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"Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account.""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.""The user interface is very easy to navigate.""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.""The most valuable features are the centralized management of the firewalls.""The product is a combination of management and monitoring from the same interface."

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"The solution is very user friendly.""The main features I find useful are intrusion prevention and web filtering. Additionally, the solution is easy to manage.""There are many useful features, such as web security and advanced threat detection.""FortiGate as a product is very easy to configure.""It is more robust than SonicWall, particularly on the VPN from site to site.""There are a lot of features that we like within the solution. The resources or performance of the firewall is very good. However, the real selling point is the fact that the solution offers so many features, it gives our clients a lot of extras that they can work with. There's a lot on offer.""Has a very simple OS and a good price point.""The VDOM (Virtual DOM) is a virtualized firewall that has some opportunities for flexibility that are an advantage in certain configurations."

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Cons
"It's a difficult process to transfer one interface from one virtual domain to another.""The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker.""We have experienced a series of minor bugs that necessitated contacted technical support on several occasions.""Setting up FortiManager can be complex because it involves changes from other devices and a lot of configuration.""Can be difficult to configure.""Performance issues should be improved. We have problems when we have more mobile connections than local devices. Most of us have two to three devices.""The solution could improve by having better integration with other solutions other than Fortinet.""The areas that need improvement are implemenation and support. In terms of implementation, it mainly needs clear documentation."

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"The pricing model makes this product far more expensive than similar solutions.""FortiOS doesn't work well with all browsers. I think they need to do a better job of making it compatible with the various browsers that are out there.""Lacks flexibility for different scenario configurations.""Technical support could be better. Some competitors have much more responsive support teams.""Right now, it's very trendy to integrate everything into the cloud. This solution would be more effective if they did more integration in that regard.""They're using a lot of application-specific IC, so that may be causing some performance issues. And whenever a Fortinet adds new features, it can affect performance.""Fortinet needs to make this solution even more robust. Sometimes when we get a DDoS attack, the cannot withstand it. We can run out of sessions very easily. That said, I suppose if you want more a robust system, then you could purchase higher-end solutions, which are more expensive. Still, I would like to see more protection from even in the low-end version.""The implementation could be simplified."

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"The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use.""Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers.""In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable.""The license model they use depends on the size and is not limited to the users.""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."

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"The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive.""The price of Fortinet FortiOS has been reasonable.""There is a license required for the solution and the price is fair.""The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: 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 »
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: Performance-wise, I think FortiOS is much better than its Juniper counterpart. Based on our actual experience and performance metrics, FortiOS-based products are much better than Juniper.
Top Answer: FortiOS has a UTM feature, for which you have to buy an annual subscription. Most brands of firewalls will also have such a subscription.
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Overview

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.

Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.

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Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company24%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company3%
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Comms Service Provider38%
Transportation Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Pharma/Biotech Company8%
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Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about Broadcom, Fortinet, Cisco and others in Network Management Applications. Updated: October 2021.
552,136 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 15 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 20th in Firewalls with 13 reviews. Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Robust, scales well using FortiManager, and you have a choice of two different modes to run in". Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime and Cisco Stealthwatch, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Azure Firewall, Darktrace and Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection.

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