Fortinet FortiGate 1500D Series Product Review
February 28, 2019

Fortinet FortiGate 1500D Series Product Review

Shawn Umansky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Fortinet FortiGate

We have two FortiGate 1500D firewalls, one at each datacenter. They are configured as active-passive. All traffic coming and going passes through them for the entire organization. This ensures that all packets to and from users are managed and controlled.
  • Creating and managing access control policies that allow specific traffic in and out of the network. Once you get it set up, it's easy to create new policies, specify ports, and configure IP ranges.
  • Active-Passive failover works well.
  • It generally works pretty well without much care and feeding.
  • Their web filtering module makes it pretty easy to block malicious websites quickly.
  • We tried to roll out the client about five years ago. This is used both for VPN, as well as antivirus/web filtering. Any policies set at the firewall would be automatically pushed to the client and enforced. It was a great idea, but the drive mapping feature never worked consistently in our environment, so we were forced to find alternative solutions for both VPN and antivirus. Too bad, really.
  • We have had a couple times when one of the firewalls would hang for no apparent reason. Support engineers were never able to pinpoint the problem either time. It only happened a couple times.
  • It's performed as expected. I think that is about as good as it gets for an appliance that's sole job is to be invisible. In an environment with staffing challenges, it's imperative that we pick solutions that make our jobs more manageable. I would put this product in that category.
I don't know what other products were considered. However, I can say that we do not select products based on price alone. Common factors are easy of use, quality of customer support, price/ROI, whether our vendor partners are confident in their ability to support the product, whether it aligns with the mission and vision of our organization's long term strategy, and whether it's design aligns with our internal design.
If you have straight forward needs, this thing is a good workhourse. We are not in the console every day. It is mostly set it and forget it for us. If this is what you need, it's not a bad solution.