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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet FortiOS?


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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25 Answers
Saleem Ullah Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager - IT Business Solutions at Kuwait Automotive Imports Company
Real User
02 August 22

We started with a three-year license and have since renewed it. For three years, we paid about 2,800 KD, which is about $9,000. The product is pretty affordable overall.

RaynoPowell - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Analyst at EOH
Real User
Top 20
11 July 22

There are different types of licensing. It depends on what kind of licensing you decide to take, if it's on an annual basis or if it's a three-year basis. It also depends on what modules you have selected in your firewall. If you have the next business day on-site warranty, and if you have the actual hardware replacement, the normal RMA on devices like Cisco and those devices where the device fails, the company comes out and swaps the device out for you free of charge, that comes at a price. It greatly depends on what options you take with their warranties and guarantees and stuff. It's very difficult to say what the licensing is until you break down which module you will take. You need to buy the modules or the add-ons based on your needs. Licensing then will be directly connected to that. It’s like purchasing Windows. You can just buy Windows. However, you won't get Office working necessarily. It's the same with the FortiOS licensing. You buy the OS; then you buy everything you want to run on it. You can just buy the operating system, the FortiOS. However, it won't give you IPS or any other advanced firewall rules. That will be an additional cost on your licensing. They are slightly on the pricey side. They are affordable. However, they are not cheap. I’d rate them a two out of five in terms of affordability.

Director at REDCO
Top 5
17 June 22

A medium 100 or 200 Series box costs around $3000, and the software cost is around 55% of the hardware cost.

Security Architect - SME at Rrivate Entrepreneur
Real User
01 June 22

The price of Fortinet FortiOS is comparable to other similar solutions on the market. We are on an annual license to use the solution.

Joao Gama Mendes - PeerSpot reviewer
Responsible for Cyber Security at IMT IP
Real User
31 May 22

We had a three-year license to use Fortinet FortiOS and we are going to renew it this year.

SamiEsber - PeerSpot reviewer
Security consultant at Manaai corp.
Real User
Top 5
31 May 22

The price of Fortinet FortiOS is reasonable and it is paid annually. You are able to select the features that you want.

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Muhammad Jahangir - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Devops at emergent
Real User
Top 5
03 May 22

It would be better if it were cheaper. We have the firewall in our office, and the license is expiring in 20 to 25 days. We got a quote for almost 80,000 Pakistani Rupees, which is a little costly.

Systems manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
24 December 21

I am on a two-year contract and I pay annually for Fortinet FortiOS.

IT Infrastructure at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
16 December 21

The Fortinet solutions can be a bit expensive.

Dago Pacheco - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure and Services Manager at Universidad Arturo Prat
Real User
Top 20
16 December 21

The solution is fairly expensive. The cost is around $40,000. It would be ideal if they offered more licensing options.

Gaurab Dev Manandhar - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
24 November 21

The solution could have a better licensing model. It's a bit more expensive than other solutions. The annual subscription is very pricy in Fortinet. The cost could be reduced.

Senior Manager (Engineering Department) at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
28 October 21

FortiOS has a UTM feature, for which you have to buy an annual subscription. Most brands of firewalls will also have such a subscription.

Vincent Gonzales - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
27 August 21

The price of Fortinet FortiOS has been reasonable.

System Administrator at RBDigital
Real User
Top 5
16 April 21

I work on the configuration and not really involved in the pricing. It was already in place when the company decided to switch back to Fortinet. I concentrate more on security.

PeerSpot user
Technical Head at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
11 August 20

The costs for the maintenance and subscription for Fortinet FortiOS software alone is actually half of the cost of the hardware. For example, if your hardware costs were about $40,000, your yearly subscription to FortiOS is about $20,000. That is kind of the drawback to using Fortinet. By comparison, that $60,000 is already three years of maintenance or support with Check Point for the same scale setup. It is a significant cost difference.

Executive - Data & IP at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
05 August 20

The solution is too expensive. If they could push down their prices, that would be great. However, I'm not in charge of purchasing. I wouldn't know about the exact costs.

Rafael Riera - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Top 10
30 June 20

The pricing is good. They are especially fair when compared with other companies, like Palo Alto, for example, which can get quite expensive.

Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
18 June 20

I'm not sure of the pricing, but my understanding, after looking into Sophos, is that Fortinet is less expensive than Sophos.

JOSEPH MILLER - PeerSpot reviewer
President at Key Solutions, Inc.
Real User
15 June 20

They're very competitive and easy to work with in terms of pricing. I can't say, that's why we chose them, that's why we've stuck with them. It's a very well-respected name in the industry. Everybody wants to go to Cisco for different things and everybody loves to hate Cisco. Cisco is a great product for large companies. They're low income, they're low-end products and their support for their low-end products leaves a lot to be desired. That's hence why SonicWall, Extreme Networks, and Fortinet are in business. There are these other smaller companies that are getting involved with the smaller companies, taking market shares away from Cisco because Cisco's support for their product is bad. The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device. The support contract usually includes software upgrades, hardware maintenance, and hardware break-fix. And they very seldom break.

SoheylNorozi - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
29 August 19

I think the cost of the product categorizes FortiOS because it is a bit more expensive than small businesses will usually want to spend. It is not really practical for SMB or for small businesses. It is mostly for mid-range or higher SMBs because of the pricing. It is not expensive compared to some products, but a small business may not justify the cost. The cost ends up being dependent on the solution you choose and if you want individual or package licensing.

Product Manager & System Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
29 August 19

We pay $100,000. That covers the cost of the hardware that we run the VN's on. That also includes any SGNA costs for the internal support tech.

KevinTafuro - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Cloudjet
Real User
28 August 19

We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.

28 August 19

The pricing will depend. It can depend on your partner. Sometimes your partner can get you a better price.

Director Of Hosting Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
25 August 19

As far as choosing the best licensing solution for your organization, do not buy the cheapest solution. Instead, buy the one that fits the traffic for your company with some room for expansion or headroom. Next year, if the business grows — which is usually what you want to do — you could reach a point where there is more traffic and the performance could become an issue.

Tech Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
19 August 19

Licensing is renewed on a yearly basis.

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User at KLA
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I work at a large enterprise manufacturing company.  Between Palo Alto and Fortinet firewalls, which one has better features?
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ABHILASH TH - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at FOX DATA
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Hi, 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) Fortinet:  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  Regards Abhilash
Lucas Damien - PeerSpot reviewer
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22 March 21
Hi PaloAlto is better when working on app control feature and special virtual wire links. Execpt that specific point, Fortinet is above. Best Regards, Damien
Nurit Sherman - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Operations Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 10, 2021
Hi community,  Is it required in your company to conduct a security review before purchasing a firewall? Also, do you need to perform reviews after (how often)? What are the common materials you use in the review? Do you have any tips or advice?  Any pitfalls to watch out for?
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it_user904572 - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner with 1-10 employees
23 July 18
Yes, I recommend doing a security review regularly. Not necessarily before a firewall purchase unless you have not done one lately. Having the results of the review will help you understand what capabilities you need in a firewall. As an example, if you get a ton of login attempts from outside your country of origin but have no customers or partners outside the country you will want to have "country blocking" capabilities. There are a number of tools that can be used for evaluations. We currently use RMM and Security tools from SolarWinds. We have other tools as well. To perform a security review you have to have tools do the work. It simply is not possible for an individual to perform a thorough check without significant automation. We offer this as a service as well. Pro's: SolarWinds has a free version of some of the useful tools such as SIEM Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Tool. You can rent some tools by going though a partner (such as us Con's: Tools to purchase are a bit expensive. Performance checks that RMM uses is not accurate on large busy machines. Support leaves much to be desired.
Matthew Titcombe - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO & Sr. Information Security Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
23 July 18
The only question for a review would be based on your requirements. For example, does the firewall meet Common Criteria standards or other security controls. Generally, we suggest pursuing a NGFW and our initial recommendation is Fortinet. Good news is the NSS results put Fortinet as the #1.
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