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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.

Community Pulse

Reviewers Who Considered Both Products

Fortinet FortiGate

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

I stick with this program because of many reasons like it is extremely robust and scalable, as well as simple to set up. Protecting an organization's data is one

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

The cost was comparable to the SonicWall we were looking at but feature wise, they are in a different league. The Fortigate offered far more next generation firewall features and they were bundled in with the license we chose. The interface is much easier to use and we spend …

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

Ongoing costs and licensing options - the FortiGate product line comes out a winner every time. We especially like the granularity and licensing options compared to something like Meraki that is mostly "all or nothing" or the SonicWall which is less granular and just not as …

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

Similar prices, but the Fortinet had a few more features and a better VPN solution for our situation.

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

FortiGate has a strong offering at a very competitive price point. I like that with your subscription you get access to all of the pieces, and that features aren't arbitrarily turned off unless you buy a specific license or bundle. For what you get for the price, it's really …

SonicWall TZ

Chose SonicWall TZ

We like it is a small, portable, and has many features. I have confidence in the brand a long time. Support was also a differential to make the decision.

Chose SonicWall TZ

Costs, features and ease of use were the determining factors. The UI alone outweighs the CLI from the ASA and SRX, features were easier to understand and licenses were more easily obtained.

Feature Set Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.0

FortiGate

90%
8.6

SonicWall TZ

86%
Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 9/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.1
91%
35 Ratings
9.0
90%
9 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.8
88%
35 Ratings
7.9
79%
8 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.4
84%
36 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
37 Ratings
8.0
80%
9 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

9.3
93%
36 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.3
93%
37 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.5
85%
37 Ratings
7.7
77%
9 Ratings

VPN

9.6
96%
37 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

High Availability

9.2
92%
32 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.2
92%
35 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.9
89%
27 Ratings
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • SonicWall TZ is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

FortiGate

91%
63 Ratings
9.0

SonicWall TZ

90%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

FortiGate

99%
4 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
6 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
4 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

FortiGate

100%
2 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

FortiGate

87%
49 Ratings
9.5

SonicWall TZ

95%
13 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

FortiGate

80%
8 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

7.0

FortiGate

70%
1 Rating

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.8

FortiGate

98%
2 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating

SonicWall TZ

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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SonicWall

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.
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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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SonicWall

  • 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.
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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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SonicWall

  • 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
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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.

    SonicWall TZ

    Starting Price

    $414.04 per month

    Editions & Modules

    SonicWall TZ editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    SonicWall TZ270 (hardware only)$414.041
    SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$689.162
    SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$502.573
    SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$796.764
    SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$930.245
    SonicWall TZ370 (hardware only)$618.346
    SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$973.827
    SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1085.508
    SonicWall TZ370 High Availability$493.049
    SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$708.2310
    SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1107.2911
    SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1232.6012
    SonicWall TZ470 (hardware only)$973.8213
    SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1596.2514
    SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1805.9915
    SonicWall TZ470 High Availability$776.3316
    SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$1063.7117
    SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1729.7218
    SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1876.8219
    SonicWall TZ570$1240.7720
    SonicWall TZ570 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1450.5121
    SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2006.2022
    SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2200.9723
    SonicWall TZ570 High Availability (HA) Unit$988.8024
    SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC$1356.5425
    SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1588.0726
    SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2192.8027
    SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2442.0428
    SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$769.5229
    SonicWall TZ270 High Availability$329.6030
    SonicWall TZ670$1596.2531
    SonicWall TZ670 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1867.2832
    SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2574.1533
    SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2868.3434
    SonicWall TZ670 High Availability (HA) Unit$1273.4635

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    See pricing link for TZ Series (Gen6) editions. All prices have been converted from pounds. Conversion rates may change.

    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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    SonicWall

    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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    SonicWall

    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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    SonicWall

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Fortinet

    Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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    SonicWall

    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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    SonicWall

    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.
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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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    SonicWall

    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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    SonicWall

    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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    SonicWall

    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.
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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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    SonicWall

    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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    SonicWall

    • 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.
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