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Question: What are the biggest differences between Fortinet Fortigate and VMware SD-WAN?
Answer: I am not very familiar with Fortinet and I do not doubt that it is a good platform, however my experience with VMware SD-Wan has been excellent at a time like this when we are going through Covid-19 where through a VDI combination with SD- WAN provides a convenience in organizations to strengthen the capacities for a mobile and remote connection with high levels of flexibility, speed, performance, simplicity, scalability and above all security.
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"What I like the most is the configuration and that it's simple, and straightforward to maintain.""The SD-WAN feature is the most valuable. This feature evolved from link load balancing. It has helped us in terms of our uptime and privatizing applications whenever we experience an outage. The SD-WAN feature has been a plus for us. Two-factor authentication has allowed us to add more users in terms of remote working. We have two-factor authentication for remote workers to authenticate them before they get on the network.""The solution is very user friendly. The user interface in particular is quite nice.""The product is easy to use and is stable. The SV1 functionality is a benefit.""The most valuable features are that it is very simple to configure and to manage.""The user interface (UI) is very, very good.""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.""It's very fast and easy to configure."

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"I would absolutely recommend VeloCloud because it's user-friendly and because the integration is easier than with other solutions.""Has an optimization feature that acts to ensure the quality of the services running on the overlay to be most valuable.""The most valuable feature is the Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), which allows the customer to maintain and monitor their link quality in real-time.""The most valuable feature for one of our customers is the ability to stage cloud workloads from the local network.""VMware has been chosen by many of our customers who do not want to do a lot of complex routing in their environment and want a very easy-to-use solution. The most valuable features are simple troubleshooting, Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), and cybersecurity.""The cloud gateway is a very good feature for scaling purposes, etc.""The service they provide is very stable and is the main influencer of why customers purchase this solution.""They have a lot of built-ins. There are so many applications defined inside the solution. It makes it so that we don't have to create some policies. Each and every application is already defined in it."

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"FortiGate is really good. We have been using it for quite some time. Initially, when we started off, we had around 70 plus devices of FortiGate, but then Check Point and Palo Alto took over the place. From the product perspective, there are no issues, but from the account perspective, we have had issues. Fortinet's presence in our company is very less. I don't see any Fortinet account managers talking to us, and that presence has diluted in the last two and a half or three years. We have close to 1,500 firewalls. Out of these, 60% of firewalls are from Palo Alto, and a few firewalls are from Check Point. FortiGate firewalls are very less now. It is not because of the product; it is because of the relationship. I don't think they had a good relationship with us, and there was some kind of disconnect for a very long time. The relationship between their accounts team and my leadership team seems to be the reason for phasing out FortiGate.""Technical support needs to be improved.""There is a lot of improvement needed with SSL-VPN.""A lack of integration between our data centers.""The solution could be more evenly structured.""Some of the web policy reports could be improved.""The customization could be improved. Cisco, for example, is much better at this. They need to work to be at least as good as they are.""There are SD-WAN network monitoring, SD-WAN features, Industrial Databases, Internet of Things, Detection, etc., however, we do have not licenses for those features. We thought that if you bought a product, you should have all of the features it offers. Why should you need to make so many extra purchases to enable features? They should have one price for the entire offering."

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"There is no security included, which is something that should be improved.""They should provide us with the flexibility to scale up.""They need more gateways""In an upcoming release, the solution can be more functional and have additional features.""The initial setup could be simplified for beginners.""Reports could be simplified.""VMware SD-WAN could be improved with more automation and more integration, but each vendor could use these improvements.""There should be more automation and self-service features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"In terms of the market, it's not a cheap product, but it's cost-effective.""The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing.""If you purchase a one-year subscription with the hardware and then you want to renew for the second year, it is very costly.""Fortinet FortiGate's price can be reduced.""The price of the license and warranty can be better because it is very expensive.""The pricing is fair.""Fortinet bundles FortiGate with other products and because of this, the price is a little expensive to some SMB enterprises.""Fortinet is the least expensive solution."

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"The pricing is very comparable to Fortinet.""The cost of VMware SD-WAN is high, but I think you can still get better pricing if your volume is high.""You need to pay for a license to use this product.""The price of the solution could be reduced.""VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price.""My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions.""The price of this solution should be lower.""The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors."

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Top Answer:  When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use… more »
Top Answer: As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite good. The most valuable features for me are their web and email filtering. I would… more »
Top Answer: In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
Top Answer: One of our favorite things about Fortinet Fortigate is that you can deploy on the cloud or on premises. It is a very stable, reliable, and consistent solution. We like that we can manage the entire… more »
Top Answer: There are 400 functionalities of the system.
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Also Known As
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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Overview

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.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of softwarebased network technologies that virtualize WAN connections to provide agility,
performance and reliability for network traffic between remote and branch offices to
data centers and the cloud.

SD-WAN leverages cloud-hosting to simplify deployment and management of
network devices and employs traffic steering to applications in the data center and
the cloud. It combines the bandwidth of broadband with existing WAN connections to
more efficiently and cost-effectively connect users to data center and cloud-based
applications from any location in the network.

SD-WAN optimizes traffic over multiple available connections (MPLS, broadband,
LTE) to deliver traffic across the network, delivering a better user experience to any
location. SD-WAN will dynamically steer traffic to the best available link, and if the
available links show any transmission issues, it will immediately apply remediation for
jitter and packet loss based on policies to ensure performance of the high-priority
applications.

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Sample Customers
Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise27%
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Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 97 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 4th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 24 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and SonicWall NSa, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Cato Networks. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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