I am researching firewalls and found the following two options: Fortinet FortiGate and pfSense.
What are the differences between these two firewalls? Which firewall do you prefer and why?
Thank you for your help.
Especially with support and updates of the signatures, FortiGate has a more solid base. Being an IPO company, with respect to Pfsense, start as a community project and you can purchase support and even dedicated appliances if you have a budget for FortiGate, or if you are starting Pfsense.
Both are very good products, but some features that Sophos mentioned as new, FortiGate has been handling. If you are going to grow with several appliances I recommend Sophos, since the administration can be done from the cloud. With Fortinet, you have to pay a licensing fee. In terms of costs and all the options, they are very similar. Another detail to review is the support, at the beginning with Fortigate, I had enough details, but it is really improving significantly with respect to Sophos.
My comment is based on experience and I do not lean toward any of the brands. To reiterate, they are good types of equipment.
Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 25, 2022
FortiGate. Fortinet is in Gartner Leader Magic Quadrant (MQ).
Sophos is in Niche Player Quadrant if I remember right.
You can never go wrong picking a vendor in the Gartner Leader MQ. Show the Gartner MQ to your leadership to get them on board too.
If I look at it only from the point of view of analytics and performance, I lean towards Fortinet, but if I look at it at the service level and with the possibility of being part of an even larger project, this is when I don't see competitors for Fortinet and I mean the component. of after-sales services, the local presence in my country has come from less to more, which makes the difference when choosing a partner to work with.