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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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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.

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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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Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it as our internal and external firewall. It is also used with all security options, including DDOS protection, in our branches.
  • Web filtering, which protects the users browsing to non-secure websites
  • Network security between different networks
  • Traffic shaping control for users and applications
  • Traffic shaping options based more on layer 7, so you could have a more detailed control over the exact sites users are browsing
  • The transition between different major updates
  • More option in fast reports and dashboards
  • A more exact measure of bandwidth to show in dashboard and FortiView
Very good in the firewall protection between different networks, and also for external protection. It also gives a really good experience in the browsing protection for users, which keep them safe from unsecured websites.

On the other hand, you could have some issues when you are tracking a user in the forward traffic log because is not easy to troubleshoot or find some browsing information because of the main graphical interface.
  • Very positive because it helps us reducing cost by avoiding the acquisition of additional network equipment
  • It helps us to easily reach our internal security objectives
  • Bandwidth control
We selected it because it is a good balance between a very well positioned company and good pricing
They are part of the user who receive fortigate security protection and also the administrator which fortigate helps to solve security in a friendly and simplistic way.
We need people with advanced knowledge in network configuration and support, but most of the admin task of the fortigate appliance are very user friendy to configure, admin and support.
  • Security protection
  • WAN links load balance
  • Traffic Shaping
  • Wan link Load balance and high availability configuration for main ISP connections at the same time in active mode
  • Different ways to apply traffic shaping to the users
  • Load balancing options
  • Remote site connections
It is a friendly user technology, with a simplistic dashboard to manage and control the daily operation with a high grade of trust in security.
Cisco Router doing a bad combination of security and shaping
  • Price
  • Product Reputation
  • Analyst Reports
  • Third-party Reviews
Fortinet is a very well ranked security company in the market giving to the company a good balance between security and pricing.
I still will keep it as my option.
  • Implemented in-house
Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled
There is a lot of testing implicit with the migration to the fortigate to tune as much as possible the browsing experience for the users, it does not matter how much do you test to avoid user issues in production you will have to deal always with small quantity.
  • Load balance between WANs connections
Easy to configure and with a very intuitive manual to follow.
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
Yes, it was easy, there are a lot of resources in internet that are easy to follow.
Just Right
Fortigate Cookbook it is definitely a good guide to start and follow
Yes - we have customized the interface extensively
Very easy to do and manage
No - we have not done any custom code
It is a good option always have available premium support hours in case you have a failure, In the last 3 years i never had a major issue that need to request big support help
Perfect is a complicated rate. But they are good in what they do and also give a really good through their local vendor channels
yes, definetely.
In some occasion during this year, we experienced a big issue that was causing a degradation in our internet, initially we created several cases requesting support to factory to try to find the origin of the bad internet performance and experience for the users especially in videoconference, after hours of troubleshooting and testing we found that the issue was caused by a security protection of DOS that only was automatically applied during high traffic hours during the day.
  • Policy creation to allow communication between networks
  • Application traffic Shaping
  • Make traffic shaping troubleshooting
I consider a good security appliance wit h a good bundle for network to use as a concentrated network appliance configured in a good high availability configuration
I ti is very stable appliance with a very trustable service
1 significant failure in 3 years, and it was solved with a rebooot.
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
it was a good process because they follow and guide since the acquisition to the configuration
They gave us a really good support
Additional hour of support in case of an emergency failure or advanced support
It is very easy to do an upgrade of version and also a rollback in case you have any problem. There is a lot of information even in the same console before executing all the process.
  • New Features available
  • having access to las network tendencies in market like SDWAN without doing an appliance replacement
November 21, 2017


Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Fortigate across the whole organization. It is used for firewall/IPS/Web filtering.
  • UTM provides comprehensive security, which is great
  • Easy to use GUI
  • Great support
  • Site-to-site vpn - would like to configure using wizard. currently, I use manual configuration.
  • Additional reports on web site usage statistics
  • Failover / redundancy
Great for small-medium companies. Not sure how it will scale for large companies.
  • Easy to maintain, which means less time spent to monitor
  • URL filtering is great
  • Fortianalyzer is a plus
UTM comprehensive security is a plus.
web usage, ftp, e-mail, erp systems
firewall/URL filtering/VPN skills are needed
  • Geo block
  • URL filtering
  • IPS/Firewall
  • Web filter bypass
  • Geo block
  • Automatic failover
  • Redundancy
Easy to use, maintain, great security
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Third-party Reviews
comprehensive UTM security is a plus
none - happy with Fortigate
  • Vendor implemented
  • Implemented in-house
Offline configuration, firmware updates, isolated testing, controlled testing, implementation
Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled
documentation is a key
  • Before and after network diagram
  • Up to date documentation
  • Tribal knowledge
In-house expertise helped.
it is a critical system for us
Easy to engage with support + web chat
We had to come up with a way to block certain web sites for all users but allow it for a few users. support provided a workaround, which worked.
  • URL filtering
  • Geo block
  • Site to site vpn
  • Log analyzer
  • Wizard for site to site vpn will be a plus
Yes, but I don't use it
easy to use / monitor /maintain
July 15, 2016

Fortinet Fortigate

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Firewalls were deployed at HQ, remote offices, and used as our primary gateway, UTM/NGFW for 2 production datacenters. Only firewall, UTM modules, and basic routing were used, no dynamic routing, wireless, vpn client or endpoint protection software.
  • Very fast and effective at overall UTM functionality
  • Best management UI I've seen across comparable vendors
  • Overall value, lower cost than competitors with similar features.
  • Support is downright horrid. Level 1 support will ask you (or even do it themselves) to *reboot* appliances. In a production datacenter. Level 2 will only do very basic support and will generally refuse bugs exist, in an overwhelming flood of proof.
  • Reliability isn't quite up to par. Although it's still a stable device, there are nuances you don't see in simpler deprecated devices like an ASA. But this comes with the territory of UTM/NGFW appliances.
Unless there's a killer feature in another brand you must have, there's no situation I can think of that I would suggest another UTM.
  • Reduced overall operating cost year after year
  • Longer support windows means more overnight outages
Features and manageability are always better in Fortigate. Like everything else, the logic is different, do not try to apply old knowledge to a new implementation or it'll be unmanageable.
  • Implemented in-house
Each location was an acquisition, so each installation required translation and implementation of firewall rules. Each office generally followed this process 1. Discovery and documentation 2. Reporting and logging 3. Sizing and purchasing 4. Configuration 5. Testing 6. Installation 7. Reporting, logging, and verification
Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled
  • Translation of older firewall logic, ASA and SonicWall were among the worst and messiest.
  • Post-installation support, schedule an extra large window and hope you can get someone on the phone.
Prepare for terrible support, hour long hold time for Level 1, and next-day call backs for Level 2.
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use a variety of Fortigate models across our and our customer organizations. We use it as a firewall/security/VPN appliance and also as a high availability gateway at several locations. We needed to find a product that was quick to setup, easy to manage, and provided advanced security features. Netflow/S-flow are built into Foritgate, which met another one of our requirements for traffic monitoring. We also needed a company that had a product line that could tolerate environmental extremes in an industrial environment. Fortigate has such a product line.

The Fortigate GUI is intuitive and provides easy visibility into multiple network activities. When we are trouble-shooting for our customers, this interface has often proven invaluable in quickly getting to the heart of network or security issues.
  • Forigate's FortiOS is feature rich, giving good value for the money spent. The GUI is intuitive and makes configuration easy and fast.
  • Documentation is well written and easy to read. Diagrams and illustrations clearly illustrate principles and concepts, making it easier to make configuration decisions
  • The consistency of features and GUI across the product line has made Fortigate implementation very easy.
  • The form factor on the industrial units such as the 60D is not idea for DIN Rails, taking up more space than is needed. There needs to be an option for 24V power in the industrial units.
Foritgate has products that are well suited for harsh industrial environments and can provide a secured peripheral network outside the conventional data center. Because of the ease of manageability, it allows us to easily manage and secure remote sites without the need to travel to locations that are often a challenge to get to.
  • Configuration ease has allowed us to rapidly deploy installations, reducing implementation hours, and increasing project profitability
  • Customer service has been enhanced through the ability to rapidly troubleshoot through detailed information provided through the GUI
  • Pricepoint of the Fortigate product line has made it a high value product for us. We are able to deliver more features to our customers at lower prices, and with improved service levels.
Fortigate provides a more robust feature set than Sonicwall, and at a better price point than either Cisco or Sonicwall. Both Moxa and Cisco provide industrial DIN mounts, but Moxa lacked a data center product. Cisco has both industrial and data center products, but at a much higher price. Fortigate won out by providing good pricing, a consistent, feature rich OS across the product line, and by having offerings in both industrial and traditional IT.
We replaced Dell Sonicwall with Fortigate. For a long while, the Sonicwall was the security appliance of choice for our customers, but the pricepoint, enhanced security and additional features of Fortigate gave it a clear edge. In addition, because Fortigate offered an industrial hardened unit, it made it a superior choice for our customer base.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Third-party Reviews
Of any of the listed factors, Usability was probably the most important factor. We needed a manufacturer that had a product line sufficient for our needs, that was easy to use and implement, and could survive the rigors of an industrial environment as well as conventional IT. Price was vey important too, but a low price without the usability that we needed wouldn't have worked.
I wouldn't change it. The switch to Fortigate was the result of a new evaluation and selection process. We listed our needs, the needs of our customers, and tried to list out what might be important over the next five years.
  • Implemented in-house
Change management was minimal
As always, clear communication of what changes are taking place, what the impact will be, and expected outage windows played a key role in successful deployment for our customers.
  • Most significant encountered issue was a few of the Fortigates had older versions of FortiOS. This version had some incompatibility issues that caused us to burn several hours until the version issue was discovered.
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version.
To this point, we have not needed premium support. The basic level of support has met all of our needs to date.
Support staff is knowledgeable and answers questions quickly. I have not run into an issue to date that was not quickly resolved by the support staff.
We have had to ask Fortinet for custom modifications to one of their industrial models. Foritnet went above and beyond in understanding our needs, and working on a satisfactory resolution that allowed us to deploy almost 100 fortigates for a customer.
  • Implementing redundant internet connections and a high availability gateway was astoundingly easy. Got it right the first time with only about 20 minutes of research and effort.
  • Firmware upgrades are almost effortless. Very easy to perform through the GUI.
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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