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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.0

FortiGate

90%
9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 11/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.1
91%
35 Ratings
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.8
88%
35 Ratings
9.2
92%
21 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.4
84%
36 Ratings
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
37 Ratings
10.0
100%
21 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

9.3
93%
36 Ratings
9.8
98%
20 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.4
94%
37 Ratings
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.5
85%
37 Ratings
9.4
94%
21 Ratings

VPN

9.5
95%
37 Ratings
9.5
95%
21 Ratings

High Availability

9.2
92%
32 Ratings
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.2
92%
35 Ratings
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.8
88%
27 Ratings
9.2
92%
10 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew
  • Fortinet FortiGate and Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series are tied in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

FortiGate

91%
63 Ratings
9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
37 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

FortiGate

99%
4 Ratings
10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
1 Rating

Usability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
6 Ratings
10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
2 Ratings

Availability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
4 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

FortiGate

100%
2 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

FortiGate

87%
49 Ratings
8.4

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

84%
18 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

FortiGate

80%
8 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

7.0

FortiGate

70%
1 Rating

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.8

FortiGate

98%
2 Ratings

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

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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Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto firewall only affords by Large level infrastructure having a budget for Security Prospect. I will recommend it for the Card information industry & Confidential data solutions. Because it provides a bucket of security features that are not easily vulnerable.
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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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Palo Alto Networks

  • The PA handles VPN connectivity without missing a beat. We have multiple VPN tunnels in use for redundancy to cloud-based services.
  • The PA has great functionality in supporting failover internet connections, again with the ability to have multiple paths out to our cloud-based services.
  • The PA is updated on the regular with various security updates, we are not concerned with the firewall's ability to see what packets are really flowing across the network. Being able to see beyond just IP and port requests lets you know things are locked down better than traditional firewalls.
  • It is a great overall kit, with URL filtering and other services that fill in the gaps between other solutions without breaking the bank.
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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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Palo Alto Networks

  • Our specific model is a bit slow and outdated and takes up to 10 minutes to commit a configuration change.
  • Nested security rules would be helpful instead of a linear approach. But rule creation in general is very simple.
  • Documentation gives a very straight forward answer to some items but is very vague in others.
  • Support could be a little better. An issue we had a tech was insistent it was the "other guy" and it ended up being the very latest PAN OS upgrade.
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Pricing Details

FortiGate

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

FortiGate editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    FortiGate pricing starts at $250 for home office use, up to $300,000 for large enterprise appliances. Must contact sales team for pricing.

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      The PA5220s have far exceeded what we have expected out of them. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from another vendor, but everything falls into place now with ease. The capabilities of the solution still surprise us, allowing us to remove other costly hardware and providing a single point of management needed
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      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
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      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      Fortinet

      Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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      Palo Alto Networks

      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      We've run into a couple undocumented bugs, but that seems to happen with every brand and technology. Any time we've had to engage Palo Alto support they've always been professional, knowledgeable and prompt. In almost all cases we've been able to resolve our issues without having to escalate our tickets.
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      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      No one can say any other companies in this time is better than Palo Alto Networks Next-Generatoin Firewalls. Palo Alto offers very advanced features which protect you[r] organization. Advanced malware protection, anti spam, lots of other threats.
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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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      Palo Alto Networks

      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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      Palo Alto Networks

      • Overall, even though the device is very expensive (both hardware and licensing), the product does produce a decent ROI, given that one (or HA pair) of devices can do so many things, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, URL filtering, SSL decryption, SSL VPN, routing, etc.
      • There will definitely be sticker shock when you're renewal comes up annually (or after 3 years), so be sure to look very carefully at the recurring costs of this product, with respect to licensing and hardware/software maintenance.
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