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"The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features.""The WAN aggregation feature is the most valuable.""I haven't had any trouble, and practically forget that I'm using it.""The feature that I find to be the most valuable is the bandwidth aggregation.""It's a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything.""It's a pretty straightforward solution.""The scalability is quite good."

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"The user experience is great. The graphical user interface is also good.""The technical support on offer has always been quite good.""The VDOM (Virtual DOM) is a virtualized firewall that has some opportunities for flexibility that are an advantage in certain configurations.""Performance-wise, I think FortiOS is much better than its Juniper counterpart. Based on our actual experience and performance metrics, FortiOS-based products are much better than Juniper.""Firewall and overall management are valuable features.""The main features I find useful are intrusion prevention and web filtering. Additionally, the solution is easy to manage.""Has a very simple OS and a good price point.""The information security features are the most valuable."

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Cons
"We would like the product to continue to improve its security.""Its functionality is a bit limited in some areas as compared to a Cisco solution. It is not as granular. It doesn't have the manageability, feature set, and capabilities of a larger or an enterprise-level solution. It just needs a more robust feature set and granularity.""I would like to see better integration with identity providers.""Cato Networks security could be better.""They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud.""The price could be better.""They can't do one-to-one NAT (Network Address Translation) in AP (their access point), and that is something that Palo Alto can do."

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"The pricing of the product is too high.""The pricing model makes this product far more expensive than similar solutions.""FortiOS doesn't work well with all browsers. I think they need to do a better job of making it compatible with the various browsers that are out there.""It could more scalable for the lower end users.""Lacks flexibility for different scenario configurations.""Fortinet needs to make this solution even more robust. Sometimes when we get a DDoS attack, the cannot withstand it. We can run out of sessions very easily. That said, I suppose if you want more a robust system, then you could purchase higher-end solutions, which are more expensive. Still, I would like to see more protection from even in the low-end version.""There are some issues with the performance. We also had some issues while updating the firmware.""The reporting and monitoring could improve, they have a lot of limitations. The monitoring is not easy compared to the other firewall."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is not an issue for us, as it is priced more competitively than some other vendors."
  • "If you compare with VeloCloud, the price is the same or even cheaper."
  • "You pay yearly based on the speed of your network. If you increase the speed of your network, you increase the cost for your throughput. It is by bandwidth for the most part and then licenses for VPN. There is some per-seat licensing for VPN access, but the majority of it is minimal. It is like $30 a year per client. The rest is based on how much bandwidth you'll use. You pay for that upfront for the year, and if you have to increase it, you increase it, and then they let you send more data through. There are no additional costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Cato Networks seems more expensive than Cisco Meraki."
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  • "The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device."
  • "The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."
  • "The price of Fortinet FortiOS has been reasonable."
  • "There is a license required for the solution and the price is fair."
  • "The solution could have a better licensing model. It's a bit more expensive than other solutions. The annual subscription is very pricy in Fortinet. The cost could be reduced."
  • "It is not cheap; it is also not expensive. It is somewhere in the middle."
  • "The cost is around $40,000."
  • "The Fortinet solutions can be a bit expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    It's a pretty straightforward solution.
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    We have the sockets on-premise, some little small boxes that connect to the internet. You could have multiple providers connected to the socket, which connects over the internet to their ports. We use… more »
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    On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cato Networks an eight.
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    In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
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    The most valuable features are the ease of use, and the overall simplicity, everyone can use it with a small introduction.
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    The solution could have a better licensing model. It's a bit more expensive than other solutions. The annual subscription is very pricy in Fortinet. The cost could be reduced.
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    Overview

    Cato Networks is a leading SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) platform, combining SD-WAN and network security to obtain a cloud-native service. Cato Networks optimizes and secures application access for users and identities. The platform delivers a next-generation secure networking architecture that minimizes legacy IT infrastructures’ complexity, costs, and risks. The goal of Cato Suite is to connect any user to any application securely and optimally.

    Cato Suite runs on a private global network of more than 65 PoPs (points of presence) connected via SLA-backed network providers. The service can connect branches, data centers, users, and clouds. Cato can be deployed in stages to augment legacy network services.

    Cato Suite delivers end-to-end route optimization for WAN and cloud traffic. The architecture is self-healing, enabling a high service uptime.

    Cato Features

    Cato Cloud has a global backbone to deliver a reliable, global network. Here are some key SD-WAN features of Cato Cloud.

    • Optimizes traffic flows: The Cato Suite can individually optimize traffic flows in the last mile - from the customer’s location to the point of presence, and also between PoPs. This feature eliminates the need for internet providers to hand off traffic to each other, avoiding the resulting latency and congestion.
    • Controls and manages bandwidth: The software-defined overlay is encrypted across the entire cloud infrastructure. This overlay uses application-aware routing, analyzing latency and loss data to choose the best route according to network conditions. These features, like protocol priority marking, enable the system to ensure the performance of real-time applications.
    • Delivers redundancy and failover: By connecting the points of presence with multiple Tier-1 IPs, Cato builds the redundancy needed to ensure security and highly available service.
    • Cloud-native: Cato is built as a scalable, resilient, and elastic cloud service.
    • Converged: The platform converges SD-WAN and network security into a single infrastructure framework.
    • Secures all edges: Cato Network can secure and optimize traffic from all users, locations, applications, and clouds.

    What challenges does Cato Network solve?

    • Migration to SD-WAN

    MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) networks are usually expensive and limited in their capacity. Cato simplifies migrating to a faster, higher-capacity internet and SASE cloud. Cato SD-WAN appliances enable customers to improve usable capacity and resiliency.

    • Global connectivity optimization

    Customers who suffer from the challenge of high latency and network inconsistency can use Cato to deliver a consistent connection and user experience to access on-premises and cloud applications.

    • Securing branch internet access

    Cato’s complete network security stack connects all branch locations to the Cato cloud, therefore protecting all traffic, both internet-bound and WAN, with enterprise-grade, cloud-based security services. This capability avoids having to backhaul internet traffic to a data center or hub or having to implement stand-alone cloud security solutions.

    • Cloud acceleration and control

    Organizations using Cato notice an acceleration of cloud traffic. Cato achieves this by routing all traffic from the edges to the PoP closest to the data center. Because of the close distance between the two, the latency is near zero.

    Reviews from Real Users

    An IT manager/project coordinator at a healthcare company says that “[Cato is] a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything. They are the classic SaaS solution.”

    Yeong-Gi L., a network engineer at Snetsystems, notes that “The solution is very stable. The scalability is quite good. Technical support was always helpful and responsive. The integration capabilities are not a problem at all.”

    "The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features," says Lorenzo S., senior solutions consultant Lead at MDI.

    Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.

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    Paysafe, AdRoll, Pet Lovers Centre, Arlington Orthopedics, Humphreys & Partners Architects
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Retailer4%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Transportation Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise71%
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    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise23%
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    Cato Networks is ranked 6th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 18th in Firewalls with 18 reviews. Cato Networks is rated 9.0, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cato Networks writes "Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Robust, scales well using FortiManager, and you have a choice of two different modes to run in". Cato Networks is most compared with Zscaler SASE, Cisco SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and VMware SD-WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Azure Firewall, Darktrace and Vectra AI.

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