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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiADC and Fortinet FortiWeb based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Simple to use and easy to integrate.""Ease of use in deploying and having it up and running requires minimal knowledge.""I like the solution's load balance with DNS intelligence.""Content caching and content compression are good features.""The GSLB, the DR side, is the best part. Because we had our main side in one city, we created another, and we had a complete MPLS over the internet. We used the GSLB and data loss for our business applications.""The most valuable feature is the SSL offloading capacity.""The solution provides high-level services such as availability, redundancy, and load balancing between servers."

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"Technical support is very good.""Banks have to be compliant with PCI and other things, and FortiWeb is absolutely amazing in terms of providing these reports. Otherwise, they will have to spend a lot of time on them.""One main feature we are very happy about is file security and upload functionality.""Fortinet is a great SD-WAN player when it comes to security capabilities.""The anti-defacement feature is very useful because it looks for web changes over time to protect pages.""The most valuable features in Fortinet FortiWeb are sandboxing and threat prevention.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""FortiWeb offers a good price for the marketplace. In the Sri Lankan market, it's hard to find high-end products that can match FortiWeb's pricing. For high-end solutions, the price is always extremely high."

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Cons
"Because it is so generic, the documentation requires special attention. A person who has not worked on Fortinet FortiADC or a similar product will struggle to understand what the document is trying to say. The documentation could be more specific, and more detailed.""The solution's WAF needs an upgrade because it is not as good as FortiWeb, VMware, F5, or Imperva.""Issues with SSL and encrypted traffic.""The initial setup could be simplified.""Technical support and documentation could both be improved.""There is a mismatch between the number of features they are offering and the device capacity on how much it can handle.""The configuration is relatively complex."

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"If the price was lower, it would be a bit more attractive, as an option, to the customers.""The upgrade process could be a bit smoother.""The F5 solution has more features than Fortinet FortiWeb, such as multiple load balancing.""The support side of things can be improved.""It can be better with web application firewalls.""No solution is 100% secure and the security could always be worked on.""FortiGate could be improved on the security end because we've had some incidents with the customer. Otherwise, there is no problem.""In my experience, Fortinet FortiWeb could improve the intelligent features to acknowledge whether any threat or incident that's running happened. Then give us the ability to escalate it to layer 2 or layer 3 in the network operations."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solution could be more cost-effective."
  • "They offer a perpetual license."
  • "The solution is less expensive than F5 or Imperva and is the most reasonably priced option available."
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  • "The price is competitive."
  • "We are on an annual license for this solution and the price is approximately €100."
  • "It keeps changing, but it's based on the size of the VM you buy and also the traffic throughput you want from it, whereas what we have on Azure is just the traffic throughput. You can also pay on a monthly basis from Azure. During each part of the project, it's okay to get Azure-based licensing or AWS-based licensing for FortiWeb, but over time, you would want to go with the perpetual license. You should go to Fortinet and buy the license from them. So, there is a two-step process there."
  • "The price of Fortinet FortiWeb is reasonable. This is one of the key factors of why we use this solution."
  • "There's only one payment for the duration of the license. On a scale from one to five, I would rate pricing at four. I have not encountered any additional costs on my projects involving Fortinet FortiWeb."
  • "The maintenance fee for this product could be improved."
  • "It should be somewhere about 36,000 Euros. That's the cost for three years. It's moderately priced."
  • "The price of Fortinet FortiWeb depends from customer to customer because some customers are considering using other solutions, such as Imperva. The price of Fortinet FortiWeb sits well for the middle-sized customers that we deal with."
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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:Ease of use in deploying and having it up and running requires minimal knowledge.
    Top Answer:The solution has a good sandbox feature.
    Top Answer:I'd rate the pricing at a four out of five in terms of affordability.
    Top Answer:It can be better with web application firewalls. It is already close to the best in class. This product is up to the mark right now.
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    Also Known As
    FortiADC Application Delivery Controller, FortiADC
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    Overview

    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.

    Fortinet FortiWeb is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that protects your web applications and APIs from attacks targeting known as well as unknown vulnerabilities. As the surface of your web applications evolves with each change of existing features and deployment of new features, your APIs are left exposed. Fortinet FortiWeb provides the board protection capabilities required to protect web applications without sacrificing performance or manageability.

    Fortinet FortiWeb is an automatic, advanced multi-layer solution that provides secure protection by discerning irregular behavior and distinguishing between malicious and benign anomalies. In addition, the approach delivers powerful bot mitigation capacities which authorize harmless bots to connect while blocking malicious bot activity securely. Regardless of where an application is hosted, Fortinet FortiWeb will safeguard business applications by providing deployment options, such as virtual machines, hardware appliances, and containers that can be deployed in the data center, cloud environments, or in the cloud-native SaaS solution.

    Fortinet FortiWeb Features and Benefits

    APIs and web applications have become integral to the rising demand for business-critical applications. Now more than ever, businesses are in need of an automatic firewall that will provide them with security, without sacrificing performance or reliability. Fortinet FortiWeb offers a variety of features and benefits, including:

    • Security fabric integration: FortiWeb integrates with other Fortinet solutions to provide advanced protection from persistent threats.

    • Proven web application and API protection: FortiWeb safeguards applications from all DDOS attacks, malicious bot attacks, and OWASP Top-10 threats.

    • Advanced visual analytics: FortiWeb offers a unique visual reporting tool that other WAF solutions don’t by providing a detailed analysis of attack elements and sources.

    • Hardware-based acceleration: With fast and secure traffic encryption and decryption, FortiWeb provides best-in-class WAF protection.

    • ML-based threat detection: FortiWeb delivers multi-layer machine learning defense protection to defend against zero-day attacks and reduce false positives.

    • False positive mitigation tools: Reduce daily management of policies through advanced tools to guarantee only unwanted traffic is blocked.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Fortinet FortiWeb offers an industry-leading Web Application Firewall, and users are satisfied with it for a number of reasons, including the ability to control everything from the dashboard and the PCI-compliant reports it offers.

    Carlos P., director of business and digital transformation at SERNIVEL3, notes, "You have the ability to control everything from one single dashboard."

    A director at a tech service company, says, "Banks have to be compliant with PCI and other things, and FortiWeb is absolutely amazing in terms of providing these reports. Otherwise, they will have to spend a lot of time on them."

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Lush, Barnabas Health, Options, Riverside Healthcare, Hillsbourough County Schools, Columbia Public Schools, Schiller AG
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government9%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise28%
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Fortinet FortiADC is ranked 6th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiWeb is ranked 2nd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 29 reviews. Fortinet FortiADC is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiWeb is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiADC writes "Feature-rich, robust, and the technical support is responsive ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWeb writes "Good for compliance, load balancing, and high availability". Fortinet FortiADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix NetScaler, HAProxy, Kemp LoadMaster and Loadbalancer.org, whereas Fortinet FortiWeb is most compared with F5 Advanced WAF, Fortinet FortiOS, AWS WAF, Azure Web Application Firewall and Microsoft Azure Application Gateway.

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