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Fortinet FortiGate Pros and Cons

Fortinet FortiGate Pros

Owner at Tech Exchange
The ease of setting the solution up is a valuable aspect for us.
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Solutions Engineer/Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
One of the nice things about FortiGate is that it can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises. You can actually do both. That's the biggest reason why I stick with this solution as opposed to something like Cisco Meraki. Another nice thing is that I can log directly into a FortiGate or get to it through their FortiCloud access products. They're pretty reliable and consistent. One of the reasons why I started using the product was their single pane of management. I can deploy their line of firewalls in conjunction with their switching and access points, and I can manage the entire network from one interface. I don't have to log into one interface for the firewall, another one for the access points, and another one for the switches. These firewalls have access point controller functionality built right into the system, so I don't even have to purchase additional devices to manage them.
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JC
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees
There are great templates, so you don't have to customize them if you don't want to. You do have the option to custom create some folders and some reports, however, with what is there, you don't really need to go through extra effort, as they already give you a lot of predefined views of reports and so forth.
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Director at a integrator with 11-50 employees
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
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EP
Director of IT with 51-200 employees
It's super reliable. I don't think I've ever had a reliability issue with it.
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JT
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees
The simplicity of the product is great. It's very easy to use, which is a compliment we get all the time in terms of feedback.
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Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
The management console is pretty simple, so anyone who understands networking can initially deploy the solution.
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Owner at Computech Associates
The web filtering facility and application control are the most valuable features from the point of view of our clients. The VPN feature is also quite popular amongst our clients. Two-factor authentication is one of the good features in Fortinet. These features are important for the current scenario of security. Security has become a necessity nowadays. With cyber-attacks becoming more common, protecting an organization's data is one of the major tasks. It is also very stable and scalable, and it is very straightforward to configure. Their technical support is also good.
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MS
President at Sovereign Mange Services
The main reason why I purchased the particular unit was that it had good reviews and what other people were saying as far as its completeness and its leading capabilities in terms of endpoint security was very good.
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MS
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
The base firewall features are quite valuable to us.
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Fortinet FortiGate Cons

Owner at Tech Exchange
The biggest "gotcha" is that if the client purchases what they call the UTM shared bundle, which has unified threat management on both, it's not as easy to manage if you have more than one firewall.
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Solutions Engineer/Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
FortiLink is the interface on the firewall that allows you to extend switch management across all of your switches in the network. The problem with it is that you can't use multiple interfaces unless you set them up in a lag. Only then you can run them. So, it forces you to use a core type of switch to propagate that management out to the rest of the switches, and then it is running the case at 200. It leaves you with 18 ports on the firewall because it is also a layer-three router that could also be used as a switch, but as soon as you do that, you can't really use them. They could do a little bit more clean up in the way the stacking interface works. Some use cases and the documentation on the FortiLink checking interface are a little outdated. I can find stuff on version 5 or more, but it is hard to find information on some of the newer firmware. The biggest thing I would like to see is some improvement in the switch management feature. I would like to be able to relegate some of the ports, which are on the firewall itself, to act as a switch to take advantage of those ports. Some of these firewalls have clarity ports on them. If I can use those, it would mean that I need to buy two less switches, which saves time. I get why they don't, but I would still like to see it because it would save a little bit of space in the server rack.
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JC
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees
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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Director at a integrator with 11-50 employees
I think there could be more QoS features
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EP
Director of IT with 51-200 employees
Monitoring and reporting could be better.
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JT
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees
You do need some IT knowledge in order to effectively work with the solution.
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Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
Currently, FortiGate is providing SSL VPN. But they're missing some features that are available in Palo Alto's SSL VPN.
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Owner at Computech Associates
Security is a continuous process. In every product, there is a requirement for improvement. Its pricing should also be improved according to Indian market requirements. They must also improve on the reporting part. Its reporting can be more precise. If we can get a real-time report in a specific format, it will be helpful for customers to know about the current status of their security.
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MS
President at Sovereign Mange Services
To some degree, it's almost a question as to why some of this stuff isn't simpler. For example, for an AP deployment, while it's integrated, the number of steps that you have to go through in order to get the AP up, seems like a lot.
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MS
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
The Wi-Fi controller needs a lot of improvement.
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Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: December 2021.
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