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2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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Dave  Power - PeerSpot reviewer
vice president at IMP Solutions
MSP
Top 5
2022-08-04T15:56:25Z
04 August 22

While Fortinet is good for school boards and mid-sized businesses, enterprise-class networks require a zero-trust solution. If you're building a zero-trust network with end-to-end security, that's where Fortinet falls behind Cisco, HPE, and Aruba.

TN
Sales engineer/Technical support engineer at Vietnet
Real User
Top 5
2022-05-26T13:43:58Z
26 May 22

The central management needs improvement. The initial setup could be easier.

Rutul SHah - PeerSpot reviewer
CXO at Aariha Enterprise Private Limited
Real User
Top 10
2022-04-25T11:59:16Z
25 April 22

The reporting capabilities should be included. As it is now, this can be purchased separately but competing solutions include it free of charge with the hardware. In the future, we would like to be able to connect a SIM card and have 3G or 4G connectively directly on the device. This would work as a backup if our primary internet goes down.

EmilVisdal - PeerSpot reviewer
System Consultant at I team
Consultant
2022-04-05T11:54:46Z
05 April 22

It would be easier if Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access could be managed via cloud, and this is something that could be improved in this product. In the next release of this product, it would be great if they could display or show the bandwidth in a better way.

Lotfi Bel Hadj Yahia - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrateur at Geiser
Real User
2022-04-05T11:30:29Z
05 April 22

An area for improvement would be the segmentation and network in logic networks. In the next release, I would like to see a new dashboard with more information.

JH
Senior Network Security Advisor at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-02-14T17:55:21Z
14 February 22

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

When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface.

Ofelia Madriz V. - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager at Continex S.A.
Real User
Top 10
2021-03-03T00:34:33Z
03 March 21

In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.

JC
Encargado de operaciones TIC at ONE
Real User
2021-03-02T19:44:49Z
02 March 21

The security of the solution could be a bit better. We've tried to mobilize the infrastructure of the network, however, with security, it's tricky. We've had issues with faulty switches. Right now we have only two firewalls and we're trying to change to a new firewall and fix a faulty switch. We're looking to change in the next three to six months to help us move away from faulty lines. The fiber optic switch needs to be changed a bit. The specifications need to be adjusted.

WilliamBurling - PeerSpot reviewer
IT consulant at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-01-10T08:06:18Z
10 January 21

I can tell you from personal experience, while the interface is clear for somebody in the IT business, it really isn't clear for a novice. It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service. Their terminology could be better. The terminology is all IT. It's an IT dictionary, and I believe that there has to be a way to state things in clear, plain old English, and I would like to see more of that.

Mohamed Rashwan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at C-Selection Technologies
Real User
2020-05-18T07:50:13Z
18 May 20

There are currently issues with some of the switches, problems with the firmware. I think they need to check the firmware, especially, with the new FortiGate firmware integration and they need to offer a strong switching feature like Cisco, especially in the VLAN management systems and integration.

GF
Technical Support Engineer at Point PC
Real User
2020-02-18T07:41:00Z
18 February 20

The product could be improved with additional security-related features, you can never have enough. Otherwise, I find it quite an easy product to use. Scalability could also be improved. For additional features, I would again mention the security and it would be nice if the 4G system was directly on the operating system.

DD
Network Security Engineer at Technicom Mali
Real User
2020-01-12T12:02:00Z
12 January 20

The technical support could be improved.

BrianAmenya - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-11-28T11:33:00Z
28 November 19

I don't like the way it's managed. For some of the smaller switches that we have, I was not able to log into it and manage it. I am not sure if it is something that I am missing or something that I am not doing correctly or if this applies to all switches. It had to be managed through the FortiGate firewall appliance, which to me is one of the downsides. I am not sure if they have management outside of FortiGate itself. The switches should have the capability to be managed without having to connect to FortiGate. You might have clients who are using Cisco or other solutions who would have to use FortiGate at the access level but won't be able to log in into the switch, then it would be completely useless to them and it becomes unmanaged. There is no console port and nothing in the default IP that could help with this issue. I checked online and there was nothing available. The dashboards are easy but a bit cloggy. The more switches that you connect the more cloggy it becomes.

Yousef Altaj - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Manager at Global tec
Reseller
2019-11-20T05:39:00Z
20 November 19

In terms of improvements, the solution has SD-WAN but it doesn't have SDN. This should be added. The solution can only be managed by FortiGate.

Mohamed Rashwan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at C-Selection Technologies
Real User
2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
13 October 19

I think that Fortinet needs to focus on its pricing and improving the packages offered to users. When our company offers a client the FortiSwitches product, the customer ends up comparing FortiSwitch's pricing directly with HP and Cisco. Both of these other products cost less but they have fewer features. Fortinet needs to bring the price down to levels that are more competitive at-a-glance with these other products. If they do that, they will take more of the market because they have more features and clients will compare by features rather than by price. It is actually justified as it stands to charge more, but customers often only see the price tag. Another thing that could be improved, although it is not actually part of the product itself, is the technical support. The technical support team is slow to respond and the responses are not always complete.

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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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