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Pros
"The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""The customer service/technical support is very good with this solution.""We have not had to deal with stability issues.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""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.""The solution offers very easy configurations.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""It has a good security level. It is a next-generation firewall. It can protect from different types of attacks. We have enabled IPS and IDS."

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"We are a visual effects company, and there have been a number of high profile security issues in our industry. This has brought us to a higher standard of security, which our clients are very keen on these days.""The most valuable feature is the SSL VPN, as it allows us to connect and it separates this product from other firewalls.""Its stability is the most valuable.""The solution is very user friendly. The user interface in particular is quite nice.""FortiGate is flexible and easy to use.""The web filtering feature and the intrusion protection system are the most valuable. It is a resilient appliance. I never had an issue with it in terms of any security breaches.""The most valuable features are the policies, filtering, and configuration.""Some of the valuable features are the firewall, IPS, web filter, and gateway capabilities. Additionally, it is easy to use and flexible."

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"Includes advanced tech protection.""I like the ease of deployment and its flexibility. We don't need to deal with license, quotes, procurement, delivery, and installation. Everything is software-based, and it's very easy to operate.""The initial setup is straightforward.""Once you have Zscaler running you have access to configure it however you want.""The solution offers good sandboxing."

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Cons
"The performance should be improved.""The Firepower FTD code is missing some old ASA firewalls codes. It's a small thing. But Firepower software isn't missing things that are essential, anymore.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""FirePOWER does a good job when it comes to providing us with visibility into threats, but I would like to see a more proactive stance to it.""This product is managed using the Firepower Management Center (FMC), but it would be better if it also supported the command-line interface (CLI).""I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device.""It's mainly the UI and the management parts that need improvement. The most impactful feature when you're using it is the user interface and the user experience.""The initial setup could be simplified, as it can be complex for new users."

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"They've become quite expensive.""Application management can be improved.""The ease of use could be improved.""The solution needs to improve its integration with cybersecurity.""Fortinet doesn't provide multiple virtual firewalls which would facilitate end users and customers.""The user interface could be improved.""Its reporting capabilities can be improved. It should have some out-of-the-box reporting capabilities and some degree of customization. The basic reporting that it currently has is not sufficient to create more usable reports. It needs some sort of out-of-the-box reporting. They try to make customers purchase FortiAnalyzer for this kind of reporting, which is an additional cost. Other firewall vendors, such as SonicWall and Sophos, provide this sort of reporting without any additional cost.""They are doing good, but they can improve the distributor assignment. The availability of the product and the timeline of delivery are the main things. The distribution should be swift, and the distributor should not reach out to end customers directly. They should work as a distributor. There should also be one more local distributor. Currently, there is only one distributor in Pakistan, and the rest of them are in UAE. It is difficult to work with only one distributor. Sometimes, you don't get along with the same distributor, and that's why they should have one more distributor. Their licensing should also be improved. The activation or renewal of the product should be done from the date of renewal, not from the date on which the license expired."

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"Data Leak Prevention is only for web filtering and there is no protection for email.""Because it's on cloud, it doesn't allow application of extra settings.""The issue right now is probably that Zscaler is not providing web browser isolation. Another solution, Menlo, offers this. For one customer, we had to send traffic to Menlo to do the isolation for us. It was requested by the customer so that they could integrate any iframe. Zscaler needs to add this type of feature in their next release.""The product could improve its integration with some legacy systems.""It would be better if they improved their policy, package visibility, and flexibility while we're creating rules for inspection. It could also be cheaper or more things could be included in the basic package. In the next release, I would like better coverage in the Asia Pacific region and better quality of service."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing.""Cisco is not for a small mom-and-pop shop because of the cost, but if you're in a regulated industry where a breach could cost you a million dollars, it's a bargain.""I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""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.""There are additional implementation and validation costs."

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"Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors.""We purchased a five-year bundle package, which worked out cheaper than competing solutions.""I think the price of Fortinet FortiGate is very reasonable.""The price of FortiGate is average and I would say that based on the top five products available on the market, it is in the affordable range.""In terms of the market, it's not a cheap product, but it's cost-effective.""The pricing is fair.""As far as I'm aware, in our case, it's just a yearly pricing arrangement with no additional licensing costs.""The price is fair compared to the other competitors."

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"The licensing is on a yearly basis. It is somewhere around 30 or 40 pounds per user for our organization.""There are licensing costs, and I would not say that it's a cheap vendor."

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Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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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.

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.

Zscaler enables the world’s leading organizations to securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud first world. Its flagship services, Zscaler Internet Access and Zscaler Private Access, create fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location, or network. Zscaler services are 100% cloud-delivered and offer the simplicity, enhanced security, and improved user experience that traditional appliances or hybrid solutions are unable to match. Used in more than 185 countries, Zscaler operates the world’s largest cloud security platform, protecting thousands of enterprises and government agencies from cyberattacks and data loss.

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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
Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
Zenith Live, Azure, Carlsberg Group
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company10%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Educational Organization4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
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Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 97 reviews while Zscaler Cloud Firewall is ranked 29th in Firewalls with 5 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while Zscaler Cloud Firewall is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler Cloud Firewall writes "Good sandboxing and URL filtering with capability to scale". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and SonicWall TZ, whereas Zscaler Cloud Firewall is most compared with Menlo Security Cloud Firewall, OPNsense, pfSense, Check Point NGFW and Huawei NGFW. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Zscaler Cloud Firewall report.

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