FortiManager vs. SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FortiManager
Score 8.5 out of 10
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FortiManager, available from FortiNet as an appliance, offers a set of tools to centrally manage 100,000+ devices such as firewalls, switches, and access points from a single console. With its single-pane view, FortiManager helps enterprises simplify oversight of security infrastructure and automate responses to potential problems.N/A
SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset
Score 8.3 out of 10
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SolarWinds® Engineer’s Toolset (ETS) helps users monitor and troubleshoot a network with over 60 tools for network management. ETS allows users to monitor and receive alerts in real time on network availability and health, and perform network diagnostics for faster troubleshooting and resolution of complex network issues. With ETS users can deploy an array of network discovery tools including Port Scanner, Switch Port Mapper or advanced Subnet Calculator, manage Cisco® devices with specialized…
$1,585
Per Instance
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$1,585
Per Instance
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Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
FortiManagerSolarWinds Engineer's Toolset
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.6
(11 ratings)
Usability
-
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8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
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8.2
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
FortiManagerSolarWinds Engineer's Toolset
Likelihood to Recommend
Fortinet
FortiManager is well suited for any environment with multiple and dispersed FortiGate firewalls. It will not manage other firewall platforms. Therefore, you either have to use multiple centralized management software, one for each firewall vendor, or invest in alternative tools such as Tufin, AlgoSec, FireMon, SolarWinds, etc. However, you will not get a more inclusive tool for your FortiGate firewalls other than FortiManager.
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SolarWinds
I have found the toolset especially useful for scanning subnets to discover devices, and for setting up temporary real-time monitors when we are troubleshooting or setting up new connections. The most useful aspect has been the ability to apply the tools to help troubleshoot and pinpoint intermittent issues. More general tools like Orion often do not have the granularity to detect issues like intermittent packet loss which are especially impactful to applications like Voice. The toolset gives us another level of capability to dig into issues.
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Pros
Fortinet
  • Centralized FortiGate FW Management in a single console
  • Available physical, virtual, or cloud deployment
  • Single console for next-generation FW features
  • Multiple Administrative Domains
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SolarWinds
  • Various monitoring
  • Stores history
  • Suggests indices
  • Helps to find the SQL query text
  • Helps to see what machines/users the bad queries are coming from
  • Shows current blocking session
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Cons
Fortinet
  • Support contracts are difficult to manage or make changes to
  • Next Generation subscriptions are managed individually, i.e. pegged to specific firewalls
  • Cumbersome to bring existing firewalls to be covered under a single contract
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SolarWinds
  • The unifying component that is intended to be the initial interface to the tools seems clunky. I prefer to start the tools individually rather than using it.
  • The port scanner could use some improvements to make it easier to use.
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Usability
Fortinet
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SolarWinds
Very easy to use and intuitive. Just be careful with the WAN Killer...it does what it says.
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Support Rating
Fortinet
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Our organization uses it regularly. It is reliable, and we keep finding new uses for it
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Alternatives Considered
Fortinet
FortiManager is the best choice for managing numerous FortiGate firewalls. It allows for easy integration into ServiceNow and automates simple repetitive tasks that are very straightforward. Role-based access control is easy to enable and you can get quite granular with user permissions. Administrative Domains help segregate firewall management and compliance within the FortiManager console, by almost any classification method that makes sense to your organization.
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SolarWinds
I haven't compared any tools similar to SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset. This might be because I'm pretty biased when it comes to monitoring, and reporting solutions. I've found that SolarWinds provides the biggest bang for the buck in my opinion. I'm sure there are other solutions on the market that compete, but I haven't tried any of them because I've been very satisfied with SolarWinds.
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Return on Investment
Fortinet
  • Allowed for quick migration from legacy firewall platforms
  • NOC and SOC visibility of entire threat surface
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Extremely quick learning curve
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SolarWinds
  • Spend less time downloading free buggy tools
  • All the tools in one spot, so you don't have to look around for tools
  • Get to the solution sooner
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