75 Points
8 Years

User Activity

Almost 4 years ago
Security solutions are something that has to be tailored to each company's needs, so WatchGuard could be a better match with your requirements and it is absolutely understandable.
About 4 years ago
Hi Claudio. Based on the Product Matrix ( ) the FortiGate 30E looks like a good candidate (calculating 50 sessions per user). HAving not enough experience on SonicWall and pFsense I…
Over 5 years ago
Good morning Nkosinathi. A good starting point is the Fortinet Product Matrix ( ) that contains all the devices and related capabilities. You have to select the best fit based…
Over 5 years ago
Greetings to all. I worked in IT for over 15 years and have been lucky enough to become a books author, to be speaker at conferences around the World and (now) to be a member of the Elite Squad :-) The topics that interest me are Skype for Business and Exchange Server (I…
Over 5 years ago
Hi Vahid. I see no good reason to NOT use Fortinet products in your university. They are good and scalable as much as you need. Just keep an eye on sizing (i.e. selecting the right appliance for your needs).
About 6 years ago
The review misses a fundamental point about Fortigate. It is an UTM device, which integrates multiple security layers in a single device. Pointing out only firewall and proxy features is (IMHO) a bit misleading. Talking about the GUI, it requires a little bit of time to…
Almost 7 years ago
About 7 years ago
Disclaimer: in the past years I have worked with security solutions coming from Cisco, Fortinet, Checkpoint and Websense. As a Lync expert I had also to manage many different reverse proxy solutions, sometimes integrated with a firewall and sometimes stand-alone. To…
About 7 years ago
Hi Alin. As you easily understand, I can not answer because the information I have are under a NDA. However things move always so fast that you will not have to wait too much for an official answer on this topic from Microsoft :-)
Over 7 years ago
Great review Brad. Only for the part related to upgrades from one version to another, I think you are a bit too optimistic :-) Sometimes the update (and rollback) are not devoid of hassles (including parts of the configuration that not always work "as they are" in the…
Over 7 years ago
Everyone writes basing on his own experience. In this specific case (and I hope that it does not disturb you) would divide your review in two parts. I agree with your complains regarding support. My impression is that Fortinet prefers to delegate a big part of the…

About me

I am an IT professional focused on Unifed Communications and Security.

I work in Unify Square, a global Microsoft Unified Communications system integrator and independent solution vendor.

I have been awarded by Microsoft with the MVP award for Office Servers and Services (2017 and 2016), Skype for Business and Lync (in 2016, 2015 and 2014) and has published three books on those topics.

Previously I have received the MVP award for Directory Services in three consecutive years (2011,2012 and 2013).

I have co-authored one of the few existing texts dedicated to the FortiGate security appliances.

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