FortiManager vs. Tivoli

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
Tivoli
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Pricing
FortiManagerTivoli
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FortiManagerTivoli
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
FortiManagerTivoli
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
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User Testimonials
FortiManagerTivoli
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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IBM
For either DB2 or zLinux, Tivoli is hands-down the best solution. For Oracle and other operating systems, there are more advanced solutions available. Some of these features are considered "game-changing" by our Sys Admins. Of the three solutions I've dealt with, Tivoli ranks right in the middle with cost, features, and complexity. A nice solution (and the best for the options I listed above), but not cutting-edge.
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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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IBM
  • Fully customizable
  • Automate various portions of various applications
  • Great at Access Management (but also Release, Change, Event, etc)
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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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IBM
  • Tivoli is not manageable from the GUI console and I believe it needs a dedicated resource to manage the software.
  • Tivoli (TSM) configuration is complex, granular, and scalable with customizable configuration features, but it requires a good administrator that has a strong knowledge of the product.
  • It needs additional agents or plugins for administration; for example, I have to use an MMC plug-in on the servers.
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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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IBM
Tivoli sits right in the middle of these two products, all things considered. Each has its own strengths (Cohesity has bells and whistles, CommVault works well with Microsoft). Tivoli is a nice blend and rock-solid once implemented.
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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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IBM
  • Single sign on and web-threat protection
  • Cutting down time to enter multiple usernames and passwords
  • Cutting support call times across multi apps
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