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Pros
"The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""One of the most valuable features is the AMP. It's very good and very reliable when it comes to malicious activities, websites, and viruses.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective.""Provides good integrations and reporting.""Another benefit has been user integration. We try to integrate our policies so that we can create policies based on active users. We can create policies based on who is accessing a resource instead of just IP addresses and ports."

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"FortiGate as a product is very easy to configure.""Has a very simple OS and a good price point.""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.""The main features I find useful are intrusion prevention and web filtering. Additionally, the solution is easy to manage.""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.""Firewall and overall management are valuable features.""The most valuable features are the ease of use, and the overall simplicity, everyone can use it with a small introduction.""It is more robust than SonicWall, particularly on the VPN from site to site."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is Fail-Open.""It offers some feedback and suggestions that guide our system development while helping our vendors to update their applications and fix any issues or bugs.""We find that it is quite stable and reliable.""I have recently been looking at the SSL certificate features and the learning mode of the appliance. This appliance learns from the pattern of SSL attacks.""The most valuable feature is that this product represents a whole solution, including a WAF, and even anti-defacements.""It is a good product. We have just blocked everything coming from some geographical locations or certain countries, and it has been working very efficiently when I look at logs, events, and incidents generated from the system. It is generating very good analytic reports about it. This is the most valuable thing about this solution. It has load balancing and almost everything that a web application firewall needs. It is very flexible and easy to learn and configure. It can be easily learned and configured by using the information available on different channels such as YouTube.""The most valuable feature is ease of use.""This product is very user-friendly."

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Cons
"On the VPN side, Firepower could be better. It needs more monitoring on VPNs. Right now, it's not that good. You can set up a VPN in Firepower, but you can't monitor it.""The performance should be improved.""An area of improvement for this solution is the console visualization.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""This product is managed using the Firepower Management Center (FMC), but it would be better if it also supported the command-line interface (CLI).""The product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution."

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"The solution could improve the log retention and reports.""Technical support could be better. Some competitors have much more responsive support teams.""The pricing model makes this product far more expensive than similar solutions.""The solution could improve by making the dashboard easier to use.""The implementation could be simplified.""Lacks flexibility for different scenario configurations.""It would be great if they can push the Microsoft updates through Fortinet OS and provide a centralized patch management system. They should also include the data loss prevention (DLP) and data leakage prevention features. They could also add network monitoring more effectively.""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."

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"The solution could offer more integration opportunities.""The documentation for the machine learning could be better.""It costs too much.""The solution could improve by being able to handle different use cases.""They could improve their support a little bit for faster response time.""They can introduce a scaled-down version for the SMB market. It would be very competitive in the environment.""FortiGate could be improved on the security end because we've had some incidents with the customer. Otherwise, there is no problem.""Describing security rules should be improved. It's tricky to define new feature tools when you want to describe an attack pattern and want to block it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing.""This product is expensive.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""This solution is expensive and other solutions, such as FortiGate, are cheaper.""The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products.""There are additional implementation and validation costs."

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"The price of Fortinet FortiOS has been reasonable.""The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive.""The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device.""There is a license required for the solution and the price is fair.""The solution could have a better licensing model. It's a bit more expensive than other solutions. The annual subscription is very pricy in Fortinet. The cost could be reduced."

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"It is fine now. We had to earlier negotiate the price.""All our Fortinet pricing is bundled together for different products, like FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiWeb. FortiWeb, by itself, is probably around $2,500 to $3,500.""It's an expensive solution, although there are no additional costs.""Due to the situation in Iran with the sanctions, the price of this solution is very expensive.""FortiWeb is more expensive than some competing products.""There are no licensing costs.""Its subscription prices are cheaper, and it is not very expensive. From a price perspective, Fortinet is a very well-known security vendor. Subscriptions are very simple. They have a couple of licenses on an appliance, and that's it. The cost is not that big. One license is 40K, which they give with all the products. Another one includes the subscriptions for threat prevention, IPS, sandboxing, etc, which is more than enough.""The costs are standard. We pay around $1,600 yearly."

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Questions from the Community
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Top Answer: You have the ability to control everything from one single dashboard.
Top Answer: We are on an annual license for this solution and the price is approximately €100.
Top Answer: The solution could improve by being able to handle different use cases.
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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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.

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.

FortiWeb is a web application firewall (WAF) that protects hosted web applications from attacks that target known and unknown exploits. Using multi-layered and correlated detection methods, FortiWeb defends applications from known vulnerabilities and from zero-day threats.

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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
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Lush, Barnabas Health, Options, Riverside Healthcare, Hillsbourough County Schools, Columbia Public Schools, Schiller AG
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Government8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Comms Service Provider38%
Transportation Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Financial Services Firm25%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government13%
Computer Software Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company27%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise22%
REVIEWERS
Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise30%
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Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 14 reviews while Fortinet FortiWeb is ranked 1st in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 26 reviews. Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.4, while Fortinet FortiWeb is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Robust, scales well using FortiManager, and you have a choice of two different modes to run in". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWeb writes "Reasonably priced and offers a good graphical user interface but need better integration capabilities". Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Azure Firewall, Darktrace, Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection and Fortinet FortiManager, whereas Fortinet FortiWeb is most compared with Fortinet FortiADC, F5 Advanced WAF, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and AWS WAF.

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