FortiGate

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Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)

10
May 10, 2022
Fortinet FortiGate is an essential part of network monitoring, it is very intuitive, but we are pleased that our company and its corporate …
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Getting to know Fortinet

10
February 19, 2022
Fortinet FortiGate was used to provide different product solutions, the company specializes in internet and telephony solutions for …

Fast, easy and delivers the promised...

9
August 17, 2021
We are using Fortinet FortiGate as Perimeter FW on multiple locations. Applications visibility, scalability, feature availability, and …
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Fortinet FortiGate secure your gates

9
May 17, 2021
It used as our first layer of security and often used as a Site-to-site VPN connection in our AWS environment. It helps the business to …
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Fortinet FortiGate Review!

9
April 30, 2021
I am using the FortiNet FortiGate 60D Firewall as my main internet connection. Implementing this gave me faster networking throughput than …

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TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2022
TrustRadius Best of Award, Best Of Customer Support 2021
TrustRadius Best of Award, Best Of Feature Set 2021
TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2020

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Firewall Management Console (36)

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Policy-based Controls (36)

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Reporting and Logging (36)

8.7
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What is FortiGate?

FortiNet FortiGate is a firewall option with high integrability. It offers a variety of deployment options and next-gen firewall capabilities, including integration with IaaS cloud platforms and public cloud environments.

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Product Details

What is FortiGate?

Fortinet’s FortiGate is a firewall product with high integrability. It can be deployed on-premises or as a Virtual Machine in a variety of modules. The granularity of the product enables buyers to tailor their purchase to their business needs. FortiGate integrates into multivendor environments, including IaaS cloud platforms and public cloud environments.

FortiGate’s functionality includes the core firewall features, such as intrusion prevention, anti-malware, and web filtering. It also includes SSL inspection, threat protection, and scalable segmentation, all within low-latency standards.

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What is FortiGate?

FortiNet FortiGate is a firewall option with high integrability. It offers a variety of deployment options and next-gen firewall capabilities, including integration with IaaS cloud platforms and public cloud environments.

What is FortiGate's best feature?

Reviewers rate VPN highest, with a score of 9.6.

Who uses FortiGate?

The most common users of FortiGate are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Onur Boztepe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Fortinet FortiGate is an essential part of network monitoring, it is very intuitive, but we are pleased that our company and its corporate support have become a strong ally for more complex tasks. It includes mainstream and several alternate streams. Alternate flow, also known as the expanding use case, is a product that describes normal changes in the underlying flow as well as unusual situations. We have been using this product actively in our institution for many years.
  • The Fortinet product can be managed from a single console with the FortiManager product.
  • The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiGate is URL filtering.
  • Fortinet FortiGate has many valuable features, such as IDS, and intrusion detection. It has security features that are in part with the technologies that are available in the market.
  • Fortinet FortiGate is a scalable solution.
  • The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiGate is the simple configuration.
  • There be somethings that look foggy as the classification system.
  • Some integrations with Log managers can leak some important fields that you only have to understand if you go deeper and deeper in training and documentation.
  • The URL filter link sometimes takes time to kick in and causes a runtime lag.
In general, we are satisfied with the product in our institution.
Score 9 out of 10
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Fortinet FortiGate is a scalable solution that could perfectly fit into a wide range of companies. All the used features do a great job in our organization. It complies with all the local data protection regulations. We had good support from partners with the demonstration of FortiGate functionality. The decision was made on the base of comparison with other competitors.
  • Wide NGFW functionality.
  • FortiGuard UTM.
  • Wide partner network.
  • Bundled solution.
  • WAF functionality is presented, but it is a minimum set of rules compared to FortiWeb solution.
We use FG-101E, and it is a good choice for small or medium-sized business. Wide partners network and easy implementation of the solution can make your life easier if you want to feel secure with the protection of your corporate network.
February 19, 2022

Getting to know Fortinet

Score 10 out of 10
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Fortinet FortiGate was used to provide different product solutions, the company specializes in internet and telephony solutions for corporations. Especially when the customer needed some security at his network.
  • Filtering information
  • High Availability services.
  • Strong security.
  • The path to upgrade. Sometimes its way to tedious.
When you offer internet solutions as a company, you have to consider security measures, and the Fortinet firewalls are a good tool to achieve this. Therefore, to implement security on networks. This is perfect, however, if you don't need that much security, is not as necessary.
Score 8 out of 10
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Being an IT consultant and Software Development Centre (Lab) for our Parent Company, we are very specific and skeptical when we choose a product that will be implemented across many other daughter companies. 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 [Fortinet] Fortigate as our main Firewall. Fortigate has a very well refined and functional SD-WAN solution when it comes to load balancing for normal Internet Traffic, be it web browsing, Application traffic, IPSec or SSL VPN traffic. Some of the top NGFW still lacks the basic load balancing feature (to be practical) in small and mid scale organizations where budget is a constraint in selecting the technologies. Another feature is to have the traffic shaping (QoS) or bandwidth allocation to users, Application, subnets with all possible variables in configuration. Explicit Proxy is also a great feature, to be configured on the Firewall itself. SSL VPN configuration on firewall is also very easy with the help of Wizard.
  • 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 - As we all have WFH force (to some extend or all employee) during Covid-19, it is impossible to plan BCP without having a SSL VPN. In Fortigate, the SSL VPN configuration is very easy with the help of wizard. 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.
  • Explicit Proxy - This is also a great feature to shape and re-route the traffic, configuring the Proxy on the Firewall itself. We are using this feature in Pilot for now, and planned to rollout in few weeks looking at the success rate of the POC.
  • Though, I think Fortigate is one of the best options for small and mid-sized organisations, 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.
  • Scalability - this is something that I personally have faced twice in the same organization. Fortigate is not easy on scalability part, you have to change the hardware box in order to scale the firewall as organization grows.
  • Fortigate sometimes stucks on GUI, which is basically happens due to Disk error. And the only way to mitigate the issue is to reboot the firewall. Which is very hard if you have a 24x7 production running behind the firewall.
  • HA switch over in certain conditions is also have some room to improvement. Basic internet link flapping can cause HA switchover, if not configured wisely and with custom settings. HA switch over also takes more than normal time, approx 4 minutes sometimes.
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.
Chantel Moreno | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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FortiGate is a robust network security solution that provides us with a reliable Unified Threat Management environment for legacy, cloud, and hybrid systems. It is proven that it is great for our business because we deal with sensitive data or run several cloud instances. Fortinet provides several data security options. This minimal investment is inciting because we don't have to keep a large IT staff. This firewall program offers powerful intrusion prevention systems that are easy to configure to recognize trusted employees, customers, and partners, and also keep the system secure from different types of harmful malicious programs. This product enhanced our company's security amazingly.
  • This robust network malware scanner program does not interfere with data transmission, and the detailed analytics provide security with a wealth of information to help us to fine-tune our network operations.
  • Despite its technical competence, whether it's a hardware firewall or a cloud security layer, Fortinet is simple to download, install and operate.
  • The most appreciable feature is that it provides not only Windows version, but also can be easily installed on macOS and Linux.
  • FortiGate has the advantage of being able to be implemented in the cloud or on-premises.
  • This product is quite pricey.
  • I wish that their monitoring and reporting could be more stable and better.
FortiGate products are doubtlessly appropriate for any company or corporate as this robust platform offers a lot more than just protection. FortiGate should be heavily considered by business owners who are eager to need complete protection for their business networks and data centers, especially if they want that their business grows more fastly.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Fortinet FortiGate as Perimeter FW on multiple locations. Applications visibility, scalability, feature availability, and ease of use are the most prominent attributes of Fortinet FortiGate firewalls. Just turn on the feature you require and if your license supports it, you are good to deploy the new requirement for your business.
  • SDWAN
  • Application visibility
  • Stitching of Security Fabric
  • Automation of various tasks
  • Some features are only available in CLI, make them available in GUI
  • Route maps and prefix list availability in GUI
  • Separate QOS section in menu bar
Well Suited for:
  • Multi-links traffic load balance via SDWAN.
  • Proxy deployment's if required.
  • DLP
Binita Kharbanda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Fortinet's FortiGate solution is being used in my organization and we are able to achieve the security with this cost efficient firewall. It comes with powerful technologies to secure the infra from known and unknown both attack types. On the top of that, it has an user friendly user interface where policy creation is easy and we can select the security profiles per rules.
  • IPS
  • Remote VPN (Forti VPN)
  • Advanced Malware protection
  • Logs
  • Cost effective
  • CLI Commands
  • Documentations
  • High Availability
  • Content filtering
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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[Fortinet FortiGate] is [a] loaded and ready platform for any sized organization. Highly efficient security processors optimize network performance help you to secure you organization from any cyber attacks. This is also a top selling product because of advanced security features, fast processing and low cost. I am working on [FortiGate] 1800F series and I deployed this on my two other sites. I [am] happy with their features.


  • Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection and Intelligence
  • Fortinet FortiSwitch
  • SD-WAN security
  • Fortinet Advanced Sanboxing
  • Logging and report
  • Management console
  • FortiAnalyze
  • Most secure for new zero-day and advanced threats
  • CLI commads are very complicated
  • SLA issue with Technical support
[Fortinet FortiGate is] well suited for those industries where you want deep level scan, data are very critical and you can't afford any type of cyber attacks. Cost is less and you will get lots of advanced features.
Tony Dous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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This device is being used across the entire organization. We are using it as our primary internet-facing firewall. It is protecting our network from outside threats and ensuring that the users inside the organization are protected as well. Some sister company authorized users have access to the FortiClient VPN software so they can access resources from remote locations.
  • SN-Wan is so powerful.
  • Application control is so powerful also and updated everyday.
  • Web control
  • IPS
  • VPN remote control is so easy.
  • SLA should have more HTTPS on target.
  • The traffic logs should be faster on the box. I read it's better on Forti Analyzer.
SD-Wan VPN site to site is very well suited and saves much time and cost by transferring site to site tunnels on MPLS, IPSEC and Dial-up Tunnels all by this function. I can't see less appropriate scenarios.
Vinit Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We are using Fortinet FortiGate in our Remote area locations because it has one of the best features of remote VPN for connecting remote sites to the main branch. Also, they are providing the UTM feature that is giving the best outputs as compared to other firewalls we have in our enviorment. Fortinet FortiGate resolved our Security & remote VPN issues.
  • Real UTM
  • Remote VPN
  • DLP
  • Email filtering as well as content filtering
  • Anti-Spam
  • No advance routing feature available
  • Nating customization options not good as compare to other market available firwall's
  • CLI needs to be more easier for begineers
Fortinet FortiGate Provides a Deep Scanning feature identifies malicious traffic over network easily & also having advance level of such security feature in a cost-effective manner. It also helps us to content filtering & anti-spam over data.
Basant Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Fortinet FortiGate firewall provides you ultimate threat protection for your organization. This is only one and [many] powerful firewall offers UTM. Most of firewall offers UTM but most of main features is missing but in Fortinet we have web filtering, anti virus, content filtering, application control, which help you organization from external threats so your business will not [be] harmed from any cyber attack. I have this product in one of my location. I am satisfied with [its] high performance and advanced protection.
  • High performance threat protection.
  • Web filtering.
  • Anti virus.
  • Application filtering.
  • Content filtering.
  • Email control.
  • Highly protected with advanced security features.
  • Command line is not easy so you will face problem to remember the commands.
  • Not good technical support and issue with SLA.
  • Not easy to configure and implement.
I am using this firewall in my one location which we have limited users but our client data is very critical, we need deep security and we want to scan the every packet deeply, so I chose this one. I am really happy with UTM features. I am using email and DLP features for more control on my users.
Amin Mirzakhani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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[Fortinet FortiGate] is being used by the organization to secure all external services on the edge and also for lan inter vlan routing and protection and users internet access.
  • 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
  • Needs some improvements in SSL Offloading capabilities
[Fortinet FortiGate] is perfect for edge network protection and also internal user protection.
Score 9 out of 10
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It used as our first layer of security and often used as a Site-to-site VPN connection in our AWS environment. It helps the business to secure live or on premise environment to the outside world or to the public while connecting to our cloud environment. We also able to filter and alter who will manage the appliance.
  • Secure your network
  • Use as a mode of VPN
  • Manages employees access to the internet
  • Have an option to remove presets ports
It is best suited to secure your private networks at filtering packets from the outside world. It also good for managing and limiting your employees to access certain websites and limit application access. It is best suited as your front line of your security systems inside your organization. You can also use it as a VPN.
Andrew Meyer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I am using the FortiNet FortiGate 60D Firewall as my main internet connection. Implementing this gave me faster networking throughput than I had with my previous device and easier security policy enforcement. The ability to create L2L VPN tunnels with this device made it a lot faster to configure/program.
  • Configuration
  • management
  • flexibility
  • publishing API
  • automation support for legacy devices
  • cleaner web ui.
Fortinet devices are well suited for all applications. They meet security standards and HIPAA compliance. I have not found any issues where using their devices is truly a make or break set up.
Score 9 out of 10
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This device is being used across the entire organization. We are using it as our primary Internet facing firewall. It is protecting our network from outside threats and ensuring that the users inside the organization are protected as well. All authorized users have access to the FortiClient VPN software so they can access resources from remote locations.
  • VPN client is easy to use and can be customized for your organization.
  • All features are enabled on the firewall with little to no impact on performance.
  • Easy to configure interface on the firewall but also has a command line available for high level admins.
  • Excellent technical support department - very quick response time.
  • Pricing was amazing compared to peers.
  • Sales team was lacking information (type of licensing, hardware model, etc). Make sure you ask lots of questions.
Our firewall is fantastic. It's very quick and easy to configure. Fortigate offered a lot of assistance during setup so that our downtime when switching was very limited. The technical support team is amazing and have a very quick response time. Compared to it's peers, Fortigate has exceptional pricing for the same or better feature set.
December 04, 2020

FortiGate Firewall

Score 10 out of 10
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Fortinet is our main firewall. We use it for IPS, Network Antivirus, application control, and web filtering. The FortiGate is used across our entire school district. It does a tremendous job of safeguarding our district from cyber threats.
  • Intrusion protection.
  • Application control.
  • Web filtering.
  • Reporting could be better.
Fortigate is an excellent firewall for all sized businesses from SOHO to large enterprises.
Support is slightly above average. Sometimes it takes a while to get a response.
Michael Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Coming from a Cisco background, I first brushed this off as some knockoff. But in all honesty, it is far superior to the products I have used in the past.

My department (Enterprise Managed Services) currently uses Fortinet FortiGate in tens of thousands of locations. We use the whole suite with FortiAP and FortiSwitches. The whole family intertwines fluidly with great features and support. Even better is its policy and configuration management with FortiManager or logging and reporting with FortiAnalyzer. The web interface is so intuitive and the CLI is a breeze to use. The current offerings of FortiGates range from small branch office sized firewalls to large multirack datacenter beasts. The VPN capacity, SSL inspection, and other traffic metrics are insane for the purposes we use them for. The high availability and SD Wan features that customers want are so easy to use and configure. I highly recommend FortiGate as an alternative to more expensive solutions that are still 5 years behind.

Another side note, the support and training portals are very very informative. Even the certification exam materials are now free. FortiGate is definitely pushing boundaries with its UTM devices. Many job listings in Denver are now asking for FortiGate experience! Highly recommended.
  • VPN
  • IPS/IDS
  • UTM
  • SD-WAN
  • IPv4 Policies
  • Web content filtering
  • Firmware stability
  • Traffic Shaping policies
  • Better wizards as it can be cumbersome to some new engineers.
FortiGates are very well suited when used in conjunction with FortiManager for scalability and management reasons. Larger model FortiGates are not necessary for smaller environments. The basic models do just fine.
Never a long wait time with Fortinet TAC.
Score 9 out of 10
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We decided to try FortiGate solutions when we wanted to upgrade our Network infrastructure. We have been using it for about 5 years after the results. It is at the heart of the entire infrastructure and is in a critical position because our business is on the internet.
  • Due to the FortiGate location, all our systems are in the gateway position. We did not experience any performance problems such as 11.11 during busy campaign periods.
  • Easy management and very detailed logging.
  • It should not allow two different objects to be defined with the same IP address.
  • If the rule that is written during the rule writing matches another rule, it can be warned.
FortiGate solution is a successful solution in terms of performance and efficiency. No problem in high traffic. Due to its innovative structure, it is an advantage to easily adapt to new integrations.
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.
Donny McIver | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use FortiGate internally and as our go-to solution for our clients looking to replace/upgrade their current firewall solution. With the recent work from home scramble and COVID-19 - quickly deploying VPN setups to users we never imagined would need to work remotely was a snap -- thankfully we had FortiGate in place for those clients!

We appreciate the next-gen firewall feature set and ease of building policies to tailor to our client's needs for their infrastructure. While we're a pretty small shop, supporting businesses with < 100 users it's nice to have a very scalable solution that we can lead with for clients of any size. We know there's plenty more to learn and grow into the Fortinet universe - but their partner support team is amazing.
  • NextGen Firewall.
  • SSL traffic inspection.
  • VPN / Remote Access.
  • Device telemetry.
  • Sometimes it's too smart for the beginner engineer.
FortiGate is a great fit and no brainer expense when replacing a firewall for our average target client (< 100 users) - much better return on investment compared to Meraki solutions. With the ability to license up or down to best fit a client's requirements - the product line is flexible and scalable. Much different experience than some other product lines we used to lead with - that we'll still support, it's just not the top of our list when a client asks for our recommendation.

We like that FortiGate simplifies the deployment of SSL VPN without added hardware or licensing costs - but if you want to include sandboxing and device endpoint telemetry, you can easily bolt on licenses and leverage cloud management without deploying additional hardware. A huge benefit for smaller clients where it's just not feasible.
Whenever we've had an issue (which isn't often) we've been able to great support through the Partner channel or KB area. We love how well documented various aspects of the platform are taken care of - and how well manicured the KB area / Cookbooks are.

Having quick access to support resources without always having to call to speak to some engineer helps us self-resolve a great number of issues on our own and learn more along the way. Candidly though, we just haven't had to call in or open a ticket hardly ever - usually it's more for our channel support to determine license needs or quoting assistance.
Score 7 out of 10
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Fortinet Fortigate currently sits on the edge of our network, and it is used to monitor all incoming and outgoing traffic on the network. It allows us to shut down access to the network and restrict access only to applications and protocols that should be allowed based on the services we currently use. It is a core component of our IT security strategy for the organization.
  • Allow secure access to the network for external vendors.
  • Protects the network from nefarious online activities
  • It gives us granular control over what we allow in and out of the network and the flow of traffic between network points (LANS & WANS).
  • It allows us to connect multiple offices over WAN connections.
  • Training - The software and device is complex I believe free training should be offered for administrators to become experts on how the device function as opposed to learning by a bit of trial and error or discovering useful features only when the necessity arises. Companies usually like to avoid the added costs of training. Therefore, free training courses to certification would benefit all shareholders and lead to even further widespread adoption over the competition.
  • Any simplification of the user interface to implement essential security features would be welcomed. It can be relatively daunting for a new administrator, especially if having to use the command prompt.
  • More screenshots in the online documentation or more videos to guide admins on how to implement useful security features I find the documentation online sometimes a bit hard to follow. Still, if screenshots were added, it would simplify the process.
To protect networks ranging from small to enterprise, especially if you are connecting multiple office locations to share IT services where feasible.
In my experience, the support is usually outstanding. You have some wait time to deal with, depending on the issue. Thus far, my experience with their support has been positive.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Fortinet FortiGate to terminate to our AWS instances for monitoring thousands of customer devices. Using the Fortigate was the answer to the overlapping network issues we had with customers. It's working as designed
  • It's easy to stand up-the registering process is straight forward.
  • The flow of the GUI is second to none- easy to navigate.
  • One thing that I have noticed with other vendors like WatchGuard is the automatic creation of policies when configuring a VPN tunnel. That helps speed up the configuration to get that tunnel up faster.
  • I would also like to see a traffic monitor that shows all live traffic coming in and out. A great tool to use for troubleshooting, that's a feature on the WatchGuard that I like.
Fortinet FortiGate fit in whatever environment you need to provide firewall/UTM functionality. Their range of hardware choices gives the end-user options to fit any scenario.
I will give Fortinet FortiGate a 9, and there is no perfect solution out there. Everybody has an opinion on what is best. That's because it's what that person prefers to use. Some firewalls lack certain feature sets compared to others, but it all depends on the environment you need to deploy the solution. For what I needed, the Fortinet FortiGate hit all the points.
Mauro Osvaldo Sepulveda Gutierrez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have been working with this solution over 5 years and we are very satisfied. We use it for one of our offices and the configuration is very easy and intuitive. You can apply policies by address or by user, the integration with Active Directory is not complicated, the cost of the solution is cheaper in comparison with other vendors and including the same solutions.
  • Ease to configure policies
  • VPN performance
  • Active directory integration.
  • Not so scalable, if you need more performance you need to buy another device
  • The traffic shaper could be better
  • The Wan load balance could be better
Fortigate works pretty well if you choose the correct device based on the number of your users. If you need to apply policies by application this solution can help you. Their other features like web filter, VPN connections, traffic reports, etc work well too. In general terms, the solution is very complete and the cost of this device is cheaper than other vendors.
Score 10 out of 10
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Fortinet FortiGate is used to secure our network across 17 buildings. We also use it for home filtering of devices and VPN connections for a few home users.
  • Filtering.
  • Firewall protection and monitoring.
  • Interface can be not as intuitive for those not specializing in firewalls.
  • Proxy is cumbersome.
FortiGate is well suited for people who want a firewall setup and don't want to have to do much managing beyond that. Partner network is great.
Support through 3rd party vendors has been fantastic. We use a company called Locknet.
Score 10 out of 10
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Fortinet Fortigate is the Firewall of choice in our organization now. We use them at every location, in every city or town, in every building, as well as in the homes of employees requiring remote access to the organization systems. Fortinet Fortigate solved two problems in our organization:
1. How do we reduce the costs incurred securing our infrastructure and assets, while at the same time not exposing those assets to undue risk; and
2. How do we simply our infrastructure, while increasing our visibility into those assets, with the limited resources available.

Fortinet Fortigate solved both those questions, and actually improved our security posture.
  • Fortinet Fortigate created a simplified cost structure for every device we installed, saving our company thousands of dollars compared with our previous vendor of choice.
  • Fortinet Fortigate firewalls contain a tremendous and robust feature set allowing our organization better protection while reducing the number of devices and software required to do similar functions if we went with our previous vendor.
  • 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.
Fortinet Fortigate is a robust firewall and security device. Fortinet has devices geared for any situations, and for any sized company...from single computer small businesses to extremely large organizations with thousands of computers. Fortinet Fortigate is reasonably priced and contains the ability to have multiple functions embedded into a single device, making management that much simpler. Its robust feature set is top-notch and is on a level playing field with the largest names in the business, and in my view, because of the cost difference, wins hands down.
The Support team at Fortinet is excellent. They can not only help you configure the device for what you are trying to do, they offer suggestions on improving rules, and troubleshooting issues. Their response time is fast, ensuring you are up and running immediately with no questions asked.
We had a hard drive failure in one of our Fortinet Fortigate appliances. The tech answered immediately, and started rebuilding the drive after some preliminary investigations. After rebuilding, there were still errors and issues, so they dispatched a brand new Fortinet Fortigate appliance. The tech then backed up the configurations for when the new device came in, which showed up in a few hours. A restore of the configuration took less than a minute, and there were no more errors or issues.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use our FortiGate as the primary firewall for our centralized district-wide Internet as well as a secure VPN for the few users that use this within our organization. It addresses the need we had for a Next Generation Firewall that was easy to transition to, very secure, full featured, well supported and at a reasonable price.
  • Very effective firewall. If set up correctly, creates a very secure environment.
  • Amazing price when compared to same feature set as other prominent firewalls.
  • Updates. I have an HA pair but I always lose connection for a minute or two when upgrading.
  • Interface display. I have a bug where I have to refresh several times to view policies and objects.
We started with a new Palo Alto because it was so well recommended but when we moved the circuit from 2GB to 10GB the price rose to astronomical heights. We heard about FortiGate being very comparable if not better. I attended a Firewall Shootout and the FortiGate clearly came out on top. The price savings for such a high quality product made this an easy choice. It's great that it also has built in features such as VPN, web filtering and access point controller. Because we are a school district, we really need a dedicated web filter but it's likely a great option for a non-educational company.
The few times I needed assistance, they were excellent. Very professional and well trained. I have been very happy with support assistance as well as the initial assistance switching from a Cisco firewall and the FortiGate. We transferred policies and objects and they provided guidance on cleaning up our existing configuration.