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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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Best NGFW firewall

10 out of 10
January 11, 2024
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FortiGate is a versatile product that has been widely used by various organizations to address their network security needs. Users have …
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  • VPN (38)
    9.8
    98%
  • Firewall Management Console (38)
    9.8
    98%
  • Policy-based Controls (38)
    9.8
    98%
  • Reporting and Logging (38)
    8.1
    81%

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Reviewers rate Identification Technologies and Policy-based Controls and Firewall Management Console highest, with a score of 9.8.

The most common users of FortiGate are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Community Insights

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FortiGate is a versatile product that has been widely used by various organizations to address their network security needs. Users have reported that FortiGate serves as a reliable firewall solution, providing advanced security features and protecting the infrastructure from known and unknown attack types. It is not just a firewall but a full Unified Threat Management solution, offering security checks for risks like SPAM, infected attachments, and spyware.

FortiGate has proven to be suitable for different use cases, such as small office connections, enterprise proxy, threats management solution, and routing and layer 3 management. It offers excellent routing and VPN performance, making it an ideal choice as the core of a company network's layer 3 and routing infrastructure. Additionally, FortiGate is highly regarded for its ease of setup and management, delivering intuitive visibility into multiple network activities that aid in troubleshooting network and security issues.

Virtualized FortiGates are also available, making it a suitable option for companies with strong virtualization infrastructures. The product line includes devices that can withstand environmental extremes, making it viable for industrial environments. Organizations have utilized FortiGate for securing external services, inter VLAN routing, protecting users' internet access, segmenting internal networks, and creating a security fabric using Fortinet switches and APs.

FortiGate provides robust VPN capabilities for remote workers, including site-to-site VPNs for larger sites. Users have praised its user-friendly interface for policy creation and selection of security profiles. The solution is also utilized as the primary internet-facing firewall, protecting networks from outside threats while allowing secure remote access through SSL VPN.

Customers have recommended FortiGate as an alternative to more expensive solutions due to its cost-efficiency without compromising on performance or functionality. With its powerful technologies and extensive support ecosystem provided by Fortinet, FortiGate has enhanced security and resolved issues across organizations of all sizes.

In summary, FortiGate has proven to be a reliable and versatile network security solution, addressing a wide range of use cases such as firewall protection, VPN establishment, threat management, routing infrastructure, and secure remote access. It provides advanced security features, intuitive management interfaces, and cost-efficient solutions for organizations of all sizes.

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Debugging and troubleshooting features are very detailed and easy to use
  • The GUI is well thought out and intuitive
  • The out-of-the-box features (non-license dependent) are well worth it
  • Easy to deploy (even for a moron like me)
  • FortiManager (uggh)
  • Software vulnerabilities (I know it's an occupational hazard but still)
  • Some cosmetic issues in some firmware releases and browser compatibility are still hit-and-miss but that's minor
  • Be more creative with the product naming but please don't go the the extreme like Cisco where you have no idea what the hell they're talking about sometimes.
January 11, 2024

Best NGFW firewall

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Best thing that Fortinet team does really well is their support to the customers which is exceptionally well
  • Supports both GUI & CLI
  • Customization of security profiles is possible
  • Another great feature is their detail log report which is also available on FortiCloud
  • Unified application for all features (Forticlient)
  • Sometimes Forti DNS server becomes unavailable.
  • Their log service has some scope for improvement.
  • Upgrading the firewall version should be done without downtime. Although downtime for Flash formatting the firewall is less but it is there.
Jesse Bridgelal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Powerful and reliable SDWAN Services
  • Unified Threat Protection with powerful features such as IPS, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spam
  • Powerful IPS Services backed by industry validation
  • Provides Reliable Publishing Services for providing secure remote access to internal services
  • Provides excellent Remote Access Services via IPSEC and SSL VPN Tunnel technologies.
  • Features a simple and intuitive user interface which is well designed and easy to follow.
  • There could be some improvement to the Logging Services to include more details
  • 10 Gigabit Interfaces should be available for the lower models as well.
  • Simpler installation of the FortiAP services when being used.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Chantel Moreno | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
Tony Dous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Vinit Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
Basant Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Amin Mirzakhani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
  • 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.
Mauro Osvaldo Sepulveda Gutierrez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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
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