Fortinet FortiGate Valuable Features
The ease of setting the solution up is a valuable aspect for us.
The most valuable aspect that differentiates it from other solutions is that the client (the SSL VPN client or the IP sec VPN client, the same clients) is included in the solution. We don't have to pay extra for the software and the clients.
I have had some issues, but no more than others and I don't have to buy an expensive add-on license to do it and it's managed and it's updated automatically. That's the key thing, that the client is included and it updates itself so I don't have to do too much to manage it and it's very transparent to the end-user.
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.View full review »
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees
We use the firewall to enforce our company ideologies and principles and policies. The solution has built-in features for web filtering that are great. It categorizes it nicely for you.
The interface itself is nice to work with. It's a lot better than the initial interface that they used to have around version four. I used to work for FortiGate some time back, and the earlier interfaces were not as good as these latest ones.
I like that once you open it up, you have a dashboard that can give you a holistic overview of what is happening. You can see, for example, how your resources are doing on your firewall or if you still have disc space for logs and so forth.
The solution gives you an immediate view of what's happening on the hardware itself. What we have done with FortiGate is we have put up a FortiAnalyzer, a FortiGate reporting hardware. We are using it in conjunction with FortiGate.
The solution offers good reporting. We get our reports from there. We have the opportunity to get real-time reports.
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.
We have access to quite a few features. The web filter and application control are primarily what we are using. Then we also have a VPN feature, which allows for our remote users to connect and get through the firewall.
Good VPN, both IPSEC and SSL (web-mode, tunnel-mode). An engineer/network administrator has tools to debug VPN issues that can occur during tunnel setup with other vendors' equipment.
SD-WAN feature at no cost. This is really great feature for remote locations (branch offices) and HQ, application steering between many ISP links becomes a simple task. Steering can be done dynamically by measuring link quality (latency, jitter, packet loss, available bandwidth).
Wi-Fi and Switch controller at no cost. FortiSwitch and FortiAP can become a kind of port extender of the firewall, all its ports can be referenced in firewall policies. When you have such management plane consolidation it gives you a simpler way to operate.
Security Fabric Framework is helping in analyzing sudden and rapid changes in whole infrastructure, and gives the ability to simplify daily operations (e.g. address objects synchronization between all firewalls in Fabric, estimating overall security rating, single-sign-on for admin access and many more)
Single Sign On support with deep LDAP integration (several variants for environments with different scales), RADIUS authentication.
Can work as transparent and explicit web-proxy, the last option supports Kerberos authentication which requires no agents installed on any windows server.
Human readable firewall policies with editable security policies and
addresses in single page. This is very useful and time saving feature.
Firmware upgrade process is very simple, even for cluster configurations it is fully automated by default.
Straightforward SNAT and DNAT; you may work in two ways: with Central NAT rules configuration and by applying translation directly inside firewall policies.
Bulk CLI commands are uploaded via gui in script file (portions of config file).
VDOMs are very useful when you need to grant admin role to clients separately. VDOMs in FortiGate can be represented in FortiAnalyzer's ADOMs (administrative domain), which can have different log storage policies, event handling and alerting configurations. You can create one VDOM working in NAT/Route mode, and another VDOM working in Transparent mode.
If you don't want to create and use second VDOM you can still transparently inspect traffic at layer 2 level while having only one VDOM in NAT/Route mode. This is achived by configuring Virtual Wire Pair ports that work like a separate bridge.
Ability to capture packets going through any interface of device (and VM too). You can set number of packets, filter out packets by IP and port number for particular troubleshooting purposes, then download a .pcap file from web gui and analyze it in your favorite programm.
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
IPS, AV, Web Filter, AppControl profiles are working very well.
SSL Inspection and CASI (Cloud Access Security Inspection) profiles.
Rich logging options allow you troubleshoot most problems.
Straightforward HA with different redundancy schemas.
IPv6 support.View full review »
Director of IT with 51-200 employees
It's super reliable. I don't think I've ever had a reliability issue with it. Within the four years that I've been using it, maybe two or three times, resetting the firewall was what solved the problem. It's been super, super solid. I never have to think twice. If I ever experience a problem, the firewall is the last thing I think about. I never need to check it because it's never the problem. It's just super solid. It's also pretty robust. I know that there are more robust solutions out there, but not by a lot.
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees
The solution offers a very good package for all kinds of virtual appliances, subscriptions, and so on. It's a reasonable price. It's not too much.
The services on offer are just superb.
The way it can block certain content is very useful for us. It gives you a good heads up as to what streams are being blocked from the network, which helps with visibility.
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.
There seems to be good reporting features.
The scalability is there. If you need to expand the product, you can.
The menu structure is more logical than, for example, Cisco or SonicWall. I find that the Fortinet is easier to understand in terms of the installation process and setup.View full review »
FortiGate is primarily a gateway, but customers also use web filter threat protection and application control. And some people use it as a special VPN for remote access. I recently deployed one virtual firewall where they're only using the FortiGate firewall for VPN. I can't say one feature is the most valuable because it's a bundle solution. So no one uses FortiGate for just one single feature.View full review »
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.View full review »
President at Sovereign Mange Services
The main reason why I purchased the particular unit was based on other reviews and leadership in this space. Being able to have a VPN solution as well as integrated access points is a plus. For me, it's all about simplicity. When you look at my particular model for a managed service provider, it's basically to help simplify, protect, and remain compliant. When you're trying to implement something, it's about making sure it is simplified. This seems to fit the bill.
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Versatile with a lot of controls and expert level customizations for advanced users
NGFW features seems to be effective are relatively easy to implement.
Fortigate DC Agent is a useful free feature to automatically detect logged on users and implement user based access policy
Basic VPN is included without extra chargesView full review »
IT Infrastructure Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The web filtering feature and the intrusion protection system are the most valuable.
It is a resilient appliance.View full review »
We are software integrators.
Our clients like the packaging because it's an appliance. It has specific chip sets to accelerate different features in the product.
Additionally, it's inexpensive compared to some of the other technology out there.View full review »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
One of the things I like best is the ease of configuration.
Management-wise, it is very good.
The most important feature, normally for small business customers, is link load balancing.
The firewall throughput is very good. Most of the customers in this region use FortiGate for their data center firewalls, and the main reason is because of its high throughput.View full review »
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.View full review »
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The solution offers very easy usability.
The product can scale well.
The solution is extremely reliable.
The pricing and licensing models are pretty good.
The user interface, both the web and CLI versions, are very good.
Network Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is very easy to install.
The services from Fortinet products are very, very good. The WIFI that Fortinet provides for us, for example, is fantastic.
The VPN tunnel is very stable and there is more than one option for the tunnel, which is helpful.
We can customize the product well.
There's a very intelligent solution that they gave us in order to make the VPN connection easy. It is a very, very, very useful tool.
The stability of the solution is excellent, as it is with other Fortinet products.View full review »
Sales Engineer - Sênior at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The solution's most valuable aspect is the IPS for potential mitigation from the cloud inside our network.
The VPN SSL is important for us.
The web filter is very good.
The GUI is okay.
The initial setup is straightforward.
The documentation provided is okay, I find that sometimes, with other startups, it's hard to find a good amount of documentation in order to assist you with the product. In this case, the solution offers a good amount of detail.
The solution offers good analyzing capabilities.View full review »
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We find it's good for managing the network and offers good defense against attacks.
Technical support is great. It's really fast.
Overall the solution is pretty user-friendly. It has a good dashboard and is pretty easy to navigate.
The pricing is excellent. It's much less expensive than Cisco.View full review »
With the Covid pandemic, the VPN has become the most valuable feature. With the majority of traffic connecting from remote locations, the VPN provides stability and reliability. The antivirus and its IPS, intrusion prevention system, also helps with stability.View full review »
Its administrative panel is very intuitive and simple. It is simpler than the other solutions that we had. As an administrator, we are always looking for the easiest solution to manage network policies.
We are able to filter everything on our network and also use the VPN feature, which is important these days when people are working remotely during COVID.View full review »
Lead Program Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The virtual firewall feature is the most valuable. We have around 1,500 firewalls. We did not buy individual hardware, and the virtual firewalls made sense because we don't have to keep on buying the hardware.
FortiGate is easier to use as compared to Checkpoint devices. It is user friendly and has a good UI. You don't need much expertise to work on this firewall. You don't need to worry much about DCLA, commands, and things like that.View full review »
Enterprise Service Manager at Technology Associates Limited
The UTM and security features are the solution's most valuable aspects.
It's very fast and easy to configure.
The solution is extremely user-friendly.
The graphical interface is great.
Now, we are able to optimize the bandwidth. We have the level of control to be able to block specific sites - like YouTube, Facebook etc.View full review »
There is an enormous amount but it also depends on the customer. Some have to do with the tracking of bandwidth to ensure that the students are not using too much or too little bandwidth.
There is also reporting. The reporting is valuable.
The next-gen features, the unified threat management capabilities are something that just about everybody is interested in at this point.View full review »
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
The performance of the solution is very good.
The product offers very good security.
It's pretty easy to install the solution.View full review »
CEO at SAYCOM
I do remember that, of course, the interface was good. It's intuitive, and when we installed it together with access points, we could manage them from one place or from the cloud or from FortiGate itself.
It's quite comfortable to handle the FortiGate firewall. The fact that we received reports by email, also good. All in all, it's quite a good product, of course, a very good product.View full review »
Mohamed Abdel Hassanein
Managing Director at FORESEC
The features that I have found most valuable are that it is good to use, and most importantly, the pricing. The customer especially likes the discount when they trade up or something like that.View full review »
Data Center Operations and Customer Support Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have found it to be very reliable and that's why our teams and various users in our company use it as our main firewall every day.View full review »
Project Manager at renaissance group
The solution has a variety of excellent features.
The cloud base that they have on offer is great.
Overall, the solution is very good and we've been very happy with it.
The solution is very user friendly. The user interface in particular is quite nice.
The integration is great.View full review »
Consultant at Resolve Technology
The next-generation firewall features are the solution's most valuable aspect.
The implementation and deployment are pretty simple.
The pricing is very good.
We've found the solution to be pretty stable.View full review »
Manager IT at Riphah
The threat prevention is the solution's most valuable aspect.
The solution's initial setup is very simple and straightforward. It's not hard to implement it.
The stability if the product is very good so far. We haven't had any issues.
The pricing of the product is reasonable.View full review »
IT Operations Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution has many valuable features. We tend to use all of them.
The initials setup is pretty easy.
The solution offers very good documentation.
The solution can scale well.
We've been happy with the technical support we receive.
The product is reliable and stable.View full review »
The most valuable feature is the SSL VPN, as it allows us to connect and it separates this product from other firewalls.
The VPN performance with multiple users is very good.
We are able to generate a report where we can see details on exactly what the users are accessing. We can set limits as well as easily analyze what they are uploading and downloading.View full review »
The solution is very, very easy to use.
The user interface is very nice.
The product seems to offer pretty good customization.
The configuration of the product has been very straightforward and simple.
The reporting on offer is quite good.
The initial setup is straightforward as well.
We've found the pricing to be pretty good.
Technical support from the partner has been very helpful.View full review »
Compliance Officer at a venture capital & private equity firm with 11-50 employees
The overall experience has been very good. It fully meets our requirements. We find the solution to be pretty user-friendly.
The solution has a lot of features. I'm not sure if there is one that stands out as the most valuable for us.
The stability of the solution is very good.
The vendor has been very good at providing us with everything we need.
Overall, the pricing of the solution is very good. The product offers good value.
The product is quite flexible.
We've found the scalability to be very good.
The dashboards and UI are very nice.View full review »
FortiGate Secure SD-WAN includes best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven networking WAN edge transformation in a unified offering.
Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors.
Antivirus, Application Control, Web Filtering, IPSec, and SSL-VPN are great features with the next-generation Fortinet firewall. They are all very easy to manage.View full review »
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The stability of the solution is excellent.
The user interface (UI) is very, very good.View full review »
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.View full review »
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The solution is quite user-friendly.
We find that the system interface is simple to navigate.
The initial installation is very straightforward.View full review »
Service Delivery Engineer - Network Security Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
When trying to move from MPLS to SD-WAN they have a very good SD-WAN offering.
The solution integrates well.
It has high-quality security features.
It provides a full end-to-end security suite.
The security of the solution is good.View full review »
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The firewall features are pretty good.
The solution has very good threat and content filtering switches.
The initial installation is fairly easy.View full review »
The solution is very easy to understand. It's not overly complex.
The product is user-friendly and easy to manage.
Fortigate overall has a very high security rating in Gartner. We feel safe under their security features. It has extended options as well, if you would like even more security for your organization.
Deputy Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The solution has a very good set of rules.
The customization potential is quite impressive. It can be customized based on our licensing contracts.
The initial setup was pretty simple. We didn't find it to be overly difficult to execute on.
Technical support is rather helpful.
We find the stability to be pretty good.
We didn't have any trouble setting up the solution.
We find the pricing to be fairly good.View full review »
Officer / General Manager Software R&D Laboratory at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup is pretty easy, at least if you are looking to take advantage of basic functionality.
The usage in general is pretty good.
The GUI is pretty good.View full review »
The most valuable features are the possibility of having one fabric for switching on security.
They have the feature where the fabric and the security fabric can be extended. That gives us visibility as a single pane of logs for many of the activities.View full review »
Virtual Domains (VDOMs) are a feature that we found valuable.
We found the Firewall, VPN, Application Control, IPS, Fortiguard Web filtering, anti-botnet, FortiGuard, Anti Spam Wireless LAN controller, WAN optimization, vulnerability assessment, and endpoint control all to be valuable.
Fortinet certifications include NSS Labs for NGFW, firewall, IPS, SSL, antivirus, and antispam.
Fortinet provides a consolidated security platform for the market place and certifications with NSS labs prove their security assurance.View full review »
Security Systems Analyst at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
I only deal with it from a security analyst's point of view. I don't really get into the features of the actual FortiGate. From the security point of view, it works, and it does its job.View full review »
Deputy General Manager Information Technology at a media company with 201-500 employees
We use the filtering feature the most. It has filtering and inbuilt securities. We can create customized rules to define which users can access a particular type of site. We can create policies inside the firewall.View full review »
President at Integral Design Software
Once it is in use, it is intuitive to use. Once it's in place, it doesn't require any further interaction.View full review »
Engineer at The Learning Network
The firewall is stable and that's important. There are a lot of functions we use on the IPS and it works well for us. It's stable, the interface works for me.
We use the FortiGate Sandbox to detect zero-day vulnerabilities, such as anomalies or malware, that are unknown and have not yet been discovered.View full review »
The notable features that I have found most valuable are that it includes the antivirus, IPS, and even SD-WAN.View full review »
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
FortiGate is flexible and easy to use.View full review »
System Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features are that it is very simple to configure and to manage.View full review »
IT Infrastructure managerInformation an Communication Services Manager at a agriculture with 5,001-10,000 employees
I like the fact that we don't have to use our IP address and that it roams. I also like the load balancing feature which allows you to attach several internet connections and load balance.
Information Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features for me are the web tutor and the automated rules by schedule - the VPN itself.
System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
There are lots of features and most of them are deployed for internet security. Users are protected if they accidentally go to some malicious sites.View full review »
System ADM at a recreational facilities/services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is Quota. It allows the user to go where they want to go and to use the internet.View full review »
It is very flexible to use.
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
This is an easy solution to deploy.View full review »
I like the payment function for applications.View full review »
Group Leader – FM Operations Team at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I think that the UTM features are the most value, as it truly protects my infrastructure.
The interface is user-friendly.View full review »
Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I like how we can achieve total integration.View full review »
We are using the FortiGate 100D series. VPN, firewall, anti-malware, OTM, and intrusion prevention are useful features.View full review »
Dy General Manager at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
Some of the valuable features are the firewall, IPS, web filter, and gateway capabilities. Additionally, it is easy to use and flexible.View full review »
CIO at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
I like that they have given me a solution at a fair price.View full review »
Telecommunications Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the policies, filtering, and configuration.View full review »
Senior Information Technology Auditor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's user-friendly and easy to operate.View full review »
What I like the most is the configuration and that it's simple, and straightforward to maintain.
The UTM configuration on-premises is straightforward and simple to use.
Support is good and the interface is simple and intuitive.View full review »
The most valuable feature of this solution is the analytics.View full review »
IT Supervisor at Aeon Mall Indonesia
We currently are using the basic features of the product but one of the features we use is for blocking traffic.View full review »
IT Professional at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The virtual domains feature and the ease of use.View full review »
System Administrator at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of configuration.View full review »
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Fortinet FortiGate is easy to use.View full review »
The application control features, such as Facebook blocking and Spotify blocking, are the most valuable.View full review »
Network Manager at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The product is easy to use and is stable. The SV1 functionality is a benefit.View full review »
GM: Information Systems at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Its stability is the most valuable.View full review »
Chief Information Officer at teamddt
I like Fortinet FortiGate's antispam filter, SPN, and clustering features.View full review »
The most valuable feature is the ease of use. It's very simple and this is one of its advantages.
I like the anti-malware and web filtering features.
Documentation Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The interface is very user-friendly and I like it very much.
The functions are designed very logically.View full review »
Sales engineer/Technical support engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The SD-WAN function is very developed. It has SD-WAN functionality with security features in one device. We can manage from one single console SD-WAN and the security policy. You don't need to buy two separate devices for two functionalities.
You don't need to spend your time on both devices for an SD-WAN and a security firewall device. You only need to manage in one consoleView full review »
Junior Support Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
The next-generation firewall is great.View full review »
It is a safe product.View full review »
We have a lot of experience with this solution and haven't had any issues. For repairs, the RMA process is also good.
We don't have any issues with the interface, customization, or integration. This solution works well.View full review »
Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Some of the key features of the solution is that it has good reporting, you can receive many details from the connection, for example, clients and website information. Additionally, you can determine if an action has taken place such as virus scan information.View full review »
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's great for capturing the traffic and troubleshooting it.View full review »
System Admins at a non-profit with 1-10 employees
I have found the IPS, antivirus, and the feature that allows you to have a firewall in the same appliance most valuable. Additionally, the solution has good throughput and can handle many types of operations, such as VPNs and firewall rules.View full review »
Network Engineer with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the web filter.
The performance is fine.View full review »
Senior Scientist at Ats, iNC.
SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.View full review »