Fortinet FortiGate Pros

DO
Network Solutions Architect at Yazata Solutions
FortiGate's web and URL filtering are unlike any other firewall I've used. The functionality of URL filtering in those solutions is problematic because everything is encrypted, and firewalls can't break that encryption protocol. Fortinet has an SSL proxy, so the encryption is done before the packet ever leaves the FortiGate. The URL filter is definitely one of the most helpful features.
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JM
Network admin at Penobscot Valley Hospital
It does a lot for you for intrusion protection and as an antivirus. The threat management bundle is worth the money. You don't need another company to monitor your web traffic for you. You can do everything yourself on the firewall. You restrict your own black list for people on the firewall. You don't need to pay some other company for another product to do that for you. The firewall can do that for you. So, it's an easy-to-use product for people to be independent. They don't need to rely on other vendors to do what the firewall can do. They can do everything.
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TN
Network Administrator at Automated Outsourcing services
Secure, user-friendly, stable, and scalable network security solution. Installation is straightforward.
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Fortinet FortiGate
February 2023
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AP
Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
The management console is pretty simple, so anyone who understands networking can initially deploy the solution.
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VK
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The pricing is great and very reasonable.
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MS
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
The base firewall features are quite valuable to us.
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JB
Senior Network Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
It can expand easily.
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AM
Security Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate are the ability to work in proxy mode, which other solutions, such as Palo Alto cannot. There are some features that are better that come at no extra license or subscriptions cost, such as basic SD-WAN. The DLT is useful, other solutions have the same feature too, such as Palo Alto.
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Sunil Kumar Nair - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Technology at Al Falah University
Fortinet FortiGate has many valuable features, such as IDS, and intrusion detection. It has security features that are in part with the technologies that are available in the market.
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Mario De Keer - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure & Service Manageer at Cerba Research
It is easy to use. We chose this product for the possibility to have virtual domains (VDOMs). We are building another company in the group, and we would like to split the firewalling rules and policies between these two companies. Each company would be able to manage its own policies and security rules, which is an advantage of Fortinet FortiGate. We can define VDOMs, and every company can manage its own VDOM as if it has its own physical firewall, but in fact, we would be using the same physical appliance because we are also using the same internet lines. So, it allows us to reuse the existing resources without the disadvantage of having to compromise on policies and security. Each company can choose its own way of working.
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Fortinet FortiGate Cons

DO
Network Solutions Architect at Yazata Solutions
My only complaint about FortiGate is a lack of QinQ VLAN tunneling. I haven't found this feature in any Fortinet product. You can do this on all Cisco routers, including the smaller models. However, QinQ isn't available on the biggest, most expensive Fortinet units. They still don't have that. I think now we're on software version 6.0, and they still haven't found a solution for QinQ. It isn't a dealbreaker, but that's my main complaint.
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JM
Network admin at Penobscot Valley Hospital
I don't really have anything negative to say as far as Fortinet firewalls are concerned. If anything, they can support a user a little bit better. They can stop being so time-sensitive about how much time the support call has taken, and they can help you do it yourself.
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TN
Network Administrator at Automated Outsourcing services
Fortinet FortiGate can be integrated with different platforms. They have integrations in place, but I can't say they're 100%.
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AP
Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
Currently, FortiGate is providing SSL VPN. But they're missing some features that are available in Palo Alto's SSL VPN.
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VK
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It would be good if they had fewer updates.
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MS
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
The Wi-Fi controller needs a lot of improvement.
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JB
Senior Network Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
With the reports, you can see it, and you can get good feelings so upper management can go, "Oh, wow. That looks pretty." However, it's very basic.
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AM
Security Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Fortinet FortiGate could improve by having better visibility. Palo Alto has better visibility.
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Sunil Kumar Nair - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Technology at Al Falah University
One of the features that I would like to have is to do with endpoint production, it should be integrated. For example, the firewall gets notified of any kind of forensic event that needs to be done, such as if there is a ransomware attack and how it originated, all those records have to be available from the firewall, which is not.
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Mario De Keer - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure & Service Manageer at Cerba Research
We had some issues in the beginning while setting it up, but after doing the firmware update, it is working fine.
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Fortinet FortiGate
February 2023
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