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"The solution is very stable.""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.""The most valuable feature is the central configuration for firewall policies.""Fortinet FortiManager allows a full view of all the devices on the network from one location.""It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.""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.""Fortinet has the option of synchronization in the cloud, so you can manage everything if you have a cloud account."

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"We didn't experience any bugs.""It shows us the saturation of the network of devices. It gives us a clear view of the flows in the network to understand, for instance, planning upgrades in the network to get an idea of what's going on the network on traffic flows. It gives us insight, for instance, on what's going on on our VPN Client. There are a lot of things where it provides very helpful information. It also gives us our security reports with quite detailed information on what's going on in the network, and whether there are data exfiltrations and so on."

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"We have some visibility issues with the reporting.""The GUI could be updated. It's not as good as it could be and is something the solution should improve in an upcoming release.""The response times from technical support need to be a bit quicker.""Setting up FortiManager can be complex because it involves changes from other devices and a lot of configuration.""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.""We have experienced a series of minor bugs that necessitated contacted technical support on several occasions.""The solution could improve by having better integration with other solutions other than Fortinet.""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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"We couldn't get it set up properly.""Data retention needs improvement. Data retention is a thing where we are looking for a better way to collect flow data for a longer time to do forensic research on security incidents. By default, data retention is quite low. We need detailed data in safe storage for a longer time, e.g., for a couple of months. An improvement would be a way to export data into a secure long-term storage."

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  • "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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  • "We recently bought a license upgrade, so we will integrate more exporters. We upgraded from a 25 exporter license to a 50 exporter license. Therefore, there will be more flows, and this will be an extension. I don't know when we will purchase a faster server, because the server that we have is quite new."
  • "It's about €10,000 a year for initial license and yearly maintenance costs. In addition, the hardware costs are about €10,000 once every five years."
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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.

    The Scrutinizer incident response system leverages network traffic analytics to provide active monitoring, visualization, and reporting of network and security incidents. The system quickly delivers the rich forensic data needed by IT professionals to support fast and efficient incident response.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Oxford Networks, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, UltiSat, Wipro, West Aurora School District 129, SUNY Geneseo College, Bloomington Public Schools, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Kitsap Credit Union, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Houston Texas, Carilion Clinic, Banner Health, IDEXX Laboratories, Phibro Animal Health Corporation, Goodwill Industries, Parmalat, Armstrong Coal Company, Flybe, James Walker
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company3%
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Government13%
    Insurance Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 2nd in Network Management Applications with 14 reviews while Plixer Scrutinizer is ranked 7th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 2 reviews. Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.0, while Plixer Scrutinizer is rated 7.0. 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 Plixer Scrutinizer writes "Helps us understand what's going on in our netowrk. Client VPN and DMZ". Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, Fortinet FortiOS, Cisco DNA Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and Cisco Prime, whereas Plixer Scrutinizer is most compared with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, Darktrace, Cisco Stealthwatch and PRTG Network Monitor.

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