If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would recommend this solution. It's suitable. If you use FortiGate you should use FortiSwitch. It's very helpful. It has a good configuration. I would recommend it. If you use Fortigate you should replace a Cisco switch to FortiSwitch. FortiSwitch should not be used as a legacy switch(standalone mode). If we use it as a standalone mode, we can't use it in an SDN function. FortiGate should look at the whole packet in the network. I would rate it a nine out of ten. Not a ten because we cannot use it as a layer 3 switch when we use it as the standalone mode. because sometimes the customer wants to replace the layer 3 switch. We can use the standalone normal FortiSwitch as Layer 3 Switch but if we want to use the SDN function, we have to use it as managed Layer 2 FortiSwitch. but there is counter measure. We recommend to proposal to choose more high-end model FortiGate. so Fortigate can controll routing on behalf Layer 3 switch.
This is a product that I would recommend. It is very consistent, and its upgrade and updates are current. The support is good, and the pricing is also good. Overall, our experience with this product is good. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
We're Fortinet partners. We are both using the solution and providing it to our customers. The size of the clients we deal with vary. Some are small. Some are mining entities. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it seven out of ten.
Every product has a thousand features and we're probably using 10% of them. So, it's more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to spend some time to get to learn it. Once you do, using it is pretty straightforward. I would recommend the FortiSwitch Data Center, for sure, although there is always room for improvement. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
We partnered with a company called Maxtech, which has a direct partnership with Fortinet. The integration that Fortinet has is what we call Forti security fabric. When you've got your FortiGate and you've got your FortiSwitches, this device communicates that intelligence. To add to that, you can get Forticlient. Forticlient is responsible for sharing information about the vulnerabilities on any particular machine. If there is any vulnerability, that information is shared with FortiGate. You don't really have to guess which devices are connected to your network and what they're doing on the network. The security fabric of Fortinet is really a game-changer for us. When you have your switches in that security fabric, the solution is quite good. Overall, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. We had a slight issue with the device when it was working as a standalone product in an environment where there wasn't any FortiGate in place. In this case, half the time most of the clients would say they wouldn't really benefit much in terms of visibility unless when they logged in. However, when it's incorporated with FortiGate, I'd easily rate it a full 10 out of 10.