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Score 9.1 out of 100

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.1

    FortiGate

    91%
    Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    34 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    33 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    35 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    36 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    34 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    36 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    36 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6
    96%
    36 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    31 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    33 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    26 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Cisco Catalyst Switches and Fortinet FortiGate are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    91%
    64 Ratings
    9.1

    FortiGate

    91%
    62 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9

    FortiGate

    99%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.8

    FortiGate

    88%
    49 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    FortiGate

    80%
    8 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8

    FortiGate

    98%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    There are so many scenarios where Cisco Catalyst Switches are well suited like if the switch needs to move multiple frames in the same port, switch the frames directly to the memory, sending them one at a time, thus avoiding collisions. Selecting specific endpoints prevents Ethernet collisions from happening. The switch is very secure, as it makes any hole directly in contact with any other port. The cost of the number of ports is relatively high.
    Chetan Swaroop | TrustRadius Reviewer

    FortiGate

    For FortiGate Firewall, the basic functionality and requirement is met easily as Fortigate is among market leaders in NGFW. There are some extra points that inclined us to use Fortigate as our main Firewall. [Fortinet]Fortigate has a very well refined and functional SD-WAN solution when it comes to load balancing for normal Internet Traffic. SD-WAN - Load balancing of Internet traffic is a USP of Fortigate and makes it stand tall in the competition. Be it 3 or more Internet Links, multiple Subnets/segments of users to distribute and bandwidth load balancing for links and users. SLA based monitoring of Internet Links / MPLS links, makes it even better to choose the links on the basis of performance (Latency, packet loss, Jitter etc). SSL VPN configuration - The deep CLI-level debugging is also very helpful in troubleshooting. Type of tunnel can be easily configured - Full Tunnel or Split Tunnel for SSL. Though, I think Fortigate is one of the best options for small and mid-sized organizations, there are some areas for improvement. First, the CLI interface is very hard to adapt as the commands and directory hierarchy is very different for common syntax and standards.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    • Stability and Reliability - We have not had many failures over the past years using Cisco Catalyst switches.
    • Flexibility - Cisco Catalyst switches offers a wide portfolio of switching equipment which can address a variety of needs. This includes switches with stacking and non-stacking capability, fixed rackmount and chassis options which can be mounted in data centre racks and and also compact switching which may be more feasible for small SOHO offices.
    • Scalable Performance - Cisco Catalyst switches offers various port speeds from 1Gbps 10Gbps, 100Gbps etc. This is available in both copper (RJ45) and fibre (SFP). Many models also offer a variety of uplink speed options which future proofs the invest in Cisco technologies allowing us to upgrade depending on our changing business requirements and available budgets.
    Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

    FortiGate

    • It is the most reliable NGFW that we have ever been touch with it.
    • You can easily upgrade the firewall cluster firmware without user attention!!!
    • User IDentity based feature is fantastic and intrusion prevention just works with least false-positive possible.
    • Very reachfull and intuitive GUI, just love it
    Amin Mirzakhani | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    • Would like to see a second power supply so it can get power from two different sources.
    • Hard to find a USB flash drive that will work when loading images for upgrade.
    • IOS upgrades are a pain to perform. Upgrades should be an easy process. Would like to perform the upgrade through a web browser.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    FortiGate

    • When we switched to Fortinet Fortigate, it took some time getting used to and become familiar with the new interface. Being used to strictly command-line interfaces, a full GUI-based firewall was something brand new. Careful planning had to be done when creating rules to ensure we didn't miss anything. However, once we got used to the new GUI interface, going from one Fortinet product to another was simple, as Fortinet used the same interface for all of its devices.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    General

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

    Starting Price

    FortiGate

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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 Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    FortiGate

    FortiGate 10.0
    Based on 6 answers
    The user interface shared among many simultaneous users is very easy to get around. With shared favorites among users, most tasks are easily bookmarked and can quickly be found and edited. Their strategy for web filter integration is easy to understand and manage as well. With some general direction, setup and maintenance were easy to do and easy to teach others in the organization to do as well.
    Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    FortiGate

    FortiGate 10.0
    Based on 4 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 Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    FortiGate

    FortiGate 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
    Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    Cisco Catalyst Switches 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We rarely have issues with the product. I have only had to contact support one time since we put it in and that was to see if another vendor was giving me accurate information on an issue I was having.
    Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer

    FortiGate

    FortiGate 8.8
    Based on 49 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 Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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 Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    FortiGate

    FortiGate 8.0
    Based on 8 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 Catalyst Switches

    D-Link switches are nice switches with many features. They are also less expensive as compared with other options in the market. However, they are not built to handle large amounts of traffic in large enterprise networks or ISPs networks. Cisco Catalyst switches on the other hand are enterprise-grade switches which perform really well under heavy loads.
    Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    FortiGate

    [Fortinet] FortiGate is not only cost effective but it gives the comprehensive security against the APT attacks and gives the complete traffic visibility and granular control. You can easily create the VDOMs (Virtual firewall) within a Fortigate firewall and customize the dashboard as per your requirement if you have multiple VDOMs within a single firewall.
    Binita Kharbanda | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Cisco Catalyst Switches

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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 Catalyst Switches

    • Cisco catalyst switches have allowed our networks to run smoothly with no interruptions.
    • These switches are scalable so we were able to add more switches as needed, without interrupting the network activity.
    • Automation techniques allowed us to deploy configuration with minimum effort.
    Andrew Yudin, MBA/CCNP | TrustRadius Reviewer

    FortiGate

    • Fortigates have an interesting bundle model for support and subscription services that make it an attractive option to deploy Firewall, IDS, Ant-virus, anti-SPAM in a single device. The cost of the bundle is pretty much what you pay for the device, not requiring huge expenditures on it's time to renew the hardware.
    Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

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    Cisco Catalyst Switches

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