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Question: Would you choose Cisco SD-WAN or Fortinet FortiGate?
Answer: Fortinet includes SD-WAN with no upcharge in the FortiGate NGFW
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Pros
"The orchestration on the VPN connection between remote locations is a fantastic feature. I used it some time ago.""The user experience is pretty good.""The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.""Configuration interfaces are quite easy and intuitive. Being a part of the Cisco environment, Cisco SD-WAN is quite straightforward.""It is very stable with very good firmware.""We would recommend this solution to customers looking to implement it on a global scale. We recommend the solution, not only because of the functionality or the technical support, but also because of the delivery of the solution, and the docking and upgrading capabilities.""Cisco SD-WAN is a very good product.""The most valuable features are zero-disk provisioning and link load balancing on an application basis."

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"I only deal with it from a security analyst's point of view. I don't really get into the features of the actual FortiGate. From the security point of view, it works, and it does its job.""The VPN is the most valuable feature.""Customers are more inclined towards FortiGate because of application control, web filtering, and anti-spam features. The support from the FortiGate team is good, and price-wise, it is affordable.""The solution is stable.""The SD-WAN function is very developed. It has SD-WAN functionality with security features in one device. We can manage from one single console SD-WAN and the security policy.""The web tutor and automatic rules by schedule are good features.""It's quite comfortable to handle the FortiGate firewall.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is good to use, and most importantly, the pricing. The customer especially likes the discount when they trade up or something like that."

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Cons
"Technical support could be more helpful and responsive.""The Cisco way of thinking is to create umbrella-like solutions. I would prefer it if this solution was separate from the entire monstrous Cisco portfolio.""This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge.""The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better.""Cisco could do more to offer bundling of the SD-WAN and other solutions.""The installation is not easy. If you have experience and it is not your first time doing the installation, it can be easier.""It would be very helpful if we had better access to a knowledge base, or online documentation, to help both us and our customers learn to use this solution.""We don't have any issues with this solution other than the price."

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"It is stable, but its stability can be improved.""There are some cloud-based features that could be much more flexible than they currently are.""In the next release, I would like to see the interface simplified to be more user-friendly.""The logs need to be better. They need to be more visible and easier to access.""The support is the main thing that needs to be improved.""It should provide better visibility over the network and more information in the form of reports for the end users. Its installation should also be easier.""The solution could have licensing fees reduced in the future.""The captive portal could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco is more expensive than FortiGate.""80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization.""Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features.""The price is high.""It's expensive. If you compare Cisco with Fortinet and Juniper, you'll find that Cisco is more expensive than other vendors.""SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location.""The license consists of an annual fee.""The price of the solution is the only negative factor, it is much more expensive compared with the Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution."

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"Setup costs and pricing depends on many variables, but it's mostly affordable.""Fortinet bundles FortiGate with other products and because of this, the price is a little expensive to some SMB enterprises.""It's an expensive solution.""The price is fair compared to the other competitors.""Fortinet is the least expensive solution.""The price could be lower.""It's very affordable.""I think that the pricing is fair."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.
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Top Answer: It is transversal to all industries. What is important is to work on the costs of the solution. On the technical side, manufacturer-independent solutions should be able to handle different topologies… more »
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Also Known As
Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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Overview

Cisco SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN (wide area network) solution that provides for secure stable connections to applications for enterprises and organizations. Cisco SD-WAN works to speed up the seamless movement to the cloud. A very robust and reliable solution, Cisco SD-WAN is cutting-edge in threat security and stability of the complete network and has very low latency. Cisco SD-WAN uses Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), data centers, and even the internet to smoothly advance the move to a SASE (Service Access Service Edge)-based architecture. The Cisco SD-WAN dashboard gives you a complete visual of your entire infrastructure; you can see everything in real time. You will also have simplified IT operations and gain advanced network capabilities, dependability, and security. One valued feature is the overlay management protocol (OMP), which applies to your entire network to speedily connect all your company data centers. Cisco SD-WAN has a very flexible architecture and can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, hybrid, and even has multi-cloud options. Cisco SD-WAN instantly discovers, authenticates, and provisions all devices, both existing and new.

Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the management of multiple connections across the WAN, improves the end-user experience, improves overall application functionality and performance, and is a very cost-effective solution. Cisco SD-WAN integrates well with Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and many other cloud-based business solutions. Additionally, Cisco SD-WAN optimizes connectivity and streamlines workflows for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.

Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

  • Increased profitability - Cisco SD-WAN will improve performance and decrease overall connectivity costs.
  • Improved productivity - Cisco SD-WAN requires less staff to manage and secure the WANs so valuable resources can be allocated elsewhere in your organization, increasing total productivity.
  • Flexible scalability- Cisco SD-WAN’s flexible and easily scalable architecture will allow your organization to address significantly greater business opportunities, helping to consistently increase revenue.
  • Enhanced security - Cisco SD-WAN offers real-time policy enforcement, ensuring that downtime and unplanned outages are kept to a minimum.

What real users have to say:

Cisco SD-WAN is fast with lower costs: “Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.”

Cisco is a brand you can trust: “Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand - more so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.”

Cisco SD-WAN offers load-balancing and real-time traffic monitoring: “Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.”

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider50%
Transportation Company10%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
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Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company4%
Government4%
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Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company10%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company20%
Government5%
Educational Organization4%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise27%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise39%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 97 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN, Citrix SD-WAN and Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and VMware SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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