Astera Centerprise vs. FortiConverter

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Astera Centerprise
Score 8.7 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Centerprise Data Integrator is an integration platform that includes tools for data integration, data transformation, data quality, and data profiling.N/A
FortiConverter
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
The FortiConverter firewall configuration migration tool is primarily for third-party firewall configuration migration to FortiOS—for routing, firewall, NAT, and VPN policies and objects.N/A
Pricing
Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Editions & Modules
Centerprise Enterprise
Contact rep
Lifetime License per Seat
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDiscounts are provided for 10 pack, 20 pack, 50 pack, and enterprise wide Centerprise Professional licenses.
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Community Pulse
Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.1
31 Ratings
2% below category average
FortiConverter
-
Ratings
Connect to traditional data sources9.031 Ratings00 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL7.31 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.6
32 Ratings
2% above category average
FortiConverter
-
Ratings
Simple transformations9.832 Ratings00 Ratings
Complex transformations7.330 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.5
30 Ratings
4% above category average
FortiConverter
-
Ratings
Data model creation9.819 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow9.928 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration6.41 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and debugging7.927 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.2
1 Ratings
0% below category average
FortiConverter
-
Ratings
Integration with data quality tools8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
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Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Small Businesses
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Medium-sized Companies
InfoSphere
InfoSphere
Score 8.2 out of 10
Astera Centerprise
Astera Centerprise
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
InfoSphere
InfoSphere
Score 8.2 out of 10
Astera Centerprise
Astera Centerprise
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(45 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(7 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(21 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Astera CenterpriseFortiConverter
Likelihood to Recommend
Astera Software
I have only been using Astera Centerprise for about 6 months and I am still learning the ins and out of it. A scenario where it seems to do well is in generating reports from SQL queries that we already had and no longer have to run the reports manually. The SQL Query Source object has been the most useful tool for me thus far. I have yet to fully stress test the server side of Astera Centerprise, but currently there have been some version updates that required me to re-set up all the scheduled jobs that we have. We only have 8 jobs thus far but have plans to expand this into the hundreds and those same updates would require exponential amounts of work.
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Fortinet
Unless you are rebuilding rules from scratch, FortiConverter is a must-have when migrating legacy rulesets from competing platforms such as Cisco ASA, CheckPoint, Juniper, etc. to FortiGate Appliances. Without FortiConverter, guaranteed there will be some flows you missed and you will be troubleshooting them during your cutover maintenance window. Utilizing FortiConverter, you will minimize such issues as cutover time because you have the ability to stage the new ruleset in advance. Complex topologies and multi-platform migrations require highly skilled consultation from experts that [have] done this several times before.
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Pros
Astera Software
  • API integrations vis REST Web Service transformation
  • Stored Procedure integration via SQL statement Lookup transformation
  • Bulk imports and exports to and from tables
  • Data dumps from SQL tables to excel, csv, text files etc...
  • EDI Integrations like 810, 856, 940, 945 etc.. via Astera Centerprise Data Integrator plus EDI Connect
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Fortinet
  • Audit existing rulesets from CheckPoint, Cisco, Juniper and other platforms
  • Build migration rulesets to FortiGate
  • Stages migration before actual cutover
  • Reduces or eliminates obsolete and shadow rules
  • Simple logic
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Cons
Astera Software
  • When purchasing Astera Centerprise you are given options on how you would like to be trained and each option comes with a different price tag. We chose to be trained using online meetings over several days. The training went too fast and it was not always easy to understand until I started using the product.
  • I am a person that wants to learn how and why something works so that I can use the knowledge in the future. When contacting the support team they take the problem, create a solution for you and send it back. The solutions always work, but when I get the solution I have to review every field and function to understand how it works so that I can re-create it for another solution I need. I would much rather have the support team explain what I had done incorrectly and what they changed or I would like to find a solution with them instead of having it handed to me.
  • Astera uses license keys to allow their customers rights to only the functionality that was purchased. Each user and server has its own key and each key is only good for one year. There have been 2 different times that we received keys that had less functionality that we purchased. It wasn't until it created problems that we noticed and had to request new keys. This year our sales representative made sure she was available when we updated our keys so that if there was a problem she could fix it right away; however, there were not issues this year. I believe this is something they pay closer attention to now.
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Fortinet
  • Programming or scripting skills are not needed but highly recommended
  • Requires excellent command of REGEX
  • Interface Mapping from complex topologies requires a deep understanding of FortiGate interface capabilities and scripting
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Likelihood to Renew
Astera Software
We've been using Astera Centerprise application for the last 6 years and we've already added EDI connect to it. Both applications are working really well for our enterprise needs so far with no issues, so we'll continue renewing the licenses.
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Fortinet
FortiConverter is currently the best option to assist in migrating legacy firewalls to FortiGate firewalls. FortiConverter is flexible enough to be the single tool to use when migrating Check Point, Cisco ASA, Juniper and other platforms to FortiGate Firewalls. FortiConverter is not a multi-user software however it is easy for multiple engineers to work on a single or multiple migration projects.
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Usability
Astera Software
Centerprise is highly usable; however the version we are currently using could be a little more intuitive in some areas though by no means unworkable. I think some of the issues we have have been addressed and solved in the latest version.
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Fortinet
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Reliability and Availability
Astera Software
In most cases Astera is stable. However, our client experiences the error from time to time. Mostly they are related to cdc file and ServerAdminConfig.xml file.
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Fortinet
No answers on this topic
Performance
Astera Software
I think the performance for Astera is great when compare with other similar software.
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Fortinet
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Support Rating
Astera Software
Support is great! No matter if you need technical assistance or you have general questions about the tool - the support is very responsive and provides solutions quickly. They are available via various channels, which makes it very convenient to get in touch with them (Support portal, direct email contact, LinkedIn).
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Fortinet
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Implementation Rating
Astera Software
Astera support provided us implementation/installation tutorial and we were able to perform all the activities. Also one of the support was there to shadow us to make sure the process was smooth with no issues
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Fortinet
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Alternatives Considered
Astera Software
We looked at continuing to use SSIS as an alternative. Although we own SSIS as part of our SQL licensing, we found that it takes a much higher skill level to create solutions. It also does not have the ability to parse unstructured data the way that Centerprise Data Integrator can. We also looked at Datawatch Monarch as a possibility but found it over-all to be cost-prohibitive. We also looked at a cheaper alternative called SimX but did not have a strong confidence in the product as we evaluated it. We landed on Centerprise Data Integrator as it met all of our business requirements and we know we could leverage it for many uses across our enterprise.
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Fortinet
FortiConverter is the easiest of the firewall migration tools to use compared to Checkpoint SmartMove, Cisco Firewall Migration Tool, FWMIG, etc. It has a more robust user interface and allows you to customize the rule imports as needed. Rulebase analysis, hit count, NAT, and dynamic routing are presented in an easy to understand format with FortiConverter.
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Scalability
Astera Software
I think Astera can do multiple things. However, we are not sure what it can do. We only know the basic features. If they can give us some kind of training, then we maybe able to benefit for it. We are planning to use their Azure connection in the future. If they can provide the training for it, it will be wonderful.
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Fortinet
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Return on Investment
Astera Software
  • It is tough to say on how Centerprise would have helped us with ROI. Unfortunately our project (after 3 years) was scrapped (put on hold) due to the impromptu purchase of another Crop Insurance company. But with that, Centerprise was huge in getting our warehouse loaded for our BI Team to make important decisions about our policies.
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Fortinet
  • Streamlined migrations successful on the first try
  • Simple and fast cutover maintenance window
  • Audit and tune existing rule base
  • Quickly identify shadow rules
  • Quickly identify rules with elevated access
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ScreenShots

Astera Centerprise Screenshots

Screenshot of Centerprise's UI that is designed to enable business users to work with data easily.Screenshot of the library of Centerprise Connectors, which is preconfigured to provide a plethora of integration options.Screenshot of Centerprise's data profiling feature, that ensures that only quality data is delivered to end users.Screenshot of a variety of write strategies available for workflows.Screenshot of where the user defines how data moves and behaves with the workflow component.