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"The best feature of Fortinet FortiManager is its ease of use. It is easy to manage the firewall from Fortinet FortiManager. Additionally, the interface is very good.""It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.""Everybody is quite happy with the way that the graphical user interface works.""A fully integrated solution.""It would normally take us a handful of days to install one FortiGate instance on one site. But with this technology, zero-touch deployment, we need just one hour or maybe as little as 30 minutes to install one site. It is much more efficient.""There is something called zero-touch provisioning, where you can add a new device without any configuration. You just add it to FortiManager and then forget about it.""For the whole security fabric from Fortinet, with a simple click you can see if some workstations or services are affected by an attack. You can really easily quarantine it, check the solution, and fix it.""The solution is very stable."

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"FortiGate as a product is very easy to configure.""There are a lot of features that we like within the solution. The resources or performance of the firewall is very good. However, the real selling point is the fact that the solution offers so many features, it gives our clients a lot of extras that they can work with. There's a lot on offer.""There are many useful features, such as web security and advanced threat detection.""The information security features are the most valuable.""The user experience is great. The graphical user interface is also good.""The VDOM (Virtual DOM) is a virtualized firewall that has some opportunities for flexibility that are an advantage in certain configurations.""The most valuable features are the ease of use, and the overall simplicity, everyone can use it with a small introduction.""The interface is good."

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"Having FortiManager work with all of the Fortinet products would be a good improvement.""Fortinet is releasing quite a lot of new versions and I would say that most of the versions are not well tested before they're pushed out. Even the new versions sometimes are a bit buggy before it's all correct.""Can be difficult to configure.""Setting up FortiManager can be complex because it involves changes from other devices and a lot of configuration.""The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker.""Regional support in African countries needs to be improved.""We have some visibility issues with the reporting.""Performance issues should be improved. We have problems when we have more mobile connections than local devices. Most of us have two to three devices."

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"There are some features for FortiGate using FortiOS that can only be enabled via a command line. These aren't very advanced features they have been part of FortiOS for quite some time but they still aren't accessible from the graphical user interface. It makes it a little bit harder than it should be for us to manage the solution. That's my main concern with the user interface. Another concern we have is some elements for the user interface, if they're not properly configured, it could lead to hardware and performance degradation.""Right now, it's very trendy to integrate everything into the cloud. This solution would be more effective if they did more integration in that regard.""Lacks flexibility for different scenario configurations.""They're using a lot of application-specific IC, so that may be causing some performance issues. And whenever a Fortinet adds new features, it can affect performance.""Fortinet needs to make this solution even more robust. Sometimes when we get a DDoS attack, the cannot withstand it. We can run out of sessions very easily. That said, I suppose if you want more a robust system, then you could purchase higher-end solutions, which are more expensive. Still, I would like to see more protection from even in the low-end version.""The pricing of the product is too high.""I can only compare it with SonicWall, and it is missing many advanced features that SonicWall has.""The pricing model makes this product far more expensive than similar solutions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Fortinet FortiManager is not expensive at all if you compare it with other vendors like Check Point and Cisco. Fortinet products are the least expensive on the market in the category of firewalls."
  • "The licensing costs depend on how many devices you want to use."
  • "In comparison with other products, the price of FortiManager is reasonable."
  • "Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers."
  • "The license model they use depends on the size and is not limited to the users."
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  • "The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device."
  • "The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."
  • "The price of Fortinet FortiOS has been reasonable."
  • "There is a license required for the solution and the price is fair."
  • "The solution could have a better licensing model. It's a bit more expensive than other solutions. The annual subscription is very pricy in Fortinet. The cost could be reduced."
  • "It is not cheap; it is also not expensive. It is somewhere in the middle."
  • "The cost is around $40,000."
  • "The Fortinet solutions can be a bit expensive."
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    It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.
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    Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers. If you want to add something or if you want to resubscribe, there… more »
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    We have some visibility issues with the reporting. As the reporting is not properly available, we have to use many tools to get a meaningful outcome of the reports. There should be training available… more »
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    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… more »
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    The most valuable features are the ease of use, and the overall simplicity, everyone can use it with a small introduction.
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    The solution could have a better licensing model. It's a bit more expensive than other solutions. The annual subscription is very pricy in Fortinet. The cost could be reduced.
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    Overview

    Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

    Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company3%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Transportation Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise23%
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    Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 14 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 18th in Firewalls with 18 reviews. Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Robust, scales well using FortiManager, and you have a choice of two different modes to run in". Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, Cisco DNA Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Cisco Prime and Cisco Stealthwatch, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Azure Firewall, Darktrace and Sangfor NGAF.

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