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Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good interface, easy to manage, and very stable
Pros and Cons
  • "Its interface is the most valuable. It is quite easy to manage."
  • "Its performance can be better. We have had performance issues in the past, but we sometimes tend to find that it is more related to what we do in our network than anything else. It is quite a good product, and there isn't much to improve."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our end customers. I am a network engineer for a company that looks after airlines.

What is most valuable?

Its interface is the most valuable. It is quite easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

Its performance can be better. We have had performance issues in the past, but we sometimes tend to find that it is more related to what we do in our network than anything else. It is quite a good product, and there isn't much to improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems to be very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't really use them. There is plenty of stuff online, and it is more of a learn as you go.

How was the initial setup?

It is quite straightforward, but it can be complex if you are on the cloud. A lot of our customers are cloud-based, and it is a little bit tricky trying to set them up.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is not expensive as compared to Cisco.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The customer decided what they were going to use. We didn't have a say in it.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to go for the training courses. One good thing about FortiGate is that you have got free training.

I would rate Fortinet FortiGate IPS an eight out of ten. It is quite a good product, and there isn't much to improve.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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COO at Spincube Inc
Real User
Top 5
Reliable, scalable, easy to setup, and has good security and support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are security and vision, and all of the UTM functionality."
  • "The user interface needs a bit of upgrading."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for the integral firewall, monitoring, and all types of security.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are security and vision, and all of the UTM functionality.

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs a bit of upgrading.

Pricing could be better. 

Customers are looking for 24/7 protection, but it's not as critical in the end. The pricing is preventing them for adopting it so they should be competitive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately six years

I am working on the most up-to-date version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable, it can take a lot.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable and we have not had any problems at all.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good. I have no issues with them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we were using another solution. Fortinet FortiGate IPS, was recommended to us, and once we tried it we liked it and we stuck with it.

I am not happy with WatchGuard.

How was the initial setup?

For me, after using it for six years, the initial setup is easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They are more expensive than others.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a lifestyle solution, then FortiGate is my choice.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
The SD-WAN capability is the most useful feature for us

What is our primary use case?

We have three offices across Gujarat State in India. We mainly use SD-WAN features over the Fortinet and the antivirus IPS, web content filtering applications control.

What is most valuable?

FortiGate's SD-WAN capability is the most useful feature for us. 

What needs improvement?

FortiGate's logging and reporting could be improved. I would also like to see Fortinet add a guest management portal. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using FortiGate for the last nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Fortinet's scalability and stability are fine because I have three units across India, and none have gone down so far. 

How are customer service and support?

I get technical support from Fortinet…

What is our primary use case?

We have three offices across Gujarat State in India. We mainly use SD-WAN features over the Fortinet and the antivirus IPS, web content filtering applications control.

What is most valuable?

FortiGate's SD-WAN capability is the most useful feature for us. 

What needs improvement?

FortiGate's logging and reporting could be improved. I would also like to see Fortinet add a guest management portal. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using FortiGate for the last nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Fortinet's scalability and stability are fine because I have three units across India, and none have gone down so far. 

How are customer service and support?

I get technical support from Fortinet and my reseller. It's fine. I never have any issues with support. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Cyber, but we switched because Fortinet is an established international brand. It is international, stable, and scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

Installing FortiGate is straightforward. Anyone can install, configure, and troubleshoot. Deployment takes only one or two hours. One technician is more than enough to deploy and maintain the solution. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a three-year license.

What other advice do I have?

I rate FortiGate IPS nine out of 10. I would recommend implementing FortiGate to stay secure. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Bhupinder Sachdeva
Managing Director at ARS Pte Ltd
Real User
Top 5
A security system with a valuable external intrusion prevention feature
Pros and Cons
  • "I like its ability to prevent external intrusion into our database. It's so fun."
  • "It would be better if they had a dashboard where we could see what attacks were happening. It would be good to see who's trying to get into our network."

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate IPS as a firewall. 

What is most valuable?

I like its ability to prevent external intrusion into our database. It's so fun.

What needs improvement?

It would be better if they had a dashboard where we could see what attacks were happening. It would be good to see who's trying to get into our network.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with Fortinet FortiGate IPS for about three months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS has been stable so far. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution so far, but we're not a very big organization. We have about ten nodes at the moment.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was okay, but I didn't do it.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation was done by some pretty good people.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is okay, so far so good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated different solutions and chose Fortinet FortiGate IPS because we found it to be the best.

What other advice do I have?

I would tell potential users to buy it. I recommend this solution.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Fortinet FortiGate IPS an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Ayokunmi Ogundapo
Systems Administrator at Interswitch
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very easy to deploy with a simple, intuitive interface

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution as a firewall and an IPS. We are customers of Fortigate and I'm an assistant administrator.

What is most valuable?

I like the simplicity of the interface, they seem to have a good grasp of that. The solution is also very easy to deploy. 

What needs improvement?

I think they could improve the monitoring. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for almost a year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability isn't really an issue as it's a network defense system, and it does it inline on the network. No other users interact with it directly.

How are customer service and technical

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution as a firewall and an IPS. We are customers of Fortigate and I'm an assistant administrator.

What is most valuable?

I like the simplicity of the interface, they seem to have a good grasp of that. The solution is also very easy to deploy. 

What needs improvement?

I think they could improve the monitoring. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for almost a year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability isn't really an issue as it's a network defense system, and it does it inline on the network. No other users interact with it directly.

How are customer service and technical support?

I think the technical support for this product seems to be better in comparison to other solutions. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is quite straightforward. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of the solution is very good in the context of other, similar solutions on the market. 

What other advice do I have?

For cost effectiveness, they of course have an advantage over the whole firewall DASA series. 

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Assistant IT Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Useful filtering, scalable, but better web filtering categories needed

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate IPS for its firewall and filtering.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate IPS are firewall and filtering.

What needs improvement?

The web filtering categories could improve in Fortinet FortiGate IPS. There are too many websites under the category of Unknown and the other categories are not featuring all the necessary sites.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiGate IPS for approximately 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS has been stable in my usage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. We have approximately 100 users using this solution. We are…

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate IPS for its firewall and filtering.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate IPS are firewall and filtering.

What needs improvement?

The web filtering categories could improve in Fortinet FortiGate IPS. There are too many websites under the category of Unknown and the other categories are not featuring all the necessary sites.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiGate IPS for approximately 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS has been stable in my usage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

We have approximately 100 users using this solution.

We are using this solution extensively in my organization but we do not plan to increase usage.

How was the initial setup?

The implementation is complicated.

What about the implementation team?

We have an internal team that did the implementation of the solution.

We do not need many people for the maintenance of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for the license of Fortinet FortiGate IPS annually. There are not any extra costs.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Fortinet FortiGate IPS a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Officer - IT Cyber Security Admin at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Plenty of features, good functionality, but support could improve

What is our primary use case?

We are using FortiGate IPS for network security to prevent intrusion.

What is most valuable?

I have found most of the features to be good with excellent functionality.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the configuration, there are times the configuration is missing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using FortiGate IPS for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

FortiGate IPS scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is very poor with FortiGate IPS and they need to look into fixing it. The senior support agent does not honor their commitments…

What is our primary use case?

We are using FortiGate IPS for network security to prevent intrusion.

What is most valuable?

I have found most of the features to be good with excellent functionality.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the configuration, there are times the configuration is missing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using FortiGate IPS for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

FortiGate IPS scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is very poor with FortiGate IPS and they need to look into fixing it. The senior support agent does not honor their commitments when ordering products.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is very easy and the configuration went smoothly. It is user-friendly to configure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other solutions, such as Cyberoam, before choosing FortiGate IPS.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to those wanting to implement this solution is to learn the configuration. There are a lot of features to control that should be taken advantage of.

I rate FortiGate IPS a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Presale and Operation Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Good interface, reliable, and integrates well

What is our primary use case?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS is used for network security.

What is most valuable?

The Fortinet FortiGate IPS has a good interface and integration.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiGate IPS for approximately eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable, we have not had a problem with it becoming unstable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

We did not have a problem with the cloud configuration.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is to study the current technology and the existing network…

What is our primary use case?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS is used for network security.

What is most valuable?

The Fortinet FortiGate IPS has a good interface and integration.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiGate IPS for approximately eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable, we have not had a problem with it becoming unstable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Fortinet FortiGate IPS is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

We did not have a problem with the cloud configuration.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is to study the current technology and the existing network well before starting the implementation. Additionally, it is important to collect the data in the right way.

I rate Fortinet FortiGate IPS an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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