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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is #17 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center an average rating of 8.6 out of 10. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most commonly compared to Cisco Ethernet Switches: Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs Cisco Ethernet Switches. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 46% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 22% of all views.
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What is Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center?

With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center Customers

Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data

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What users are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center pricing:
  • "It is reasonably priced."
  • "This solution is expensive but it does not require a license."
  • Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center Reviews

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    IT Network, Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Good management integrity
    Pros and Cons
    • "A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity."
    • "When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably."

    What is most valuable?

    A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity. FortiSwitch has two modes, one standalone and the other managed. The standalone mode cannot be managed from FortiGate, although the managed mode allows one to manage FortiSwitch from FortiGate. This includes the making or assigning of virtual LAN, interfacing, enabling and disabling and patching of upgrades. This can be done from FortiGate to every other FortiSwitch. 

    What needs improvement?

    It would be great were FortiGate to allow for the management of many switches, such as 50 or 60 FortiSwitches. The managed display is very low. It takes a long time for the view to become visible, two or three minutes, perhaps. This is irritating. When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably. 

    When it comes to stability and use of the managed feature, FortiSwitch does not consume many resources, such as CPU and memory. Yet, occasionally, we cannot understand the managed feature of the FortiLink platform. Stability is not really the issue. Troubleshooting is.

    While the installation process is not complicated, the need to do regional configuration of FortiSwitch can be a bit on the tricky side. 

    We have a singular project on the FortiSwitch and this solution does not have many features when it comes to modular installation. One can move from one port to another on the same switch. Since the FortiSwitches do not move, this resulted in a person being unable to move his personal configuration from the same switches. This is a very important feature which our customers require, as they need to have switching abilities, such as in the event that they will move to the conference room. FortiSwitches now offers this important feature. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    As Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is a very young product, we have been distributing it for two or three years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability is not an issue, although troubleshooting can present a challenge. 

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    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    FortiSwitch makes it easy to deal with many switches. It allows a person to install all of the switches on a single special FortiGate button. When it comes to the configuration of one's network, this is important, since it spares a person from the need to individually integrate each switch in the event that there are many involved. 

    How are customer service and support?

    Overall, Fortinet has good support, although this can vary depending on the engineer involved. 

    How was the initial setup?

    While the FortiSwitch setup process is not very involved, the need to do regional configuration can be a tricky issue. There is a learning process. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center as a nine out of ten. 

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    An affordable solution that enables us to manage all network rules for FortiGate
    Pros and Cons
    • "An affordable and stable solution for small-medium companies."
    • "Does not have as many features as other solutions, such as segmentation and analytics engines."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it as an API, as our last solution.

    What is most valuable?

    The main feature is that we can manage all the network's rules for FortiGate, it's the main added value for us.

    What needs improvement?

    The integration of wireless products could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using FortiSwitch for the last six months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The product has a good stability.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initial setup was simple and done by our company. Deployment took from one to two hours.

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

    The cost of FortiNet is affordable and good for price-sensitive accounts.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    The main difference between FortiSwitch and Aruba Switches is the price. The prices of Aruba are higher and they have unlimited features that FortiSwitch does not, like segmentation and analytics engines. Fortinet offers a simpler product. So if the network is simple, I would recommend Fortinet, but if we're dealing with a large network with mini customization and mini requirements, then I'd recommend Aruba and Chorley.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would give FortiSwitch a seven out of ten. I also want to add that this solution would work best in small-medium companies. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    ICT Architect at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Easy to use interface, reasonably priced, and has good technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "It integrates well."
    • "The FortiSwitch product was initially quite complex."

    What is most valuable?

    The interface is good.

    It integrates well.

    It works well.

    What needs improvement?

    The FortiSwitch product was initially quite complex.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center since 2018.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I don't have any issues with the stability of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable solution.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is good. I don't have any problem with technical support.

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

    We have the entire Fortinet FortiSwitch system - Secure Access, firewalls, and everything. We have the entire Fortinet fabric.

    It takes some time to get used to the interface at first. I would rate the Fortinet Secure Access a nine out of ten.

    How was the initial setup?

    This is not an area that I am involved with. I did not set up this solution. For me, it would be difficult.

    What about the implementation team?

    The installation was done mostly by the integrator.

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

    It is reasonably priced.

    What other advice do I have?

    We had a difficult time at first because we were among the first to integrate this product, but everything went smoothly after that.

    I would rate Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center a nine out of ten.

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    Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
    MSP
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Responsive technical support, stable, and scalable

    What needs improvement?

    The solution can improve by upgrading QSFP+, it is very limited and must be supported more than it is now. If we need FortiSwitches to support all the QSFP ports our budgets would have to be very large.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center for approximately three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I have found the solution to be scalable.

    We have thousands of users using this solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support has been very good. They are responsive and helpful. I would recommend this support to anyone using their solutions.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is not difficult.

    What about the implementation team?

    We did the implementation of the solution. For typical installations, we use one technician and if we need to link other devices, such as Fortinet firewalls, then we use two technicians.

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

    This solution is expensive but it does not require a license.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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