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Cisco ACI

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI is well suited for a number and a wide variety of various tasks. It is ideal for integrating software and hardware first and foremost. The protocols they use internally are particularly efficient and are well suited to help with our company's overall IT goals. Well done Cisco ACI!
Jon Hersh | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

Fortinet Fortigate is a robust firewall and security device. Fortinet has devices geared for any situations, and for any sized company...from single computer small businesses to extremely large organizations with thousands of computers. Fortinet Fortigate is reasonably priced and contains the ability to have multiple functions embedded into a single device, making management that much simpler. Its robust feature set is top-notch and is on a level playing field with the largest names in the business, and in my view, because of the cost difference, wins hands down.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.8
Identification Technologies
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
9.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.6
Content Inspection
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.7
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
9.1
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.8
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
9.2
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.5
VPN
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
9.3
High Availability
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.8
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
8.8
Proxy Server
Cisco ACI
FortiGate
7.8

Pros

Cisco ACI

  • The REST API allows your to programmatically interact with the network and make massive changes very quickly when needed.
  • The API allows you to tie together Server Provisioning tools, storage provisioning tools, into an orchestration platform such as Ansible to streamline new deployments and builds.
  • New Deployments are extremely simple once you've worked out your programatic deployment process. We can deploy new clients/tenants in seconds rather than days or weeks like it used to take.
  • Replacing failed switches/apics/etc is also extremely easy.
  • Tightly couple the underlying Network Infrastructure to VMWare Deployments to allow VMs to move anywhere in the datacenter at the drop of a hat.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

  • My favorite aspect of the Fortigate product is the ease of use. The GUI is very easy to get around. The products rules and configuration are easy to learn and apply. The informational tools are easy to look at and produce results that are intuitive and quick to assess.
  • Another great attribute of the FortiGate product was reasonable pricing for the product and then the ongoing support. Living in the SMB space with tight governmental budgets is a huge factor in all my decisions. When a company like Fortinet comes along and produces good products at very reasonable prices it is good for SMB companies like mine. Many vendors price their products in a fashion that is beyond consideration by SMBs like myself.
  • Support is always a big factor in consideration of any product for our organization. Fortinet support has been extremely good. They have provided an onsite engineer at no cost to help us design, implement and maintain new products when needed. The call support has also been excellent, with quick response times and knowledgeable technicians.
Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ACI

  • Cost is always a challenge and ACI is no different.
  • The linkage between ACI and Tetration has been rebranded since the initial marketeering of it and this has caused confusion and in some cases diminished the business case as a result.
  • The fact that Cisco has developed multiple Orchestrators of their differing network stacks causes issues when trying to pull together a singular approach to orchestration across a Cisco e-2-e network in an Enterprise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

  • Fortigate's SSL VPN client isn't available via MSI with an easy options for mass deployment and configuration out of the box. You need to have a Fortinet Developer Network license to create a custom deploy image.
  • Fortinet's after hours support is overseas and is adequate. Not stellar.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Cisco ACI is doing exactly what was intended for it to do, that is support our next generation data centre, improve security, and increase resiliency. Migrating to another platform would be a waste of time, resource and energy, which could be better spent migrating more legacy applications into the Cisco ACI fabric.
📎Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.9
Based on 4 answers
Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 7.9
Based on 4 answers
Cisco ACI has changed the traditional data center model into a new era of automation and agility. The product was considerably easy to deploy met all the expectations. In terms of usability, ACI provides a unified interface for managing the whole infrastructure in one place which is the main benefit for users (admins)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 6 answers
Ease of configuration, rich feature set and robust monitoring have made this product almost fun to use. I still consult the manual, but the intuitive design of the GUI makes most configuration tasks self explanatory. We deploy several different models, but the management is nearly identical across all of them, making it easy to keep on top of hundreds of devices
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.4
Based on 9 answers
As ACI is designed with the purpose to automate the network deployment this is much easier as with the legacy network. Everything is done via REST API calls.As ACI uses a centralized controller for the complete network all changes are done at the same time at all devices reducing the deployments significantly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.3
Based on 8 answers
Application and service support, in times where we needed consulation, were superb. Issues were mainly due to familiarity of our Senior Engineers with this new tool or application, and the uncertainties were clearly explained by the Support Team. All the while, an "unofficial" training, so to speak, was also provided during the implementation phase - but it's most likely due to the technical person that was assigned to us and how his approach was in terms of assisting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.9
Based on 32 answers
We live in Turkey. Fortinet's Turkey office [dealt] constantly with us in our every problem or our experience. In addition, global support teams also supported every ticket we opened in every problem we encountered. They support innovative approaches and evaluate and offer solutions. In this context, they were very supportive of the problems we encountered in previous versions.
Tayfun Toka | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The Cisco ACI training provided by Cisco was in depth, covered all of our requirements, and allowed us to implement and maintain the platform without issues.
📎Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The following are extremely important when implementing Cisco ACI:
  • Design phase
  • Naming scheme
  • Documentation
Joacim Wicander | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco ACI

ACI and DNA are all very tightly integrated as it stands today. So using one with another only increases the overall benefits, when you are using the overall Cisco Stack of NGFW, ISE, ACI, Assurance engine, and Tetration (which is another product, we plan to evaluate)
Mahesh Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

Fortigate is a lot easier to configure and manage than a Cisco ASA Firewall. Fortinet feels a lot more intuitive and easier to configure than Cisco. Fortinet is a lot more innovative and have easier to use products.
Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.8
Based on 9 answers
Cisco ACI scales well and is suited in scenarios such as multi-cloud or large data centre implementations. It is not suited to smaller deployments as the efficiencies that it provides are not fully realised. It is well suited in large environments that contain both virtual and bare-metal machines allowing a great deal of flexibility. It is also perfect to support multi-tenancy platforms.
Daniel Hosking | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ACI

  • So far we havent been able to leverage al the positives of the ACI infrastructure like Open API and RBAC so it's difficult to comment.
  • A negative I would think of is the change in the design implementation for Datacenter Interconnectivity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGate

  • (Positive) The network is secured.
  • (Positive) As an analyst, I have to convince C level executives regarding protection from threats, intrusion, and productivity of the network resources. And I am achieving all the segments with ease of access.
  • (Neutral) The unavailability of post-sale service requires improvements. But due to the vast community of users and excellent documentation of the product, hides the lack of post-sale service availability.
Harshil Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ACI

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

FortiGate

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ACI
9.0
FortiGate
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ACI
9.1
FortiGate
9.9

Usability

Cisco ACI
7.9
FortiGate
9.8

Reliability and Availability

Cisco ACI
9.1
FortiGate
10.0

Performance

Cisco ACI
9.4
FortiGate
10.0

Support Rating

Cisco ACI
8.3
FortiGate
8.9

In-Person Training

Cisco ACI
8.2
FortiGate
10.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco ACI
9.0
FortiGate
8.0

Scalability

Cisco ACI
8.8
FortiGate
9.8

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