Both of these solutions are excellent options that provide flexible scalability and solid security.
Fortinet Fortigate VM integrates well and has excellent centralized reporting. It is very easy to use, provides greater security than many other solutions, and is very scalable and flexible. This solution has an amazing VPN offering, which can help filter traffic to ensure the right traffic is getting through while blocking the rest.
Azure Firewall is easy to use and provides excellent support. Valuable features include integration into the overall cloud platform, autoscaling, and the ability for users to create virtual IP addresses. The cost of the solution is also competitive.
Fortinet FortiGate VM can be challenging to deploy. Updates are not automatic and one needs to be vigilant to ensure they are not missing any in order to stay current. Also, some new updates can be a bit buggy and should be tested more thoroughly before release.
For Azure Firewall, you have to specify each IP address used. We also found Azure to be challenging to implement from region to region, as it does not currently offer a universal approach across regions.
It really boils down to what you need the solution to do for you or your client. Fortinet FortiGate has VPN options that are super secure and flexible and best represents what many of our clients are really asking for, as so much of the workforce is still working remotely. Azure Firewall is great with cloud-based options and of course, being a part of the Azure ecosystem makes it a great fit for many of our clients. Both of these solutions help us offer excellent, necessary options to our varied client base across the globe.
What is the difference between FortiGate-VM and the physical (hardware) FortiGate firewall?