Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access Competitors and Alternatives

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Mehdi Mamaghani
Real User
Specialist in Network Security at RayanCo
Feb 16 2020

What is most valuable?

In general, and when I am talking about the Juniper SRX switches that have the Junos operating systems, I find that the admin features are very flexible. For example, the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us another, better option for clients in switching technology.

What needs improvement?

To make the product better, I think that the company needs to do more testing before releasing versions of the operating system. In many versions, there are bugs in the… more »

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

The exact licensing is not something I know about, but I do know that Juniper is a less expensive solution when compared to the competition.

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

In our location, there are not so many companies using Juniper Switches. The use of this brand is somewhat limited here because Juniper is not so popular and is… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people who are considering using Juniper switches is to try them out because the Juniper brand is very good. I myself really like the Juniper devices because… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Because of some limitations as in regulations or client business requirements, we can not always work with cloud solutions or solutions that run on VMs. There are some… more »
Ayman Said
Real User
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)
Aug 06 2020

What is most valuable?

It's a reliable product that you can depend on. You can use it for a long time without any issues.

What needs improvement?

Visibility needs improvement. We don't have visibility in Aruba Switches and we are thinking of switching to FortiSwitch because it has visibility. Currently, we have visibility and compatibility with… more »

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

There are no licenses, you just purchase the switch. Comparing with Cisco, and some other solutions, it's a cheap product.

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

We started with Aruba a long time ago when they were originally 3Com Switches.

What other advice do I have?

We have experience working in networking products, high-security products like firewalls, switches, and all data center products. We would happy to use Aruba Switches in the future if there are new… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are considering migrating from Aruba to possibly Cisco, or to Fortinet FortiSwitch. We are comparing and conducting studies in order to move forward.
Mahmood Shah
Real User
Solutions architect at NetSys
Feb 14 2020

What is most valuable?

The load balancing is very good. The solution offers very good multi-routing. The firewall is very good. For the interface, I always use Winbox.

What needs improvement?

The MikroTik weblog, web user log, was supposed to be remotely accessible. However, it was not as good as I had wanted it to be. I found its functionality disappointing. There's no proper interface. They show only IPs but not the DNS address or complete address. It only shows the IP addresses. Also… more »

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

I've previously used FortiGate and Fortinet devices. They have very good security and firewalls.

What other advice do I have?

I'd warn others that a tutorial or a bit of learning is required before beginning. It helps if a user has a bit of understanding about the solution. There's some complexity in the terminologies and surrounding the initial implementation process. Overall, it's a good product, but it requires a bit of… more »
Chamberlain ZEBAZE
Real User
Network Operations Specialists at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
May 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the flexibility within the advanced configuration. IDS and IPS are very good. The wiki page that describes the scripting and other features is very good. It is quite impressive for new users who want to learn… more »

What needs improvement?

Improvements are needed with respect to some of the security, especially for VPN links between vendors other than Cisco. For example, what works between MikroTik and Cisco does not work as well between MikroTik and Fortinet. I have seen… more »

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

MikroTik is really cheap compared to the competitors. They are the cheapest ones in Cameroon except for Ubiquiti at the router level.

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

I have worked with solutions from Cisco, Juniper, and Fortinet. The type of project dictates which product works best in the environment.

What other advice do I have?

This solution has improved a great deal over time and in many domains. They have hired experts from around the world, from vendors such as Cisco, to help improve the product. Some examples are scripting has improved, along with advanced… more »
ChristianPapageorgopoulos
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The VPC feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. The quality, like all Cisco solutions, is very high. The fact that it's Cisco is one of the reasons we chose to use it.

What needs improvement?

Cisco has a licensing procedure that is very complicated and it changes every six months.

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

The cost of licensing is very expensive, especially if you compare it to Fortigate.

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

I have personally previously used Dell, which is very unstable in comparison to Cisco. You must review all documents and if you don't correctly do this, you must open a ticket. It takes a few days for a simple question about the licenses to… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're using the on-premises deployment model. I'd recommend the solution. It has all the features we need included within it. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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