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Fortinet Reviews

Kofi Osei-Appaw
Consultant
Consultant at WorldNet ICT Solutions Limited
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has many good features. The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere. I really like the fact that I am able to generate FortiCloud reports.

What needs improvement?

FortiWAN was supposed to help in doing intersite linking, but we've realized that most of the ISPs use BGP. FortiWAN supports OSPF but does not support the BGP protocol. This is a problem for us because without BGP they are not doing anything, and we've had to pack them up. I would like to see the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing for this solution is good.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Mohamed-Maher
Real User
Network Administrator at Mashreq Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution helps me to do internal routing and to configure interfaces. FortiMail works on the profile.

What needs improvement?

I would like it if the solution could be more affordable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

My company pays around 28.000 Egyptian Pounds per year for this program. It is rather expensive in my opinion.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My company previously used a software but when using an anti-spam solution as a hardware, it's better than an application, because an application could be corrupted.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this program a ten out of ten, because it's configured right. The person who configured it actually knows what the real function of anti-spam is. It protects me from cryptography. I do see some… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared it to Sophos, but it is more for users that aren't IT experts. It is so easy that anyone can use it - even my young child can configure Sophos. But for Fortinet, you need an IT expert… more»
KevinTafuro
Real User
IT Manager at Cloudjet
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

FortiVPN I think is the only one vpn that can be shared with customers and employees, however another features is FortiVM that allow us to have onne solution from… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Great logging analsys with fortianalyzer

What needs improvement?

Docker Container to have a good integration with kubernetes and more throughput as Cisco FP

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Palo Alto NG Firewalls before but I wasn't impressed by the features it offer and the price was also too high.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to other customers would be to have good knowledge about the traffic in their network. In the future, I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I didn't evaluate other options because I like the experience I had with Fortinet, so I simply prefer Fortinet.
Dave Winkel
Real User
President at Ellegent Systems, Inc.
Jun 07 2019

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for this solution is as an SMB boundary firewall, and we now use their Security Fabric.

How has it helped my organization?

This is a quality product with ok support, and it is better than the competition we've tried.

What is most valuable?

Security Fabric makes VLANs a breeze. It impresses customers, as well as saves them money over the long run when comparing apples to apples.

What needs improvement?

FortiOS is not simple. Too many people think it should be simple to use, but the complexity of the product makes that impossible.

For how long have I used the solution?

Seventeen years.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support for this solution is ok.
E Beernink
Real User
Netwerk and Security Specialist at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

It's the extra security that is the most valuable feature. You have insight into your traffic. There are some great insights into what utilities hackers are trying to exploit. It blocks a lot of stuff from the internet.

What needs improvement?

The solution is rather complicated. If you know what to do, it's not bad, but it's complicated for a first time user to configure the solution. What I'd like to improve are the custom signatures. If you want a good security solution, you have to get in kicking high for things that are getting… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You can set up licensing on a monthly or yearly basis. I'm not sure about pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Every external solution acceptable for work will use FortiWeb. We do have three or four FortiWeb solutions now and if there is anything we need to share through the internet, it's going to be through FortiWeb. In terms of advice, I'd say take a good look at the support side of the help documents… more»
MaheshPatel
Real User
Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at Amity Infosoft Pvt. Ltd.
Jul 17 2019

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

How has it helped my organization?

Single pane of glass management Easy GUI for monitors

What is most valuable?

FortiGate is really strong in the following: UTM IPS-like Antivirus App control AntiBotnet Anti-Spam web content filtering L3 routing

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using it for the last five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is fine. I rebooted after 755 Days from the date of installation.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is Fine.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Partner support is very good. Technical Support: FortiGuard Service is also good with the push method update.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I

BrianAmenya
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network. I get all of my analytics from the FortiGate point of view. I have FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiManager for all of my analytics. The… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't like the way it's managed. For some of the smaller switches that we have, I was not able to log into it and manage it. I am not sure if it is something that I am missing or something that I am not doing correctly or if this applies… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we were with Cisco, but we were already using FortiMail and received the distribution for Fortinet. We purchase Fortinet firewalls. The firewall and the mail were already working for us, so we thought that would just do… more»

What other advice do I have?

I am working on a roadmap to ensure that everything is running on a Secure Access and not just from the switches. I am currently working on introducing SSO and Active Directory. It's going to be extensive, where everything will be running… more»
Chingiz Abdukarimov
User
Senior Network & Security Engineer at Abdevelop LLP
Dec 28 2019

What is most valuable?

Good VPN, both IPSEC and SSL (web-mode, tunnel-mode). An engineer/network administrator has tools to debug VPN issues that can occur during tunnel setup with other… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Better manageability: opening and closing ports/services, adding addresses is done very quick (can be done in single page of the web GUI). Outstanding reporting tools when… more»

What needs improvement?

I think there could be more QoS features in GUI. FortiGate has Traffic Shaping feature that is enough in most cases when shaping egressing packets, but sometimes I just… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used an old IPS from Cisco. We switched because of End-of-Support on that device.

What other advice do I have?

Many interesting things are hidden in CLI, they can help you in different situations. Web-interface (GUI) is primarily intended for day-to-day routine. Don't underestimate… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Palo Alto, Cisco ASA, CheckPoint
Yousef Altaj
Reseller
Tech Manager at Global tec
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

FortiWeb offers machine learning in the latest product. Before that, there was an auto-learning feature. This fixed many problems. There are no false negatives now. Fortinet FortiWeb now has artificial intelligence and machine learning.

How has it helped my organization?

With this product, you can secure all the Fortinet products together. I'm an entrepreneur. Most people fail in the publication of a firewall.

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see improved in Fortinet FortiWeb will probably be included in the next release. The legal feature needs better step-by-step use of the form. We use the FortiGate guidebook for step-by-step instructions. But the FortiWeb guidebook is only is a demonstration kit which is not… more»

What other advice do I have?

In the version of Fortinet FortiWeb that we have, it does not include the scanner. We cannot access every feature. If you have all the popular products, you can use the system perfectly to connect everything. Fortinet can improve the security firebase in support for HTTPS and the CPU with additional… more»
Panos Kre
Real User
User at GOldair Handling
May 01 2019

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution for our firewall, Application Control, QoS, IPSec, and SSL VPN.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has a very friendly GUI and CLI as compared to other vendors.

What is most valuable?

The features that we have found most valuable are the SSL VPN and the user Portal.

What needs improvement?

This product could be improved with active directory integration and better handling in IPsec and GRE Tunnels. There are not enough recent online materials to assist in integration with Cisco for VPN, GRE, and IPSec.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Our experience with this solution is that it is stable and reliable.

Which other

Narendra Singh
Real User
Solution Architect at Brillbean Ventures Pvt ltd
Oct 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the VDOM, which allows the customer to have multiple firewalls in a single campus. Using the FortiGate security solution provides comprehensive visibility and advanced layer 7 security, including threat protection, intrusion prevention, web filtering, and application control. They face a major complexity hurdle managing these point products with no integration and lack… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have installed the FortiGate 500 and 400D to replace a Sophos firewall in a main corporate office. This implementation provided improved network performance. This solution made it easier to connect all of the branches together via an IPsec VPN and remote users with SSL VPN.

What needs improvement?

Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas. It would be an improvement to add a feature for active users to change/reset their own passwords. Fortinet renewal prices for all models are too high, so they should offer discounts for customers on renewal.
Imad Awwad
Real User
Group IT Manager at Malia Group
Feb 10 2020

What is most valuable?

This a user-friendly solution. Troubleshooting is very simple because you can see where the email was not delivered and why it would be considered as spam. For the IT team, it is important, because… more»

What needs improvement?

The dashboard is small, it doesn't have a huge dashboard that you can rely on, you need another application to work with it, which is why they created FortiAnalyzer. This allows you to dig deeper if… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are satisfied with the pricing of this solution. Licenses are based on everyone's needs. If you don't need the full bundle that includes everything, you have options for the small or medium… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we used a different solution. We switched to FortiMail because our old solution was not good, or stable. We used many solutions before, including Sophos Email, and when you have a good… more»

What other advice do I have?

Emails are dangerous to deal with. You need backdoors for all people, You don't have any control over it because you are not the person who's dealing with emails for the employees. Everyone is dealing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was doing both the evaluating and testing. I had researched the internet for the leaders. I did not go with Gartner as they pay to gain leadership. I went to other sources. I went to reviews, and I… more»
Ibrahim El Sayed
Real User
Network & Hardware Administrator at Nile Projects & Trading Co.
Aug 04 2019

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for securing and controlling our company, as well as to improve VPN services.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped us by controlling our incoming and outgoing traffic. It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the SD-WAN because I can manage many lines and load balance them all.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for more than eight years.
Yash Rana
Real User
Manager IT at OTE
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

I think the spamming feature is very valuable. One of the features of FortiMail is the sandbox. If any suspicious or malicious thing is detected, it uploads to the FortiMail, and then to the database, and then it's checked. Once it's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution provides different tools and reporting so now one can prevent malicious spam coming through. You can put that on the blacklist, white list or accordingly. Based on the IP repetition score, there are so many things the… more»

What needs improvement?

FortiMail is currently available in the appliance mode so I believe the technology can be improved a little. There are a lot of viruses and malicious things out there that can damage your environment. So I think they need to be analytical… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Trend Micro Gateway and another McAfee gateway, but Fortinet is a good product. We were using McAfee, the email gateway security filtering, anti-spam filtering.

What other advice do I have?

The filtering is really effective to protect any mail environment of any company. I can definitely recommend this solution and my rating is a nine out of ten.

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Fortinet Questions

AileenWatangia
IT Director at PNG Power Ltd
Apr 02 2020
I am the IT director of an oil and energy company. We are currently evaluating Fortinet FortiGate. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this solution? Would you recommend it? Thanks! I appreciate your help. 
Mike HancockFortiNet FortiGate firewalls in my opinion are are great NGFW for the price… more»
Christine ParrFortinet is a great firewall with more threat engineers than any other security… more»
Raul PastranaSince always its "all in one" box called FortiGate always has been a good… more»
Sajjad Ahmad
System Support Engineer at a engineering company with 11-50 employees
Mar 23 2020
I have around ten years of experience as a system support engineer for an engineering company.  We are currently evaluating Sophos UTM and Fortinet FortiGate. What are the technical differences between the two. Which would you recommend? Thanks! I appreciate the help. 
Narendra SinghWe replaced Fortinet with Sophos as our public-facing UTM in 2017 & since then… more»
Alessandro TurchiI would have no doubt in recommending Fortinet. I do not know the Sophos UTM… more»
Gonzalo MorenoIn my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Mar 23 2020
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs WatchGuard XTM. 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 Fortinet FortiGate and WatchGuard XTM? Which of these two… more»
Nilanka CostaFortinet FortiGate is a firewall with assured performance since it has ASSIC… more»
Ben NgTechnically, watchguard can't scale in terms of performance and features… more»
Eduardo GarciaThe main difference between Watchguard and Fortinet is the operating system, and… more»
Chetan Woodun
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Mar 18 2020
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Voderima
Systems and Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 22 2020
I have experience working as a systems and network engineer for a pharmaceuticals company.  I am evaluating Aruba ClearPass and FortiNAC. What are the biggest differences between the two? Which would you recommend? Thanks! I appreciate the help. 
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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Feb 18 2020
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Cisco ASA vs Fortinet FortiGate. 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 Cisco ASA and Fortinet FortiGate? Which of these two solutions would… more»
Alberto E. Luna RodriguezFortinet FGs: Great devices, relatively easy to deploy and maintain. Cheaper… more»
KevinRobertsCisco has been playing catchup for years with regards to firewalls, they still… more»
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Suresh Sharma
Sr. Technical Executive at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 17 2020
I am working as a Senior Technical Executive at a coaching institute for IIT- JEE, Pre-Medical, Commerce, Law, and Pre-Foundation. We are currently evaluating Fortinet, Ruckus, Cisco, and Huawei. Which one of these is. the best wireless controller for maximum client connectivity and has high… more»
AndrewOkamar
Network & Endpoint Security Consultant at a tech company with 1-10 employees
Jan 20 2020
I have experience working with small to large enterprise network design and architecture, server administration, and cybersecurity research and analysis. I am currently evaluating Sophos XG and FortiGate. What are the biggest differences between the two? Which would you recommend?  Thanks! I… more»
ReonSmithFrom my experience regarding both the Sophos and FortiGate firewalls, I… more»
Manoj DusadhIn one sentence, the biggest difference between Sophos and FortiGate is the… more»
Sabyasachi SenI have extensively used Sophos (previously Cyberoam) and FortiGate also. The… more»
Mostafa Nageh
User at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Dec 11 2019
I work for an IT company that provides the latest End-to-End ICT integrated solutions. We are currently evaluating Cisco Firepower NGFW and Fortinet FortiGate.  What would you say are the biggest differences between the two? Which would you recommend?  Thanks for your help! I appreciate it. 
Todd EllisThe FortiGate is a good firewall for the price. Out of the box, it runs great… more»
Paul FriendWe are partners for both products and as a security practice, we recommend… more»
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Oct 12 2019
Hi Everyone, What is your primary use case for Fortinet FortiGate? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Oct 12 2019
Hi Everyone, What needs improvement with Fortinet FortiGate? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Oct 12 2019
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about Fortinet FortiGate? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What advice do you have for others considering Fortinet FortiMail? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What is your primary use case for Fortinet FortiMail? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What needs improvement with Fortinet FortiMail? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about Fortinet FortiMail? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet FortiMail? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What advice do you have for others considering Fortinet FortiGate? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Hi Everyone, What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet FortiGate? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs Sophos UTM. 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 Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos UTM? Which of these two solutions… more»
Narendra SinghThe main difference is the Operating system (OS). Fortinet uses their own… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
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… more»
Christine ParrI would recommend FortiGate. It’s less expensive and provides more coverage than… more»
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MANEESH MS PILLAIWe have been using the Fortinet firewall for the last six months. The… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
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Donny McIverHaving experience with all 3 platforms, I lead with FortiGate almost every… more»
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Mike RobinsonI have used Meraki Fortinet and Cisco. They all 3 have their own language. Cisco… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs SonicWall TZ. 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 Fortinet FortiGate and SonicWall TZ? Which of these two solutions… more»
Hamza_FarhanI worked with both products for many years and I like both vendors. Both have… more»
Rick@YetiI've only been the administrator for one of each and I did not do the initial… more»