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Leen Van Gent
IT Superintendent at a mining and metals company with 11-50 employees
The main reason this was bought was it was cheap. We all know that Fortigate is far more expensive. But, then again, it's more like the Rolls-Royce of firewalls. And what you can do with it in hardware has no comparison with any of the software solutions on the market. Yes, everything performs, every firewall-type solution, whatever you want to use, does its job. But you want to have a management-free solution. If you look at Fortigate, no matter how you look at it, you know it works. With Unix boxes, you never know. It's a Unix system and, for whatever reason, it can stop working and you have to reboot the machine, which is not the most beneficial solution. I've used Fortigates. Fortigates have no problems if you start adding a thousand users, depending on what kind of service provider you have. A big difference is that it's global censoring on the SonicWall. On the Fortigate you can censor per rule, and that's a big difference if you are in a multi-user environment where you have different types of actions. At my current company, this was set up at the beginning, when the company started. They have never had a different solution. They have another location with Zyxel firewalls, which will also be replaced with Fortigates. They all perform. That's probably the best thing I can say about them. What we're going to implement now is a far broader solution with authentication and everything else. At this stage, that is not implemented on the SonicWall. My fear is that if we implemented that on the SonicWall, we would have more problems. It's really not that flexible. My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are manageability and the features, and by features I mean complete management of the firewall. View full review »
Steven SL.
Senior IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
No. We have always only deployed SonicWall. View full review »
Marcio Vieira
Solutions Specialist with 201-500 employees
Before this solution, we used Microsoft Forefront TMG Server. We migrated because the solution was proxy-based and did not have the features of NG firewalls. View full review »
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