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Fortinet FortiGate Pros

SM
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The ease of setting the solution up is a valuable aspect for us.
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Eric-Smith - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Engineer/Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
One of the nice things about FortiGate is that it can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises. You can actually do both. That's the biggest reason why I stick with this solution as opposed to something like Cisco Meraki. Another nice thing is that I can log directly into a FortiGate or get to it through their FortiCloud access products. They're pretty reliable and consistent. One of the reasons why I started using the product was their single pane of management. I can deploy their line of firewalls in conjunction with their switching and access points, and I can manage the entire network from one interface. I don't have to log into one interface for the firewall, another one for the access points, and another one for the switches. These firewalls have access point controller functionality built right into the system, so I don't even have to purchase additional devices to manage them.
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JC
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees
There are great templates, so you don't have to customize them if you don't want to. You do have the option to custom create some folders and some reports, however, with what is there, you don't really need to go through extra effort, as they already give you a lot of predefined views of reports and so forth.
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Buyer's Guide
Fortinet FortiGate
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
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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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Chingiz Abdukarimov - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at a integrator with 11-50 employees
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
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EP
Director of IT with 51-200 employees
It's super reliable. I don't think I've ever had a reliability issue with it.
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JT
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees
The simplicity of the product is great. It's very easy to use, which is a compliment we get all the time in terms of feedback.
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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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Amar Patil - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Thendo Ndzimeni - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Automated Outsourcing services
Secure, user-friendly, stable, and scalable network security solution. Installation is straightforward.
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Fortinet FortiGate Cons

SM
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The biggest "gotcha" is that if the client purchases what they call the UTM shared bundle, which has unified threat management on both, it's not as easy to manage if you have more than one firewall.
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Eric-Smith - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Engineer/Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
FortiLink is the interface on the firewall that allows you to extend switch management across all of your switches in the network. The problem with it is that you can't use multiple interfaces unless you set them up in a lag. Only then you can run them. So, it forces you to use a core type of switch to propagate that management out to the rest of the switches, and then it is running the case at 200. It leaves you with 18 ports on the firewall because it is also a layer-three router that could also be used as a switch, but as soon as you do that, you can't really use them. They could do a little bit more clean up in the way the stacking interface works. Some use cases and the documentation on the FortiLink checking interface are a little outdated. I can find stuff on version 5 or more, but it is hard to find information on some of the newer firmware. The biggest thing I would like to see is some improvement in the switch management feature. I would like to be able to relegate some of the ports, which are on the firewall itself, to act as a switch to take advantage of those ports. Some of these firewalls have clarity ports on them. If I can use those, it would mean that I need to buy two less switches, which saves time. I get why they don't, but I would still like to see it because it would save a little bit of space in the server rack.
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JC
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees
There are SD-WAN network monitoring, SD-WAN features, Industrial Databases, Internet of Things, Detection, etc., however, we do have not licenses for those features. We thought that if you bought a product, you should have all of the features it offers. Why should you need to make so many extra purchases to enable features? They should have one price for the entire offering.
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Buyer's Guide
Fortinet FortiGate
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
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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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Chingiz Abdukarimov - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at a integrator with 11-50 employees
I think there could be more QoS features
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EP
Director of IT with 51-200 employees
Monitoring and reporting could be better.
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JT
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees
You do need some IT knowledge in order to effectively work with the solution.
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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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Thendo Ndzimeni - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Amar Patil - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Buyer's Guide
Fortinet FortiGate
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Fortinet FortiGate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.