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What is the biggest difference between Fortinet FortiGate and Palo Alto Networks WildFire?


One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs Palo Alto Networks WildFire.

People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?

What is the biggest difference between FortiGate and Palo Alto? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague evaluating advanced threat protection solutions and why?

Thanks for helping your peers make the best decision!

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44 Answers

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Both vendors are excellent choices when it comes to NGFW.
Fortinet's FortiGate comes out tops when it comes to security effectiveness, pricing, deployment, and management.
Palo Alto comes out tops when it comes to throughput performance.

If I had to advise on which technology to go for, I would recommend Fortinet's FortiGate as the end to end solution for these reasons:
1. Fortinet presents an affordable solution for many enterprises.
2. Easier deployment and management
3. Security effectiveness
4. Quality of support directly from the vendor and channel partners (depending on the country)
5. UTM features

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Top 20Real User

We have been using the Fortinet firewall for the last six months. The performance and speed of the network and application are outstanding.

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I am not an expert in firewalls but I have decided to go for Fortinet FortiGate 100E instead of Palo Alto’s one based purely on price since both of them would bring the security level we require in our organization. I have also installed 16 Fortinet AP 221 WiFi Ariel to distribute 05 VLANs within our nine floors building.

It is all working very well so far, and we don't regret our decision.

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I would recommend FortiGate. It’s less expensive and provides more coverage than Palo Alto. Fortinet takes a layered approach like Cisco does to provide a robust security solution. For the price, you can’t beat it. You can add FortiAnalyzer for robust reporting as well as FortiMail in a virtual environment to help with ransomware attacks and spam. You can also add sandboxing to their solution as well as UTM, IDP, etc.

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