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Fortinet FortiGate-VM Valuable Features

Chief Technology Officer at cornerstone defense

The solution seems to be very reliable. 

It's a relatively simple product that is easy to use. It's not overly complex.

The initial setup is fairly straightforward.

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SM
Senior Security Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The product has pretty good logging and reporting capabilities native to the firewall. Then they also use FortiAnalyzer to aggregate that traffic and provide more detailed and aggregated reporting. That's going to help when you're analyzing network traffic for network segmentation initiatives.

The stability is excellent.

It's very easy to set up, even for more junior developers.

The scalability has improved. 

It's got a clean interface and it's very intuitive. Everything is easy to navigate.

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EX
Director at Treasure Technology

For myself, the UI is pretty much perfect. It's much easier to work with than Cisco's FirePOWER, for example. I prefer the way it is designed above everything else, even though Cisco may be better for a different reason. Fortigate is just hands down more intuitive and therefore users need less training. While a non-tech person may need a bit of training in terms of configuration, it's still easier than Cisco.

In terms of general features, I find Fortigate and Cisco very comparable. They technically do the same things. Both can drill down by IP or region, so, application-wise, they're very much the same. 

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Sr. Project Consultant (IFS-Complex MRO Process) at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the V-Scanner which is the monitoring software. That's something that I love. 

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 virtual and hardware versions of the solution are mostly the same. 

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.

Normally Fortinet is very flexible that it supports almost all environments. 

The solution is user friendly.

The cost of the solution is pretty fair.

The documentation is very good.

The SD-WAN is very good, as compared to, for example, Citrix SD-WAN which has an overall lack of security and needs to leverage other devices, like Palo Alto, to cover this.

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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. 

One analyzer and the different devices feeding into that environment. 

The firmware is always up-to-date.

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Software Developer/ IT Analyst at AIICO Capital Limited

The solution has similar attributes to other competitors. 

The encryption detection is good.

In terms of administration, it's perfect.

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MM
IT Engineering Manager at Mission Critical Partners

Primarily, the VPN solution is most valuable. It allows you to have more flexibility in terms of what is there on the end-user device, and what is not there. You can check and make sure that they're current. It has more flexibility than just a straight VPN solution.

It works really well. It has the features that 99% of people need. 

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YO
Managing Director at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

Their support is very good. Fortinet has a good support base here who has been working closely with us. Whenever there is an issue that needs to be addressed to our end clients, we have received very good support. 

The product is quite user-friendly so we didn't have a lot of issues that needed to be addressed. 

The pricing structure is also flexible. 

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GD
Chief Information Officer at LCC Group Inc

The security the solution provides is its most valuable feature. All the basic security we need is found within this product.

The functionality provided is very good.

It integrates well with FortiMail and the two combined add a nice layer of security for our on-prem emails.

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JV
Founder & Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The best feature of the solution is the EPM bundle, a lot of our clients are interested in that. Truth be told, it's quite difficult to roll that out because we have very little trust in the FortiManager and the FortiAnalyzer integration and technology.

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AM
Head of IT at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees

The maintenance part is definitely quite easy. We do not require any additional manpower to maintain this. It's quite simple and it has the least required manpower over it based on an individual unit.

The initial setup is pretty simple. 

The solution can scale well.

The stability is quite good.

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MV
Team leader technical support at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

Its performance is adequate. We are quite satisfied with its performance. 

The fact that it is a complete ecosystem with all kinds of integrations is valuable. It did take us a couple of months to get a grip on the new software, but all in all, it replaced our on-premise and single-point solution environment. 

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AR
IT Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Overall, it's an excellent solution.

The solution is largely very stable. 

Technical support has been good.

The firewall capabilities are very good.

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Technology consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution has pretty awesome features. It supports at least 300 of our branches. We have yet to come across any issues concerning the 300 branches we have configured, a high number which equates many connections. This means that the solution can handle that much traffic. This is a feature of the firewall that we appreciate, as well as that of antivirus. In spite of the solution being inexpensive, it has everything one would need. 

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Associate Pre Sales at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are locking applications from in and out of my test network and testing malware on different devices. I use malware detection, antivirus, and basic firewall policies to check for different types of security breaches. The UI is really nice and easy to use.

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Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

My favorite feature that I enjoyed using is the SD-WAN, the application control, the IPS&IDS, and Security Fabric (which I enjoyed the most because of the visibility it offers of your whole Network) . 

It's less complicated than other firewalls. FortiGate is less complicated and it's guaranteed. By guarantee I mean better control against the attack surface because no firewall 100% guarantee that you won't be attacked.

With security Fabric, I was able to see everything that was going on. The visibility it provided was excellent. 

The pricing of the solution is good.

We've found the solution to be relatively stable.

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JK
Principal & CTO at Constructure Technologies at a construction company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable feature is geofencing, where we can block all access from all non-domestic locations.

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TM
Network Administrator at Furnmart

The most valuable feature is that its IPsec works perfectly. The work filter also works perfectly - it's able to detect anything coming in that is not supposed to be on the network.

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IT Manager at Zipper

The solution is very easy to set up. It doesn't take a lot of time and offers a quick deployment, so you can start using it almost right away.

It's a very secure product. The security provided is excellent and an organization can feel very safe while using it.

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Network Security Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the UTM, which gives them an advantage over other firewalls.

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MA
Consultant at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

I really like that it's internationally deployable.

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JD
IT Director at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

This product is affordable and it's a good, high-performance appliance.

The updates are regular, so we're sure that the attacks are somehow mitigated at the front-end of our gateway.

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MR
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The product is quite flexible.

There seems to be a lot of very useful feature sets.

Technical support is very helpful.

We found the initial setup to be pretty straightforward for the most part.

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JR
Manager-Information Technology at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The standard features, including the filtering, are quite good. All the basic features are pretty useful for us. 

It's very simple for us to use. 

It's very similar to SonicWall.

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SE
Network Security Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees

I find the simplicity to be most valuable. The solution is very simple to manage and to use effectively. It has a very fast response time. There is no need to make improvements to it whatsoever. 

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Tech Security & Networking Support Lead at a venture capital & private equity firm with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are the IPS and Antivirus.

The firewall functionalities are fine.

It has a lot of features.

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DK
Information Technology Manager and ISMS Auditor at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

The solution is easy to use. It's not overly difficult.

The product is quite stable. We didn't have any issues related to stability at all.

The performance overall is very good.

The installation process is straightforward.

The pricing is okay.

We've found the scalability to be good.

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Director of Information Technology at KOTTO A.Ş.

The most valuables features are the ease of use and deployment. 

It is easy to back up and easy to transport.

This is a flexible solution.

Our customers are happy with the performance and capacity.

The user interface is ok and we haven't had any problems with it.

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RV
Network Engineer at a maritime company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable features are site-to-site connections and UTM.

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TL
Cyber Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees

The most valuable features are the web proxy for protection and web gateway for deployment.

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MR
Manager, Infrastructure Support at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

The solution's most valuable aspects are IPS and the signature.

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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

One of the most important features is web filtering. They can block certain types of websites. This is good for in-school security. I believe this is the most important but all of the other filters are also very important, including the antivirus and antispam inspection. 

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Information Technology Solutions Manager at UBG

I like the web filtering and I like the IPS functionality.

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LM
CISO at a religious institution with 501-1,000 employees

The thing that I like the most is that they're very willing to work with us to resolve issues that they haven't taken care of before in their product. 

The end-user protection suite is very good, including the log analysis feature that they now have.

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Owner at Mindware Computer Solutions

The most valuable features are network security, VLAN, network protection, and encryption are very valuable to us.

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PB
Director Of Technology at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is very versatile.

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AM
Creative Head/Director at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

I only know a little bit about the solution's firmware.

This said, the solution is stable and user-friendly. 

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Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The dashboards are a good feature and the deployment is simple. 

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Network Security Engineer at a consumer goods company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable features we have found to be the VPN, ease of use, and overall simplicity.

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Consultor Infraestructura, Networking y Seguridad en Seti Consulting at SETI CONSULTING

The most valuable feature is the WAN optimization. 

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MS
Assistant Housekeeping Manager at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is easy to use.

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AZ
Project manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The firewalling feature is used the most, but we also have a particular use case for the SD-WAN service. 

Its interface is good. It comes with a lot of features, and its performance is also very good. 

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Operario de doblez cnc at CIE

The solution offers good documentation.

I'm mostly happy with how the solution performs.

The solution works well for large companies. We use it for our bigger clients.

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IT Analyst at Comdados

Compared to other appliances, the features are the same. 

The machine resources are the main difference.

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MT
Network Enginner at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The user interface, stability, and scalability are the most valuable features. It's also simple to deploy. 

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JC
Project Coordinator at a marketing services firm with 201-500 employees

It gives all the features of a full-fledged firewall with great performance.

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Director General CEO at SC Telecom

I like how Fortinet products work together to provide a total equipment solution. And, I don't see any issues with that solution. In terms of specific features, I like FortiGate's load balancing, interface, and priority on the network.

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TD
Owner at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees

It is a complete package, and it has complete offerings. It fit the needs, and our customer is happy with it.

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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.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.