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"It is very user-friendly. There is no need to use command lines to configure it or to do anything in it. You hardly use command lines, which makes it different from Cisco. In Cisco, the CLI is your best friend. Fortinet has the lowest TCO, so you can use its integrated components without having to buy additional licenses. They provide centralized management without needing to buy or acquire additional licenses. You have an integral or complete vision through a single pane of glass, and you can see everything from one single console without having to buy additional licenses, which is a plus. It works the same way when you add wireless. You can see everything from FortiGate. It has a security processor, which is another plus. It does not have a standard desktop processor. It has a multi-threat security processor, and it is built by Fortinet. So, all the components that you include in a Fortinet solution are proprietary and work in an integral way. It has one single solution, whereas other brands, such as Palo Alto and Check Point, have been acquiring certain solutions, and they're not fully integrated. With Fortinet, everything is integrated. If you start building on Fortinet, everything that you expand to the local LAN or WAN is integrated. You don't have to pay for professional services and other things to do that. Their technical information is also very good. Most of their information is based on how-to, and it can be found online, which is something my clients like.""It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.""The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network.""The technical support has been very good.""It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great.""The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.""Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console""The most valuable feature would be network management, separating the network management component from security. It can do both but we promote it on its own. It's a good solution to do network management."

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"The solution is stable.""It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.""The performance is pretty good.""The initial setup is simple.""Provides good statistics and it doesn't require teaching command lines.""With Meraki, there is the advantage that you have dashboard access via the internet and you can work on it from anywhere.""The technical support is quite good.""This product has QoS, decent visibility of what's going on, and it's a managed switch."

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Cons
"Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware.""The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.""The product could use more security related features.""The security of the solution could be a bit better.""I don't like the way it's managed.""It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad.""In Fortinet, the packet reconstruction in the SD-WAN solution needs a little bit of improvement. When it comes to the Secure Access to the switches or the mix of Fortinet solution, the very small ones do not have the capability to use fiber cables. So, the small FortiGates have to work with the copper cables and cannot use fiber cables. Even though they have the capacity and throughput on all technical connectors, they don't have the interfaces, which is one of the good things with Cisco. They just add models to it. You buy the independent models, and you add them.""It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service."

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"The biggest area that they fall short on is comparing the performance.""The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors.""Less flexibility than in some other solutions.""I don't think that the cost is a problem, but sometimes the price requires convincing the customer of the value.""The cameras should be better integrated.""Their subscription model could be better. Some of our customers prefer a one-time payment to a monthly or yearly subscription model, so they don't buy the product. Technical support could also be better.""It would be good to include the command-line access someday.""Mandatory maintenance is an area that needs improvement."

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"It's affordable compared to other switching products, like Cisco switches.""Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.""You can buy this equipment in a multitude of ways. You can buy just the hardware, or you can buy the hardware and the licenses.""It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees."

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"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 pricing is overvalued in relation to the product's performance.""The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each.""When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper.""The solution is a bit on the pricey side.""Its price is definitely competitive.""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."

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Top Answer: We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
Top Answer: Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.
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

Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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 Provider33%
Computer Software Company18%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
Company Size
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Small Business82%
Large Enterprise18%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise16%
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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 33 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 8.6, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "A security solution with good technical support". 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 - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, NETGEAR Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Juniper Ethernet Switches. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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