Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs Palo Alto Networks VM-Series comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Fortinet FortiGate
Ranking in Firewalls
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions (2nd), WAN Edge (1st)
Fortinet FortiGate-VM
Ranking in Firewalls
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Palo Alto Networks VM-Series
Ranking in Firewalls
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (11th)

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 Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is 0.9%, down from 0.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Unique Categories:
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions
WAN Edge
No other categories found
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

Q&A Highlights

Mar 23, 2021

Featured Reviews

Esubalew-Berihun - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 10, 2023
Easy to manage with reasonable pricing and good monitoring
We primarily use the solution for security purposes. We use it as a firewall for protection.  It helps protect our users, and we are able to initiate our own policies. It also provided good visibility and reporting.  The management is very easy. It offers very good security features.  The…
Mar 9, 2023
A good brand that integrates well with other Fortigate products and decent pricing
I primarily use the solution as a firewall. It's used for security. I use it for the DMZ. It's related to architecture and is strategically positioned in the network.  Based on its position, it offers good control over the communication between users and the data center. It's a good unified…
Mitul Rajput - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 31, 2024
A stable and straightforward solution that provides valuable features and strengthens an organization’s IT posture
We are using the solution for IDS, IPS, and security We need a perimeter firewall to expose anything on the internet. Our inbound and outbound traffic is controlled via Palo Alto. It has multiple features. We have Palo Alto in every location and have a central console where we control all the…

Quotes from Members

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


"Fortinet FortiGate's reliability is valuable."
"All of the features of Fortinet FortiGate are useful and the security protection is good."
"Initial setup is easy to configure."
"The notable features that I have found most valuable are that it includes the antivirus, and also IPS, and even SD-WAN."
"With FortiClient, you can easily connect when you are home, check out what you want to do, and connect to your network when you are not at work. You can switch on servers and you can check what is wrong."
"Their interface is very easy to use, it is without bugs."
"The most valuable features are the possibility of having one fabric for switching on security."
"Their proxy-based inspection is responsive and secure."
"The solution can scale well."
"The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate-VM are the ease of use, IPS system, application filter, web filtering, and email security. Additionally, there is a migration tool that other vendors do not provide. We only need to upload the configuration file to the tool, and it converts everything, except the passwords, and gives us the new configuration, which we can directly upload on the firewall. This migration process takes a maximum of 15 minutes."
"Technical support has been super responsive and dedicated to getting any challenges resolved."
"The combination of SD-WAN and VPN capabilities is the most valuable feature."
"The most valuable features are site-to-site connections and UTM."
"The most valuable feature is geofencing, where we can block all access from all non-domestic locations."
"GitDM, like FortiGate VM, provides similar features to FortiGate appliances or cloud solutions. However, FortiGate VM is more suitable for heavy traffic and inspection compared to GitDM. Unfortunately, FortiGate VM lacks a dedicated SPU for inspection, and all features rely on CPU and RAM."
"FortiGate integrates well."
"App-ID and User-ID have repeatedly shown value in securing business critical systems."
"It is an easy-to-scale product."
"The tool's cloud version makes application migration easy."
"It is nice to have a rock solid security platform that we can count on."
"The most valuable feature is that you can launch it in a very short time. You don't have to wait for the hardware to arrive and get it staged and installed. From that perspective, it is easy to launch. It is also scalable."
"AWS has improved our agility to apply firewall rules. It has reduced the amount of time that it takes to apply firewall rules because everything is based in the cloud."
"The solution enables organizations to enforce policies."
"Using Palo Alto Networks Panorama, we were able to deploy a single point of management and visualization of the firewall infrastructure in cloud, on-premise and integrated with Azure to automate scale up. Its security features, i.e. anti-malware, threat prevention, URL Filtering, VPN, and antivirus are the most valuable. The ID-User integrated with AD and 2FA features are also very useful to provide secure access to servers and some users in the company. "


"The search tool needs improvement. It's very difficult to search for policies right now."
"It's my understanding that more of the current generation features could be brought in. There could be more integration with EDRs, for example."
"The stability of Fortinet FortiGate could improve."
"The routing capability on the FortiGate devices has room for improvement."
"Fortigate's hardware capacities could be improved."
"The platform's interface could improve."
"The UTM filtering needs improvement."
"In some cases, its initial setup could be hard for customers."
"Not a ten because I think that Cisco is better."
"The stability of the product is an area of concern where improvements are required."
"The pricing is expensive."
"Now they do have the ability to pop up a command line, which is nice, however, the fact that you can't do everything within the GUI is probably a problem."
"We have had some stability issues."
"The GUI could be improved."
"The user interface could be improved."
"It should have the SD-WAN feature. This would increase the number of features that are available in the box."
"The current licensing model can be a sore point as we're paying for features we're not fully utilizing."
"It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation."
"Palo Alto Networks VM-Series needs to improve its order process."
"We feel that the setup was complex. So, we asked the tech team about the setup process. They explained how to deploy it in the right way, which made it very simple."
"The DLP functionality or data classification can be improved in the solution's basic firewalling."
"In the next release, I would like to see better integration between the endpoints and the firewalls."
"There are some delays that I have observed when my company communicates with Palo Alto's support engineers."
"From time to time, they have released some content updates that have some issues, maybe twice a year."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I had to pay for the license for the firewall, but it is guaranteed to have updates. I expect a good service for it. It was about €1000 for a year, and there was no additional cost."
"Fortinet is the least expensive solution."
"Other firewalls are more expensive than Fortinet FortiGate, such as the Azure firewall."
"It is affordable. Palo Alto is much more expensive than Fortinet."
"In terms of the market, it's not a cheap product, but it's cost-effective."
"There is a subscription-based model to use Fortinet FortiGate. We pay annually for the solution along with the support. If you want to have all the updates, and security patches you will need to renew your support."
"The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
"Work through partners for the best pricing."
"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."
"The pricing is really good."
"It is a medium-priced product."
"It's a mid-ranged product."
"Licensing is pretty standard. It's approximately 15% of the total cost per year as a subscription cost."
"The price falls somewhere in the middle; it's neither cheap nor expensive."
"It's not a cheap solution but it comes with its benefits."
"The customer must buy his own license."
"The VM series is licensed annually."
"Palo Alto definitely needs to be more competitive compared to other products. The problem that I have faced is that the price of licensing is very high and not very competitive."
"The pricing was expensive but it was comparable to the competition."
"Do not buy larges box if you do not need them. Rightsizing is a great task to do before​hand."
"I know Palo Alto is not cheap. They have been telling me, the members of the finance team, it is not a cheap solution. It is a solution whose target is that no matter how big your organization is, small, medium, or large, it is about the maturity of your security team or infrastructure team whom you want to work with."
"Some parts of purchasing through AWS Marketplace are good, such as this product was easy to find and launch. Some of the other parts could be clearer in the AWS Marketplace, e.g., how to properly do an annual subscription."
"The pricing for Palo Alto is quite high compared to FortiGate, which is more affordable. I don't have the exact figures as my manager handles that, but from my research, Palo Alto's licensing costs are significantly higher."
"It is an expensive product."
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Answers from the Community

Mar 23, 2021
Mar 23, 2021
In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering and such like, they have always been top of the pile there. The GUI is very good, and their product is very user-focused. Fortinet is good for scalability and predictable high throughput (ASICs in the...
2 out of 4 answers
Mar 20, 2021
Hi, Both FT and PA have compelling features for large Enterprises. I would like to add a few good points about Fortinetwhich might be helpful ( from my 13 years of engagement with them as Distributor and Partner) Fortinet:  Have higher throughput; which comes with competitive rates Wide range of models to select to meet your requirement, without spending heavliy Outstanding customer support and very active customer care team Easly available skilled resources from the channel for deployment and post-implementation support  Regards Abhilash
Mar 22, 2021
Hi PaloAlto is better when working on app control feature and special virtual wire links. Execpt that specific point, Fortinet is above. Best Regards, Damien

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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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