Fortinet FortiOS Competitors and Alternatives

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Lipaz Hessel
Real User
Solutions Architect at Gilat telecom
May 11 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the console management. It is very good and the security was great.

What needs improvement?

The interface is not user-friendly. We were told that we would receive training but it came late and we had already started to deal with the product, which ultimately caused problems because we did it… more »

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

We paid for a subscription license, vendor support, and the training.

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

We are currently using three other vendors including Check Point, Fortinet, and Palo Alto. These have always been there but we were hoping to add Forcepoint as another option.

What other advice do I have?

We tried a few implementations and we did not have very much success because the interface is not user-friendly and the product is complicated. If we had the training on time then it may have been… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a large service provider and we are always looking for new solutions. We had evaluated solutions by Sophos and SonicWall, although we decided that we were going to try Forcepoint. We would not… 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 »
Puneet Dobhal
Reseller
Director at VULPINE SOFTWARE PVT LTD
Jul 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The best thing about the product is the very good threat prevention output.

What needs improvement?

The dashboard needs to be improved. They can work on the GUI part of the solution. Currently, it is a little bit complicated as compared to other competitors. Each uplink is quite a big and complicated sort of tool. Other products, like Checkpoint, are so-so, however, they are better. Fortinet is a… more »

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

I also have experience with Sophos XG. I find that there aren't too many differences between firewalls, as everyone has the same platform and goals.

What other advice do I have?

We use this solution ourselves, however, we also deploy it for our clients. We're resellers. We're using the latest version of the solution. I don't know if I have specific advice, as each customer is different and has different needs in terms of security. It depends on their policies and how they… more »
Anatolii Kachanovskyi
Real User
Head of Cyber Security Department at NGT Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

We find Check Point valuable because they are 100% focused on security. It totally closes the potential vulnerability channel. We can check our mail and our attachments and we can scan everything easily. We get an immediate report about the situation of the attachments. We can discover if the… more »

What needs improvement?

The stability of the solution could be improved, but this is the problem of all the solutions in the market. This isn't just a problem specific to Check Point.

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

Our licensing is yearly at a fixed cost. The solution has a very flexible pricing model. It can provide the same level of security and performance, but in parallel, can be subscription-based.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is the on-premises deployment model which we use in our server environment. We are an integration company, and although we deal with other solutions, we mainly focus on Check Point. The solution is a great mix of user experience, flexibility, security features, and cost. After five… more »
Reseller
Sr. Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution has many great features. I don't know if there's one single one that stands above and beyond everything, however. The application visibility is excellent. There is no other solution that does it quite as well. Palo Alto… more »

What needs improvement?

The GSW needs some improvements right now. The endpoints could use improvement. The solution is mostly a cloud solution now, and there are a lot of competing solutions that are playing in the space and may be doing things a bit better. The… more »

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

The pricing of the solution is quite high. It's too expensive, considering there's so much competition in the space. There aren't extra costs on top of the standard licensing policy. Still, Palo Alto seems to be adding some premium costs… more »

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

I've never dealt with Huawei, however, our company has worked with Cisco, Dell, and HP among other solutions.

What other advice do I have?

While we mainly deal with on-premises deployment models, occasionally we also do hybrid deployments. We're not a customer. We're a systems integrator. We're a reseller. We sell solutions to our clients. Palo Alto is very good at… more »
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