Fortinet Wireless Pricing and License Cost

Rick Williams
Network Engineer at a university with 201-500 employees
Fortinet's pricing and licensing is very reasonable. There are a few things that are a little bit different. One of the reasons that we chose it is because we're a school and we're always looking at the bottom line. We've gone with this solution because it's been able to reduce our cost in other areas to get the same results. The amount of money that we save is allowing us to do the rest of the stuff right. Because of the savings, we're able to do some of the security things that, previously, we couldn't do because our hands were tied, due to the extra costs. We have realized somewhere around 30 percent savings. That has allowed us to focus more on the end-user experience, rather than on security and management. There is one thing that I find extremely strange, and this something that is unique to Fortinet, and it isn't a positive at all. Any time I have an RMA (return merchandise authorization) if it's not considered a "DOA," which is within the first 120 days, even if I have paid support on the device, I have to pay to return the device back. For a customer like us, that's a little bit more difficult because of the way funding works and where we're located. It makes it a very big challenge to get devices back to them. We just had an issue with an AP that was covered with a three-year extended warranty, and it failed. They sent us one right away, but we had to pay to ship the other one back. That's just not an industry standard at all. I could understand it more if it was a device that I had chosen not to cover, but on a device that you actually are paying premiums for, that's just not the industry standard at all. View full review »
Panduka Samarasinghe Cissp
Security Pre-Sales Engineer - Southern Reigion at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We're not cheap but we can give you better pricing than the competition if it comes to that. Licensing is pretty straightforward. We don't have any hidden licensing when you purchase an appliance. If you purchase one appliance you get the maximum number of clients and every feature in that appliance unlocked for you. You just pay for the entire thing outright. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a K-12 educational company or school with 10,001+ employees
Licensing has become easier. There is no longer a per-AP license needed on the controller. View full review »
Sr. Director, IT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product's pricing is a good value. Licensing is the only area where I think they are below average. They need enterprise licensing, an all-encompassing license to cover all products for a company. View full review »

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