Fortinet FortiADC vs NGINX Plus comparison


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Fortinet FortiADC
Ranking in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
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Application Infrastructure (2nd)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) category, the mindshare of Fortinet FortiADC is 11.5%, up from 7.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of NGINX Plus is 9.9%, up from 8.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Saeid Khanipour Ghobani - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 9, 2022
High-level load balancing and routing protocols but scalability is limited to 200 gigabits
The initial setup and configuration are very easy because the solution includes a simple OS. Initial configuration takes about ten minutes for simple environments. It is important to assess the environment and decide what services, servers, and web applications are needed. The solution can be configured in router mode or one-arm mode which uses source NAT as destination NAT to send traffic to the firewall. One-arm mode is more complex and requires discussions with our engineers. For example, you have a website with Node.js for your programming language, Amazon S3 for your CDN, NGINX for your web server, and you use both React and reCAPTCHA. Our team meets with your developer to learn your website and OS through a multi-step process and then we configure the solution to protect everything.
Ritesh-Bakhru - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 12, 2022
Quick installation and very easy to manage while doing orchestration or automation
NGINX cannot be a replacement for your traditional load balancer with what we use in the network today. However, with applications going toward microservices, NGINX is definitely a way forward. F5 has many traditional load balancing features, so they still need to bring some of those features to NGINX. NGINX is a very basic load balancer and cannot do as many customizations as F5. I think F5 is trying to implement those features in NGINX so they can improve the balancing on NGINX, but I think that will take some time. With the traditional F5 set up, the same OS can do load balancing, firewalls, and even policy enforcement. If we are able to bring some of those capabilities to NGINX, I think it would become a versatile solution and usage would definitely increase.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"Because ADC is the intermediary between the servers and the end-user application, it gives thorough information about the traffic, what the problem is."
"Ease of use in deploying and having it up and running requires minimal knowledge."
"Simple to use and easy to integrate."
"It's a good product because it supports all the features that ADC solutions in the market can support, like F5 solutions, for example, such as the LTM of F5."
"The main feature that we use is GSLB (Global Server Load Balancing). GSLB makes the customer's network more reliable by scaling applications across multiple datacenters. GSLB as a disaster recovery solution can direct traffic based on site availability."
"Content caching and content compression are good features."
"TSL and SSL offloading are both very good features."
"The most valuable feature is its simplicity."
"Its versatility and capabilities make it invaluable for implementing patches and fixes when necessary."
"It's lightweight software that can handle heavy loads efficiently."
"I need to highlight that the number one thing about NGINX is that it is free."
"NGINX works much better than HAProxy in our current hardware and architecture for HTTP/HTTPS load balancing. ​​"
"The robust software architecture allows for it to be scalable and very stable."
"The best solution, by far, for web traffic control for things in production and just around the house."
"I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes."
"With NGINX, I appreciate its ability to route traffic geographically."


"The solution's WAF needs an upgrade because it is not as good as FortiWeb, VMware, F5, or Imperva."
"The configuration is relatively complex."
"I had a terrible experience with Fortinet support. I only used support once when I bought the solution. I got no response for two days. However, I believe that it's no longer the case. Fortinet solutions have problems when they're launched. For example, we had issues with Fortinet's authenticator when it came out. We also had trouble with FortiNAC in the beginning."
"It would be good if they built in a fully functional web application firewall."
"There is a mismatch between the number of features they are offering and the device capacity on how much it can handle."
"Fortinet FortiADC should include an advanced-level SD-WAN."
"The solution needs to integrate sFlow. sFlow provides better visualization of the bandwidth and types of traffic passing through the device. When used in the traffic path, this information can be really useful."
"The product's stability for VMs could be better."
"The solution needs to be easier to setup and deploy."
"The drawback is that you must obtain a license for everything."
"Lack of a feature to print data on the terminal for verification of network traffic during debugging and testing."
"It would be great if there was even more automation to make it even easier to maintain."
"The KPI should be more focused on load balancing and the latency in application calling from the end system."
"The scalability could be improved."
"The scaling should be built into the software rather than configured from an outside source."
"NGINX is a very basic load balancer and cannot do as many customizations as F5."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I believe the price is good. It's fair. There are no extra costs."
"The solution's pricing is an issue and should be improved."
"Compared to F5, FortiADC pricing is better."
"I rate Fortinet FortiADC's pricing one out of ten. It is fixed."
"The solution could be more cost-effective."
"The price is competitive"
"The product has affordable pricing."
"The product has average pricing. I rate its pricing a five out of ten."
"​NGINX is a free tool in Brazil. There are some companies which do support it.​"
"I am not so happy with their pricing policy, but this is not the worse thing in my life. I can tolerate it."
"NGINX Plus is an open-source solution with limited additional features. When you try to get additional features in the solution, then you need to pay an extra amount to NGINX Plus."
"The list price of NGINX Plus is close to $5,500."
"The solution is free, but you can spend a lot of money with a complex solution."
"​NGINX Plus is worth it, if you need it. If you do not need the features or support, the free and open source package is more than capable. ​"
"HAProxy is cheaper than NGINX."
"I use the solution's community edition which is free of cost."
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Questions from the Community

Is Citrix ADC (formerly Netscaler) the best ADC to use and if not why?
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.
Do you recommend Fortinet FortiADC?
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 ...
What do you like most about Fortinet FortiADC?
The user interface is very easy and integrates with Sandbox easily.
Which is better - IIS or NGINX Plus?
IIS is a flexible, secure, and manageable web server to host anything on the web. IIS’s scalable and open architecture can handle the most demanding tasks. From media streaming to web applications,...
What do you like most about NGINX Plus?
It performs very well. That's one of the primary reasons we use NGINX.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for NGINX Plus?
There's an open-source version of NGINX that is free. There's also NGINX Plus, which is a paid version with additional features.

Also Known As

FortiADC Application Delivery Controller, FortiADC

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Sample Customers

Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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