Fortinet on IBM Cloud vs. pfSense

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Fortinet on IBM Cloud
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions automates provisioning and integration of FortiGate appliances, via Fortinet on IBM Cloud.N/A
pfSense
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
pfSense is a firewall and load management product available through the open source pfSense Community Edition, as well as a the licensed edition, pfSense Plus (formerly known as pfSense Enterprise). The solution provides combined firewall, VPN, and router functionality, and can be deployed through the cloud (AWS or Azure), or on-premises with a Netgate appliance. It as scalable capacities, with functionality for SMBs. As a firewall, pfSense offers Stateful packet inspection, concurrent…
$179
per appliance
Pricing
Fortinet on IBM CloudpfSense
Editions & Modules
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SG-1100
$179
per appliance
SG-2100
$229
per appliance
SG-3100
$399
per appliance
SG-5100
$699
per appliance
XG-7100-DT
$899
per appliance
XG-7100-1U
$999
per appliance
XG-1537
$1,949
per appliance
XG-1541
$2,649
per appliance
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Fortinet on IBM CloudpfSense
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Fortinet on IBM CloudpfSense
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Fortinet on IBM Cloud
8.7
1 Ratings
2% above category average
pfSense
8.6
9 Ratings
1% above category average
Identification Technologies9.11 Ratings8.88 Ratings
Visualization Tools9.11 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Content Inspection9.11 Ratings7.59 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.11 Ratings8.59 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP8.21 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Firewall Management Console9.11 Ratings9.78 Ratings
Reporting and Logging9.11 Ratings8.89 Ratings
VPN8.21 Ratings8.89 Ratings
High Availability8.21 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.21 Ratings8.99 Ratings
Proxy Server8.21 Ratings8.29 Ratings
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User Ratings
Fortinet on IBM CloudpfSense
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.1
(22 ratings)
User Testimonials
Fortinet on IBM CloudpfSense
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
To protect the local network, [FortiGuard] was utilized. To handle communication between networks, FortiWAN was employed. Wi-Fi communication technology, such as FortiAP, was used. As a result of the solution, different business areas now have wireless connectivity. Because it supports simultaneous connections, it can be easily integrated into small and big solutions.
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)
For fast-growing or SME companies, pfSense is quite suitable because pfSense already had many advanced features such as VPN and multiple WAN / LAN. As a result, we just need to pay for expensive router frequently to upgrade our infrastructure.
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Pros
IBM
  • Monitoring
  • Communication
  • Security
  • Network
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)
  • pfSense is an excellent firewall - It logs all of your traffic. It has packages you can install to snort bad traffic.
  • pfSense has a tool called "p0f" which allows you to see what type of OS is trying to connect to you. You can filter these results and you can also block a specific OS from connecting to you.
  • pfSense is an excellent load-balancer: (Multi-WAN and Server Load Balancing) The fail-over/aggregation works very well. This is perfect if your business uses multiple ISP's to ensure your customers are always able to access their data. Also helps with bandwidth distribution as well.
  • VPN's - I am not entirely sure if this package was free with pfSense, but it does offer the ability to use OpenVPN which is what I am familiar with.
  • They also have IPsec in the settings as well, but I am not familiar with that enough to go into any detail with it.
  • As I mentioned I do use OpenVPN the only thing I don't care for with it is I can create OpenVPN configs for each user I want to be able to VPN into the network and I assumed each one would be "unique" but this does not seem to be the case. I could be doing it wrong, but if I create a config for a specific employee I would expect only that employee should be able to use that config, but I have been able to login to everyone that I made using my credentials.
  • I mentioned earlier that pfSense had a GUI.
  • I personally really think it is cool because it has a bunch of reporting graphs for monitoring your networks. I think when I become the full-time admin at the company I am going to try to talk them into getting me a TV I can mount on the wall and display all the graphs and real-time info pfSense shows so I can monitor what is going on with the network(s) at all times. Plus I think it would look rad.
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Cons
IBM
  • Sales
  • ITOPS
  • Financial
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)
  • There is no API for making changes. This can be a hindrance in environments where auto-deploying something needs firewall rules or HAProxy configs updated. Since all settings are stored in an XML file and then configs are generated from that, even manually updating config files cannot be done.
  • Beware that some network cards can have issues. pfSense is based on FreeBSD, so it's best to look on their compatibility list before deploying.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
Although prices are not always affordable, it is a very complete choice that may integrate well with other technologies and gives good technical assistance. Fortinet solutions are ideal for businesses with a significant number of users. It is suggested that you acquire their annual maintenance plan.
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)
Before pfSense we were using consumer and small business rated network appliances from Linksys, Cisco, Buffalo and Netgear. We were replacing them on average of every 6-12 months because they'd fail or would offer poor wifi availability. Switching to pfSense allowed us to use professional grade switches and wifi access points, offloading all of the services that the consumer grade products took care of, onto pfSense (DHCP, DNS, routing, firewall, VPN, etc).
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • Return on investment that is acceptable
  • Operating cost reduction
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)
  • Moving to a FWaaS solution installed on a decent computer the initial investment was moderate to cover 50 to 250 users, but still being cheaper that a Fortinet, Cisco ASA, or a Sophos UTM.
  • Paying only for support can be a double edge knife, cause you need to identify what's the goal of the request, or your drown into a an endless list of requirements.
  • To stay in the top with the half of a regular investment pFSense gives a wide variety of plugins that will give you a deep knowledge of your security flaws and strong points.
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