Fortinet FortiGate vs. OpenVPN Access Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FortiGate
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
FortiNet FortiGate is a firewall option with high integrability. It offers a variety of deployment options and next-gen firewall capabilities, including integration with IaaS cloud platforms and public cloud environments.N/A
OpenVPN Access Server
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
OpenVPN headquartered in Pleasanton allows users to create secure access to a private network in the cloud or on-premise with Access Server. Access Server is available to deploy directly on various cloud platforms like Amazon AWS, Google GCP, Microsoft Azure, DigitalOcean, and also available as ready-to-deploy virtual appliances for Microsoft HyperV and VMWare ESXi. Alternately, OpenVPN Access Server Virtual Appliance is a full-featured secure network tunneling VPN virtual appliance solution…
$75
per month
Pricing
Fortinet FortiGateOpenVPN Access Server
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
10 Connections
$75.00
per month
25 Connections
$150.00
per month
50 Connections
$219.00
per month
100 Connections
$300.00
per month
250 Connections
$575.00
per month
500 Connections
$1,095.00
per month
1,000 Connections
$1,560.00
per month
2,000 Connections
$3,100.00
per month
0-2 Connections
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FortiGateOpenVPN Access Server
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFortiGate pricing starts at $250 for home office use, up to $300,000 for large enterprise appliances. Must contact sales team for pricing.The first 2 users are free, but there is a 10 user minimum. Price decreases if paid yearly.
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Community Pulse
Fortinet FortiGateOpenVPN Access Server
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Features
Fortinet FortiGateOpenVPN Access Server
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Fortinet FortiGate
9.0
37 Ratings
OpenVPN Access Server
-
Ratings
Identification Technologies9.135 Ratings00 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.835 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Inspection8.436 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.037 Ratings00 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP9.336 Ratings00 Ratings
Firewall Management Console9.337 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting and Logging8.437 Ratings00 Ratings
VPN9.637 Ratings00 Ratings
High Availability9.232 Ratings00 Ratings
Stateful Inspection9.135 Ratings00 Ratings
Proxy Server8.827 Ratings00 Ratings
User Ratings
Fortinet FortiGateOpenVPN Access Server
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(63 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(49 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Fortinet FortiGateOpenVPN Access Server
Likelihood to Recommend
Fortinet
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.
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OpenVPN
We used it to connect our two offices together. It aids in secure file transfer for remote users. Some of the 3rd party software is only allowed to run on specific IP addresses due to the license and this is a way that remote users can utilize that software without being on-site
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Pros
Fortinet
  • 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
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OpenVPN
  • Secure
  • Easy setup
  • 2 free users
  • automatic updates
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Cons
Fortinet
  • 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.
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OpenVPN
  • some times error logs are not clear
  • Configuring 3rd party apps can sometimes be problematic
  • Limited functionality for iPhone users, but I believe that is due to an apple issue.
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Likelihood to Renew
Fortinet
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.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Usability
Fortinet
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.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Fortinet
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
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Performance
Fortinet
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Fortinet
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.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
In-Person Training
Fortinet
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Fortinet
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Fortinet
[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.
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OpenVPN
We found OpenVPN to be more cost-effective vs Azure. In addition, it was easier to install, deploy, and manage
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Scalability
Fortinet
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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OpenVPN
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Fortinet
  • 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.
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OpenVPN
  • Only 2 free users, it would be nice if they would expand to 5.
  • Easy way to establish a VPN backbone between two locations
  • Great for work at home or BCP events.
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