Fortinet and Fortigate: A force to be reckoned with!
February 15, 2019

Fortinet and Fortigate: A force to be reckoned with!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Fortinet FortiGate

Our company decided to switch from Checkpoint to Fortinet as a corporate standard. I've used Fortinet products for the last 10 years, and have been incredibly happy with the ease of use, and support resources are not as hard to find as they are for Checkpoint. Additionally, the integrated SD-WAN in more recent versions made us start running out of reasons why we SHOULDN'T use Fortinet FortiGate firewalls.


  • Integrated SD-WAN functionality
  • Best in class threat protection
  • Single pane of glass (Instead of three in checkpoint)


  • Breakout switch still required to share ethernet connectivity with redundant pair.
  • CLI could use some improvement but is overall good.
  • Positive: SDWAN functionality as part of the software package was the big win.
  • Positive: Low spend allows our company to put our money to use on other projects. We are big fans of getting more done with less money spent.
  • Positive: Threat detection and prevention is best-in-class.
The solution was selected by our parent company, but the idea of changing platforms is still daunting. Fortigate offers an ability to convert your ASA, Checkpoint, JunOS, etc. configs to Fortigate for a small cost. This product works like a champ and eliminated the reasons why we wouldn't switch. VPN setups are much easier with FortiGate than ASA (cli), and most definitely checkpoint. With the built-in SD-WAN as well, that was the final reason why we switched.
Fortigate is amazing when attempting to create an SD-WAN between large or small environments. This alleviates the cost of a high priced SD-WAN platform like Cloudgenix (amazing product, but pricey!), and extends that functionality to SMB clients at a very low cost in models like the 61e. We can get most of our locations online, with redundancy for under $2000.00.


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