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"We are able to customize this solution based on the customer's requirements.""Enables direct access to clusters.""The solution has a very good web interface. It makes it easy to manage everything.""The fibre ports that are 10 Gb capacity helped with the travel of a lot of regular as well as video data. Fibre can handle a lot more virtual data than copper twisted-pair, so we got a lot more data and a lot more traffic signals back through the fibre ports, faster, than with copper."

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"Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""The technical support has been very good.""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""Integration is good, as well as price and technical support.""It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like."

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"I could see them possibly creating a more intuitive software. It's very user-friendly, but there are some things that aren't very intuitive when programming the switches.""In future versions, I would like to see improvements in networking speed.""technical support response time is sometimes very slow.""There needs to be better integration with the interface."

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"When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface.""The product could use more security related features.""The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.""It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.""In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""The security of the solution could be a bit better.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad.""Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware."

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  • "The pricing is reasonable compared to Aruba and HPE."
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  • "You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses."
  • "Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
  • "The price is good."
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    Also Known As
    Alcatel Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches, Alcatel-Lucent Ethernet Switches, OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches
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    Overview

    The Alcatel Lucent ethernet switches are fully managed and run on the widely deployed & field-proven Alcatel-Lucent operating system offering high security, reliability, performance and easy management. These switches are designed to operate in extended temperatures, offer higher EMI/EMC tolerance and surge protection.

    Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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    Sample Customers
    Bayonette, California State University (CSU), Centre Hospitalier Carcassonne, Centro Universitšrio de Brasilia (UniCEUB), China Tianchen Engineering Corporation Co. LTD, Citta Della Speranza, City of Frankfurt, City of Ogden, City of Vila Franca de Xira
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Educational Organization6%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Small Business83%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches is ranked 16th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews. Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches writes "Management of the edge solution is very user-friendly, and with with all the ports being used the switches worked fine". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches and Meraki MS Switches. See our Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access report.

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