Features comparison between Palo Alto and Fortinet firewalls

I work at a large enterprise manufacturing company. 

Between Palo Alto and Fortinet firewalls, which one has better features?

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Technology Services Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Mar 22, 2021

In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most.

PA is good at app control, web filtering and such like, they have always been top of the pile there.  The GUI is very good, and their product is very user-focused.

Fortinet is good for scalability and predictable high throughput (ASICs in the hardware), and useful things like authentication flexibility, CLI config (if you have any networking/Cisco people, they always seem to prefer CLI over GUI)  and have better OT features, maybe relevant to your manufacturing use?

Fortinet seem to have a broader integration offering with their security fabric than PA do, plus they can do Fortinet-based wifi, switching, etc. Depends if you are prepared to go all-in with a single vendor.

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CTO & co-Founder at Anevia
Mar 22, 2021


PaloAlto is better when working on app control feature and special virtual wire links.

Execpt that specific point, Fortinet is above.

Best Regards,


Managing Director at FOX DATA
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Mar 20, 2021


Both FT and PA have compelling features for large Enterprises. I would like to add a few good points about Fortinetwhich might be helpful ( from my 13 years of engagement with them as Distributor and Partner)


Have higher throughput; which comes with competitive rates

Wide range of models to select to meet your requirement, without spending heavliy

Outstanding customer support and very active customer care team

Easly available skilled resources from the channel for deployment and post-implementation support 



Lead IT Specialist with 11-50 employees
Mar 23, 2021

Hello. The question is what you are going to have as a result of application

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