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We performed a comparison between Fortify on Demand and SonarCloud based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Security Testing (AST) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortify on Demand vs. SonarCloud Report (Updated: March 2024).
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"The installation was easy.""We identified a lot of security vulnerability much earlier in the development and could fix this well before the product was rolled out to a huge number of clients.""The most important feature of the product is to follow today's technology fast, updated rules and algorithms (of the product).""While using Micro Focus Fortify on Demand we have been very happy with the results and findings.""One of the valuable features is the ability to submit your code and have it run in the background. Then, if something comes up that is more specific, you have the security analyst who can jump in and help, if needed.""Speed and efficiency are great features.""Almost all the features are good. This solution has simplified designing and architecting for our solutions. We were early adopters of microservices. Their documentation is good. You don't need to put in much effort in setting it up and learning stuff from scratch and start using it. The learning curve is not too much.""It helps deploy and track changes easily as per time-to-time market upgrades."

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"The reports from SonarCloud are very good.""For what it is meant to do, it works pretty well.""The solution provides continuous code analysis which has improved the quality of our code. It can raise alarms on vulnerabilities with immediate reports on the dashboard. Few things are false positives and we can customize the rules.""SonarCloud is overall a good tool for identifying code smells, bugs, and code duplication, but we've found that using Android Lint is more effective for our needs.""Recently, they introduced support for mono reports and microservices, which is a noteworthy development as it provides a more detailed view of each service.""The most valuable feature of SonarCloud is its overall performance.""I'm not implementing the solutions. However, I've talked to the people who deploy the tools, and they are happy with how easy setting up SonarCloud is.""The solution can be installed locally."

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"Fortify on Demand could be improved with support in Russia.""The reporting capabilities need improvement, as there are some features that we would like to have but are not available at the moment.""Sometimes when we run a full scan, we have a bunch of issues in the code. We should not have any issues.""Micro Focus Fortify on Demand cannot be run from a Linux Agent. When we are coding the endpoint it will not work, we have to use Windows Agent. This is something they could improve.""Integration to CI/CD pipelines could be improved. The reporting format could be more user friendly so that it is easy to read.""They could provide features for artificial intelligence similar to other vendors.""It does scanning for all virtual machines and other things, but it doesn't do the scanning for containers. It currently lacks the ability to do the scanning on containers. We're asking their product management team to expand this capability to containers.""I would like the solution to add AI support."

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"We had some issues with the scanner.""The solution needs to improve its customization and flexibility.""It would be helpful if notifications could go out to an extra person.""The documentation needs improvement on optimizing build time for seamless CI/CD integration with our Android apps.""SonarCloud can improve the false positives. Sometimes the gates sometimes act a little weird. We then need to manually go and mark the false positive.""The reports could improve by providing more information. We are not able to use the reports in our operation until they are improved. Additionally, if the vendor provided more customization capabilities it would be a benefit.""I've been told by the developers that the solution is too limited. It's not testing enough within the containers.""CI/CD pipeline is part of a whole chain of design, development, and production, and it's becoming increasingly crucial to optimize the various tools across different stages. However, it's still a silo approach because the full integration is missing. This isn't just an issue with SonarCloud. It's a general problem with tooling."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Buying a license would be feasible for regular use. For intermittent use, the cloud-based option can be used (Fortify on Demand)."
  • "We used the one-time application, Security Scan Dynamic. I believe the original fee was $8,000."
  • "The subscription model, on a per-scan basis, is a bit expensive. That's another reason we are not using it for all the apps."
  • "The licensing was good because the licenses have the heavy centralized server."
  • "It's a yearly contract, but I don't remember the dollar amount."
  • "The pricing can be improved because it is complex when compared to the competition."
  • "It is quite expensive. Pricing and the licensing model could be improved."
  • "It is cost-effective."
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  • "The price of SonarCloud could be less expensive. We are using the community version and the price should be more reasonable."
  • "The price of SonarCloud is not expensive, it goes by the lines of code. 1 million lines per code are approximately 4,000 USD per year. If you need 2 million lines of code you would double the annual cost."
  • "I am using the free version of the solution."
  • "I rate the pricing a five out of ten."
  • "While not extremely cheap, it aligns well with market standards and offers good value."
  • "The current pricing is quite cheap."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It helps deploy and track changes easily as per time-to-time market upgrades.
    Top Answer:The product's cost depends on the type of license. The on-premise licenses are more expensive than the cloud subscriptions. I rate the pricing a six out of ten.
    Top Answer:They could provide features for artificial intelligence similar to other vendors like OpenText products.
    Top Answer:Recently, they introduced support for mono reports and microservices, which is a noteworthy development as it provides a more detailed view of each service.
    Top Answer:I would rate the price an eight out of ten because it's reasonable. While not extremely cheap, it aligns well with market standards and offers good value. It's an all-inclusive package where you pay a… more »
    Top Answer:There's room for improvement in the configuration process, particularly during the initial setup phase. Setting up features like mono reports can be challenging, and the existing documentation could… more »
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    Fortify on Demand is a web application security testing tool that enables continuous monitoring. The solution is designed to help you with security testing, vulnerability management and tailored expertise, and is able to provide the support needed to easily create, supplement, and expand a software security assurance program without the need for additional infrastructure or resources.

    Fortify on Demand Features

    Fortify on Demand has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Deployment flexibility
    • Scalability
    • Built for DevSecOps
    • Ease of use
    • Supports 27+ languages
    • Real-time vulnerability identification with
    • Security Assistant
    • Actionable results in less than 1 hour for most applications with DevOps automation
    • Expanded coverage, accuracy and remediation details with IAST runtime agent
    • Continuous application monitoring of production applications
    • Virtual patches
    • Supports iOS and Android mobile applications
    • Security vulnerability identification
    • Behavioral and reputation analysis

    Fortify on Demand Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing Fortify on Demand. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Fast remediation: With Fortify on Demand you can achieve fast remediation throughout the software lifecycle with robust assessments by a team of security experts.
    • Easy integration: The solution’s integration ecosystem is easy to use, creating a more secure software supply chain.
    • Security testing: Fortify on Demand covers in-depth mobile app security testing, open-source analysis, and vendor application security management, in addition to static and dynamic testing.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Fortify on Demand solution.

    Dionisio V., Senior System Analyst at Azurian, says, "One of the top features is the source code review for vulnerabilities. When we look at source code, it's hard to see where areas may be weak in terms of security, and Fortify on Demand's source code review helps with that." He goes on to add, “Another reason I like Fortify on Demand is because our code often includes open source libraries, and it's important to know when the library is outdated or if it has any known vulnerabilities in it. This information is important to us when we're developing our solutions and Fortify on Demand informs us when it detects any vulnerable open source libraries.”

    A Security Systems Analyst at a retailer mentions, “Being able to reduce risk overall is a very valuable feature for us.”

    Jayashree A., Executive Manager at PepsiCo, comments, “Once we have our project created with our application pipeline connected to the test scanning, it only takes two minutes. The report explaining what needs to be modified related to security and vulnerabilities in our code is very helpful. We are able to do static and dynamic code scanning. When we are exploring some of the endpoints this solution identifies many loopholes that hackers could utilize for an attack. This has been very helpful and surprising how many vulnerabilities there can be.”

    A Principal Solutions Architect at a security firm explains, “Its ability to perform different types of scans, keep everything in one place, and track the triage process in Fortify SSC stands out.”

    PeerSpot user Mamta J., Co-Founder at TechScalable, states, "Almost all the features are good. This solution has simplified designing and architecting for our solutions. We were early adopters of microservices. Their documentation is good. You don't need to put in much effort in setting it up and learning stuff from scratch and start using it. The learning curve is not too much."

    SonarCloud is a cloud-based alternative of the SonarQube platform, offering continuous code quality and security analysis as a service. SonarCloud integrates seamlessly with popular version control and CI/CD platforms such as GitHub, Bitbucket, and Azure DevOps. It provides static code analysis to identify and help remediate issues such as bugs and security vulnerabilities. SonarCloud enables developers to receive immediate feedback on their code within their development environment, facilitating the maintenance of high-quality code standards, and promoting a culture of continuous improvement in software development projects. It helps produce software that is secure, reliable, and maintainable. SonarCloud is free for open-source projects and is offered as a paid subscription for private projects, priced per lines of code.

    Sample Customers
    SAP, Aaron's, British Gas, FICO, Cox Automative, Callcredit Information Group, Vital and more.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm39%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise11%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortify on Demand vs. SonarCloud
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortify on Demand vs. SonarCloud and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Fortify on Demand is ranked 9th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 56 reviews while SonarCloud is ranked 10th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 10 reviews. Fortify on Demand is rated 8.0, while SonarCloud is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Fortify on Demand writes "Provides good depth of scanning but is unfortunately not fully integrated with CIT processes ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonarCloud writes "Beneficial vulnerability discovery, simple to maintain, and proactive support". Fortify on Demand is most compared with SonarQube, Checkmarx One, Veracode, Coverity and Fortify WebInspect, whereas SonarCloud is most compared with SonarQube, Veracode, Checkmarx One, OWASP Zap and GitHub Code Scanning. See our Fortify on Demand vs. SonarCloud report.

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