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Score 8.7 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate

Learning from our experience using a couple of different SMB firewall devices, the FortiGate firewall is well suited to our 500 or so user environment. The model recommended to us by the Fortinet engineers has performed well and seems more than adequate for current usage and future growth. Unlike other firewalls we have used, we are able to break open and inspect SSL traffic with this device and also replaced a separate web filtering device we were using. We are looking to add more of these to further segment internal networks.
Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

I could see this product being useful in most environments, but you could probably get by without it in small offices. For a medium to large business with dozens or hundreds of networking devices it's a must to have a product such as this. If something were to fail down the line or have issues, without something like this you may be fishing for the problem for a long time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

FortiGate
8.7
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Identification Technologies
FortiGate
8.8
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Visualization Tools
FortiGate
8.7
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Content Inspection
FortiGate
8.9
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Policy-based Controls
FortiGate
8.9
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Active Directory and LDAP
FortiGate
9.2
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Firewall Management Console
FortiGate
8.9
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Reporting and Logging
FortiGate
8.1
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
VPN
FortiGate
9.1
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
High Availability
FortiGate
8.4
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Stateful Inspection
FortiGate
7.9
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Proxy Server
FortiGate
8.4
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Pros

FortiGate

  • Simple but complete GUI allows for easy management.
  • Intuitive CLI allows experienced CLI users from other platforms to come up to speed quickly.
  • Unit comes out of the box with a feature rich logging capability, FortiAnalyzer brings it to the next level and is very easy to install.
  • Licensing is easy to understand, The device is a single line item and support has 2 options 8x5 and 24x7.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

  • The details of the traffic are especially good if it shows statistics in real time. It is very important to analyze it at the same time
  • It lets you know who is watching within the network so it is ideal for a thorough monitoring of resources
  • It has an intuitive interface of easy operation that allows the operation of the same without problems
Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FortiGate

  • Non-disruptive upgrades on standalone boxes. Not sure if the technology would allow it but it would be great to have.
  • Subscription signatures auto-deployment could affect production traffic. In some circumstances letting Fortigate accept subscription signatures may cause the device to drop traffic
Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

  • The UI can be a bit clunky -- but that's compared to the other products in the Orion suite. Most vendor tools are atrocious!
  • NTA data is a beast. Not running SQL 2016 with support for in-memory OLTP? You can't use the latest version (4.6)
  • If you are running an environment of any size, you will need separate instances of SQL *or* a hefty server to support a shared SQL instance
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.5
Based on 4 answers
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.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.4
Based on 5 answers
Ease of configuration, rich feature set and robust monitoring have made this product almost fun to use. I still consult the manual, but the intuitive design of the GUI makes most configuration tasks self explanatory. We deploy several different models, but the management is nearly identical across all of them, making it easy to keep on top of hundreds of devices
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 7.7
Based on 4 answers
If you have time to learn it and know what you're doing, it can work for you. I don't have the time or patience to spend a lot of work on it due to my many job roles.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.5
Based on 18 answers
There were scenarios where we were unable to resolve the issues and it was impacting our business. We had raised the ticket with the Fortinet team to high priority, then they asked us to send a few logged posts so that they could support us remotely and resolved the issue in no time. This has happened multiple times. There support is very prompt.
Saqib Zaheer Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 8.6
Based on 16 answers
We do not regularly leverage support for SolarWinds, however, when we have, we've pretty much gotten what we needed in a reasonable amount of time. In addition to the support from the vendor, there is a robust online and in-person community that we can leverage when we need to do something that we don't readily understand.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.1
Based on 4 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

FortiGate

(Towards Sophos Cyberoam) The VPN throughput is not effective. The device has not any third party certification for the capacity parameters. Wireless controller feature does not exist. No security fabric concept. (Towards Sonicwall) With compare to FortiGate, VPN throughput is not impressive. No security fabric concept. Management is quite tough with compare to FortiGate.
Harshil Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

We have tried to test other tools and the results have been very poor, our infrastructure is based on Cisco and the adaptability is formidable, it is not necessary to install accessories as in other tools and this makes a difference. We have tested other solutions but fail to surpass Netflow for the results that are required.
Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.6
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

FortiGate

  • The sales team recommended the wrong product for us initially. It was unable to keep up with the traffic load at our location, even with everything disabled. They resolved the issue by finding the appropriate device for us and giving us a steep discount due to the previous issues.
  • Since switching to the appropriate hardware we have had an increased in availability. No longer experiencing outages or slowdowns due to insufficient equipment,
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer has saved me more than once in my career. I am so pleased to be able to drill down into the details of the traffic flows. Bad actors in the network tend to stand out in the traffic capture graphs.
  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer has allowed my team to plan for the future; you get a great view of how much data you push in an hour, a day, a week, or a month. We have a very focused service to the community that needs to be up all the time and perform without issue. I have leveraged many SolarWinds products to get the network and resources fine-tuned to meet the needs of this wonderful environment.
  • The overall business has improved due to the implementation and management of great monitoring and reporting tools such as SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer. Each year the IT team makes adjustments and improvements to the environment. We use to have to react; we are much more proactive now and know when there is a problem in the environment before the end-users.
Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

FortiGate

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate
8.8
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate
9.5
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Usability

FortiGate
9.4
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
7.7

Reliability and Availability

FortiGate
10.0
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Performance

FortiGate
10.0
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Support

FortiGate
8.5
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
8.6

In-Person Training

FortiGate
10.0
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Implementation

FortiGate
8.1
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Scalability

FortiGate
9.6
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

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