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Pros
"A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.""The most valuable feature is the port analytics.""The interface is very straightforward.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""Configurations between FortiGate and FortiSwitch have to link to each other. We need configuration. The configuration is not like a Cisco switch. It has a unique configuration.""We are able to monitor everything that is happening on our network.""The solution has made configuration and setup very, very easy."

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"I have found the solution to be stable.""They're easy to update.""Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to your dashboard and then you can start setting up your switch so when it arrives it will download its configuration and be all setup.""Provides good statistics and it doesn't require teaching command lines.""The performance is pretty good.""Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.""The initial setup is simple.""We find value in its ability to enable cloud management and visibility. They are also easy to deploy. It's very convenient because you can see who is accessing, what type of UI system they're using, what applications they're using, the bandwidth, and more."

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Cons
"When there are many switches being used, the speed declines noticeably.""The solution could always benefit from more security. It's of critical importance to organizations right now.""FortiSwitch should improve the FortiGate map. The diagram cannot move automatically to show the switch. The map does not map the physical location. It cannot move or touch the diagram.""Before using FortiSwitch, you need several certifications.""We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users.""With IT products, there is always room for improvement.""The solution can improve by upgrading QSFP+, it is very limited and must be supported more than it is now. If we need FortiSwitches to support all the QSFP ports our budgets would have to be very large."

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"Clients are very confused by technical support. They seem to have trouble reaching Meraki to get the assistance they need.""The stability of the solution isn't ideal. We've had a lot of problems with the switches. They are unstable and unreliable. We need to reboot them often.""The biggest area that they fall short on is comparing the performance.""I would like to add a voice capability to Meraki, to make a call or receive a call.""Doesn't enable a local configuration without internet access.""The cameras should be better integrated.""On the switches, I don't know a whole lot that I would change. Different levels of switches have different layer 2 and layer 3 functionality. It's always nice to have layer 3 functionality across the board if you can, but that drives up the cost. They've got different lines for different amounts of layer 3 functionality. However, on their models that do include full layer 3 access, when you choose to use layer 3 on a switch, it doesn't have the full functioning routing capabilities of an MX firewall. It can be limiting in some of those aspects.""The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is expensive but it does not require a license.""Cost-wise, Fortinet solutions are cheaper than those offered by Cisco."

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"We don't use standard licensing. Most of the time, we use the advanced security model. If there is a drawback to Meraki, it is the cost, but you also have to evaluate it based upon the other factors that you do get. Their support is really good; their hardware is really good. The ease of configuration and deployment is really good, but it is more expensive than most.""The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them.""The pricing is overvalued in relation to the product's performance.""I don't have an issue with the price of this solution.""Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option.""It would be better if they had a one-time purchase option instead of a subscription model.""We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD.""The solution is a bit on the pricey side."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: A valuable feature of FortiGate is its management integrity.
Top Answer: This solution is expensive but it does not require a license.
Top Answer: It would be great were FortiGate to allow for the management of many switches, such as 50 or 60 FortiSwitches. The managed display is very low. It takes a long time for the view to become visible, two… more »
Top Answer: Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
Top Answer: I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the equipment. Someone is paying for it. Someone has to be willing to pay the premium for… more »
Top Answer: Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or less money. For consistency and ease of use, Cisco is definitely better, but… more »
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Also Known As
MS220, MS320, MS420
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Overview

With 10 or 40 GE access ports and a high-throughput backbone, FortiSwitch Data Center Switches are ideal for the top-of-rack (ToR) server or firewall-aggregation applications. The high-speed switching fabric is also well suited for enterprise network core or backbone network installations.

The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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Sample Customers
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company16%
Government6%
Media Company4%
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Computer Software Company18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government5%
Company Size
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Small Business86%
Large Enterprise14%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise16%
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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is ranked 16th in Ethernet Switches with 7 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 33 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is rated 7.8, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center writes "Good visibility, a seamless connection with FortiGate and very easy to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Offers the ability to select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox". Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Mellanox Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Huawei Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and MikroTik Cloud Router Switch. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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