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Director at REDCO
Reseller
Top 5
A flexible solution
Pros and Cons
  • "FortiGate integrates well."
  • "New versions are complicated with a big configuration."

What is our primary use case?

We are a reseller of FortiGate, but also a customer. I have configured it in my office. Our primary case use includes equipment installed with customers.

What is most valuable?

We have Fabric Security that integrates with other FortiGate family products like firewalls and switches. This means that we don't need to buy other licenses and it's easy to configure.

What needs improvement?

With every new version, there are issues and new parts due to the improvements. But the improvements are not always easy for the customer, especially when making a big configuration. Rather than being an improvement, it becomes more complicated.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using FortiGate for almost 12 years.

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How are customer service and support?

The support is fine now, however, our last purchase was not as good. They have changed their situation and improved support again.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I had used Sophos UTM, the Endpoints, Access Points, and XG for two years in my office. We switched because of FortiGate's service and because it is a more flexible solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Installation does not require another license so it is inexpensive and easy to configure. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Sophos has a nice interface and is easy to configure. The XG products are good and so are the endpoints. Sophos access points and on-premise are not good.  Sophos also doesn't have enough support to get into the console. Sophos has a Linux box, which is easy to try to resolve most issues, but Sophos support is not good.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Director Of Technology at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Flexible pricing, versatile, scalable, stable, and the support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "It is very versatile."
  • "It has a monitoring tool, but it could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Fortinet FortiGate-VM may be installed on Azure or AWS.

You can either install it in your data center alongside your virtual applications or put it in the public cloud to secure it.

What is most valuable?

It is very versatile.

What needs improvement?

More monitoring should be included with Fortinet FortiGate-VM, in my opinion.

It has a monitoring tool, but it could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been selling Fortinet FortiGate VM for at least 12 years. It could be 15 years because it has been exclusive since the beginning.

It's available both on-premises and in the cloud.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is very scalable because you can use Fortinet FortiManager.

We have a big team of many people.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is good.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

With Fortinet FortiGate-VM you can bring your own licensing, or it can be paid on a yearly basis.

Pricing is very flexible.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely, I would recommend this solution to others.

FortiGate Cloud and FortiGate-VM are the same product.

FortiOS is the operating system on FortiGate.

Fortinet has a very large product portfolio. You have the VM, and you have physical appliances for Firewalls.

I would rate Fortinet FortiGate-VM a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Straightforward and easy to manage
Pros and Cons
  • "I've found the UTM features and the SD-WAN to be most valuable."
  • "The operating system isn't stable, so it goes to memory counters every night."

What is our primary use case?

The majority of my use cases are firewalls and SD-WAN.

How has it helped my organization?

Most customers are moving to SD-WAN, so with FortiGate-VM, when solutions are traditional WAN, limitations have been addressed by the SD-WAN.

What is most valuable?

I've found the UTM features and the SD-WAN to be most valuable.

What needs improvement?

The operating system isn't stable, so it goes to memory counters every night.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution isn't very stable with the new operating systems compared to the old ones.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

FortiGate is scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've previously used Sophos, Palo Alto, and Check Point. We switched to FortiGate because it's straightforward and easy to manage and also has co-costing for customers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward, and I'd rate my experience as four out of five. Depending on the environment, deployment takes between two to three months.

What was our ROI?

I would rate the ROI as four out of five.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is usually on an annual, two-year, or three-year basis. I would rate the product's pricing as four out of five.

What other advice do I have?

I'd give this solution a rating of nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Creative Head/Director at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A stable solution with good technical support, easy installation and ease of use, but the GUI features could be better
Pros and Cons
  • "The technical support is very good."
  • "The solution should provide more useful GUI features."

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for creating IPsec tunnels and web and application filters. We use it for monitoring virtual traffic on platforms including VMware solutions. 

What is most valuable?

I only know a little bit about the solution's firmware.

This said, the solution is stable and user-friendly. 

What needs improvement?

The solution should provide more useful GUI features. This would prevent us from having to resort to CLI or certain basic commands. 

There should be an IPsec failover. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Fortinet FortiGate-VM for around four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. It does not need to be improved. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is very easy and user-friendly. 

What about the implementation team?

We have two teams, involving PLM managers, whose sole job is to support the customers. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for a yearly license. 

What other advice do I have?

We deployed the solution in a vCenter, using VMware. We do so solely on cloud. 

We have around 10 clients who are making use of on-premises deployment. 

We usually recommend SonicWall and Sophos in place of the solution since, with this IPsec solution, if one configures to an HPE with the IPsec failover, it fails to work. 

I rate Fortinet FortiGate-VM as a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good dashboards and simple deployment
Pros and Cons
  • "The dashboards are a good feature."
  • "Technical support could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this product is as a firewall. We are partners of Fortinet and I'm a security engineer. 

How has it helped my organization?

In our organization, Fortinet is one of the trusted partners. We have offered the solution for a medium-size entrepreneur 

What is most valuable?

The dashboards are a good feature and the deployment is simple. 

What needs improvement?

The technical support could be improved. I'd like to see the security platform upgraded.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have Started learning and deploying FortiGate for 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is looking stable as per knowledge

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is flexible and scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

They need to improve the technical support. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with checkpoint. And that solution is also good. 

How was the initial setup?

It is straightforward for deployment

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Fortinet is competitively priced, it's cheaper than Palo Alto and Check Point. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are the technologies partner so we have recommended the solution by customer dependence upon their use cases

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this solution and would rate it a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
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Network Security Engineer at a consumer goods company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Overall simple to use, reliable, and useful VPN tool
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features we have found to be the VPN, ease of use, and overall simplicity."
  • "Web filtering is a feature that needs some improvement. There should be some additional features to allow active users to change their own passwords."

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for IPS, internal segmentation, inspections, and VPN.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features we have found to be the VPN, ease of use, and overall simplicity.

What needs improvement?

Web filtering is a feature that needs some improvement. There should be some additional features to allow active users to change their own passwords.

Additionally, the secure web gateway and the inspection feature need more security improvement in the next release.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has been reliable in my experience.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 250 users using the solution in my organization and we plan to increase usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been good.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to install.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are on an annual license for this solution and it could be cheaper.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Previously we evaluated other solutions, such as Check Point and the Palo Alto firewalls. This solution is easier to understand than the others.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. Especially if they are new to these types of solutions, it is easy to understand.

I rate Fortinet FortiGate-VM an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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MauricioCorrêa - PeerSpot reviewer
Full support analyst at Gruppen
Real User
Top 5
A very friendly and easy solution with an easy to use configuration, graphical interface and command line
Pros and Cons
  • "The configuration, graphical interface and command line are easy to use."
  • "The price is problematic."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a public cloud for Microsoft Azure. 

What is most valuable?

My experience with the solution has been very positive and Fortinet provides a great layer of security when it comes to SD-WAN and other security capabilities. There are many models available to suit a host of environments. 

The solution is extremely easy and friendly. The configuration, graphical interface and command line are easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The price is problematic. 

An interesting feature of the vendor license involves SD-WAN orchestrator and this should be addressed in the part which deals with feature licensing. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with FortiGate products for the past five years and with Fortinet FortiGate-VM for the past year. 

How are customer service and support?

The technical support varies with the product in question. The support for FortiGate appliances is relatively good compared with the more complicated support afforded other products. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I like the comparative use of the SD-WAN feature of the solution. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution could be better priced. 

What other advice do I have?

My sole experience with the solution is in the Azure environments. 

As a Fortinet partner, I make use of many of its products. 

As I feel Fortinet FortiGate-VM to be a good solution, I rate it as a ten out of ten. 

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Consultor Infraestructura, Networking y Seguridad en Seti Consulting at SETI CONSULTING
Real User
Top 20
Easy to set up, stable and fast with good WAN optimization capabilities

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate-VM as an SD-WAN solution and for security profiles.

I do not recall which version we are using. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the WAN optimization. 

What needs improvement?

We have encountered certain issues with the bandwidth in respect of the security layer. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Fortinet FortiGate-VM for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has good stability. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For the moment, we don't have plans to increase the usage. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple.

The setup period can vary. I believe it did not take us more than a week. 

What about the implementation team?

There are ten people in our organization who are responsible for the deployment. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing costs are of a general nature. There are no additional costs beyond the standard fee. 

What other advice do I have?

There are around 100 users making use of the solution in our organization. 

The solution is quite good. It is simple and fast. 

I rate Fortinet FortiGate-VM as a nine out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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