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Which is better - Fortinet FortiGate or Cisco ASA Firewall?

Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

And why?

PeerSpot user
44 Answers

Directser677 - PeerSpot reviewer

Better is very subjective. If you want a firewall that your Cisco-trained engineers can integrate with your Cisco routers and Cisco switches and that supports Cisco proprietary protocols, or you need a firewall that runs at terabit speeds and integrates with FortiSwitch, I bet you know the answer.  

Headline, Fortigates are fixed-port appliances, with really good hardware acceleration and a big security integration fabric. 

Cisco ASA (and now Firepower) can be modular, where you choose the ports you need, but tend to cost more for the same amount of throughput and tend not to have as much integration with other parts of the security world.  

There is a lot more to say but pick the things that are important to you. 

fdiazm - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

I think they are for two different businesses with different digital strategies as well.

On the one hand, we have the option of consolidating everything in a single box and on the other, putting together a solution with parts and pieces that are more robust but also more complex.

And don't forget the look of the technology departments where an option clearly requires less expert level to exploit the acquired infrastructure. This is where the concept of Service appears, which in my understanding has already had to evolve from the traditional times of responses and product catalogs.

Suresh Ukkalkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

CISCO ASA is a great product, easy trouble shooting on Cmd line and GUI interface,best Cisco Support 

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