface, but if you have one day to play with it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It give us the liberty to let us do our jobs.

What needs improvement?

At first glance, the interface for the device is very confusing. However, every version is getting better.

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

It provides mid-sized company pricing.

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

We had a server acting as our service-based firewall, so no solution for firewall. FortiGate is my first actual solution for firewalls.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We have specific procurement rules, then we specify the technical specifications. After that, whoever is cheapest should get the job.
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User
Mgr. IT Infrastructure and Network Operations at a media company with 11-50 employees
Jul 10 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are centralized monitoring, policy management, and virtualized appliances so we can have control over public and private Infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

We replaced Sophos with FortiGate and found it better than the Sophos product. It has better control, insights, and prevention from crypto malware and other threats.

What needs improvement?

Cisco Meraki products are rising very quickly in the cloud and the connected era. Meraki products are future proof and offer much better ROI, upgradability, and manageability. IT is continuously evolving, and every few days or months, there… more»

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

Sophos: It was good for small businesses, who are evolving and improving. Though, I found Cisco Meraki to be much better.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we did, Palo Alto and other solutions, but we found FortiGate to be the best solution at that point in time.
Real User
Network Engineer
Jun 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* Stability * Ease of use * Configuration * The available feature sets

How has it helped my organization?

The product is very stable, easy to troubleshoot, and configure, so it has reduced the time it takes for support.

What needs improvement?

* It needs more available central management. * It could use better throughput on some of the smaller boxes for the branch offices.

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

Cost and convenience are probably why we switched from our previous solution to FortiGate.

What other advice do I have?

I highly recommend the Fortinet product because of its implementation. It is a solid product with an easy configuration and good support. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Experience… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not here at the time that they were evaluating other solutions.
Vuong Huynh
User
User at Smartdev LLC
Jun 05 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

It is a UTM firewall with many features. It has helped me to control users and public multi-servers easily. It also can make the VPN connection free through advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless, simple integration into a large network.

How has it helped my organization?

It help me control users, so I could review how users access the Internet or the bandwidth, and what they use per day. 

What is most valuable?

A strong point of FortiGate is the graphical interface is complete and easy to use.  The IPS is good. It protect my network from attackers. 

What needs improvement?

One area for improvement is the performance on the bandwidth demands for smaller devices, as well as better web filtering.

For how long have I used

Ali Asvadi
Real User
President at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
May 27 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

To protect network perimeters.

How has it helped my organization?

Security. The main options feature protection and security against attacks.

What is most valuable?

Reliability and performance, those are key factors.

What needs improvement?

I have only one request and that is to have Fortinet as a market download in Azure. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, so good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm an integrator, so I use SonicWall, Sophos, and Fortinet.
Real User
Technical Services Manager with 501-1,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It's a complete solution. You can purchase switches and you don't need to do anything with them. You just put in the firewall and the switches get all the policies and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first benefit is the cost. It is very affordable. Also, it's very easy to set up, it's very easy to make policies and, for an organization, that means you don't need… more»

What needs improvement?

For me, at this time, it's very complete.

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

Pricing is good. They offer a lot of things, the most important is the support. Every time you upgrade your license, you also get insurance for the equipment. If you have… more»

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

I was using a SonicWall. The problem with SonicWall is that they were purchased by Dell, and apparently, Dell is not putting any research money into the devices. That is… more»

What other advice do I have?

I rate FortiGate a 10 because every time I need to use the support, they are there. There were times when I went to a customer to give support, I called Cisco, they pass… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a total cost of ownership analysis against Sophos and also Palo Alto, but that was out of scope, it was too expensive. Another one was WatchGuard. When you start… more»
MnG32
Real User
Manager and General Attorney with 51-200 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The filtering that you can do with the firewall.

How has it helped my organization?

We have peace of mind. We do work in a very dangerous environment, the internet, and this device gives us alerts. It gives us the opportunity to know what is going on.

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to do segmentation, for a specific user, with more priveledges. I would also like to see an easier user interface to implement that.

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

One of the main reasons we're considering switching from FortiGate is because many companies have a lot of features and you don't have to pay for. If you compare side by side, you find a lot of things… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate FortiGate at seven out of 10 because, although they are doing well, the problem is the licensing, the cost is too high, and how they support their own devices needs improvement. They have… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Fortinet and Sophos are the main players for this type of solution.
Real User
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Feb 27 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

We're discussing a family of UTM (Unified Threat Management) appliances.  FortiGate is a term which includes a wide range of products, starting with small ones dedicated to small offices, and developing into devices which are able to grant security and networking for large companies. The family includes physical devices and virtual machines, which grant network security on different layers using a single point of control. FortiGate is optimized to avoid bottlenecks or delays while the various controls are performed. High availability is also part of the available features with various solutions to avoid single points of failure.  In the following short list, I will list some interesting points about the FortiGate solution.  1. Administrative Interface If you are experienced…
Dale Dobeck
User
Consultant
Feb 06 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

Firewall/Web Filter management. We have over 30 sites, and it is imperative that one person (myself) can plan, implement, and deploy these devices to our sites and manage them when finished.

How has it helped my organization?

Consolidated our network environment at all locations, but mainly at our datacenter. 

What is most valuable?

The web filtering was the most valuable, because at a school board, we need to make sure the students are not tying up our bandwidth and also to keep the bad guys out.

What needs improvement?

One area for improvement is the performance on bandwidth demands for smaller devices, as well as better web filtering. Each manufacturer has their own way of filtering and each one needs improvement in categories, URL, and/or…
Real User
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 22 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

I use this product on AWS. FortiGate's VM GUI is slightly different than the hardware devices.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a one box solution, which covers most of the edge device’s requirements.

What is most valuable?

I have found FortiGuard Services to be valuable.

What needs improvement?

It needs to improve its ISP load balancing.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate technical support as a seven out of 10.

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

We had a previous solution, but switch…
User
CEO with 11-50 employees
Jan 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The value is the capability of having multiple services with one unique license, not having the limitation per user licensing schema, like other vendors.

How has it helped my organization?

The FortiGate controls the user's activities and maximizes my bandwidth use overall. If the employer BYOD, we can accommodate it the need by having an isolated networked exclusively for that equipment which does not comply with the internal policies.

What needs improvement?

Reporting is limited to providing an external appliance for improving the reporting capabilities of the FortiAnalyzer. It does not offer a central management and is also sold separably as an appliance.
Real User
Owner at a tech services company
Nov 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* The prompt and knowledgeable support behind them. * Their reliability and their policy of pre-shipping replacements when a unit has failed. * The simplicity and clarity… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I am a one-man show, so there is not much that can be done to improve the way that I function. However, these products provide best-in-class security at reasonable prices… more»

What needs improvement?

I can't think of too much which they can improve upon. I just have not come across any situation where they have fallen short of expectations.

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

Pricing and licensing have to be taken in context with value. Fortinet is usually not the least expensive alternative when considering an upfront investment, but if you… more»

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

I have sold and supported other solutions in the past. Fortinet is not always the least-cost solution available, but from a value standpoint, I find them hard to beat.

What other advice do I have?

Anyone evaluating this product should consult the documentation available and plan out their solution before making a decision. From personal experience, I find that I am… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In this particular instance, Fortinet was evaluated against an equivalent solution sourced from D-Link. I also evaluated a solution from Xirrus (now Riverbed) which… more»
Alan Chavira
Real User
Engineering Manager at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
Sep 26 2017

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

How has it helped my organization?

Simplifies administration and upgrades overall security.

What is most valuable?

UTM/NGFW features and FortiCloud for logs and backups are awesome.

What needs improvement?

MTBF: Hardware failure is more common when compared to SonicWall or Cisco ASA.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

Great support. It's quite good in Mexico.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

Great product with too many features at the right price.
Matthew Titcombe
Consultant
CEO & Sr. Information Security Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jul 28 2017

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

How has it helped my organization?

The solution improved the security posture and overall management's TCO.

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable features is a standardized OS.

What needs improvement?

It claims it does DLP, but the degree and level of controls are very basic. We recommend that our clients supplement it with other products.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer service is excellent. Technical Support: Technical support is excellent.

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

We did not use a previous…
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.
Vendor
Owner
Jul 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Layer-3 firewall and routing are the most valuable features. We use it as an internal firewall for VLAN segmentation.

How has it helped my organization?

We have secured our LAN IP subnets with VLAN segregation.

What needs improvement?

When we need to enable Netflow on the firewall, there is a high CPU and memory usage that occurs. They should improve that high CPU and memory usage that occurs.

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

We were previously using the Check Point and Palo Alto software. The price and user-friendly GUI are the reasons that we switched to this solution.

What other advice do I have?

It's a user-friendly and stable firewall. You can safely use it for all small and big LAN networks.
Vendor
Deputy Chief Manager at a newspaper with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 26 2017

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us improved security over the internet.

What is most valuable?

Ease of use, single console, Unified Threat Management (UTM) features.

What needs improvement?

NGN, reporting and controls.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had some stability issues but we upgraded.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There was a hardware limitation, affecting scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support as 8/10.

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

We had a different solution in the organization arising from different OEMs and this solution was chosen with consideration of requirements and costs.

How was the initial setup?

Vendor
Superintendent, Process Automation and Safety at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

* Flexible enough to handle everything we could want * Configuration layout is easily understandable * Allows for firewall rules to be programmed and named in a way that makes it “readable” * VPN… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if backups could more easily migrate between different models.

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

It is difficult as an end-user to setup continuing license contracts. It is possible to do between emails and their website, but it is practically impossible to find a phone number to call anyone… more»

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

They were our first firewalls on site.

What other advice do I have?

It is an excellent product and works extremely well. If it is set up in a logical way, it is very easy to understand and modify. It is highly recommended to have a service “expert” familiar with these… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered SonicWall .
Vendor
Senior Security Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Complete and cost-effective next-generation firewall features with app identification, and IPS and URL filtering with SSL inspection.

How has it helped my organization?

* Better manageability * Straightforward deployments * Streamlined and reliable upgrades Customers have more time to focus on security because maintaining the firewalls is… more»

What needs improvement?

Grouping/tabbing (not only by interface) in the policy table of the web GUI would be a great addition.

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

The licensing model is straightforward, easy to understand and purchase; prices are fairly low compared to other vendors.

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

We previously used Cisco ASA. We switched because the old ASA has no next-generation features.

What other advice do I have?

In version 5.4, they added a WAF feature that is absolutely unique for this kind of product; no other NGFW product can also be a WAF and this is a great added value...

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Check Point and Palo Alto Networks.
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.
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…
Vendor
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.
Consultant
Security Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The UTM (application control) features have been very important, because they have solved many issues that other firewall providers have not developed as Fortinet has. A clear example of this feature… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It can block applications in level 7. Even though other companies have latest-generation firewalls, FortiGate’s database is bigger.

What needs improvement?

They could improve performance with all the UTM features working. Sometimes, we have seen that when you enable the antivirus sensor, customers report slow web browsing. We know this is normal, but we… more»

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

We have been using FortiGate solutions for eight years. We have been upgrading when solutions in the family become unsupported.

What other advice do I have?

Work a lot with all of the UTM features because they can be very helpful right now with configuring firewall policies. The policies became very whole.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My company did not evaluate other options. They decided to purchase FortiGate directly.
Vendor
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

With the application and web filters, we were able to block social network websites and any other websites that could lead staff being less productive. We were able to stop use of VPN applications on the school’s network. We were able to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It was used in a school network, so it kind of helped in preventing staff and students from getting carried away with their browsing.

What needs improvement?

I feel they need to work on the alert and event logs. We were not able to get anything much out of it when we were facing issues. Not sure if it was a configuration issue; we were, in fact, not able to see any system-related logs.

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

This was the first device we used.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good device for a medium-sized company. But if you have over 150 staff/devices, I wouldn’t advise using this.
Real User
Consultant Information Technology at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Aug 30 2016

What is most valuable?

The web content filtering and application control allow us to control which websites and online applications our users can access and those they cannot, thus preventing access to pornographic sites… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provides real security for business customers.

What needs improvement?

The reports provided by the equipment could be more detailed, and not so dependent on the FortiAnalyzer. The FortiGate internal reports are good, but could have more details and options for viewing… more»

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

The full license is UTM Bundle Full Guard. The license fee varies according to the Fortigate model; prices can be low or too high.

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

For commercial UTM solutions, I have always worked with Fortinet; I had no reason to trust another third-party solution.

What other advice do I have?

If you need real and effective security for your network, do not hesitate to buy a Fortigate appliance. It is no wonder that it is the best according to Gartner, for several years running. It delivers… more»
Consultant
Project Consultant at a tech consulting company
Nov 13 2015

What is most valuable?

I enjoy the combination of an intuitive graphical interface and also a traditional shell command line environment for more advanced administration. The option to configure policies in a graphical environment is very easy to understand and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It’s much easier to share administration tasks with more people. Due to the flexibility and ease of certain features, I can delegate more simple and routine tasks to other administrators and I don’t have to be the “Firewall” guy all the… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the graphical interface always has room for improvement. I would like to see more attention put towards the logging functions as well.

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

I’ve personally used Cisco ASA and PIX architecture and after using Fortinet, I always prefer FortiGate products in terms of functionality and ease of use. I recommend these to clients looking for a firewall solution.

What other advice do I have?

I think for almost any small to mid-size business this is a great solution. Fortigate should definitely be considered before choosing a more expensive and complicated product.
Consultant
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 23 2015

What is most valuable?

* Policy control * Web filtering * Application filter works smoothly. * Controlling and tracing with web console works nicely for windows systems. * Better QoS than Checkpoint, I believe.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, my organization had the Checkpoint firewall solution, which has been replaced by the Fortinet Fortigate solution, which is cost effective and more manageable from a beginner's perspective. Fine QoS and Web based filtering solution is a plus.

What needs improvement?

* Maybe Linux system monitoring can be improved by the developers of the product. * Although it has policy control and web filtering, these could be better. * Application filter needs more control options. * IP tracing works only so-so. * Controlling and tracing with web console for Linux only obtains IP addresses.
Vendor
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»
Vendor
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.
Vendor
IT Director with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 26 2015

What is most valuable?

It offers a proxy and a firewall.

How has it helped my organization?

It has a better processor than CheckPoint.

What needs improvement?

It's not intuitive, as the rules will be in the last place you look. You can look for a report for an hour, eventually getting a blank page. User experience for the administrator is basically not good… more»

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

You don’t have to buy the Fortigate analyzer, as you can also get the reports using Fortinet.

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

I used an open-source product name Squid.

What other advice do I have?

It's fine as a firewall and as a proxy. You need to configure the rules right or else it will be hard to keep up with the logs.
Consultant
Security Consultant at Webernetz.net - Network Security Consulting
Jul 14 2015

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

Since IPv6 gets more and more important, I am using it by default on all my test firewalls, which of course support IPv6. However, when comparing the different functions and administration capabilities, they vary significantly. Here comes my short evaluation of the IPv6 functions on the following four firewalls: Cisco ASA, Fortinet FortiGate, Juniper SSG, and Palo Alto. Criteria I was merely interested in the basic IPv6 usage and not in the typical firewall categories: Interface: IPv6 address and link-local address configurable? Router Advertisement and DHCPv6: Whether the firewalls support nothing (–), only RA (-), DHCPv6 relay (ο), stateless DHCPv6 (+), or stateful DHCPv6 (++). The existence of stateless DHCPv6 is vital for delivering the DNS server IPv6 addresses…
Vendor
Customer Support engineer at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
May 31 2015

What is most valuable?

The key features of this product are: * Network security * UTM Features * Configuration and ease of deployment. * IP/User/Device Mac ID/Device Type based policy configuration * Traffic shaping * Load… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In many organizations it helps to come up with the requirements of proxy servers, defining network traffic and the amount of bandwidth for any network object or specified user(s). It has also provided… more»

What needs improvement?

The FortiGate series does not have that much troubleshooting & network testing features in its GUI, hence we’ll definitely be looking for some add-on features in near future.

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

We started with FortiGate itself.

What other advice do I have?

Analyze your needs first before implementing this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated Dell’s Sonicwall & Cyberoam.
Vendor
Software Test Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
May 20 2015

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is most valuable?

Anti-virus NAT VPN

How has it helped my organization?

It's the only security product in place that is responsible for guarding the network infrastructure deployed within the premises. The product has lived up to its expectation with no issues whatsoever.

What needs improvement?

The web interface could be made better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for eight years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have managed to maintain the device without getting in touch with technical support. Credit can be given to the documentation provided.

Which solution

Vendor
Network Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
May 19 2015

What is most valuable?

The unlimited VPN licensing. All of our remote locations (1000+) used IPSec VPN and SSL to connect to the cluster.

How has it helped my organization?

We went from being terrified about our firewalls screwing up to completely forgetting we had firewalls. I slept better and so did my manager.

What needs improvement?

A real-time log viewer in the GUI with the capability to filter traffic displayed. Cisco ASA's have this and it's fantastic.

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

We implemented the clustered firewalls for around $30,000, and each office had another Fortigate device at a cost of around $1,000.

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

They used to have Juniper products, which are terrible. The enterprise class firewalls do not support any sort of packetflow gathering such as netflow, and the devices… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's an absolutely fantastic product. Just get your support contract clarified, and confirm the response times.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco was evaluated but we didn't want to pay for the VPN licensing.
Vendor
Senior Information Security Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
May 12 2015

What is most valuable?

I am using different features of this product but the most valuable are - * SSL VPN * Web filter * Explicit proxy * IPS * Application control * Routing

How has it helped my organization?

I replaced my core router with a Fortigate appliance and it is performing inter-VLAN routing. I removed manual proxies and used transparent proxy using Fortigate security profiles, and implemented… more»

What needs improvement?

* WAN link load balancing * Reports * Anti-virus.

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

I didn't use any other solution prior to Fortinet.

What other advice do I have?

Our experience of using Fortigate is excellent and we strongly recommend it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Sophos and Barracuda alongside Fortigate.
Consultant
Senior NetOps Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 12 2015

What is most valuable?

* GUI * Flexibility * Easy to configure * UTM

How has it helped my organization?

* Option to control application = increased productivity * Data leak prevention = increased security * Anti-virus & IPS = increased security

What needs improvement?

I'm happy with the product, however the licensing fees could be lower.

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

All the costs are for the annual licenses. The cost of the original deployment fell below £5,000, and licenses are priced at around £3,000.

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

I was using Cisco ASA, and I switched due to a lack of features (e.g. poor SSL VPN support).

What other advice do I have?

Enjoy it. The product is easy to implement, easy to manage, and easy to develop and grow.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Cisco, however we decided to go with Fortigate as it provides a good set of the features for the price paid,
Vendor
IP Senior Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
May 07 2015

What is most valuable?

* High Availability clustering * SNAT/DNAT * Policies section view * Virtual Domains * Logging and Reporting * IPS

How has it helped my organization?

It has made our daily operations easier, as well as adding security, and stability to them. Adding or removing security policies is simplified through its web interface, or CLI. Additionally… more»

What needs improvement?

Its web interface needs to be more stable, and more functional, through the variety of browsers. Additionally a nice add-on would be a “diagnostic sniffer” capability in the web interface.

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

We are using different firewall solutions, in parallel with the Fortigate ones.

What other advice do I have?

Throughout the last six years we have been using Fortigate firewalls, and the experience we gained is only positive. These devices are easy to manage, operate and troubleshoot any issues that might… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other solutions, but I was not responsible for taking the final decision.
Vendor
IP Core & Security Supervisor at a comms service provider
May 07 2015

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is most valuable?

IPS Web filtering

How has it helped my organization?

We are making use of the VDOM feature to segregate the traffic, and apply policy to control that traffic.

What needs improvement?

This product can't show the NAT status or NAT logs.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using ForitGate for over two years alongside FortiManager 300D.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I have an issue with NAT only, in that I can't allow traffic from outside to inside using a NAT pool.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There was a bug related to device stability with HA configuration. We face many attacks on the network which causes the CPU usage to become high and, with the older device, we started losing the…
Vendor
Network Security Infrastructure - Tech Specialist with 10,001+ employees
Apr 29 2015

What is most valuable?

* It's version of throughput is good * It has a strong active cluster, as you can have between three and 32 units to a cluster

How has it helped my organization?

Finally there is a UTM Fortinet. It has given me complete oversight of my network in a centralized fashion, so I know what is going on at all times. It provides me with a solution that can automatically take control of situations when they… more»

What needs improvement?

* Security * LAN * WAN

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

No previous solution was used.

What other advice do I have?

The most important factor is that you choose a firewall or UTM solution that fits your organizations security requirements. Begin by determining what business problem you are trying to solve, what technical controls you need to implement… more»
Consultant
Dono at a tech consulting company
Apr 28 2015

What is most valuable?

* Active Directory integration * QOS * Balance/Fail-over * Web filtering and protection with AV engine * WiFi network for visitors isolated from our corporate WiFi network… more»

How has it helped my organization?

After the implementation we stopped internet disruptions and abuse by users.

What needs improvement?

Everything needs to be improved, but they have improvements with each new version.

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

The projects' initial costs were high but right now we can do most things, and the only costs now are the annual license fees.

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

Previously, we used Linux distributions, and we changed due to its limitations and our company expansion.

What other advice do I have?

Feel free to ask me questions about Fortinet.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at BlueCoat.
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 17 2015

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is most valuable?

SSL VPN, Site to Site VPN, UTM features and web override are nice features.

What needs improvement?

They need to improve a bit the SSL VPN to integrate with Sharepoint single sign on, with form base, Windows claim base and SALM base authentication.

For how long have I used the solution?

For the last 3 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Yes but that was resolved.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, sometimes the CPU and memory get to 99% utilization but when this happens no users are working and no updates for windows are configured.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, somewhat.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: The level of customer…
Vendor
Network Support Analyst at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 21 2014

What is most valuable?

The two most valuable features are VPN and firewalling.

How has it helped my organization?

Fortigate 300c is a very robust product, unlike Cisco ASA Firewall, you have already the web gui interface inside the device. Although they the same concept. Fortigate 300c has one of the easiest gui configuration compared to ASA Firewall, where you can lose your way.

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

Before I was to implement ASA for SSL VPN, it was already working. My boss told me that we would be implementing Fortigate instead. He told me that Cisco's license is more expensive than Fortinet so I think that was the tipping point for why we changed to Fortinet.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only evaluated two, Cisco and Fortinet.
Vendor
Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Apr 18 2014

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

I'm obviously a fan of the FGTs - I'm aware of the solutions to the "problems" many newcomers experience. I'm comfortable. But maybe too comfortable. Though I've just introduced my new employer to Fortinet, you must always be objective in your search for proper hardware. Do your homework, cross the T's and dot your I's. Even when not considering anything other than a FGT, I still consider other vendors - that doubt, nagging or gnawing at the back of my brain. And even when I force myself to be unbiased, the FGT line always wins. I WANT to move on; it's time - I've been with Fortinet for 8 years now. But they somehow keep winning my loyalty. And it's not with unending bugs. The Hardware is legit; it's tight. It's fast. It's pretty - LOOK! They come in WHITE now! How…
Vendor
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 29 2014

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

I pulled our organization off Fortinet a year ago for three reasons - the high cost, the constant bugs in code that either blocked access that should be allowed or general failures during system updates, and the killer - a poor design on their clustering which caused configuration corruption to pass from the primary to the secondary. Oh, let's not forget the static ram exhaustion that began the cluster failure to begin with. I can understand the limitation of static ram, but the decision to solder that in place (making replacement impossible) meant that particular unit has roughly a 4 year lifespan. I am well aware that Fortinet has a strong reputation at the high end, but for midsize shops there are more affordable options that seem to need less hand-holding.
Vendor
Network Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 01 2013

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

Fortinet has been a darling of the stock market ever since its IPO in 2009 as its stock price has accelerated over recent years. Its stock performance has mirrored the adoration that its line of security devices consistently receive. Fortinet is the current UTM market leader, boasting a 20% market share. Fortinet is now expanding out of its core SMB strength and into the large enterprise market where the increasing performance of its solutions are making it attractively priced. In Gartner’s latest Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant (UTM) Fortinet is listed at the top of the leader quadrant. Says Gartner, “We believe attributes that contributed to the leadership position include Fortinet’s high awareness in the industry, in Gartner client’s short-lists and in…
Vendor
Network Engineer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 18 2013

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

I work with both Fortinet and Palo Alto.
 For me, the advantage of Palo is visibility, reporting and user authentication. Fortinet is easier and faster to configure.
 A commit on a Palo Alto is very long when we are used to have a direct modification of Fortinet.
 Virtual wire on Palo Alto is much more easier than transparent mode of Fortinet, it's really useful to prepare an integration or a demo in real situation and the tap mode is cool for that too.

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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