FortiClient vs. ManageEngine Endpoint Central

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FortiClient
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Fortinet offers FortiClient, their endpoint security system emphasizing automated advanced threat protection, security fabric integration, secure remote access, endpoint quarantine, and a comprehensive reporting dashboard.N/A
ManageEngine Endpoint Central
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Desktop Central from ManageEngine is a client desktop management with patching, remote control, and configuration.N/A
Pricing
FortiClientManageEngine Endpoint Central
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FortiClientManageEngine Endpoint Central
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FortiClientManageEngine Endpoint Central
Top Pros
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Features
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Endpoint Security
Comparison of Endpoint Security features of Product A and Product B
FortiClient
9.0
17 Ratings
ManageEngine Endpoint Central
-
Ratings
Anti-Exploit Technology8.215 Ratings00 Ratings
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)9.513 Ratings00 Ratings
Centralized Management8.915 Ratings00 Ratings
Hybrid Deployment Support8.912 Ratings00 Ratings
Infection Remediation9.012 Ratings00 Ratings
Vulnerability Management9.012 Ratings00 Ratings
Malware Detection9.614 Ratings00 Ratings
User Ratings
FortiClientManageEngine Endpoint Central
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(26 ratings)
8.9
(21 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(22 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
User Testimonials
FortiClientManageEngine Endpoint Central
Likelihood to Recommend
Fortinet
FortiClient is really well suited for providing remote employees super quick access to a local network without needing much technical know-how. The virus scanning and web-blocking is also really great at making sure to keep the spam, ads, and other malicious web connections at bay. I have not run into any specific scenario that FortiClient has not been well suited - All of the scenarios in which I have used FortiClient have all functions really well for me.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
This software is suited in any environment where there are more end user than IT staff, which is pretty much everywhere. This becomes especially true in medium to large sized business and organizations. The amount of time saved (from IT Support and Administration but also from the end user's side) is simply incredible.In addition, Junior IT admins will find the automatic suggestions e.g. for optimal server configurations / setup quite useful.
The only scenario where I'm not sure the benefits will outweigh the costs are in very small businesses, where there are few end users and few PC's/Servers. In all other scenarios, this tool is truly invaluable, compared to the it's low financial cost. I would add that purchasing a perpetual license is also an option with this product and does make financial sense after 5 years or so.
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Pros
Fortinet
  • [FortiClient] splits the traffic very well. For example, when users connect a VPN to the office they are connecting to the internal system which uses VPN traffic. If users access the public internet they use the internet traffic, but [Fortinet] does not route this traffic back to the office.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
  • Patch Management is very easy to use and deploy patches each month
  • Inventory Reporting is straight forward with multiple premade reports available
  • Remote Connections are very simple to use, it only takes 15 seconds to find and connect to a device.
  • Software Deployment and the Self serviceportal give you multiple ways of deploying your apps.
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Cons
Fortinet
  • font way too small on login, unable to select an option, for example, to see each letter of password as typed promotes errors at login
  • login errors and failure rate extremely high as [reported] by all our physicians and other providers: not infrequently one will have to return to office after hours in order to complete charts or access charts to answer patient after hours questions
  • frequent disconnects in spite of excellent internet signal
  • unacceptable interruptions in patient care
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
  • More granular access level controls for technicians (restrictions for juniors) on the Mobile Device Management add-on
  • Monitoring mobile data usage on mobile devices, this has been in the product pipeline for 5 years, but not yet implemented
  • Ability to remotely support company-owned mobile devices with no end-user permission. End-user needs to allow the remote session, when sometimes that's what we don't want since we're doing an investigation.
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Likelihood to Renew
Fortinet
Because the software is very simple and easy to use, very efficient, and has a stable connection that allows the user to perform tasks without problems. Also, this software does not need to be configured by IT technicians, since it comes with a very developed and understandable set up guide.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
The other tools we use do not have an inventory management tool. Also not many tools we use intergrate well with this product.
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Usability
Fortinet
Usability is pretty solid. It is not as easy to manage and adjust if you are not a trained IT professional, which requires smaller companies without IT staff to reply on outsourced IT partners. The user interface is a bit clunky, but you can generally figure out what you need to do, it just takes a little bit of time and effort.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
Responds well to basic needs: 1. Update 2. Image/Re-image endpoints 3. Mass deployment 4. Pop-Up communications
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Support Rating
Fortinet
FortiClient is a security suite with which we can keep our equipment well-protected. And it is that in a system like Windows, which is always the target of all kinds of attacks, it is not enough to have a simple antivirus.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
The local distributor of the product is always available, however most support is received within an hour from India. We've had complex requirements and the support team went so far as to customize their mobile application to suit our unique needs. We honestly can't complain about any support we've received and it's always been very quick.
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Alternatives Considered
Fortinet
Meraki MX has a much more basic set of features compared to FortClient and the Fortinet ecosystem of devices and software. Setting up a FortiGate with FortiClient can take a little more time, but the feature set is much richer. We use Meraki MX is a few offices, but are now converting many of them over to the FortiClient and Fortinet suite of security devices and software.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
We chose ManageEngine Endpoint Central because of the reasonable price and the number of features offered compared to competitors. Many patch management software do not patch Linux machines while ManageEngine Endpoint Central did. Other software did not have the ability to perform pre or post-deploy tasks while ManageEngine Endpoint Central did. For these reasons, we chose this software. In addition, the ease of use, intuitive dashboards, and the ability to also have asset inventory made us decide on this software.
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Return on Investment
Fortinet
  • The free version of FortiClient VPN works great.
  • The fact that we have to pay for any version beyond 6.0.3 to connect to our firewalls that we already pay for licensing on is a little silly.
  • There is some support overhead with our clients and users to keep the software updated since it doesn't upgrade to new major versions automatically.
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ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
  • Positive - Endpoint Central does a lot! Which gives it an amazing bang for the buck!!!
  • Positive - Endpoint Central makes various IT management tasks easy.
  • Negative - I have already mentioned this, but I can't tell you how important this is. Support - it is not great, when you get a ME tech that knows their area, then it is good to great! But it can take effort to reach that person, front line support does their best, but so many of my cases have involved more advanced support. This can take days for someone to get back to me, via email. Often I have open several cases on the same issue before reaching the correct solution.
  • Lastly - I spent an amazing amount of time in 2021 basically testing the product. So much so that I used that as a negotiation to bring the price down when we renewed.
  • I seriously considered other products at renewal time. But the discounted price did not come close to my time dealing with Bugs and low quality support.
  • We stayed with Desktop Central because it was successful in deploying updates - all the rest we could consider a different product if needed.
  • 2022 - as been much better, few bugs and support has improved, but there are still timely support issues.
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