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Fortinet Reviews

Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Real User
Cybersecurity & IT Professional (VirtualCIO) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* The CLI is robust and powerful, enabling rapid, consistent changes via SSH. The device identification is very flexible, facilitating the creation of rules to regulate… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first implementation I performed of a FortiGate 200D was to replace a Juniper SSG-140 in a main corporate office. This implementation provided improved network… more»

What needs improvement?

WAN load-balancing could be a lot better at detecting when a link is poor or inconsistent, and not just flat out dead. There are lots of options for routing traffic over a… more»

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

Licensing and setup costs are generally pretty clear with Fortinet. If you go with centralized management or their Log Analyzer tool, these carry some additional pricing… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I previously favored NetScreen/Juniper SSG solutions, but Juniper stopped supporting the SSG line, and FortiGate provides more value and performance for the dollar. I've… more»

What other advice do I have?

I highly recommend, and often try to deploy Fortinet solutions for my office network and for my customers. They run for a long time, they are supported for many OS… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, I tested and evaluated solutions from pfSense, Sophos, and Palo Alto.
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 12 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiGate?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for our small company. It is basically for users on the LAN-side. So, it is just for browsing mostly.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the policy routing and application control. In addition, the firewall will act as a call-switch. So, the performance within the LAN is good.

What needs improvement?

The UI could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

How is customer service and technical support?

We sometimes wait 30 to 40 minutes to get a tech engineer. But, then they are pretty good. Whenever I call for a problem they will assist me and correct me and they will fix up the call. Only one they are sure we have solved the problem will they disconnect from the call.…
MaheshPatel
Real User
Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at a tech services company
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which

Iz
User
Assistant Manager (Infrastructure) with 1-10 employees
Sep 10 2018

What is most valuable?

All the features are very good, straightforward licensing, Fortinet product integration, standardized FortiOS and automatic uninterruptable firmware upgrade. Easy to use… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the security posture and visibility of our traffic. The OS and the firmware updates are very straight forward.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements made to the dashboard and UI, as well as to the reporting. I would also like them to consider offering more predefined security templates.

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

They have very competitive solutions across the entire product line. They also offer very clear licensing and pricing.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Cisco ASA. We switched to Fortinet Fortigate because it was easy to manage, and it uses a Single OS for the whole product. We were also able to learn how to use it very… more»

What other advice do I have?

I found that the memory usage for the Fortigate firewall are relatively higher than other firewall brand when compared to same traffic volume. It might be the scan engine… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Checkpoint, Cisco, Palo Alto, Sonicwall, Huawei, and Sophos.
Chingiz Abdukarimov
User
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Feb 20 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/addresses is very quick). Outstanding reporting tools when coupled with FortiAnalyzer (Fortinet's log collector… more»

What needs improvement?

I think there could be more QoS features in GUI. FortiGate has Traffic Shaping that is enough in most cases, but sometimes I just need 802.1p prioritizing (Class of… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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
Panos Kre
Real User
User
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

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Fortinet Questions

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Jul 10 2019
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»
reviewer772704I am not an expert in firewalls but I have decided to go for Fortinet FortiGate… more»
MANEESH MS PILLAIWe have been using the Fortinet firewall for the last six months. The… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Apr 21 2019
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»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Apr 04 2019
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs Juniper SRX. 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 Juniper SRX? Which of these two solutions… more»
Hamza_FarhanI dont like the GUI and CLI command. It is hard to manage the firewall, their… more»
Leke N. OluwatosinFirewall selection should be based on business need from a security standpoint… more»
Jefferson LoiseauBoth are good, it’s all about cost when comparing these two. Fortinet is more… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Mar 19 2019
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»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Jun 13 2019
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs Meraki MX Firewalls. 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 Meraki MX Firewalls? Which of these… more»
Donny McIverHaving experience with all 3 platforms, I lead with FortiGate almost every… more»
Phillip PeermanMeraki equipment requires a current license in order to operate. This also gets… more»
Mike RobinsonI have used Meraki Fortinet and Cisco. They all 3 have their own language. Cisco… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Jun 24 2019
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»
Jefferson LoiseauIn order to answer that question a few things needs to be understood about the… more»
Mehdi Gafsi
‎IT Manager with 51-200 employees
Mar 06 2019
We are a medium size company with 120 employees across 3 offices and growing. We are still debating between a cloud solution such as Zscaler Web Security or iboss and a physical appliance such as Fortigate 201E. Which Web Security Solution do you recommend?
Alex DMy recommendation is Cisco Meraki MX84 with advanced security license (its have… more»
Stuart ClowesBluecoat and Forcepoint offer credible solutions. Think through where your users… more»
Jason PooleThis is a "how long is a piece of string?" type question. As the other vendors… more»
Nkwa Ronnie
ICT OFFICER - SECURITY at a construction company with 201-500 employees
I need to acquire a NAC for our network. We have Wired LAN & (WLAN) Wireless APs at Head Office and branch offices in different places. I need to manage all of these branch offices centrally from HQ. Please advise of the best NAC Solution I can acquire. Thanks
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