5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 5, 2016
The product itself has been rock-solid. The updates are fairly regualar and appear to have gone through thoorough QA before release; we've not had issues with an update since we purchased 4 years ago. Product support can be sketchy at times.
I would advise getting the highest level of support. When you need support on this device, you usually need it NOW.
Ease of use.
Support. They are not the worst I've dealt with, but they could use some more trained support staff.
Provided more available and knowledgeable support.
I don't know that we would do anything differently. Implementation was a breeze.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 1, 2016
Fortinet is a very friendly and responsive vendor to work with.
DA only meets specific requirements. have a clear roadmap of what you want of the tool now and 2 years down the raod and 5 years down the road. See if the product has a roadmap.
Look at other tools as well.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 23, 2016
Fortinet provides products that are extreamly easy to implement, come packed with lots of features (out of the box), perform well and are extreamly cost effective.
Cost, Features and funtionality...
Tier I support is painful... The training (self-paced) that would allow network engineers t by-pass Tier I is uncharectoristically expensive compared to their products.
In a lot of ways, they still play small ball which is why they struggle to gain more market share.
If we had to start over, we would have implemented and standardized on Fortinet products more quickly versus a pace that was tied to tech refresh.
local sales engineers are knowledable and sray engaged after the sale...
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 17, 2016
Fortinet allowed us consolidate security services. Easy management and integration with a high performance.
Consider the choice of a experienced partnet to help you to choice the right model. Compare products and the services offered with your requirements. You have the option to try it.
It is easy to manage. Easy to upgrade. There is a lot of technical documentation. It is in constant improvement.
There is no important disadvantages. There are upgrades every few months, you don't must to let too time between upgrades or you will need to make many steps to be updated.
We have been helped by the partner correctly in each step we have done while the implementation. No major changes.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 8, 2016
The entire implementation - hardware (FortiGates), virtual machine software (Forti Analyzer and FortiManager) and software (FortiClient for Anti-malware, compliance, and remote connection (IPSec-VPN) was smooth and very quick to fulfill our company expectations. 100% out of the box.
The firewall speed as well the GUI and Fortiguard features are impressive. DLP, VPN, IPS & Application control, web filtering and device authentication are our best features. (But the Forticlient Compliance feature is awesome).
The Fortiguard features (Web Filtering, Cloud Applications, DLP sensors and Antivirus are great). If you look at the Forti Analyzer features, monitoring and real-time Fortiview will allow you to identify easily where your bandwidth is going. HA is awesome and VPN Site to Site are super easy to implement.
Because of many features offered out of the box, I have to study more and more. (it is not a bad thing though)
Improve the WiFi radio, is very slow.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 3, 2016
This implementation saved us a tremendous amount of risk and exposure that we had taken on with another manufacturer, Cisco. We are not a high-dollar outfit, so our move to Cisco three years earlier had a lot of holes in it. Cisco charges for all of the modules a la carte, so we hadn't purchased antivirus or IDS or VPN or mobile VPN or web filtering. On account of this, we had malware active in our environment that had gotten in on Cisco's watch, but Fortigate found it and gave us the ability to shut it down. Also, we saved a lot with web filtering from the firewall and we saved a lot with VPN allowed for as many devices as the hardware could handle rather than paying for each seat individually or each device individually. The Unified Threat Management model took us from a "nickel and dime" expense relationship with Cisco to a one-stop-shop for our gateway firewall.
Don't disregard smaller players in the game just because they don't have the big name. The big name led us astray and did us a disservice. Consider what a smaller player can do for you.
It is rock solid with very little maintenance necessary. In addition, the maintenance that is required is done through an intuitive graphical interface rather than proprietary command line syntax.
It didn't seem that the hardware performance matched what we were expecting. With two processors, I felt we had adequately planned for all we were expecting it to do. In the end, we added more memory, but still found ourselves scraping by even with two processors.
Chose a higher-end model of the same vendor.
We would choose a higher-end model, but stay with Fortinet. Our only regret is that the model we chose barely had enough horsepower to do all the things we wanted it to do. Fortinet was still the right decision, but I would have gone up a tier in hardware.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 6, 2016
Firewalls are in place and functioning properly. However, less granular data is available to Netflow monitoring than with previous solution (Cisco ASA's). Also, logs had to be normalized in order to work with our SIEM.
Look at the other offerings from Fortinet and decide if there are gains to be had from leveraging several of their solutions in tandem. In our case, we had a need for WAP upgrades, VPN upgrades, URL filtering, and AV upgrades. Fortinet offered reasonable cost solutions for each of these and we were able to take advantage of this by replacing several non-integrated solutions with their platform.
The integration between Fortigate, Forticlient, and their other solutions. Cost was also a plus.
Not quite a well known as the Cisco ASA's, we found less consultants who were familiar with this product or that had a deep enough knowledge to deliver what we needed.
Provide more detail via NetFlow to our monitor system. We have lost some details and have had to work to get more information from the system.
I think we would have more familiarity with the management of the product before we implemented. We have a 3rd party managing the firewalls on our behalf, but there are still areas we need to understand more fully in order to maximize our investment and ensure that the 3rd party is effectively managing these for us.
We are using a 3rd party to manage the devices for us, so we do not deal directly with Fortinet for support
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Sep 16, 2016
FortiGates are reliable and reasonably easy to support, provide decent security/detection value in the UTM role. Advice: Start using the FortiManager exclusively when deploying because it's very hard to retrofit it on if you have been managing any devices individually. The FortiAnalyzer is a half decent mini-SIEM specific to Fortigates, but if you have a well configured SIEM with enough capacity to manage the FortiGate logs, you could probably skip having it.
Make sure you are prepared to automate your management of any significant number of these things. If not via the FortiManager, then write good SSH scripts in their CLI for your common operations (e.g. blocking new malicious/phishing websites our intel detects).
The Application Control feature is a fascinating view into the real uses of the network traffic passing through, a view you do not get merely trying to look at Layer 4 indicators.
They don't write the best/most exhaustive documentation. Trying to learn how their CLI language works from their documentation is pretty difficult. What they have is ok, but it needs to go further.
Deploy using the devices integrated into the FortiManager and only making changes through it right out of the gate.