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Highlights

FortiGate, from Fortinet, and SonicWall TZ are next-gen firewalls (NGFWs). They are competing solutions, however SonicWall TZ aims more at smaller companies as an entry level NGFW, while FortiGate customers include large enterprises. Both vendors are network security specialists and provide related products and services besides their firewalls; see the respective SonicWall and Fortinet vendor pages. Fortinet will tend to be deployed at larger companies and enterprise vis-a-vis SonicWall, with a correspondingly higher price tag.

Features

Both FortiGate and SonicWall TZ present certain advantages that might make them the correct solution for some networks.

FortiGate is an established vendor and the product receives frequent feedback and across the board high ratings. For a few standout features, FortiGate users say its VPN is high performing, its GUI and administrative setup are fluid and easy to understand. Users will get great results when the firewalls are properly configured, which most users say is not hard to do with proper training. Additionally, and unusually for many appliances that can be deployed in enterprise environments, users praise FortiGate for clear and straightforward pricing.

SonicWall TZ is just as highly rated for its market. Reviewers single out its excellent traffic inspection and geolocation based traffic filtering, and highly configurable network access rules controlling who and cannot access network resources. Its antivirus is also highly praised, and users point out that the SonicWall TZ appliance cost is low. 

Limitations

Though these are high rated next-gen firewalls, there are a few considerations that buyers should keep in mind before deploying either solution.

A number of users say the FortiGate GUI, while excellent, takes time getting used to. Training should help get new users up to speed and may be a necessity for many users. Also, firmware upgrades for FortiGate seem to produce an unusually high number of annoying bugs. Opposite SonicWall TZ, FortiGate users find its traffic shaping rules and setup to be less intuitive. This appears to be users’ least favorite feature.

SonicWall TZ’s weak spot appears to be its logs, alerts, and reporting. Particularly the reporting is said to be lacking in detail. And while the appliances are not terribly expensive, users find the subscription cost to be surprisingly complex. Specifically, they complain that the association of the firewall’s various potential functions to separate licenses means licenses can proliferate. The end result is that costs balloon surprisingly as each and every thing the user wants is gated behind its own little recurring fee. This a la carte approach may keep overall cost down, however. SonicWall TZ is also not liked for its interface and admin controls, which are comparatively basic.

Pricing

SonicWall’s TZ series appliances are available from the company’s former parent company Dell Technologies, among other third-party vendors. The series starts with the lower end TZ350 (available now for around $400) and rise to the TZ600 series for about $1600. To load the firewall with SonicWall Antivirus and Intrusion Prevention comes in at about $300 per year. Advanced Gateway Security, a subscription-based combo of services that adds application control & intelligence as well as content filtering among other features comes in at about $1500 yearly. Its SSL VPN license costs $375 to add.

Lower level Fortinet FortiGate firewalls come in at a meager $280 – $500 per appliance approximately, while the top of the line rack-mountable, unified threat management solution FortiGate 6500F can come in at about 250k to 1mil depending on service bundle features and duration (1-3 years). The Fortigate 2000 – 3400 series of appliances range from about 150k to half a million fully featured, with services bundled.

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate

Fortinet's Fortigate is a Firewall which can be suited to all the types of organizations starting from Small/ mid size to Large enterprises. Due to its cost effectiveness even a Small organizations can afford it. In the return Fortigate will give you the industry best technology to secure your organization infra.
Binita Kharbanda | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

Based on my experience, this is a solid platform for a small to mid sized company, especially when there is someone who has IT experience, or can get outsourced IT help. I would not recommend for someone who is a technology novice. Also, this is a competent device for someone who is looking to add VPN services for remote workers.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

FortiGate
9.1
SonicWall TZ
9.4
Identification Technologies
FortiGate
9.1
SonicWall TZ
9.3
Visualization Tools
FortiGate
8.9
SonicWall TZ
9.2
Content Inspection
FortiGate
8.9
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Policy-based Controls
FortiGate
9.2
SonicWall TZ
9.1
Active Directory and LDAP
FortiGate
9.1
SonicWall TZ
8.8
Firewall Management Console
FortiGate
9.6
SonicWall TZ
9.9
Reporting and Logging
FortiGate
8.9
SonicWall TZ
9.1
VPN
FortiGate
9.6
SonicWall TZ
10.0
High Availability
FortiGate
9.3
SonicWall TZ
9.7
Stateful Inspection
FortiGate
9.4
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Proxy Server
FortiGate
8.4
SonicWall TZ
8.9

Pros

FortiGate

  • 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
Amin Mirzakhani | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • If you have multiple sites and you want the connect the sites through secure medium this is best firewall for you.
  • There are very advanced features helps you to connect the device easily and securely.
  • Easy to connect the sites through advanced routing protocols.
VINAY Mandora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FortiGate

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • management is confusing has many items that could be improved to facilitate the work to the network administrator
  • in the diagnostic tool I would improve the response times, that is, if a ping test is required, it should be quick, since in cases of failures it is sought to minimize the impact as much as possible.
  • each function has a different license item, I would place a single license package for all team functions
Jhoneis Milano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.9
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

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.9
Based on 6 answers
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.
Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
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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

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
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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

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.9
Based on 33 answers
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.
Tayfun Toka | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

SonicWall TZ 9.5
Based on 10 answers
I have used the SonicWall TZ 350 for years and I can say that it is an excellent and complete firewall. It is easy to configure and administer because it has a friendly interface. It is safe, it offers several types of security features, VPN, and also protection against malware. Support and warranty also recommended. It's fast and the problem was solved in less than 1 day.
João Mauricio | 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

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation Rating

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.0
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

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

FortiGate

Fortinet was well placed on the Gartner report which lead to my initial investigation into the company. I quickly narrowed my selections down to Palo Alto and Fortinet, due to feature set, reputation and ease of use. Fortinet won out simply because Palo Alto did not offer a small branch style firewall at the time I was looking. I'm very glad they did. I have enjoyed working with their products from the moment they were first racked.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

SonicWall and WatchGuard are both fine appliances, but I am accustomed to the Barracuda NG. The Barracuda Control Center is so powerful and useful that it beats out the other two. SonicWall does a great job of dividing up firewall rules and NAT policies, but this is a preference among engineers.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

FortiGate

  • 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.
Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • VPN access allowed employees to be more flexible and being able to get internal resources from anywhere.
  • Lower licensing price compared to competitors saved some money.
  • Protecting from unnecessary connections increased performance and uptime.
  • One of the firmware versions caused CPU performance degradation that slowed down the Internet speed which caused issues in the call center.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

FortiGate

General

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

FortiGate Editions & Modules

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

SonicWall TZ

General

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

SonicWall TZ Editions & Modules

Edition
SonicWall TZ270 (hardware only)$414.04
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$689.16
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$502.57
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$796.76
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$930.24
SonicWall TZ370 (hardware only)$618.34
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$973.82
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1085.50
SonicWall TZ370 High Availability$493.04
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$708.23
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1107.29
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1232.60
SonicWall TZ470 (hardware only)$973.82
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1596.25
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1805.99
SonicWall TZ470 High Availability$776.33
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$1063.71
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1729.72
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1876.82
SonicWall TZ570$1240.77
SonicWall TZ570 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1450.51
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2006.20
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2200.97
SonicWall TZ570 High Availability (HA) Unit$988.80
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC$1356.54
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1588.07
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2192.80
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2442.04
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$769.52
SonicWall TZ270 High Availability$329.60
SonicWall TZ670$1596.25
SonicWall TZ670 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1867.28
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2574.15
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2868.34
SonicWall TZ670 High Availability (HA) Unit$1273.46
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Additional Pricing Details
See pricing link for TZ Series (Gen6) editions. All prices have been converted from pounds. Conversion rates may change.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate
9.2
SonicWall TZ
9.6

Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate
9.9
SonicWall TZ

Usability

FortiGate
9.9
SonicWall TZ

Reliability and Availability

FortiGate
10.0
SonicWall TZ

Performance

FortiGate
10.0
SonicWall TZ

Support Rating

FortiGate
8.9
SonicWall TZ
9.5

In-Person Training

FortiGate
10.0
SonicWall TZ

Implementation Rating

FortiGate
8.0
SonicWall TZ

Scalability

FortiGate
9.8
SonicWall TZ

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