"Integration is good, as well as price and technical support."
"Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console"
"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 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."
"The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity."
"It can integrate well with other Fortinet products."
"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."
"These switches are not expensive and their configuration is very easy. You can provision them on the dashboard, then you just connect them to everything."
"To me, this is a product that meets all of the needs that anyone could possibly have for a networking device."
"They're easy to update."
"Console of the dashboard is well integrated."
"It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch."
"It is easy to configure and provides complete visibility of the graphic end point."
"The initial setup is simple."
"The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee."
"It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service."
"When we started using the solution, it was quite complex but then it became easier to use. It takes a while to get used to the interface."
"Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware."
"The product could use more security related features."
"The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI."
"It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad."
"The security of the solution could be a bit better."
"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."
"In terms of troubleshooting, if we get more tools there is an issue."
"Less flexibility than in some other solutions."
"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."
"In this solution, you are lacking a feature that Cisco Classic has that allows you to save your configuration with a serial cable."
"The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors."
"Meraki MS switches are great for pretty much all SMB networks and most enterprise networks. However, there are some higher-end functions that larger enterprise networks with full access, distribution, and core switch stack may find limiting."
"It can have better security. It needs more security enhancements, and in particular, a zero-trust element. If we could have external and internal users vetted in the same way as a zero-trust network, that will be handy."
"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."
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.
Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 8 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 9.2, 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 Arista Networks Platform. See our Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs. Meraki MS Switches report.
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