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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and VMware Identity Manager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. VMware Identity Manager report (Updated: September 2022).
634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"FortiAuthenticator is easy to use.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in using the SMS messages.""The initial setup is very easy.""FortiAuthenticator is really good software that integrates very well with Fortinet products.""I prefer the passing tool that sent an active directory console to a Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, then Fortinet FortiAuthenticator does not pass the locks.""I work a lot with Fortinet products and I call the support often. They are very quick to respond and the support is very good.""It reduces the need for network administrator intervention by allowing the user to perform their own registration and resolve their own password problems and issues.""Intuitive interface and easy to deploy."

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"One of the features that I enjoyed most was the integration with Azure AD because I could use VMware Identity Manager to standardize the User Principal Name coming from Active Directory. You have Azure AD Connect to do that. In between, if you have vIDM handling it, you can easily get the synchronization of users into your VM and standardize the User Principal Name. If you require quality assurance for handling it, you can actually count on the vIDM to do so. That was one of the main things I enjoyed about the product.""Its value is when you use it with a Workspace ONE UEM solution as it is part of the ecosystem for VMware Workspace ONE.""Zero Trust implementation is a great feature."

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Cons
"We would like to see Linux-based operating systems be able to integrate with FortiAuthenticator to get two-factor authentication running on them. as well. This is a shortcoming that I have faced a few times already.""There are multiple areas that are in need of improvement. It is not a mature product.""Lacks a simplified two-factor authentication process.""The speed of deployment on the cloud could be improved. It took a few days when it should have been just two days""I would like to see integration and customization capabilities with the end-user portal to solve authentication issues with diverse implementation scenarios.""The integration with other products, for example, some SAML authentications, would make it more flexible.""FortiAuthenticator's interface could be better.""The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive."

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"The license could be better.""vIDM could be improved with the multi-tenant capabilities that VMware tends to offer—features like customization branding and the integration of the app catalog based on the branding. Since the integration has been at top-level OGs, you were not able to then do rebranding if you were required to use specific user groups to highlight specific applications. At the time, I was personally opening feature requests for these things. I haven't worked with the latest release, so I don't know if these features were already deployed or not.""The mobile SSO doesn't work as well on Android."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing structure is cost-effective for us compared to some of the other solutions that have recurring monthly costs."
  • "FAC is an affordable solution for Middle Range (200E/400E) and also needs a package of mobility agents (2,000) perpetual."
  • "The cost of the license could be less expensive. The license is paid on a yearly basis."
  • "We pay for licensing on a yearly basis."
  • "The pricing is fair."
  • "I rate the price of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator a three out of five."
  • "Between paying them to help with the configuration, the box itself, and the support, it came to like $12,500, including a three-year service agreement."
  • "When we buy the Fortinet FortiAuthenticator device there is a comparison between price and security."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hi, The NAC can operate without the 802.1x mechanism on the switch side. Also, I think you are making a very wrong comparison on the basis of the class it belongs to(FortiNac vs FortiAuthenticator).… more »
    Top Answer:First you have to buy the unit, then you have to buy the license for it. I think we have a 100-user license. The price depends on the model. We have a FAC 300, which channels X number of users, so if… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the User Experience Designer, which has been very helpful for our project.
    Top Answer:I would like to have better support for multi-cloud sessions. The cost of this solution should be lower.
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    Also Known As
    FortiAuthenticator
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    Overview

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is the primary secure point of approved access into the Fortinet network, authorizing users, reviewing access permissions, and relaying the information to all Fortigate devices for comparison with identity-based protocols. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is a top-ranked authorization and SSO solution.

    Appropriate secure access is fundamental to every role in an enterprise ecosystem. It is an integral function of every organization to ensure that every access and privilege is secure and to mitigate any possible risk to an organization. Approved users should only have access to the necessary information when they need it, from the appropriate location(s) to safeguard an organization's security at all times.

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is available as an appliance, virtual machine, or in the cloud.

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator Methods

    • FSSO: FortiAuthenticator Single sign-on user will easily identify users and assign role or group access based on preset identity-based protocols. FortiAuthenticator integrates well with third-party LDAP or active directories, is very flexible, and combines these methods to provide effective security.

    • Active Directory Polling: Active directory access is securely identified by consistent polling of domain controllers. As users log in, username, IP address, and other details are logged into the database and can be shared across devices as directed by FortiAuthenticator protocols.

    • FortiAuthenticator Portal and Widgets: If a user system does not support AP polling, or for other reasons it is not feasible, FortiAuthenticator offers a unique secure authentication portal. Users can be manually authenticated and, to diminish the effect of numerous logins, an intuitive set of widgets is available to integrate into an organization's ecosystem that will automatically grant access to users when they access the organization's intranet homepage.

    • RADIUS Accounting Login: For organizations that use RADIUS authentication, RADIUS Accounting is available for user identification. This process will prompt user access information (IP and group, etc.) and eliminate the need for multiple levels of authentication.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Ernesto C., Presales Engineer at a comms service provider, shares,

    ”Key Features and Benefits

    1. Two-factor/OTP Authentication with FortiToken: Enforce user-based policies. Fortitoken is available in soft and hard versions for flexible usage. Most Valuable in Mobile Phones App for OTP.
    2. Integration with LDAP and AD: This solution integrates with existing enterprise systems and technologies from diverse vendors of user information management systems.
    3. LPAD/AD/RADIUS/SYSLOG/KERBEROS/REST API/FSSO and Web Portals: There is flexible integration with these services.
    4. It is usable in network, WAN, wireless, and VPN Scenarios.
    5. The domain and guest-users support are good.”

    Ibrahim M., Senior Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company, relates, "The initial setup is a valuable point on Fortinet products. Most of the time, putting the theory into practice on the devices is quite friendly and straightforward. As long as you can read English you can find your way around the solution and make it work. This is a high value point on Fortinet - the way everything is laid out in the web UI is user-friendly and quite straightforward. The UI is quite simple."




    VMware Identity Manager is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering, providing application provisioning, self-service catalog, conditional access controls and Single Sign-On (SSO) for SaaS, web, cloud and native mobile applications. It simplifies business mobility with one touch from any device, empowers employees with a self-service app store, optimizes user experience & security with AirWatch and was designed for the mobile cloud world for AirWatch enrolled devices providing a seamless consumer-grade user experience.
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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Seventy Seven Energy, The Hut Group, SAIC
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Marketing Services Firm7%
    Transportation Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise50%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business75%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Single Sign-On (SSO)
    September 2022
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    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 2nd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 15 reviews while VMware Identity Manager is ranked 10th in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) with 3 reviews. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.6, while VMware Identity Manager is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator writes "A reasonably priced solution that can be scaled toward different functionalities and offers flexible SMS messaging". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Identity Manager writes "Great integration and end user experience ". Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Fortinet FortiToken, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Duo Security and SAP Identity Management, whereas VMware Identity Manager is most compared with CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Fortinet FortiToken and Okta Workforce Identity.

    We monitor all Single Sign-On (SSO) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.