Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs Juniper vSRX comparison

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Categories and Ranking

Fortinet FortiGate
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Ranking in Firewalls
2nd
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
312
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions (2nd), WAN Edge (1st)
Fortinet FortiGate-VM
Ranking in Firewalls
9th
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
113
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Juniper vSRX
Ranking in Firewalls
24th
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
33
Ranking in other categories
Virtualization Security (3rd), Unified Threat Management (UTM) (8th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Firewalls category, the mindshare of Fortinet FortiGate is 22.6%, up from 20.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Fortinet FortiGate-VM is 2.4%, up from 1.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Juniper vSRX is 0.2%, down from 0.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Firewalls
Unique Categories:
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions
21.5%
WAN Edge
24.4%
No other categories found
Unified Threat Management (UTM)
3.8%
 

Featured Reviews

DP
Mar 28, 2022
Straightforward implementation and affordable
Whenever we install a new release of an OS we should expect lots of bugs on the system that could break the system. Something that is working fine in the previous system, if we upgrade it, it could break it. Fortinet should work a lot on this to remediate it before releasing any OS. This includes any update and upgrade of FortiOS because I have seen issues when I upgraded, such as the memory and CPU jumping to 100 percent, and some or all functions were not operational. These bugs should be fixed in the firmware. If there is a need for some upgrade or update on an existing system then I will plan ahead, but if it is not stable I will not do it. We have new releases being tested now and once they are rated stable I will upgrade.
Abdelzaher Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 19, 2023
Provides protection from a broad array of network threats
The setup is straightforward for me, but our customers might find it a bit challenging. Overall, following the provided steps and consulting the official materials or documentation makes the FortiGate-VM setup relatively easy.Firstly, we establish a console connection to the firewall and access its default IP. In the second step, we create rules to enable the firewall to access the internet. Following these two steps, we register a rule with Fortinet Broadcom, download the necessary licenses, and upload them. After uploading the license, we set up an interface rule, check the license, and configure interfaces such as LAN, WAN, and VPN. Subsequently, we create profiles, including web filter, application, antivirus, and IPS profiles. The last steps involve configuring interfaces like LAN, WAN, and VPN, as well as attaching profiles to outbound policies. We also consider additional configurations, like server publishing, destination netting, or integrating with PBM for Alibaba Cloud. The final three configurations are optional and depend on the customer's requirements.
JonathanHowell - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 12, 2024
Provides access to route traffic with virtualization allowing you to leverage computing resources
The key dependency lies in the hardware. If you're hosting it in a virtual environment, it relies on the underlying hardware supporting that environment. Physically, you rely on the circuitry, chips, power, and other components. Therefore, using a virtualized platform introduces an additional layer of abstraction. You'll end up wasting money if you don't know what you're doing and use cases. It's not about buying a virtualized firewall. You're getting a virtualized router and a switch combined into one unit capable of performing telco-grade routing at a layer two level. It's a very complex piece of equipment used for threat management. It is capable of much more. We use it for its versatility; it can serve multiple purposes effectively. You can monitor the hypervisor for key performance indicators and understand how it's running and functioning. It integrates well with the most well-known operational toolsets. Overall, I rate the solution a nine out of ten.

Quotes from Members

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

Pros

"This solution made it very easy to manage our bandwidth."
"The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiGate is URL filtering."
"Anti-Spam web content filterinG."
"The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiGate is the simple configuration."
"Fortigate represents a really scalable way of delivering perimeter network security, some level of layer 7 security, WAF, and also a way to create a meshed ADVPN solution."
"The pricing is excellent. It's much less expensive than Cisco."
"The security fabric is excellent."
"The threat prevention is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"The most valuable feature is the WAN optimization."
"The standard features, including the filtering, are quite good. All the basic features are pretty useful for us."
"It's a relatively simple product that is easy to use. It's not overly complex."
"Good for the servers and can stop network attacks, including spam."
"Its technical support is excellent."
"There is an interesting possibility of building a tunnel to a firewall from access points. We use this feature for small branch offices with one to two employees with access to central RDP servers."
"The most valuable features are the IPS and Antivirus."
"The product can scale."
"The solution has good features."
"It's much faster to deploy a power source. If you need to deploy a firewall in the cloud of software, it's much easier and much faster than deploying the office firewall in a rush."
"The features we found most valuable are using the IDS and IPS during protection. The application filtering feature is great."
"The product’s quality and performance are better than other vendors."
"The pricing is reasonable."
"It is easy for me to go in and update settings, make changes, or add/remove rules or security."
"I'm told the solution is the fastest, and, so far, I do find that to be the case."
"There are a few valuable features that offer very good quality on the solution. Especially NetScreen. We used to use NetScreen for the the product line. It was a very mature solution, very robust, easy to configure, easy to manage, etc. It made it easy to do everything."
 

Cons

"Some of the filtering is not robust, you can escape it with a VPN. Some of the users bypass some of the filters. It catches some but it also misses some, that area could be improved. It's functioning reasonably but there's room for improvement in that area."
"NGN, reporting and controls."
"The user interface could be improved to make it less confusing and easier to set up."
"I think they need to improve more in order to be a competitor with the leaders of the field."
"Stability and technical support are the two major issues I have found with Fortinet."
"There is one big configuration file with no separations for the unique VDOMs. Maybe they could separate individual VDOM configuration files with the root VDOM configuration file referencing the individual VDOM config files.​"
"Fortinet Fortigate could benefit by simplifying some of their processes."
"A couple of things I've seen that need improvement, especially in terms of a hard coding. The driver-level active moment really is out-of-the-box and we have to have contact the customer support and sometimes it is difficult to resolve."
"Areas for improvement would be application control and web filtering."
"SD-WAN could be enhanced to provide a clear division between control and data planes, utilizing controllers to manage tasks within the network."
"The interface of the solution could be improved."
"The technical support is not very responsive and is an area that needs to be improved."
"Improvements are needed for the responsive UI and JIT traffic reporting."
"The one thing that could be improved is the integration with the exchange. The gateway level controls can be enhanced a bit more. For example, it's still little here and there. You do get malicious attacks and suspicious emails like spam. It's not like Sophos where we got a lot of spam email, and yet, it's still relatively vulnerable. It can be upgraded, maybe with a fifth-generation firmware that it is ready for unknown threats."
"The biggest area for improvement is storage configuration. It could be smoother."
"It would be useful to have integration with different reporting tools. This is something we are sorely missing. It would be a plus to have reporting integrations. It would be good to have more integration with the identity suites, such as Office 365 and Azure Active Directory, of different providers that we use. Integrations are already available, but it would be nice to have some more advanced options."
"The pricing still needs some improvement."
"he stability could be improved."
"We experienced some technical issues during implementation"
"VPN access is an area that needs improvement."
"Juniper vSRX is expensive."
"There are too many types of licenses, which can be confusing."
"The solution can be improved by allowing automatic updates for the OS devices."
"The solution's GUI needs improvement."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Fortinet has one or two license types, and the VPN numbers are only limited by the hardware chassis make."
"It is a good product from a price perspective versus functionality."
"The price of Fortinet FortiGate is the lowest in the market."
"A year or two years back, its price was competitive and reasonable. That was one of the reasons that people easily switched to Fortinet. Over the last two years, the prices have increased drastically. However, the prices of others have also increased. An advantage is there from the price point but not as much as it was previously."
"We pay for the solution annually."
"Before choosing a piece of equipment you have to take into account the cost-benefit offered by each one. Sometimes it is not worth paying a very cheap price to have a minimum level of security."
"It has been two years. I don't remember the actual price, but it was affordable. We buy the boxes and then use the license for three years."
"The pricing is flexible."
"Installation does not require another license making it an inexpensive solution."
"There should be a reduction in the setup price and licensing costs."
"The price of the solution could be less expensive. There are some features that have to be purchased separately that have their own license."
"We can tailor the suitable license for the customer, whether they require UTB or enterprise features. The options are flexible based on their needs."
"The solution could be better priced."
"On a scale of one to ten, where ten is very expensive, I rate the solution around two or three. I think the solution's prices are okay, considering the services and features they offer."
"If you are in a licensed solution, like Cisco or Palo Alto, it is cheaper. I do recommend using it with a license, because it is a security solution and it needs updates.​"
"There are no additional costs beyond the standard fee."
"The solution could have been cheaper."
"After some research, I think that the cost of Juniper is more than Check Point, Palo Alto, and Fortinet."
"I rate the tool's pricing a five out of ten."
"Our experience purchasing the solution through the AWS Marketplace was good."
"We like pricing through the AWS Marketplace."
"As a customer, the pricing is good for us."
"The solution is inexpensive."
"It is not that costly."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Educational Organization
21%
Computer Software Company
15%
Comms Service Provider
7%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Computer Software Company
23%
Financial Services Firm
7%
Comms Service Provider
7%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Educational Organization
82%
Computer Software Company
3%
Financial Services Firm
2%
Government
1%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

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Both of these solutions are excellent options that provide flexible scalability and solid security. Fortinet Fortigat...
What do you like most about Fortinet FortiGate-VM?
An enhanced security solution for any kind of alert that we have configured.
What do you like most about Juniper vSRX?
One of Juniper vSRX's most valuable features is its integration with safety applications. It keeps the software secur...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Juniper vSRX?
The tool is sold in a package. Hence, the individual price is very low.
What needs improvement with Juniper vSRX?
The biggest downside of Juniper vSRX is its pricing, which may be too high for smaller organizations. While it's a de...
 

Also Known As

FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
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Sample Customers

1. Amazon Web Services 2. Microsoft 3. IBM 4. Cisco 5. Dell 6. HP 7. Oracle 8. Verizon 9. AT&T 10. T-Mobile 11. Sprint 12. Vodafone 13. Orange 14. BT Group 15. Telstra 16. Deutsche Telekom 17. Comcast 18. Time Warner Cable 19. CenturyLink 20. NTT Communications 21. Tata Communications 22. SoftBank 23. China Mobile 24. Singtel 25. Telus 26. Rogers Communications 27. Bell Canada 28. Telkom Indonesia 29. Telkom South Africa 30. Telmex 31. Telia Company 32. Telkom Kenya
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