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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.
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Zscaler Web Security

If you're looking to ramp up your Cyber Security operations, Zscaler is a must-see. Their demos are great and the implementation is fairly painless. DAS helps you to get it set up and ensure success.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

FortiGate
8.9
Zscaler Web Security
9.5
Identification Technologies
FortiGate
9.2
Zscaler Web Security
10.0
Visualization Tools
FortiGate
9.0
Zscaler Web Security
10.0
Content Inspection
FortiGate
9.1
Zscaler Web Security
10.0
Policy-based Controls
FortiGate
9.2
Zscaler Web Security
10.0
Active Directory and LDAP
FortiGate
9.2
Zscaler Web Security
10.0
Firewall Management Console
FortiGate
9.0
Zscaler Web Security
9.0
Reporting and Logging
FortiGate
8.6
Zscaler Web Security
10.0
VPN
FortiGate
9.6
Zscaler Web Security
High Availability
FortiGate
8.7
Zscaler Web Security
8.0
Stateful Inspection
FortiGate
8.1
Zscaler Web Security
9.0
Proxy Server
FortiGate
8.4
Zscaler Web Security
9.0

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.
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Zscaler Web Security

  • Zscaler allows us to grow our network without a great deal of additional hardware infrastructure.
  • It secures cloud-based applications without the data center having to perform complex configurations.
  • We are slowly moving away from VPN as our primary security mechanism and this permits this.
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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
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Zscaler Web Security

  • The pre-baked reports within Zscaler could do with a refresh, add some new reports in-tune with new threats. IE: show me any examples of crypto mining detected in the org
  • Zscaler could make it easier to clean out expired accounts or those of ex-employees to get a more accurate reading of activity
  • Failover monitoring for GRE tunnels could be improved although it does work
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Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.4
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.
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Zscaler Web Security

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.3
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
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Zscaler Web Security

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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
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Zscaler Web Security

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.
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Zscaler Web Security

No score
No answers yet
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Support

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.4
Based on 13 answers
The first support level is pretty much useless for any complicated problems. They are they to guide you to the correct documentation relating to simple questions and to collect data for the 2nd level and up.Once you are able to get escalated, those people are pretty knowledgeable and will normally get you at least a workaround but most of the time they will really try to understand what you want to accomplish and not only apply the solution but also educate you which is less and less common and a really good thing.
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Zscaler Web Security

No score
No answers yet
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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.
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Zscaler Web Security

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.2
Based on 4 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
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Zscaler Web Security

No score
No answers yet
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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.
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Zscaler Web Security

Old product was WebSenseWhy Zscaler Cost management Improve compliance & risk management
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Scalability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.4
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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Zscaler Web Security

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,
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Zscaler Web Security

  • Zscaler is helping to track productivity.
  • Zscaler is helping us monitor bandwidth usage to sites that are less involved with the business.
  • Zscaler took 2-4 members of our team a substantial amount of time to get all of the details hammered out.
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Pricing Details

FortiGate

General

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

Zscaler Web Security

General

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

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