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Question: What are the biggest differences between Fortinet Fortigate and VMware SD-WAN?
Answer: I am not very familiar with Fortinet and I do not doubt that it is a good platform, however my experience with VMware SD-Wan has been excellent at a time like this when we are going through Covid-19 where through a VDI combination with SD- WAN provides a convenience in organizations to strengthen the capacities for a mobile and remote connection with high levels of flexibility, speed, performance, simplicity, scalability and above all security.
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"The SD-WAN function is very developed. It has SD-WAN functionality with security features in one device. We can manage from one single console SD-WAN and the security policy.""Overall, the pricing of the solution is very good. The product offers good value.""It is very flexible to use.""The next-gen features, the unified threat management capabilities are something that just about everybody is interested in at this point.""This is an easy solution to deploy.""It's super reliable. I don't think I've ever had a reliability issue with it.""The most valuable feature is the ease of configuration.""The customization potential is quite impressive."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is manageability.""VeloCloud developed DMPO to increase performance and connectivity.""The most valuable feature is the Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), which allows the customer to maintain and monitor their link quality in real-time.""The most valuable features are the orchestration layer, plug and play capabilities, and also the fact that you can either configure it as a full mesh or hard install.""In my experience, the setup process has been fairly straightforward.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""There are 400 functionalities of the system.""Proactively detects where problems might arise."

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Cons
"Technical support could be better. You don't always get the level of help you need right away.""Security is a continuous process. In every product, there is a requirement for improvement. Its pricing should also be improved according to Indian market requirements. They must also improve on the reporting part. Its reporting can be more precise. If we can get a real-time report in a specific format, it will be helpful for customers to know about the current status of their security.""The pricing could be reduced or include the first year warranty.""I think there could be more QoS features""Backup can be improved.""The solution could be more user friendly.""In the future, I would like to see improvements made to cloud-based management.""The customization could be improved. Cisco, for example, is much better at this. They need to work to be at least as good as they are."

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"Reporting is an area that can be improved, as there are some features that are lacking with the reporting aspect.""The cost of VeloCloud could be lowered.""I would like for them to upgrade to 5G integration. Our customers have 4G now and the connectivity isn't good. It should be much faster.""VMware SD-WAN could be improved with more automation and more integration, but each vendor could use these improvements.""The security of the firewall should be improved. It would be a good idea to have a standalone product with better security.""Technical support is in need of improvement.""It needs better security.""The initial setup could be simplified for beginners."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Fortinet is the least expensive solution."
  • "It's very affordable."
  • "Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you."
  • "The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
  • "I think that the pricing is fair."
  • "For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."
  • "It's an expensive solution."
  • "The price is okay."
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  • "VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price."
  • "The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors."
  • "The price of this solution should be lower."
  • "The pricing is very comparable to Fortinet."
  • "The price is reasonable for this solution, but the only challenge for us is that the Rand currency fluctuates to the dollar and provides some complexities. The price might go up just because the Rand has actually lost value."
  • "The cost of VMware SD-WAN is high, but I think you can still get better pricing if your volume is high."
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced."
  • "My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions."
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    This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.
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    Also Known As
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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    Overview

    The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

    Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of softwarebased network technologies that virtualize WAN connections to provide agility,
    performance and reliability for network traffic between remote and branch offices to
    data centers and the cloud.

    SD-WAN leverages cloud-hosting to simplify deployment and management of
    network devices and employs traffic steering to applications in the data center and
    the cloud. It combines the bandwidth of broadband with existing WAN connections to
    more efficiently and cost-effectively connect users to data center and cloud-based
    applications from any location in the network.

    SD-WAN optimizes traffic over multiple available connections (MPLS, broadband,
    LTE) to deliver traffic across the network, delivering a better user experience to any
    location. SD-WAN will dynamically steer traffic to the best available link, and if the
    available links show any transmission issues, it will immediately apply remediation for
    jitter and packet loss based on policies to ensure performance of the high-priority
    applications.

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    Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
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    Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 98 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 25 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Check Point NGFW, Meraki MX and SonicWall NSa, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Cato Networks. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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