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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.
- Juniper 7000 (formerly the BTI Series)
The Cisco offered a similar feature set but was significantly higher in price. We use Cisco for all our other network equipment so it made sense to stick with them for our firewall but we couldn't justify the difference in price.
We haven't compared against Palo Alto networks and if Fortinet didn't work for us, they would have been our next go to solution to explore. We know the products like Cisco ASA and SonicWall are mostly in the rear-view mirror - and we just hate the licensing model for Meraki and can't get behind that approach. Everything we do, we put ourselves in our client's position to evaluate what serves them best (more than what serves our current need). As a result, Fortinet is a product that best aligns enterprise capability to a typical SMB and doesn't require such a specialized skillset the client is left hanging if they kick us to the curb.
What differs is the price, and the ability to have a single appliance that does multiple functions, that required multiple devices or appliances in the Cisco world.
It's true that people used to say " No one ever got fired for buying Cisco! ". However, more and more, budget cuts have impacted every technology department. If a device performs the same, if not better, but is 1/3 the price, you owe it to yourself and your organization to investigate that product further.