Aruba Airwave vs Fortinet FortiManager comparison

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We performed a comparison between Aruba Airwave and Fortinet FortiManager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Management Applications solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"It's scalable because it's licensed per device and we bought licenses with each device. I would rate it a nine out of ten for scalability.""Aruba Airwave provides a robust solution for monitoring and configuring Wi-Fi networks.""The solution's initial setup process is straightforward.""The most valuable feature of Aruba Airwave is the multivendor support, which enables you to manage and monitor different vendors or products.""It can interact with other vendors better than Cisco, which is a good point of AirWave. It is easy to use, and its reporting is good.""The solution is not overly expensive.""The technical support services are good.""AirWave definitely helps us troubleshoot and get to the root cause of the issues. It gives you an excellent indication of what's going on within your network at different locations. You can get to the area, take a look at the AirWave analysis, and make informed decisions."

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"Fortinet FortiManager allows you to manage multiple FortiGate devices from a single console, and this is a valuable product feature.""The integration is quite good.""FortiManager's best feature is the integration of administrator users.""The SD-WAN deployment environment, and the SD-WAN templates are particularly useful. Managing the solution is very intuitive. The initial setup of the solution was very straightforward.""Central management system for Fortinet devices that's simple, scalable, and stable, with a straightforward setup.""The setup is very simple.""The main benefit of Fortinet FortiManager is the ability to control all the devices from a central location, view their statuses, and manage their configurations and updates from a single management console.""The solution is very stable."

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"I want a management solution to manage and monitor everything from a single dashboard. This is not there with Airwave.""We sometimes have problems with troubleshooting between the GUI and the CLI manipulation.""I would try to integrate more products from different vendors in future releases. Because that's really good features that Aruba Airway has, but it's so limited.""Pricing for Aruba Airwave could be cheaper, which is an area for improvement in the solution.""We're looking for more device compatibility. Like compatibility with third-party devices.""Its pricing and support could be improved.""We encounter delayed ETAs in the manufacturing of hardware.""They should make it cheaper. By doing that, they can replace Cisco, which is also very expensive. If it is equivalent to Cisco in the features, with a reduced price, they can sell it more than Cisco."

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"There are a lot of bugs that need to be fixed, for example, the ZTP.""If you have more than one FortiMail device, you can't manage it then with FortiManager on FortiGate.""FortiManager would be improved by putting everything into a single console, including Microsoft O365 integration.""The CLI could be enhanced.""The scalability has room for improvement.""The documentation could be better.""In the next release, FortiManager should include more protection features.""This solution needs more experienced technical support staff. There's nothing special about it compared to other vendors."

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  • "AirWave is a very expensive solution. If you implement it in a wide range network, it will cost a lot. There is no option to sell it outside that price segment, which is a problem."
  • "The licensing cost for Aruba Airwave increased from $72 to $210 within a few months. It would be better if the pricing for the solution were cheaper."
  • "It is an expensive solution."
  • "We must buy a new license to connect more devices to scale up the solution."
  • "Aruba Airwave's licensing cost is not that expensive."
  • "It's device-based licensing. One device requires one license."
  • "I rate the product’s pricing a five out of ten."
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  • "This is an affordable solution, and its licensing model is based on the number of devices."
  • "For us, it is a little bit expensive."
  • "For the licensing fee, we paid around 10,000 to 15,000 euros."
  • "The solution requires you to have a license for every device, as well as for any advanced features being used, which makes it costly for high-volume users. However, for a large-scale environment with a lot of customers we have found it to be a worthwhile investment."
  • "The price point is very good."
  • "FortiManager is reasonably priced - I pay around US$40,0000 per year, which covers fifty locations."
  • "The pricing is based on a licensing model by feature."
  • "Pricing could improve a little bit so I rate it a seven out of ten."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Aruba Airwave is the multivendor support, which enables you to manage and monitor different vendors or products.
    Top Answer:Aruba Airwave's licensing cost is not that expensive. You need to have one license per device for Aruba Airwave. If you need to have redundancy, then there is a redundancy license. Otherwise, you… more »
    Top Answer:Aruba Airwave should have manageability for monitoring and configuration. More devices or vendors should be onboarded to Aruba Airwave.
    Top Answer:The solution is competitive. It's neither cheap nor expensive. The solution can be paid annually. If you use a cloud, you will have to pay for subscription charges.
    Top Answer:I cannot comment on what needs to be improved, although there are always potential areas for improvement in every product. The Fortinet team is always very responsive and resolves issues quickly. For… more »
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    Offering granular visibility into wired and wireless networks, AirWave is the only management platform designed with mobile devices and apps in mind. By proactively monitoring the health and performance of all things connected, AirWave lets IT gain the insights they need to support the digital workplace.

    Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

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    Sample Customers
    Henkel, University of Findlay, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Iowa
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    Construction Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Transportation Company7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Airwave vs. Fortinet FortiManager
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Airwave vs. Fortinet FortiManager and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
    746,635 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Airwave is ranked 6th in Network Management Applications with 11 reviews while Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 3rd in Network Management Applications with 42 reviews. Aruba Airwave is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Airwave writes "Good for monitoring, but is missing a dashboard for easy configuration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Easy to set up, quick response to threats, and collaborates well with other Fortinet products". Aruba Airwave is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, HPE Intelligent Management Center, Cisco Prime, SolarWinds Network Topology Mapper and Huawei eSight, whereas Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, Fortinet FortiOS, Cisco DNA Center, Zabbix and Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection. See our Aruba Airwave vs. Fortinet FortiManager report.

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