Fortinet FortiGate Questions

Ganesan V
User at GRG education
Jun 28 2021

I'm currently researching Fortinet FortiGate 5001E and GajShield Next-Generation Firewall and I want to figure out the difference in features and costs of those two products.

Dear community members, could you please share your insights?

Eman Taky
Senior System Administrator at Kn
Jun 25 2021


I’m planning to purchase Sophos XG 210, but I’m confused as I don’t know if this is a good choice compared with Fortinet FortiGate 100E. 

My requirements are below:
✓ VPN for 100 concurrent users
✓ Firewall can handle internet requests of up to 200 concurrent users
✓ Sites filtering and domain blocking
✓ Malware and viruses inspection
✓ Include port forwarding for local service publishing
✓ Failover internet connection in case of the mainline outage to ADSL backup line or data line “4G”. ✓ Limit bandwidth usage and disable huge file download
✓ Control streaming and video usage and the ability to disable them.
✓ Monitoring and reporting

Please share your recommendations based on my requirements above

imadamHi, This really gets to two things: - how fast your internet access is and… more »
Luis ApodacaI personally used Sophos UTM 9, and it´s great, it can support all your needs… more »
Paul YuenThe Fortinet FortiGate appliance is recommended,  we have in the past used… more »
Rose Taherzadeh
User at Sapra
Jun 14 2021

What is the difference between FortiGate-VM and the physical (hardware) FortiGate firewall?

William YraguiFortigate appliance is purpose built with NPU and SPUs designed to increase… more »
ABHILASH THFortiGate VM  FortiGate-VM delivers the same FortiOS and FortiGuard… more »
Lindsay MiethPurpose-built appliances offer tested performance measures and provide proven… more »
Carlos Simbana
DBA at Uafe
May 17 2021

Hi peers, 

I am looking for a firewall suitable for my company (size: < 500). I've been researching the Palo Alto Networks NG Firewall and the Fortinet FortiGate one. 

Can you please tell me whether the Fortinet firewall has any AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities as it seems Palo Alto does have them?

I appreciate your inputs.

João GarciaI agree with Michael Zhang, Fortigate uses FortiSandbox when there is suspicion… more »
MichaelZhangHi, Not sure about your business needs for an AI-enabled firewall system. I… more »
Javier MedinaSophos includes AI for the NG Firewall
Tarun Mehta
Associate Consultant at SoftwareONE
May 11 2021

I'm researching two firewall products for a company with 1000+ employees and I'm looking for a technical comparison between Palo Alto Network VM-Series and Fortinet FortiGate Firewall.

Please assist.

Darshil SanghviHello Tarun, we have been designing solutions with Palo Alto Networks NGFW for 6… more »
reviewer1461459Because PA has FPGA based architecture, which no other firewall has, due to this… more »
Cesar BeutI have FortiGates and the last upgrade of firmware cut internet traffic if you… more »
Vinoth Rajan
User at Viroka
Apr 30 2021


I'm looking for a technical comparison between Sophos XG550 and Fortinet FortiGate 600E.

Please assist,


CoPrWhat kind of technical comparison do you want? performance, number of ports… more »
Rashid Ali
CEO at Future Technology
May 11 2021

Hi Fellows - I need a technical comparison between these two firewalls. Can anyone help?

João GarciaRashid, consider Fortigate100F, instead of 100E, or, 80F. See this link:… more »
System Administrator at HABITAT SCHOOL
Feb 14 2021

I'm looking at options for firewalls. I'd like feedback on Fortinet FortiGate vs Sophos XG.


Nirmal Unagar
Mar 06 2021

I'm researching Firewalls. Which NGFW do you recommend between Fortinet Fortigate and Cisco Firepower NGFW?


Erik Flores

What can I do to show a client that buying the most important doesn't mean that it's the best option? For example, how do I deomnstrate this with Fortinet Fortigate vs Cisco ASA Firewall?

Phillip PeermanIf you have a client that knows what a Fortigate and an ASA are you have a good… more »
Jon BoothCisco makes great gear, but I hate Smartnet costs as a budget manager. Cisco is… more »
John Johny Restrepo HernándezAlthough it may seem simple to say, quality is price-related, but an expensive… more »
Buddhika Karunanayaka
Senior Manager, System Administrator at RIL

I am researching Fortinet FortiGate. What is the lifetime of the Fortigate 200F?


Donny Lee
User at KLA
Mar 23 2021

I work at a large enterprise manufacturing company. 

Between Palo Alto and Fortinet firewalls, which one has better features?

ABHILASH THHi, Both FT and PA have compelling features for large Enterprises. I would… more »
Lucas DamienHi PaloAlto is better when working on app control feature and special virtual… more »
Directser677In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar… more »
IT Consultant at a retailer with 11-50 employees

I need to decide between a Fortigate 60d and Meraki MX67. I am leaning heavily towards the MX67 as it is a small company without a dedicated IT Department.

We are approx—50 network users.

Please advise.

Thank you.

Rafael RieraI definitely recommend Fortinet. The Meraki firewall is more intended to be… more »
Paul YuenI recommend that using a Sonicwall as the peripheral firewall as you can easily… more »
reviewer732537We have Meraki Mx devices now, we are looking to replace them. But that is… more »
Sajjad Ahmad
System Support Engineer at a engineering company with 11-50 employees

I have around ten years of experience as a system support engineer for an engineering company. 

We are currently evaluating Sophos UTM and Fortinet FortiGate. What are the technical differences between the two. Which would you recommend?

Thanks! I appreciate the help. 

Narendra SinghWe replaced Fortinet with Sophos as our public-facing UTM in 2017 & since then… more »
Alessandro TurchiI would have no doubt in recommending Fortinet. I do not know the Sophos UTM… more »
Gonzalo MorenoIn my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great… more »
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Jun 06 2021

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Fortinet FortiGate, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Feb 05 2021

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Jun 06 2021

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Fortinet FortiGate.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
May 28 2021


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Thomas Van NiekerkGetting good Fortinet pricing can be challenging, as it is a top tier vendor… more »
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Jun 06 2021

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about Fortinet FortiGate?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Firewalls Questions
IT Manager at a legal firm with 11-50 employees
Jul 22 2021

Hi peers,

I'm looking for your recommendations. Which of the latest firewall products can efficiently support 500 -100 concurrent SSL VPN users along with SD-WAN?

Mike HancockThe best investment in my opinion is the FortiGate 600E platform.  It is less… more »
Richard BenfattoAs Mike says, listen to him. I totally support Fortinet. It is not only what I… more »
Pedro Escalona I could suggest the SonicWall NSa 2700. It supports a max of 500 SSL VPN… more »
Edwin EzeOsiago
Head of security solutions at Infodata Professional Services
May 17 2021

Should one go for a URL Filtering as an add-on to NGFW or just deploy a Web proxy, instead?

I am one who advocates that firewalls with URL Filtering can't serve better than Web security solutions (i.e., a Web proxy).

What's your opinion?

Mike HounsomeOver 50% of security vulnerabilities are non-Web based traffic, such as DNS… more »
chiefexe795285Use a Web Proxy that will protect your users when they are working at home as… more »
Evgeny BelenkyHi @Oleg Pekar and @Manish Nalawade. Can you share your thoughts?
M Mari
Head of the Migration Research Division at International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Apr 30 2021


In my organization (10K+ employees) we have had Cisco products for decades and now we started exploring whether Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is a good alternative (vs Cisco FTDv) that can leverage our security posture. 

Dear professionals, please share your technical recommendations!

Mike Bulykhello. Capability is on par between the two vendors. Your best bet is to think… more »
Chandraprakash Pandey
User at Haribhakti & Co LLP
Mar 15 2021


I am from an Auditing organization.

We are looking to have a firewall using which we can have the VPN for our users [currently WFH].

Please suggest the best firewalls currently in the market to choose from.

Javier MedinaYou need to know the apps and bandwith that your users will need to calculare… more »
Javier MedinaIn addition i can tell that you can use 2FA for free with the sophos… more »
Rias MajeedYou can use fortinet Firewall SSLVPN as well ipsec vpn.   If you tell me what… more »
Sirag Elnour
User at MASAD
Jun 03 2021

I'm researching firewalls. Could anyone recommend an NGFW solution that is compatible with Azure?

Jonathan MareskyCheck Point CloudGuard Network Security is compatible with Azure, integrated… more »
reviewer1266459Hi. Fortigate is a NGFW that is compatible with Azure. It also comes with MFA… more »
João GarciaFortigate is compatible with Azure, you can buy it on Marketplace including the… more »
Tilovi Snow
User at loopsnow

I need help comparing firewall devices. Can anyone give me some advice on how to go about doing a comparison?


Fedayi Uzun
Cyber Security Analyst at CyberNow Labs
Jan 27 2021

I'm researching firewall options. What are the differences between Palo Alto and Cisco Firewalls solutions in terms of advantages, disadvantages, usage and practices?

reviewer1461459There are some major differentiators that make Palo Alto more preferable. First… more »
Philippe PanardieWell they are two leaders, one from US, another from Israel. Checkpoint is the… more »
Kirtikumar PatelPalo Alto has more visibilities and control instead of Cisco Firewall.
IT Central Station
Jun 28 2021

There are many cybersecurity tools available, but some aren't doing the job that they should be doing. 

What are some of the threats that may be associated with using 'fake' cybersecurity tools?

What can people do to ensure that they're using a tool that actually does what it says it does?

SimonClark Dan Doggendorf gave sound advice. Whilst some of the free or cheap… more »
Dan DoggendorfThe biggest threat is risks you think you have managed are not managed at all so… more »
Javier MedinaYou should build a lab, try the tools and analyze the traffic and behavior with… more »
Ravindra Kumar

I work in a Tech Services company with less than 1,000 employees. I'm looking for a firewall to replace Cyberoam 200ing. Any suggestions?


Shyam BiswasDepending on budget, Palo Alto 3000 series will be very helpful. If you want to… more »
AnnDeryckereWe can recommend Watchguard as a worthy alternative. Don't hesitate to contact… more »
Basil DangeCheck Fortinet. It provides faster l3 processing. Also with NGFW firewall you… more »
IT Central Station

With remote work having become the norm for many, what security should businesses have in place? Do you have suggestions of specific products that businesses should look at?

Philippe PanardieThere is not a single answer. In our company, we use only company devices for… more »
Letsogile BaloiSecurity is a multi-layered problem and as always the human end is the weak… more »
Omer MohammedWearing a mask while accessing your service is not a joke hardening tunneling… more »
IT Central Station

What are the benefits and drawbacks of using a cloud firewall? 

In which scenarios is using a cloud firewall recommended?

When is it not advisable to use a cloud firewall?

Phillip PeermanCloud firewalls are most beneficial in that they can be securely managed from… more »
Menachem D Pritzker
Director of Growth
IT Central Station

There are so many products in the market today. Who are we going to be talking about 3-5 years from now?

imadamNetscope, Zscaler if they continue route they are on now. FIrewalls needs great… more »
Lipaz HesselWell with the SD-WAN raising it is common to see cloud firewall implementations… more »
Nehad ElkordiCisco Portfolio is focusing on total security inside and outside including cloud… more »
IT Central Station

There seems to be some controversy around whether or not SSL Inspection should be used by businesses. What is your opinion - should they be used, and if so when? Conversely, what are reasons for not using SSL inspection?

Bruce BennettI am a proponent of SSL inspection, as long as you have another function/service… more »
David StoreySSL Inspection is great for corporate/organizational security as it allows you… more »
Phillip PeermanAs more Internet traffic is encrypted each day at some point the majority of… more »
Shermay Tan
Sales Director at TA Power Group Sdn Bhd
Apr 24 2021

I work as a project engineer at a company with 201- 500 employees.

I am looking for recommendations for the best way to prevent DoppelPaymer Ransomware. Is there an action plan or solution you would recommend?

Thanks! I appreciate your help. 


Tarek MenshawyYou need an APT solution integrated with your endpoint solution, firewall, and… more »
SSLIf you want absolute security, for any malware - not just the DoppelPaymer… more »
David BalabanMy old article from the dawn of ransomware outbreak back in 2016 is still good… more »
B Putnam
Owner at a retailer with 1-10 employees
May 03 2021

I am the owner of a retailer company with 1-10 employees. 

We host websites on Windows 2008 R2 servers and Norton Business Protection. We are looking for recommendations for the best network firewall.

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

Stuart BermanGood commercial firewalls take a degree of expertise that small businesses… more »
Luis Apodaca1-10 employees., it's not that big, you should try the Unifi Platform from the… more »
JoshuaThumsFor your businesses that are under 50 employees but still require… more »
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Jun 09 2021
Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!
WiseCatSecurity, aye, it is most important. But I would like to add the aspect of… more »
Simon CoombsComprehensive protection, reliability, straightforward administration, total… more »
it_user339975Awesome answers all around! The most important aspect to look for is relative… more »