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Fortinet FortiGate-VM Pros and Cons

Fortinet FortiGate-VM Pros

Chief Technology Officer at cornerstone defense
It's a relatively simple product that is easy to use. It's not overly complex.
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PB
Manager Information Technology at a media company with 51-200 employees
FortiGate is a nice and very good product.
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SM
Senior Security Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's very easy to set up, even for more junior developers.
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EX
Director at Treasure Technology
While the stability maybe isn't quite to the level of Cisco, it is a very cost-effective solution. It's cheap compared to Cisco.
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Sr. Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
We are able to closely monitor the usages of individual users and see their usage habits and other items, including the data itself, which gives us quite a bit of visibility.
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Network Administrator Team Lead at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I like the visibility and monitoring features because they're easy to use to monitor traffic. Features like geo-blocking and more have AI, and we're currently using all of it. But for now, we're only using geo-blocking, and we're able to block traffic from different countries. I also like that it's highly responsive. VM04 is also very powerful.
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Team Leader Network & Security at Rogers Capital
The VM it's very quick for deployment. If we need to have a POC for a customer, if we don't have any hardware physically at our premises, at our store, in our office, we can download the VM from Fortinet and install all the VM to their environment in order to run it. If we have a customer that says "let's start tomorrow" we are able to do that in a way that's not possible with a hardware version.
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EE
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
The user interface is the most valuable aspect of the solution.
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ZM
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the integration within the environment, with centralized reporting.
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EB
Engineering Manager at Primatel Communication Snd Bhd
Fortinet-VM is more scalable than the hardware version. If you're using an appliance, there are limitations in terms of hardware specs. So if you want a more scalable firewall, you can get a VM and install it on a high-end server.
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Fortinet FortiGate-VM Cons

Chief Technology Officer at cornerstone defense
The product does not have a good graphical interface.
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PB
Manager Information Technology at a media company with 51-200 employees
FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better.
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SM
Senior Security Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Their offering for MFA isn't the cleanest.
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Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate-VM. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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EX
Director at Treasure Technology
The stability could be improved. I find Cisco to be more stable than Fortigate, which is I major differentiator between the two.
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Sr. Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
The one thing that could be improved is the integration with the exchange. The gateway level controls can be enhanced a bit more. For example, it's still little here and there. You do get malicious attacks and suspicious emails like spam. It's not like Sophos where we got a lot of spam email, and yet, it's still relatively vulnerable. It can be upgraded, maybe with a fifth-generation firmware that it is ready for unknown threats.
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Network Administrator Team Lead at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
It would be better if it could provide you with options before completely blocking anything through the web filter. If you are doing a deep SSL inspection on the site if it says it's expired, it doesn't give you the option to continue at your own risk. I can't say that it's bad, but SSL internally isn't really a requirement. However, its security features can help. Right now, we have people going out and spending on purchasing the SSL certificates for internal sites.
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Team Leader Network & Security at Rogers Capital
The licensing needs to be improved. We need longer licensing periods, especially for POCs and trials. It should be for six months. Right now, it's too short of a timeframe.
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EE
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution is fairly complex.
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ZM
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Compatibility and integration with other products or vendors such as Cisco SD-WAN products need improvement.
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EB
Engineering Manager at Primatel Communication Snd Bhd
To improve FortiGate-VM, Fortinet needs to harden it more. For example, if you are using Hyper-V, then you need guidelines for hardening FortiGate-VM that are specific to the Hyper-V environment. If it's VMware, there should be at least a guideline on how to harden the firewall.
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Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate-VM. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
552,136 professionals have used our research since 2012.