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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Prime vs. Fortinet FortiManager and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The interfaces are a valuable feature.""Cisco Prime is helpful as it provides us with real-time monitoring. This allows us to be proactive in our environment.""It gives you the ability to upgrade switches remotely, schedule the upgrade time, perform backups, and monitor the health of all networks.""The hardware Cisco provides is excellent. It's a well-made product.""Enables oversight in order to tweak and tune."

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"The solution is very stable.""We look at the traffic to segment the network and it improves and increases the performance. When we have a mobile connection and local laptops are on the same network. We have seen a big performance upgrade.""For the whole security fabric from Fortinet, with a simple click you can see if some workstations or services are affected by an attack. You can really easily quarantine it, check the solution, and fix it.""It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.""The best feature of Fortinet FortiManager is its ease of use. It is easy to manage the firewall from Fortinet FortiManager. Additionally, the interface is very good.""Everybody is quite happy with the way that the graphical user interface works.""Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account.""The user interface is very easy to navigate."

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Cons
"If you think about a centralized monitoring system, Cisco Prime is not good because it does not support third-party vendors like Palo Alto or FortiGate.""The solution is not easy to configure.""The solution can be slow at times.""Lacking in integration with a SIEM tool.""The overall management capabilities of Prime need to be improved."

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"Setting up FortiManager can be complex because it involves changes from other devices and a lot of configuration.""Fortinet is releasing quite a lot of new versions and I would say that most of the versions are not well tested before they're pushed out. Even the new versions sometimes are a bit buggy before it's all correct.""It's a difficult process to transfer one interface from one virtual domain to another.""Having FortiManager work with all of the Fortinet products would be a good improvement.""We have some visibility issues with the reporting.""We have experienced a series of minor bugs that necessitated contacted technical support on several occasions.""Regional support in African countries needs to be improved.""The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco Prime is an expensive solution."
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  • "Fortinet FortiManager is not expensive at all if you compare it with other vendors like Check Point and Cisco. Fortinet products are the least expensive on the market in the category of firewalls."
  • "The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use."
  • "In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable."
  • "Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers."
  • "The license model they use depends on the size and is not limited to the users."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The hardware Cisco provides is excellent. It's a well-made product.
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    We tried here to use it as a bigger monitoring tool. However, the problem is that a lot of new products from Cisco are not supported by Prime anymore. The solution is not easy to configure. It's not… more »
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    We primarily use the solution for wireless and to do backups on switches and routers. In addition, we're using it for the deployment of our new software versions.
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    It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.
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    Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers. If you want to add something or if you want to resubscribe, there… more »
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    We have some visibility issues with the reporting. As the reporting is not properly available, we have to use many tools to get a meaningful outcome of the reports. There should be training available… more »
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    Overview

    Cisco Prime products deliver next-generation management by supporting an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience and integrated lifecycle operations across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks.

    Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

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    Sample Customers
    Mohawk Industries, Universidad EAFIT, Halton Healthcare
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company3%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Cisco Prime is ranked 4th in Network Management Applications with 5 reviews while Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 14 reviews. Cisco Prime is rated 7.2, while Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Prime writes "Good management capability and wireless heatmap, but NetFlow needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click". Cisco Prime is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Huawei eSight, HPE Intelligent Management Center and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, Fortinet FortiOS, Cisco DNA Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and Cisco Stealthwatch. See our Cisco Prime vs. Fortinet FortiManager report.

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