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Question: Which would you recommend - FortiGate VM or Azure Firewall?
Answer: Both of these solutions are excellent options that provide flexible scalability and solid security. Fortinet Fortigate VM integrates well and has excellent centralized reporting. It is very easy to use, provides greater security than many other solutions, and is very scalable and flexible. This solution has an amazing VPN offering, which can help filter traffic to ensure the right traffic is getting through while blocking the rest. Azure Firewall is easy to use and provides excellent support. Valuable features include integration into the overall cloud platform, autoscaling, and the ability for users to create virtual IP addresses. The cost of the solution is also competitive. Fortinet FortiGate VM can be challenging to deploy. Updates are not automatic and one needs to be vigilant to ensure they are not missing any in order to stay current. Also, some new updates can be a bit buggy and should be tested more thoroughly before release. For Azure Firewall, you have to specify each IP address used. We also found Azure to be challenging to implement from region to region, as it does not currently offer a universal approach across regions. Conclusion It really boils down to what you need the solution to do for you or your client. Fortinet FortiGate has VPN options that are super secure and flexible and best represents what many of our clients are really asking for, as so much of the workforce is still working remotely. Azure Firewall is great with cloud-based options and of course, being a part of the Azure ecosystem makes it a great fit for many of our clients. Both of these solutions help us offer excellent, necessary options to our varied client base across the globe.
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Pros
"I have integrated it for incidence response. If there is a security event, the Cisco firewall will automatically block the traffic, which is valuable.""Feature-wise, we mostly use IPS because it is a security requirement to protect against attacks from outside and inside. This is where IPS helps us out a bunch.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""The implementation is pretty straightforward.""The most important feature is the intensive way you can troubleshoot Cisco Firepower Firewalls. You can go to the bit level to see why traffic is not handled in the correct way, and the majority of the time it's a networking issue and not a firewall issue. You can solve any problem without Cisco TAC help, because you can go very deeply under the hood to find out how traffic is flowing and whether it is not flowing as expected. That is something I have never seen with other brands.""We get the Security Intelligence Feeds refreshed every hour from Talos, which from my understanding is that they're the largest intelligence Security Intelligence Group outside of the government.""If you compare the ASA and the FirePOWER, the best feature with FirePOWER is easy to use GUI. It has most of the same functionality in the Next-Generation FirePOWER, such as IPS, IPS policies, security intelligence, and integration and identification of all the devices or hardware you have in your network. Additionally, this solution is user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is stability."

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"Among the most valuable features are the DDoS protection that protects your virtual machines, the threat intelligence, and traffic filtering.""Azure Firewall's feature that I have found most valuable is its scalability.""Network filtering is valuable. The scalability capability from the cloud-native service helps us a lot because it simplifies our day-to-day maintenance activity.""I can easily configure it.""The most valuable feature is threat intelligence. It is based on filtering and can identify multiple threats.""The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.""The Layer four features are okay and meet my business needs.""Great security and connectivity."

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"The initial setup is very user-friendly.""Technical support is very helpful.""The configuration, graphical interface and command line are easy to use.""I have worked on some of the largest and smallest solutions that Fortinet sells and they all scale really well.""The EPM bundle is a good feature.""Web filtering and the IPS functionality.""The most valuable features we have found to be the VPN, ease of use, and overall simplicity.""FortiGate is a nice and very good product."

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Cons
"Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""Deploying configurations takes longer than it should.""The configuration in Firepower Management Center is very slow. Deployment takes two to three minutes. You spend a lot of time on modifications. Whereas, in FortiGate, you press a button, and it takes one second.""Web filtering needs improvement because sometimes the URL is miscategorized.""In a future release, it would be ideal if they could offer an open interface to other security products so that we could easily connect to our own open industry standard.""The intelligence has room for improvement. There are some hackers that we haven't seen before and its ability to detect those types of attacks needs to be improved.""The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough.""One of the few things that are brought up is that for the overall management, it would be great to have a cloud instance of that. And not only just a cloud instance, but one of the areas that we've looked at is using an HA type of cloud. To have the ability to have a device file within a cloud. If we had an issue with one, the other one would pick up automatically."

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"It would be nice to be able to create groupings for servers and offer groups of IP addresses.""Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment.""The product could be made more customizable.""They can improve the pricing of Azure Firewall.""The reporting, logging, and monitoring features, as well as the flexibility of the policies, need to be improved.""Right now, with Azure Firewall, we cannot have a normal inbound traffic flow. For inbound, Microsoft suggests using application gateways, so the options are very limited. I cannot use this firewall as an intermediate firewall because of the limitations, and I cannot point routing to another firewall. So if I want to use back-to-back firewall architecture in my environment, I cannot use Azure Firewall for that type of configuration either.""It is a cloud service, but the lending speed for each region is not always the same. For example, in China, the speed is slow. They need to think about how to make sure that the service pace or speed is always the same in all regions. It would be a great improvement if they can provide the same pace worldwide.""Azure should be able to work better as a balancer also, instead of just being a firewall. It should have a wider mandate."

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"It is a very good product, and it is good at standing by itself. It can maybe have a little bit of integration with other products, but it is not that important for most use cases.""The price is problematic.""I have had a data issue with physical devices that could improve.""Price-wise, it could be slightly better, however, if you compared it to other makes and models of equal category, it is generally cheaper.""VM should be more optimized.""The technical support is not very responsive and is an area that needs to be improved.""Web filtering is a feature that needs some improvement. There should be some additional features to allow active users to change their own passwords.""I have worked on some of the largest and smallest solutions that Fortinet sells and they all scale really well."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case.""I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing.""When we purchased the firewall, we had to take the security license for IPS, malware protection, and VPN. If we are using high availability, we have to take a license for that. We also have to pay for hardware support and technical support. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""When we are fighting against other competitors for customers, whether it is a small or big business, we feel very comfortable with the price that Firepower has today.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive.""I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""Its pricing is good and competitive. There is a maintenance cost. It includes SecureX that makes it cost-effective as compared to the other solutions where you have to pay for XDR and SOAR capabilities."

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"The licensing module is good.""The total cost of ownership is much less than Palo Alto, Cisco, or any other brand.""Azure Firewall is quite an expensive product.""Azure Firewall is more expensive. If Microsoft can make Azure Firewall cheaper, I can see that all clients will think of using it. One client used FortiGate because it is much cheaper. Some clients ask me for Cisco, but in the cloud estimate, I found its cost is the same as Azure Firewall.""It is pay-as-you-go. So, you pay based on the usage. If I remember it well, there is a basic fee, and there is a traffic fee. It is not per month. It is per hour or something like that. It is not so expensive."

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"At present, the SD-WAN licenses are on an annual basis.""Our license is yearly, but we're thinking of going monthly. I think it's somewhere around 100,000 for VM04. Nowadays, everyone wants to be a hacker, so we believe in security. That's why we also have third-party people that we involve to make sure that we're secure. I don't think the costs are too bad. You still want to get advice from people who worked in security for many years, so you add a third party. The third party also said they would give their share like 100K, or 200K or something like that, so I don't think it's too expensive for security. I think it just adds more trust.""There is an annual license required to use the solution.""There should be a reduction in the setup price and licensing costs.""The price is similar to Symantec Endpoint, but it's more expensive than Forcepoint solutions. Fortinet is better than Forcepoint.""Of all the firewalls that we compared, FortiGate is the cheapest and most affordable, so we are satisfied with the pricing.""With Fortinet FortiGate-VM you can bring your own licensing, or it can be paid on a yearly basis.""The price could be lower."

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Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
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Security7 Networks, COOPENAE
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company17%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm13%
Retailer6%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company30%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise58%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise20%
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Azure Firewall is ranked 18th in Firewalls with 19 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 57 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.4, while Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall writes "Good value for your money, good URL filtering, supports intrusion prevention, and is stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Slightly unstable, needs a better user interface, and lacks good monitoring capabilities ". Azure Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Check Point NGFW, Cisco ASA Firewall and Sophos XG, whereas Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, OPNsense, Cisco ASA Firewall and Sophos XG. See our Azure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM report.

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