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What Is The Biggest Difference Between Fortinet FortiGate and WatchGuard XTM?

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Fortinet FortiGate vs WatchGuard XTM.

People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?

What is the biggest difference between Fortinet FortiGate and WatchGuard XTM? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague evaluating firewalls and why?

Thanks for helping your peers make the best decision!

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11 Answers
Analista de Suporte e Redes at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Mar 19, 2019

The main difference between Watchguard and Fortinet is the operating system, and how it uses the hardware features. The user interface in Fortinet is cleaner and we can adjust network and security needs in a logical way. Point-of-care only for SSO, certificate usage does not work sometimes, but this issue is handled in new OS releases.

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Senior Software Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 19, 2019

Technically, watchguard can't scale in terms of performance and features protection for network, endpoint and cloud like FortiGate.

FortiGate has chipset that can support software turn on in the form of fabric technology.

Lastly, FortiGate has API which allow integration with 3rd parties technology to share policy, context and intelligence.

Senior Network Engineer ( Enterprise Wireless Solutions) with 11-50 employees
Mar 18, 2019

Fortinet FortiGate is a firewall with assured performance since it has ASSIC based purpose build processors. Also it has very reputed signature base worldwide. WatchGuard is good for SMBs where performance is not a major factor at perimeter security.

systems engineer at a retailer with 11-50 employees
Real User
Mar 18, 2019

I have worked with only 2 FortiGate routers, remember them as having Sonicwall similar traits for management. Ok, but not that intuitive, so you had to learn and remember the management rules.
The WG units are more familiar to me, as I have setup dozens of these units in various models. I know the management Watchguard System Manager software more completely, so I understand it better, and remember it more.
The management is still just as exact as the Fortigate, but more intuitive in my understanding.
WG can be managed using a browser interface, but the WSM software is still more complete, in my opinion.

Mar 18, 2019

Fortinet fortiGate have large products portfolio as compare to watchGuard.

Director Comercial with 11-50 employees
Mar 23, 2020

The difference is the poor performance that Fortigate has when it has all its services in use. Compare which customers have fortinet and which watchguards and see why the institutions in greatest need of security have watchguards.

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Network and IT Security Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 19, 2019

UTMs option in fortiGate in better. High-performance network security solutions, users, and data from continually evolving threats.

Mar 19, 2019

Fortinet FortiGate is a firewall with assured performance since it has
ASSIC based purpose build processors. Also, it has a very reputed signature
base worldwide. WatchGuard is good for SMBs where performance is not a
major factor at perimeter security. So I suggest better choose Fortinet for
your requirement.

Consultant with 11-50 employees
Mar 18, 2019

Fortinet are portable – cheap and easy to use

Diretor de Vendas e Marketing at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Mar 18, 2019

FortiGate is the best option for UTMs. Fortinet has most of the market share. Depends on the type of project that will structure, and the type of professional you have to support and maintain.

User at Dimension Data
Mar 18, 2019

I would recommend FortiGate, efficient and not complicated at all. Also cheaper and support comes with it

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