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We performed a comparison between Citrix Gateway and Fortinet FortiClient based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Citrix Gateway vs. Fortinet FortiClient report (Updated: August 2022).
634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"I didn't have any hiccups or issues with it.""We have users in a remote environment that might require to access the service.""The solution is stable.""Citrix Gateway is stable once I am connected.""Providing our organization the ability to work remotely was the most valuable feature of Citrix Gateway. I also enjoy that they are always adding features.""It is easy to set up and is stable. It is scalable as well, depending on the model.""Its ease of use and how everybody can easily work through it are the most valuable features.""It performs quite well."

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"The solution has inexpensive scalability, works very well and can communicate with other Fortinet devices.""Installation was easy.""The setup for FortiClient is really straightforward.""The solution is stable, we have not had any issues in the time we have been using it.""It is a fantastic product. Its overall security is valuable. We are very impressed with the web filtering and the application firewall it provides.""From Forticlient, the EMS, the central management is easy to use.""We find the VPN features valuable.""The Fortinet FortiClient is simple to use."

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Cons
"As Citrix Gateway is a third party solution, we wish to have one which is more integrated and involves less administration.""Citrix Gateway could improve the speed of the VPN. I sometimes have to wait for 10 to 15 minutes to get connected and other times when I am connected I have to abort, and reconnect.""We are currently looking at automation. It would be good if there is some way to automate it in a fast way. It should be easy to automate. It also has some security issues.""Their VAS product should be more productive because right now, we are using other VAS solutions but not using this one.""Its interface could be made a lot easier. It is very kludgy.""As an organization, our initiative is to move to the cloud, Citrix Gateway needs to improve its cloud capabilities and make the cloud solution more robust.""Technical support could be improved.""Sometimes the input-output has issues."

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"FortiClient's encryption key could be stronger so that it's not broken too easily.""With Fortinet, some clients have to wait two to four days for a response. That is the biggest complaint from end customer about Fortinet's technical support.""The software inventory part is not yet up-to-date. It doesn't have a great interface, which is a disadvantage. I wish we could leverage it, but we don't use it at all because it's not that reliable.""With the lower-end licenses, it tends to kick you out after eight hours. There is a function where it automatically kicks you out after eight hours. They could improve that and not kick you out after eight hours. Other than that, it is already pretty good.""While I cannot think of new features to add, it would be nice if the reports were improved, to have these sent automatically.""For buying or deploying it with additional features, apart from VPN client, web security, or antivirus, I would like to see the USB key blocking function included in this solution for endpoint security. For endpoint security, you need antivirus and all of the features included in antivirus software these days, web security, and USB key locking feature. If it is implemented in a way that in one package, you have all the primary features needed for security these days, it would be nice. All of those features will probably be additionally charged as it is a web security feature on FortiClient.""As far as I can tell, the solution only has one single function, so they could expand its functionality.""The solution could be more secure. I would like to see more safety features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It costs about 4,000 a year."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "There is a license to use Citrix Gateway and it is less expensive to use when compared to other solutions."
  • "It is expensive and requires proper planning with strategy."
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  • "Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature."
  • "Pricing is an area that I would like to see improved, as it could be lower."
  • "The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good."
  • "Its pricing is good. One thing that has always attracted us to the Fortinet range of products is that their pricing is very competitive. Our particular licensing is on a yearly basis. However, as part of this project, we did pre-purchase three years of maintenance and support at a fairly significant discount."
  • "It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine."
  • "I don't have the licensing schema for the VPN solution because we just purchased the VPN gateway."
  • "If we pay for the yearly package that includes the FortiGate firewall, then the FortiClient VPN license is included with it."
  • "The price of the solution depends on the type of firewall you have from FortiGate. I am satisfied with the price of the solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Its ease of use and how everybody can easily work through it are the most valuable features.
    Top Answer:We are currently looking at automation. It would be good if there is some way to automate it in a fast way. It should be easy to automate. It also has some security issues.
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
    Top Answer:I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
    Top Answer:The setup for FortiClient is really straightforward.
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    Also Known As
    Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway
    FortiClient
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    Overview

    Citrix Gateway is a customer-managed solution that can be deployed on premises or on any public cloud, such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. Citrix Gateway provides users with secure access and single sign-on to all the virtual, SaaS and web applications they need to be productive.


    FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

    The FortiClient fabric agent can:

    • Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
    • Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
    • Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
    • Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
    • Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

    You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

    Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
    Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
    Cloud-based endpoint security

    Benefits and Features

    • Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
    • SAAS control and web/content filtering
    • Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
    • Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
    • Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
    • ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
    • Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    IT Central Station users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

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    Sample Customers
    Aeronamic, Avianca, Bechtel Corporation, Betfair UK, Catholic University Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Centene Corporation, Cerner, Charityshare, City of High Point, Clark Builders
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Consumer Goods Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise24%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Gateway vs. Fortinet FortiClient
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Gateway vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Gateway is ranked 7th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 49 reviews. Citrix Gateway is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Citrix Gateway writes "Smooth, easy to use, and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Can be used to deploy security to endpoints and also control the endpoints". Citrix Gateway is most compared with Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Pulse Connect Secure, Check Point Remote Access VPN and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, whereas Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and ESET Endpoint Security. See our Citrix Gateway vs. Fortinet FortiClient report.

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