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Score 9.2 out of 100

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
    • Fortinet FortiGate is rated higher in 1 area: Product Scalability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.3

    Cisco Meraki MS

    93%
    34 Ratings
    9.1

    FortiGate

    91%
    62 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cisco Meraki MS

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.9

    FortiGate

    99%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    Cisco Meraki MS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    Cisco Meraki MS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    Cisco Meraki MS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MS

    90%
    25 Ratings
    8.8

    FortiGate

    88%
    49 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Cisco Meraki MS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco Meraki MS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    FortiGate

    80%
    8 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.3

    Cisco Meraki MS

    93%
    15 Ratings
    9.8

    FortiGate

    98%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Meraki MS

    This product will go to the top of the list of what I will use again. It makes support significantly easier and that is important to the operations here. I feel this is a strong candidate to be used in just about any configuration. It is very adaptable.
    Anonymous | 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 Meraki MS

    • Meraki MS switches are wonderful at allowing a network admin to configure a VPN mesh network without having to have highly specialized knowledge. Unlike Cisco switches, there is no CLI, there is only a GUI, and Meraki support helps you set it up as you add nodes to your network.
    • Meraki MS switches are easy to deploy. Full stop.
    • They can work with any firewall or ASA but I would strongly recommend using the Meraki MX security appliance if you are going to use Meraki MS switches because they were made to work together.
    • They easily stack. It's all done for you in the Meraki cloud control panel.
    • They will get an address from your admin VLAN's DHCP scope and keep it. Even if you unplug it and move it, you will not have to worry about addressing it.
    • The GUI is online and you can reach it from anywhere, so as long as you have the credentials, you can manage the network from any device that has a browser.
    Jane Updegraff | 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 Meraki MS

    • People who are coming from enterprise switches or command line options may feel limited
    • If internet is having issue, managing the switches can become more burdensome
    • Switches do not have as many advanced features as enterprise switches
    • Delay in reporting and debugging
    kevin mcgillicuddy | 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 Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS

    Cisco Meraki MS 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Great product and we're always watching for new additions from meraki
    Anonymous | 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 Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS

    Cisco Meraki MS 9.0
    Based on 25 answers
    Cisco support for the Meraki products is great. I have a dedicated representative who I can reach out to at any time. They offer numerous online resources and easy to follow tutorials to help the most novice user feel like a pro. When I need support they were ready and quickly helped me solve my problems.
    Laurance J. Specht | 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 Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS

    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 Meraki MS

    Cisco Meraki equipment is easier to configure, setup, and deploy as well as manage. The only thing I will say for the other gear is that they have their special niche requirements, protocol options, and special configuration options that not all Meraki gear has. Meraki gear cannot do everything that other switches out there can do for specific requirements. For the most common network requirements, Meraki can do it!
    Trevor Harley | 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 Meraki MS

    Cisco Meraki MS 9.3
    Based on 15 answers
    We have had no trouble linking multiple switches together with a daisy chain cable. We have done this throughout our building and have added them as switch stacks so that they appear as one large switch. It's even better when combined with port aggregation on our fiber feed lines for 20GB throughput back to the core network.
    John Glenn | 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 Meraki MS

    • One critical business objective was a worry-free network. This is it!
    • Another business objective was to be able to manage my entire network from a single interface. Meraki delivers again! Not having to be in the building to monitor, manage and configure networking equipment is worth the weight of these devices in gold.
    • I wanted to be able to see everything that was happening on my network. Meraki enables that. I can see every device, what each is doing, set alerts for when individual ports go down or the device that is attached stops sending packets, etc. The visibility into my network's performance and security is unprecedented. I never knew what I was missing and I do not want to go back!
    Nathan Roberts | 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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