2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access?

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DD
Network Security Engineer at Technicom Mali
Real User
Top 5
2022-10-04T06:43:48Z
Oct 4, 2022

The solution is less expensive than, for example, Cisco. We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. I'd rate the solution three or four out of five in terms of affordability.

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Dave  Power - PeerSpot reviewer
vice president at IMP Solutions
MSP
Top 10
2022-08-04T15:56:25Z
Aug 4, 2022

There isn't much cost because it's not a subscription-based model. The software's embedded. It's not like Cisco and Aruba, where you have a subscription in addition to a piece of hardware. You're paying for two components with those manufacturers. Fortinet doesn't work that way. The only added cost is FortiCare support.

TN
Sales engineer/Technical support engineer at Vietnet
Real User
Top 5
2022-05-26T13:43:58Z
May 26, 2022

We have an annual licensing cost. There are no additional costs.

Rutul SHah - PeerSpot reviewer
CXO at Aariha Enterprise Private Limited
Real User
Top 10
2022-04-25T11:59:16Z
Apr 25, 2022

Licensing is billed annually and contracts are either one or three years in length. There are additional features available that can increase the price of the license.

JH
Senior Network Security Advisor at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-02-14T17:55:21Z
Feb 14, 2022

The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive.

GV
ICT Architect at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-12-21T10:46:00Z
Dec 21, 2021

The price is good.

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RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
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2021-08-12T07:50:35Z
Aug 12, 2021

Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.

WilliamBurling - PeerSpot reviewer
IT consulant at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-01-10T08:06:18Z
Jan 10, 2021

Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access isn't cheap. They're about $1000 each or something like that. I had to pay for all these licenses. I paid for them, having no idea what they were going to do, but I got enough of a sense that they were important. I have to pay for it annually or yearly. You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses. That's how I bought it, but you don't get a discount for that. I think the license costs me anywhere between $100 and $300. I can't really remember, but it wasn't so much money that it made me stop and think twice.

Mohamed Rashwan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at C-Selection Technologies
Real User
2020-05-18T07:50:13Z
May 18, 2020

The licensing costs are on an annual basis and cover warranty and support. There are no additional costs.

BrianAmenya - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-11-28T11:33:00Z
Nov 28, 2019

It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.

Mohamed Rashwan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at C-Selection Technologies
Real User
2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
Oct 13, 2019

The product is one of the most expensive that customers can consider, but the pricing is justified by the functionality. It would probably be best if they reconsidered pricing so more people will use it and they will understand the value.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 1, 2021
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Nov 1, 2021
We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance for small and medium-sized organizations. It increases the network access speed, improving productivity. We use this solution to achieve access-level connectivity for desktops and phones. It is easy to use, and you can connect the access point to the switches via their POE. What we like about FortiSwitch is that when it finds compromised devices, it can isolate them. It connects perfectly with FortiGate and gives complete visibility of knowing which device is connected and at what access point. The solution is also very stable. That being said, FortiSwitch has room for improvement. The management (via the FortiGate firewall platform) is kind of cumbersome, and it stalls when trying to get the smaller switches. Their support, though, is great if you call or send an email. Cisco offers extremely fast network transfers. So if you need to focus on speed, Cisco is a great choice. It is scalable, and the best features are probably the stability and the POE switches. When we were evaluating Cisco ethernet switches, we found several advantages. The command-line interface is straightforward and intuitive. The hardware quality is very high, and they offer updates very often. It also provides LAN capabilities. It is a good switch and does the basic job. Cisco has downsides, though, and the main one is the price. It was too high for us. Additionally, it doesn’t offer customization of the graphic user interface. Finally, it is quite hard to install and configure if you are not familiar with Cisco products. Conclusions Cisco is an excellent solution for medium-sized organizations and up. For us, the price and usability of FortiSwitch were better suited.
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