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Highlights

Fortinet FortiGate and WatchGuard Network Security are firewall and web security solutions designed to keep businesses safe from unauthorized access, viruses, zero-day exploits, and other network-based dangers. Both products aim to provide their customers with protection that evolves as the network security landscape changes. FortiGate is available as an on-site integrated product in a physical box or a VM and sees more use by mid-sized companies. WatchGuard Network Security is available in both on-premise and cloud-based form factors, and is used more heavily by small businesses, likely due to its cloud-based option. 

Features

Both FortiGate and WatchGuard Network Security help keep business networks and users safe, but they each have their own benefits.

If you’d prefer more control over your security system infrastructure, FortiGate’s on-site deployment might be appealing compared to a cloud-based product. Its licensing options are granular, offering buyers plenty of control over their software and hardware features. FortiGate’s logging is detailed, and administrators generally find the product’s management options helpful. For users who might be new to network security, its graphical user interface (GUI) is easy to navigate and can help them find their footing.

WatchGuard Network Security has a wealth of configuration options and protection features available to administrators. The platform’s tools for botnet detection, spam blocking, and geolocation-based permissions are especially appreciated by its users. Administrators report that the Dimension management console is robust and responsive, making it fast to use. The reporting and logging systems are detailed, and administrators report overall satisfaction with the platform’s ability to prevent intrusion and malware.

Limitations

However, neither product is one-size-fits-all. You should evaluate the pros and cons of both WatchGuard Network Security and FortiGate before purchasing.

FortiGate can also be difficult for new users, who feel that there’s not enough available documentation to help them get started. Configuring a new VPN can be cumbersome, requiring manual setup of policies. Some administrators wish for additional features, such as better load-balancing or a live traffic-monitoring tool. Finally, FortiGate’s deployment style means that scaling up can be a bit pricey, requiring you to purchase additional machines from the vendor if your capacity needs grow.

WatchGuard Network Security’s many configuration options can be a problem for some users. The large array of possibilities can be hard to navigate, making the platform complicated to set up initially and difficult to modify. The reports and logs, while detailed, lack sufficient searching and filtering capabilities for some users, making it hard for them to track down problems and visualize traffic patterns. WatchGuard Network Security VPNs can suffer from occasional stuttering and failure, requiring system reboots that can frustrate end users. Finally, the licensing options aren’t granular enough for some customers, requiring them to pay for features they don’t need.

Pricing

WatchGuard Network Security and FortiGate both offer hardware and software customization options that can drastically alter the price of each platform, with potential costs ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. Price quotes are available from each vendor or their respective partners and resellers.

Community Pulse

Reviewers Who Considered Both Products

Fortinet FortiGate

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

I know I am repeating myself but Fortigate, for the price, is the most complete and customizable product there is. It might not be the best but we always were able to fix or workaround the problems we encountered with the help of their support.

Chose Fortinet FortiGate

The UI is great, the features are great, it is reliable, Fortigate awesome for the price.

WatchGuard Network Security

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security offers better value for money, an excellent software configuration tool in read-only mode, while maintaining an excellent level of security and threat protection

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Most 'UTM' or Layer-7 firewalls share the same feature set. They mostly offer the same security layers like Web filtering, basic packet inspection, proxied layer 7 inspection, anti-malware, and some integrated portal. Basic VPN features, et cetera. What sets WatchGuard …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security is less commonly used than both FortiGates and PAs in my experience, however, they are a good solution for the SMB market where budget is the largest constraint. FortiGates have a better management experience. PAs are all around more advanced, but …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Simplicity to implement but more advanced features on monitor and logs management, could be find on other products. Good for small and medium business needs when there is not many administrators working at the same time. WG is good to implement other manufacturers' technology …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Comparatively the products provide the same features and functionality; however, the WatchGuard product came in at a lower TCO.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard was selected due to product familiarity; their free training courses mean we have all our technicians qualified in their use. Support has always been top-notch. And security is their focus; there's no trying to sell additional HW or add-ons. Although somewhat from …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

We appreciate the WatchGuard Network Security approach to multilevel security with a layered stack. We believe that using multiple vendors' products does not lock WatchGuard into a single mindset when providing security. Over the years WatchGuard has changed some of its …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Easier administration generates massive positive ROI vs competitors. Fundamental technologies are competitive,and strategic, they had an affordable MFA'd VPN solution (AuthPoint) out, before we / our customers were ready for it.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

The User interface is much easy than my existing product and the migration time from the existing to the new WatchGuard was very simple and worry-free. After implementing the new watch Guard the performance is very impressive and evident. The log viewer is very transparent to …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

The client-server management tool provides better efficiency on the daily tasks when having a lot of firewalls. The policy manager tool is very easy to use, making it easy the understand and change the actual policy rules The multi-wan feature is a more robust and flexible …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

for the other vendors that I have used setting up policies can be a nightmare, what should be simple some have made complex.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Fortinet was also an excellent choice. A customer wanted the biggest name out there and knew WatchGuard prior to making the change so they decided to go with WatchGuard even though Fortinet offers comparable solutions at comparable price. At this end it's only a matter of …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Easier to manage and costwise is cheaper.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security has the same features as some of the above, yet they will cost you far less than some of the mentioned firewalls. The deployment process is very easy compared to the above. I mentored and trained a few engineers, and in no time, they were able to …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Honestly, the ease of setup and simplicity in the setup is wayyyyy better than Fortinet. Things just *work*. You don't need to get into CLI to get your site to site working. The initial setup wizard leaves you at a VERY good spot to get up and running and then season to your …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Watchguard is much easier to manage at a much better price point. Fortinet is very good, but complex and needs more knowledge to manage. Sonicwall is not straightforward at all to use. Meraki is too basic.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

In the decision-making process, it had a strong influence on some aspects. 1. Performance, considering the fact that you can enable all security features including DPI SSL without fully compromising the appliance availability; 2. The centralized management and reporting tools …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard UTM firewall is easier and faster to use and this helps a lot when you have problems and need to do troubleshooting. Panda 360 defender is as simple as Cortex XDR but the console is more intuitive to me.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard has provided policies that are always updated with the development of circulating websites, as well as an automatically updated database that protects the new website from potential cybercrime. For the competitors mentioned above, this does not exist, so …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Watchguard is much simpler to set up, has more intuitive interfaces, better support options, all at a better price point.

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

Watchguard has a much more intuitive interface and an easier deployment than other devices I've used. Their pricing model is also better as they always have something in my range that serves my needs, as opposed to constantly trying to push me into higher-priced devices and …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard wins hands down in its simplicity. All the predefined service profiles, support, ability to migrate from one device to another with the same configuration make them a complete win. Sure you can get stupid complex configurations with a Cisco, but you can really get …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard has in the past always been one step ahead of new security needs for network perimeters. They have managed to do this, and continue to have high throughput with all security turned on, while many of its competitors will not show you what [their] speed is with all …

Chose WatchGuard Network Security

We like WatchGuard for its reliability and uptime. They really are 'set and forget. Although from a configuration perspective we do prefer Sonicwall and Fortinet even more so. Once deployed we use the Dimension solution in most cases to manage the devices and to create …

Feature Set Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.0

FortiGate

90%
8.9

WatchGuard Network Security

89%
Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 8/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.1
91%
35 Ratings
9.0
90%
235 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.8
88%
35 Ratings
7.9
79%
237 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.4
84%
36 Ratings
8.9
89%
254 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
37 Ratings
9.3
93%
261 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

9.3
93%
36 Ratings
8.9
89%
222 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.3
93%
37 Ratings
8.9
89%
258 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.5
85%
37 Ratings
8.1
81%
253 Ratings

VPN

9.6
96%
37 Ratings
9.2
92%
249 Ratings

High Availability

9.2
92%
32 Ratings
9.1
91%
226 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.2
92%
35 Ratings
9.1
91%
238 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.9
89%
27 Ratings
9.0
90%
171 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, In-Person Training, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale
  • WatchGuard Network Security is rated higher in 6 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Ease of integration, Vendor pre-sale

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

FortiGate

91%
63 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
276 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

FortiGate

99%
4 Ratings
9.7

WatchGuard Network Security

97%
26 Ratings

Usability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
6 Ratings
9.6

WatchGuard Network Security

96%
111 Ratings

Availability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
4 Ratings
8.2

WatchGuard Network Security

82%
1 Rating

Performance

10.0

FortiGate

100%
2 Ratings
8.2

WatchGuard Network Security

82%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.7

FortiGate

87%
49 Ratings
9.5

WatchGuard Network Security

95%
26 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating
9.4

WatchGuard Network Security

94%
4 Ratings

Online Training

FortiGate

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

WatchGuard Network Security

86%
3 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

FortiGate

80%
8 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
339 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating
10.0

WatchGuard Network Security

100%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

7.0

FortiGate

70%
1 Rating
7.3

WatchGuard Network Security

73%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

9.8

FortiGate

98%
2 Ratings
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

FortiGate

90%
1 Rating
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
1 Rating

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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WatchGuard Technologies

Great product, allows us to create secure site to site vpn's where users authenticate with mfa via the Authpoint app. User security can be defined in AD groups and are authenticated via single sign on. Gives good overall visibility of the network via logs and reports. The intital set up/config is a more involved process than with the TZ SonicWalls, so far small office setups it may not be the best option, however it does scale up extremely well into the mid size market.
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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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WatchGuard Technologies

  • Intuitive and easy to use management of firebox devices, tasks that can be overly complicated with other vendors are simple and easy to manage with Watchguards
  • Quiet and efficient network devices for small businesses. The T range of fireboxes is perfectly suited for small businesses providing a secure experience in a neat package.
  • Watchguard fireboxes provide a seamless experience across the whole range meaning you can create a policy on a smaller Tbox and then if you decide to upgrade the policy and settings can be seamlessly imported into a larger model.
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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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WatchGuard Technologies

  • Cloud services offer very limited API
  • No way to programmatically retrieve (cloud) (dimension) logs (ie, query-based through REsT)
  • Not all settings are available on all types of management (some require SSH, some require web interface)
  • SSH CLI could use spruce up, not very convenient to use, and interactions do not always adhere to 'common' expectations
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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.

    WatchGuard Network Security

    Starting Price

    $0 Contact sales team

    Editions & Modules

    WatchGuard Network Security editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    SupportContact sales team1
    Basic SecurityContact sales team2
    Total SecurityContact sales team3

    Footnotes

    1. Contact sales team
    2. Contact sales team
    3. Contact sales team

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    I'm giving this note to WatchGuard Network Security due to its ease of daily support (after acquiring necessary knowledge in the solution), which allows agility in configuration changes, its integration of several reliable security features (such as SSL VPN, VPN Virtual Interfaces between companies, and others) and functional and stability in operation, with no downtime in the equipment due to problems or malfunctions
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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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    The WatchGuard Network Security provide a web interface or a client interface, no matter what you approach is but you have two full powerful instrument to manage the firewall with easy interface (web) or with strong security (client). We prefer the usage with client but in fast change can be done in the web interface in a zip

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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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    Applications errors should always be expected in any kind of technology. What matters most is the way you find to resolve it.
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    Performance

    Fortinet

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

    Compared to another platform (not NGFW native), WatchGuard's performance runs fine and do not slow down user browsing experience
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    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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    As a network
    security architect, it is my job to design NIST SP-800 cybersecurity framework
    hardened network layer security solutions. These strategies are combined with a
    comprehensive cybersecurity kill chain plan inclusive of email, network, phone,
    printer, cloud, server, and endpoint layered defense strategies.

    As part of the
    design decision, technologies that consistently have extremely high efficacy
    while having a low TCO are absolutely essential for this solution to be
    manageable, effective, and affordable. WatchGuard has been our choice for
    network layer protection for more than 10 years. We also use their endpoint
    protection agent technologies and authentication solutions.

    In doing so, we have
    been able to deliver high levels of security effectiveness at an affordable
    price to organizations ranging from one user to 500 users.
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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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    We participate to a in person training and the three days of learning was really useful and complete to gain skill to solve the major part of the problem we encounter during our life. And more the in person training give us the opportunity to create a network with other WatchGuard partner.
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    Online Training

    Fortinet

    No answers on this topic

    WatchGuard Technologies

    Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
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    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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    I had my key information for setting up the firewall, and they assisted me in finding the settings and appropriate places to enter data. They also helped troubleshoot when I didn't understand some of their feature concepts, and we got it running.
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    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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    Both are solid products. I liked the all-in-one package of the firewall. It allowed me to have everything in a simple license rather than having to add bits and pieces via updates or third-party applications. It provided me with a greater piece of mind to go with WatchGuard as they have a dedicated support team and are constantly evolving to provide better service to their customers.
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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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    The entire organization didn't face any trouble to integrate the technology into our workforce.
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    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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    WatchGuard Technologies

    • WatchGuard Network Security gives us peace of mind that networks are safe allowing ourselves and our clients to fully focus on their core business.
    • WatchGuard security runs with minimal oversite.
    • WatchGuard Network Security reporting allows an easy overview of security performance without being overloaded with less helpful information.
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