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Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
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"Content caching and content compression are good features.""I like the solution's load balance with DNS intelligence.""The most valuable feature is its simplicity.""Simple to use and easy to integrate.""The most valuable feature is the SSL offloading capacity."

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"We have researched them all, and it's a good solution all around.""The solution is very user-friendly and very easy to use.""The solution already has security profiles and it can protect from DDoS attacks and other kinds of attacks."

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"Technical support and documentation could both be improved.""Issues with SSL and encrypted traffic.""It would be good if they built in a fully functional web application firewall.""The configuration is relatively complex.""The initial setup could be simplified."

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"The only thing they need to do is to automate it. Today, you must create tools that do not require the use of an expert or anyone with special skills.""There aren't really any aspects of the solution we are unhappy with. It's been a positive experience overall.""The web interface could be much better."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
Top Answer:I recommend Fortinet FortiADC. My experience with Fortinet has been very positive. Our company has been using it for around five years. We mainly use FortiADC for the load balancing of application… more »
Top Answer:I like the solution's load balance with DNS intelligence.
Top Answer:Arbor would be the best bid, apart from Arbor, Palo Alto and Fortinet have good solutions. As this is an ISP, I would prefer Arbor.
Top Answer:We have researched them all, and it's a good solution all around.
Top Answer:It's quite pricey. It is not intended for small and medium-sized businesses. When you purchase this solution, sometimes there is a trial version. The professional license is available, but it will… more »
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Also Known As
FortiADC Application Delivery Controller, FortiADC
Fortinet DDoS, FortiDDos
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Fortinet FortiADC is a robust application delivery controller (ADC) that delivers application optimization, application security, and application availability. FortiADC is a valued offering from Fortinet, which is widely recognized as a trusted supplier of dynamic security solutions worldwide. FortiADC offers dynamic security functions (AV, DDoS, and WAF) in addition to advanced application connectors for a simplified deployment and complete transparency to an organization's networks and applications. FortiADC offers three primary deployment options: physical machine, virtual machine, (VM) and cloud solution options.

Fortinet FortiADC Benefits

  • FortiADC security protocol: FortiADC integrates with FortiSandbox to improve the overall antivirus security protections where every file is scanned for known and unknown malicious risks. If a file is identified as malicious or problematic, it will be blocked in the future.

  • SSL protocol: FortiADC securely uses the most up-to-date cryptography to provide exceptional encryption and decryption using a hardware-based SSL ASIC. FortiADC offers complete transparency to inspect all traffic for threats, improves server response time, and reduces backend server load, SSL inspection and SSL offloading. FortiADC integrates seamlessly with Gemalto’s SafeNet Hardware Security Module (HSM).

  • FortiADC connectors: FortiADC Fabric Connectors offer open API-based integration and coordination with numerous software-defined networks (SDNs), third-party partners, and cloud management providers. Fortinet Fabric Connectors provide deep open and turnkey integration with recognized third-party vendors such as AWS, K8s, OCI, and SAP, in multi-vendor solutions, improving scalability, simplified management, and automation.

  • Business stability: FortiADC load balancing for on-premise global server load balancing (GSBL) and in the cloud (FortiGSBL Cloud) will ensure users can maintain a reliable and available network by improving the ability of scaling applications throughout numerous data centers to reduce application response times and enhance disaster recovery. Users are able to define protocols based on network latency concerns, overall data performance, and site availability.

Fortinet FortiADC Features

  • Application availability

    • 4-7 application load balancing: DNS, HTTPS, RTMP, RADIUS, MySQL and more

    • External fabric connectors: Splunk Integration, AWS/OCI Connector, Kubernetes Service.

    • Security fabric connectors: FortiSIEM, Fortigate BanIP Integration, FortiAnalyzer, and more.

    • Deployment modes: High availability (AA/AP Failover), Router mode, transparent mode (switch), one-arm mode (proxy with X-forwarded for support.

  • Web application firewall (WAF)

    • Security services: Captcha support, cookie support, HTTP header security, XML/SOAP/JSON validation, CSRF protection, API gateway, and more.

    • Application security: Web attack signature, bot detection, web vulnerability scanner, OWASP Top-10 Wizard, API protection and more.
  • Application enhancement

    • HTTP and TCP improvement: TCP buffering, HTTP compressions/decompression, HTTP caching (dynamic and static objects), Bandwidth monitoring using quality of service (QoS), TCP buffering, and more.

    • Authentication offloading: Two-factor authentication (Fortitoken/Fortitoken Cloud and Google Authentication), NTLM, AUTH2.0, SAML 2.0 (SP and Idp) RADIUS, LDAP, Kerbos, and local.

    • Networking: Integration with Ansible, Cisco ACI, OpenStack and Nutanix, NVGRE and VXLAN support, VLAN and port trunking support, IPv6 Support (SLB, firewall, routing and interfaces), Dynamic NAT, Hide NAT, Static NAT for added scalability and flexibility.

    • Management: Syslog support, SNMP using private MIBs with threshold-based traps. REST APIs, VDOMS, data analytics, real-time monitoring graphs, role-based monitoring, intuitive reporting, FortiView integration, and more.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are ever-evolving and use a variety of technologies. To successfully combat these attacks, you need a dynamic, multi-layered security solution. FortiDDoS protects from both known and zero day attacks with very low latency. It’s easy to deploy and manage, and includes comprehensive reporting and analysis tools.

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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Manufacturing Company4%
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise14%
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise48%
Small Business63%
Large Enterprise38%
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise57%
Buyer's Guide
Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
June 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about F5, Kemp, Microsoft and others in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). Updated: June 2022.
610,336 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Fortinet FortiADC is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 5 reviews while Fortinet FortiDDoS is ranked 12th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 3 reviews. Fortinet FortiADC is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiDDoS is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiADC writes "Great inbuilt firewall feature; content compression is limited". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiDDoS writes "Well suited for small businesses, but the setup is complex". Fortinet FortiADC is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC and Kemp LoadMaster, whereas Fortinet FortiDDoS is most compared with Arbor DDoS, VMware NSX, Fortinet FortiWeb, Radware DefensePro and Cisco Secure Workload.

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