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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository.""The most valuable feature is security, as it gives me the port bindings that cannot be accomplished using other solutions.""The most valuable feature is its reliability.""Downtime for branch offices is now almost zero. We have 100% real-time visibility into all of our lines. MPLS links have been replaced with lower-cost links, saving a larger percentage of line costs. Overall, I see SD-WAN as a must. And the Citrix SD-WAN product has delivered on expectations and exceeded them. (With later firmware updates we now have good firewall capabilities in the product too).""The scalability and stability are quite good in general."

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"The stability of the solution is excellent, as it is with other Fortinet products.""Fortinet FortiGate is easy to use.""The simplicity of the product is great. It's very easy to use, which is a compliment we get all the time in terms of feedback.""It's very fast and easy to configure.""There are lots of features and most of them are deployed for internet security. Users are protected if they accidentally go to some malicious sites.""The solution can scale well.""Good performance, stability, and virtual domain ability.""Some of the key features of the solution is that it has good reporting, you can receive many details from the connection, for example, clients and website information."

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Cons
"The firewall reporting could be easier to use and filter. (It works well enough, but if I need to give an area for improvement, I think this would be it.). The built-in reporting on the product in this regard is not great.""I would like to see support for additional reporting.""Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us.""I would like to either see the price reduced or have it packaged with other products to give better value for the money.""The initial setup could be a bit easier."

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"The customization could be improved. Cisco, for example, is much better at this. They need to work to be at least as good as they are.""I think there could be more QoS features""I don't like that anything more than very basic reporting is not included.""The integration with third-party tools may be something that they should work on.""They can do more tests before they release new versions because I would like to be more assured. We had some experiences where they release something new and great, but some of the old features are disabled or they don't work well, which impacts the product satisfaction. The manufacturer should be able to prove that everything works or not only that it might work. This is applicable to most of the other services, software, and hardware companies. They all should work on this. We cannot trust every new release, such as a beta release, on the first day. We wait for some comments on the forums and from other companies that we know. We always wait a few weeks before we use the updated version. They should also extend the VPN client application, especially for Linux versions. Currently, it has an application for Linux devices, but it doesn't work the way we want to connect to the VPN. They use only the old connection, not the new one. They have VPN client applications for Windows and Mac, but they can add more useful features to better manage the devices and monitor the current health of each device. Such features would be helpful for our company.""In the balance between links feature normally you can just choose one option to balance. It would be better for the solution to have more than one option, preferably three.""The support system could be improved.""The solution could be more evenly structured."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "As NetScaler is now, I find it quite pricey."
  • "The price of the subscription should be cheaper."
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  • "Fortinet is the least expensive solution."
  • "It's very affordable."
  • "Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you."
  • "The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
  • "I think that the pricing is fair."
  • "For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."
  • "It's an expensive solution."
  • "The price is okay."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository.
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    We have a perpetual license, which is very important because it allows us to manage our costs, rather than having a monthly or yearly subscription. A yearly license is okay except that we consider… more »
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    Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us.
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    When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use… more »
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    As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite good. The most valuable features for me are their web and email filtering. I would… more »
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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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    Also Known As
    Citrix CloudBridge, WOC, NetScaler SD-WAN
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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    Overview

    Citrix SD-WAN (formerly NetScaler SD-WAN) is a next- generation WAN Edge solution that simplifies digital transformation for enterprises. It offers the best application experience for SaaS, cloud, and virtual apps & desktops; comprehensive security; and cloud choice with automation to ensure an always-on workspace.

    The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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    Sample Customers
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., Dallara, ecVision, Essar, Eurofred, Groupe Promutuel, HMSHost Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd, Royal Caribbean International
    Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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    Comms Service Provider32%
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    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise25%
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    Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 7th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 5 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 98 reviews. Citrix SD-WAN is rated 9.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Citrix SD-WAN writes "Lines run Active-Active so we get better bandwidth usage and we don't have backup lines sitting idle". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Steelhead and WAAS, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Check Point NGFW, Meraki MX and Sophos XG. See our Citrix SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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