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2018-06-19T00:35:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering Fortinet FortiAnalyzer?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Fortinet FortiAnalyzer, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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21 Answers
Yati Gharat - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at Litmus
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-25T13:36:38Z
25 May 21

If you have critical objects to protect or critical data to protect, then you should go for FortiAnalyzer. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate Fortinet FortiAnalyzer at eight.

EV
Conseiller en architecture technologique at a government with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-03-10T20:51:26Z
10 March 21

We just installed our latest version a few weeks ago. It's the brand-new version of the product. For those considering the solution, I've been told that it's cheaper to buy Fortinet or FortiGate instead of buying Cisco ASA. If cost is a concern, it might be a good idea to look at Fortinet. We are just customers and end-users of Fortinet. We don't have a business relationship with them. Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. It's largely been very good.

OS
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-02-11T07:18:00Z
11 February 21

I would absolutely recommend FortiAnalyzer. Fortinet products have internal logging mechanisms if they have internal disks or stores. But if you have multiple location SD-WAN branches for multiple areas you are controlling with FortiGate, the hardware doesn't give any disk or storage, only limited storage. So if you want to go further on the logging, you have limited options, maybe one week or two weeks. So if you're using a FortiAnalyzer in the SD-WAN branches, you have a centralized logging mechanism, so you can collect all the logs in a central location and you can make the correlations or analytics with all the devices. Otherwise, you can go device, device to see what is happening on each site. On a scale of one to ten, I would give Fortinet FortiAnalyzer a seven. To improve this rating, as I mentioned, I need to see the older bugs, the graphical user experience, made better, like Check Point. Check Point is more visual than FortiAnalyzer. If the customer has experience with the Check Point logging mechanism, they will seek additional features in the FortiAnalyzer, but it has to be more visual. So as I said, the graphical issues must improve.

VD
Implementation Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 10
2021-01-17T09:11:26Z
17 January 21

We use different deployment versions of Fortinet solutions. We use, for example, 200E and 200D and 100 too. These are the most popular. Right now, use the virtual environment. This is a product that is very good for when you're using a Fortinet ecosystem. If you have a mix of vendors, it's not recommended. Overall, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've been quite happy with their offering.

Luis Gerardo Gonzalez - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Architect at ZENTIUS
Reseller
Top 10
2020-12-08T05:37:34Z
08 December 20

There are plenty of solutions. Fortinet FortiAnalyzer is very helpful if you are really into FortiGate devices. We handle other firewalls, but 80% to 85% of them are Fortinet, so it is a very good solution because it has native integration with everything, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have less than 50% of Fortinet firewalls. If you have agnostic technology, you can integrate all of them into the same solution. FortiAnalyzer is only for FortiGates right now. I would rate Fortinet FortiAnalyzer a nine out of ten. It just needs more integration with IT service management tools for endpoint detection and response, which is the main objective.

PK
Jr. Engineer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-10-19T09:33:29Z
19 October 20

I would recommend this solution, but it also depends on the organization. We are using this solution, and we are getting good results. I would rate Fortinet FortiAnalyzer a ten out of ten. It is the best.

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Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-11T08:58:12Z
11 October 20

We're Fortinet end-users. I was on older versions and now I'm with a newer version. People have faced many issues after downloading the latest update so I tend to keep one update back from the newest one to avoid issues. I'd advise other potential users that, first of all, if they have Fortinet products in their environment, they should consider FortiAnaylzer. If they don't have it, they shouldn't consider it. They need to have Fortinet appliances. Secondly, it is a very easy configuration, so companies will not have any problems configuring the FortiAnaylzer. It doesn't require a lot of resources. We're going to bring a dedicated server for our FortiAnaylzer due to the fact that it is a bit of a predefined virtual machine that we can download from Fortinet's side. If you don't want to go deep in the reports and logs, it can rely on the built-in reporting tools in your appliances. If you happen to have three Fortinet solutions in your environment then you need to have a FortiAnaylzer as it helps a lot in troubleshooting. It helps a lot with predicting everything that you might see happening on a lot on your network. You will need to have FortiAnaylzer due to the fact that the reporting is not that advanced in the appliances. Overall, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If it was more automated and added in some AI elements, I would rate it higher.

HU
System Administrator at a logistics company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-09-27T04:10:00Z
27 September 20

If you have Fortinet Firewall, you must implement FortiAnalyzer because, without the Analyzer, you can't generate the polls. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of seven. I would give them a higher rating if they improved their scalability.

Dilip Saraf - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Head at MASS INFONET (P) LTD.
Real User
Top 10
2020-09-21T06:33:00Z
21 September 20

We are an official partner and distributor of Fortinet in Maharashtra and Goa. We have only Fortinet products, and we are the sales stockist and we also offer our services. We have a limited portfolio and handle products such as FortiGate, FortiManager, FortiSwitch, and FortiED as well as FortiAnalyzer. You can see in the Gartner report, Fortinet remains in the top tier of products, alongside Palo Alto and Check Point. Even Sophos and Sonic Wall aren't as highly ranked as Fortinet. There isn't much competition locally on the market here. Palo Alto is technically a competitor, however, it lacks a few things that Fortinet already has. I would definitely recommend the product. In fact, I would recommend the whole Fortinet portfolio to each and every client. Of course, which product would depend on the client requirements. All are excellent. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. Technical support is lacking, however, we have an internal team that can fulfill those needs.

Rafael Riera - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 10
2020-09-13T07:02:17Z
13 September 20

We are a reseller. We have some customers who use this product, and I help them with the configuration of the basic features. Fortinet FortiAnalyzer is useful for seeing the problems of the network and analyzing what is happening in your network. If you have an attack or some security problem, you can immediately see the information in the logs. I would rate Fortinet FortiAnalyzer an eight out of ten.

Rupsan Shrestha - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Presales Engineer at Dristi Tech Pvt.ltd
Real User
2020-08-27T10:31:47Z
27 August 20

It is kind of a very good network packet analyzer solution. It does what a network analyzer should do, and it does it very well. In terms of firewalls and using network analyzers, Fortinet has always been the leader among the leaders. Fortinet provides very good features and products. Specifically, if you want to use Fortinet FortiAnalyzer, you need to have a FortiGate environment. You need at least one FortiGate or other similar product in your network. So, if you are already using or are into Fortinet products, then FortiAnalyzer is a very good product to add on top of other products. Having only FortiAnalyzer in your network is kind of useless. I would rate Fortinet FortiAnalyzer a nine out of ten. It's a very good product.

AlesCiber - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT System Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-08-23T08:17:18Z
23 August 20

I am an expert in Juniper and Fortinet at a professional level. Previously in another company, we were service providers, and I did the implementation for service delivery cargo, and for an enterprise company, I did the firewall migration. I would recommend Fortinet FortiAnalyzer. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Baherathan Kathirgamanathan - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager - Cloud Planning and Development at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-03-16T06:56:09Z
16 March 20

We are Fortinet partners. For those organizations that need to use a product for reporting or some analysis of logs, this is a good solution. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. The features are basic, and there's not too much business intelligence behind them. If it offered more of that, I'd rate it higher.

PrideChieza - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Engineer at Frampol
Real User
2019-09-05T05:37:00Z
05 September 19

This solution, at every stage, does what I expect it to. My advice for anybody researching this solution is to consider the size of their organization. If it is very big and they need to retain a log for a specific number of days or a period of time, for example, going back to thirty days and they also need to analyze the traffic in real-time, then FortiAnalyzer would be ideal. However, the same service is now available on FortiCloud, which is something else that I highly recommend. With other solutions, such as NetFlow Analyzer, you can really customize your report to what you expect. Together you can insert logs, you can customize your reports with the logs that you're receiving, unlike with FortiAnalyzer. This is a major drawback. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Dharmarajen Palanee - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical lead at Rogers Capital Technology Services Ltd
Reseller
2019-08-29T09:32:00Z
29 August 19

I rate this solution a 6 out of 10. It is a good security firmware for automation. From a single dashboard we can get all the logs and traffic information on our firewall. We can get more visibility, so there is no need for the engineer to go in each and every firewall to get information. Even if we don't use the FortiAnalyzer, we can use a FortiCloud to send a log. But we are still using a cloud-based solution. We are using our internet bandwidth to send logs. That's in real-time or scheduling. If bandwidth is the key factor, I will not recommend the customer to use a FortiCloud. And even if you are using the FortiCloud, the basic free version, you have a retention log for only seven days. If you want to have a longer retention log, let's say for one year, then you need to create a subscription with FortiGate. In that case, it is better to have a FortiAnalyzer on-premise. Always try to listen to your customer.

it_user494214 - PeerSpot reviewer
System & Network Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-08-29T08:53:00Z
29 August 19

Anyone who asks me about a Fortinet product, I'll give that person a thumbs-up. So far, Fortinet has been the best for me. It's a value-for-money appliance, it has an easy to use interface, and it gives you exactly what you want. The only drawback would be the price.

MA
Information Security Specialist at Ministry of Heritage and Culture
Real User
2019-08-28T09:52:00Z
28 August 19

We are using the private cloud deployment model. I would rate the solution nine out of ten. I don't have much to compare it to, but it's been fairly good.

MD
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
Real User
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
26 August 19

I would recommend this solution to somebody considering it. The relevance of this solution will depend on the case. If you are considering this solution I would ask what you really intend to accomplish with it and what model you want. It's going to be based on the data you need to protect and analyze. If I had to choose between FortiSIEM and FortiAnalyzer for log position it's better to go for SIEM. We all know that we can do a lot more with SIEM than just a log collection. Log collection is included in FortiSIEM; so, why acquire FortiAnalyzer is you can have FortiSIEM? I would rate FortiAnalyzer a 6.5 out of ten.

MN
Head of Service at MPM
Real User
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
26 August 19

I will definitely recommend this solution to others. My rating is a ten out of ten.

H+Erbs Molefi - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
26 August 19

FortiAnalyzer is a good product, and anybody who implements this solution will get good results from it. The support from Fortinet is awesome. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

RP
Consultor de Seguridad at Grupo CEPRA
User
2018-06-19T00:35:00Z
19 June 18

My only experience is with a very important customer, the most recognized in Latin America.

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MD
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
26 August 19
We use the on-prem deployment model of this solution. My primary use case for this solution is for log collection. I have a lot of FortiGates that I have to collect logs from, so I primarily use it for log collection. We plan to deploy a SIEM and we want to try to see how to integrate all the solutions to our SIEM. We are processing for PCI data specifications. We have to respond to PCI requirements, so that's why we are making some changes and acquiring some new security solutions to deploy. Among them, we have FortiSIEM and other security solutions like antivirus.
MN
Head of Service at MPM
26 August 19
Our primary use case of this solution is for bandwidth. We are very satisfied with this program.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 30, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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MN
Head of Service at MPM
26 August 19
All Fortinet programs come at a good price.
H+Erbs Molefi - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
26 August 19
Our licensing fees are on a yearly basis. We have several products including Fortinet Wireless, FortiGate Firewalls, and FortiAnalyzer, which are bundled together and cost approximately $50,000 USD annually. We don't pay anything else in addition to the standard licensing fees.
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