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Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is #10 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access an average rating of 10 out of 10. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most commonly compared to Cisco Ethernet Switches: Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs Cisco Ethernet Switches. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 32% of all views.
What is Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access?

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 Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access pricing:
  • "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."
  • "Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive."
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    WilliamBurling
    IT consulant at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    A security solution with good technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great."
    • "It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service."

    What is our primary use case?

    My son owns three healthcare facilities, and two of them are in the same building. That's why I went to VLANs to separate the data to satisfy HIPAA requirements. The other facility is in another town. I'm using them to manage the data and communication through VoIP phones in both locations.

    They have a server for the whole practice, and so everybody in the building is operating off that server. When they go to the other facility, they use a VPN and connect to the same server.

    What is most valuable?

    It works really well, I think the equipment is solid, and the help is great. When I buy equipment, even though I'm buying a service in addition to the equipment to have them help me, it's worth paying for that. The service is amazing, and their marketing department should promote it.

    What needs improvement?

    I can tell you from personal experience, while the interface is clear for somebody in the IT business, it really isn't clear for a novice. It would also help if they lowered the cost of their service.

    Their terminology could be better. The terminology is all IT. It's an IT dictionary, and I believe that there has to be a way to state things in clear, plain old English, and I would like to see more of that.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access for about five months.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I would say that it's fantastic. Once you get the handle of how FortiGate is designed, their interface, how they think, that's the part that's scalable. When I shift from the 60 up to something far more sophisticated and faster, I don't have to go through a horrific learning experience. In other words, it's an easy shift, and I think that's the part that's useful. I'm counting on that as this business grows.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I would say I get extraordinary service from FortiGate. If I call them up and say, "help," they not only make it happen, but they educate me to the best of their ability and the best of my ability to absorb.

    It isn't so much the hardware that I appreciate at this point. It's the service. Amazing service. You have to understand that you're going to get people from Bangladesh, India, and around Asia. You're going to get people helping you on the phone that are from far away, but they really know their stuff, and it's worth the struggle to work through the language barrier. 

    Because I'm sure some people will complain about that, but first of all you have to realize you're there to solve a technical problem, so forget all the other stuff. If you can't understand them, you got to stop them and say, "go slowly, speak more clearly." If you can find different words, you have to work the language gap. If you're willing to do that, the payoff is immense. I found that these people who are serving me from these faraway places really know their stuff. I'm willing to pay whatever price for their service. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very straight forward. I didn't really know anything, I just set it up, and it ran. It didn't run as a firewall, and it didn't run as an L3 mode, but it ran.

    The implementation and deployment were phased. The first phase was a few minutes. But the reality was that it took about two months, not because of the hardware, but because of issues like my ISP, which is Comcast.

    You can't get a static IP from them without using their cable modem. But I learned that you have to put it in pass-through mode and stick your firewall router right behind it, and you're all set. But all that for a novice like myself takes time to understand. 

    What about the implementation team?

    I implemented Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access by myself. 

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

    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access isn't cheap. They're about $1000 each or something like that. I had to pay for all these licenses. I paid for them, having no idea what they were going to do, but I got enough of a sense that they were important. 

    I have to pay for it annually or yearly. 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. That's how I bought it, but you don't get a discount for that. 

    I think the license costs me anywhere between $100 and $300. I can't really remember, but it wasn't so much money that it made me stop and think twice. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I researched brands from Cisco all the way down, and there were some cheaper options than FortiGate. I think I kept on reading reviews that mentioned something about the interface being easy to use. That eventually sold me on FortiGate. 

    I really hated how Cisco wasn't clear what their costs were. I'm sure they're technically very competent because the technical papers that come out of Cisco are really great, but in terms of selling, it's almost deceptive, but not FortiGate.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access a nine.

    They don't get a 10 because I think there's a way to work around terminology.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    General Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    User-friendly, good technical information, very scalable, and centralized management
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    When our clients integrate FortiSwitches with FortiGate, they can centrally manage their whole network from FortiGate. That's why it's called Secure Access.

    The versions of FortiOS that are being used right now are 6.24 and 6.4. These are the two current versions. If we're talking about the models of FortiSwitches, I usually work on 100 to 400 series.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is very stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is very scalable. Our clients are small, medium, and large businesses. Fortinet has been traditionally more into the small and medium sizes, but in the last two years, that has changed. We can see Fortinet switches in corporates and large enterprises, including banks.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support is very good.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is very easy. The deployment duration depends on the size of the solution. Usually, if clients already have FortiGate and it is a pure Fortinet network, it is very easy with FortiLink, which is the technology that they use. It gets a little bit more complex if we have to migrate from a non-Fortinet network to a Fortinet network and coexist with other brands. It is doable, but it gets a little bit complicated to switch from traditional networking to FortiLink and coexist with traditional networking.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    When we talk about Fortinet networking, we compete a lot with Cisco on the high end, such as Cisco Meraki. The biggest benefit with Fortinet is that you can extend the security to the access point and integrate Secure Access. With other vendors, you need to acquire additional licenses, which becomes a cost issue. With Cisco Meraki, the issue is the licenses that you need to maintain.

    The management part is also there. In Cisco, you need specialized technical people to support and maintain, whereas Fortinet is very easy to learn if you have basic networking knowledge.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would 100% recommend it because you can extend the security, and you can optimize the SD-WAN or the traffic at the application level and not only at the traditional VLAN level.

    I would rate Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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    Mohamed Rashwan
    CEO at C-Selection Technologies
    Real User
    Top 5
    Excellent for managing wireless users, network users and security status of all devices
    Pros and Cons
    • "Ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console"
    • "Currently issues with some of the switches and problems with the firmware."

    What is our primary use case?

    We have different use cases in different sectors including in education, banking, health care.  You can say it's suitable for all types of businesses like small and medium enterprise. We use this product inside security fabric solutions. We assign switches and then integrate it with FortiGate. We implement this solution for our clients. We are a partner of Fortinet and I'm the CEO of our company.  

    What is most valuable?

    The security fabric is easy and the ability to manage FortiAP, FortiClient, and FortiGate all from a single console is great. Configuration and installation are quite simple. You can manage the wireless users, and the network users, the security status of all your devices including the laptops, and PC and mobile devices. I think this is one of the top features of Fortinet.

    What needs improvement?

    There are currently issues with some of the switches, problems with the firmware. I think they need to check the firmware, especially, with the new FortiGate firmware integration and they need to offer a strong switching feature like Cisco, especially in the VLAN management systems and integration.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for almost three years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable solution. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    With my experience I think the scalability is pretty good for medium size businesses. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I think the technical support is quite good although we don't have much contact with them.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initial setup is relatively simple and quite easy for any person who has good experience with Fortinet products. Deployment takes 10 - 15 minutes max and for small or medium projects it takes one or two people. Maintenance is usually carried out by one person. 


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

    The licensing costs are on an annual basis and cover warranty and support. There are no additional costs.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you want to run full integration with the secure network architecture from a single point, you can use Fortinet. It's suitable for small and medium size business. You can run all your products like the wireless access points, and switches, and FortiGate and firewall from the single vendor. It will give you the security fabric features to take you to a high level of reporting and management skill.

    It's important to keep up with the technical news. They have released multiple versions of the firmware with new updates and it's important to follow the new version of firmware update for Fortinet. I think there are some features where Cisco is better than Fortinet. The decision to purchase one product over another depends on your needs, your budget, and your skill.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    Technical Support Engineer at Point PC
    Real User
    Simple to use and has easy to use switches
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity."
    • "The product could use more security related features."

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm a technical support engineer and we are a partner, buying and reselling the solution here in Israel. Our primary use case is core switches, The switches are on the customer's data. We use the product as an extension for core security reasons. Around 50% of our customers buy this product from us. It's a central product we sell for extended features of 4G switches.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity. The one portal that we are using in FortiGate from Dell is the point for managing everything. The other good features are security-related, it's very easy to use those switches.

    What needs improvement?

    The product could be improved with additional security-related features, you can never have enough. Otherwise, I find it quite an easy product to use. Scalability could also be improved. 

    For additional features, I would again mention the security and it would be nice if the 4G system was directly on the operating system.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the product for four years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    For now, the stability is okay. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    There aren't special features that resolve any scalable requirements. There are scalable possibilities with other features of the 4G Gates unit but this is not so scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I can't really answer this question because we've never had to use technical support. 

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

    We used to use HP only and we still sell that. We now sell 50% FortiSwitch and 50% of our customers are staying with the HP switches.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very straightforward, it takes a few seconds. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We do the deployment ourselves. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I think this is a great product and everyone who chooses it will enjoy using it. 

    I would rate this product a nine out of 10. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    Dave  Power
    Vice President at IMP Solutions
    MSP
    Offers better insight into what's going on in our customer's network
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our customers use Secure Access to capture log files of many different vendors out there. They're looking at their network, wireless servers, and anything that can capture log files. It seems to be one of the more cost-effective solutions. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    It offers better insight into what's going on in our customer's network and faster resolution for issues that are happening. It helps our customers find out what's going on.

    What is most valuable?

    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. 

    Secure Access is a strong platform. It's very user-friendly.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have around two years of experience with FortiSwitch Secure Access. We deploy it 80% on-prem. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is pretty good. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Scalability is also pretty good. Our clients are generally SMB. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I would give their support an eight out of ten. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is somewhere between straightforward and complex. It takes just a couple of days to a few weeks depending on what you're doing. 

    It could be simpler but compared to the competition, it's not so bad. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I am a big supporter of Secure Access. 

    I would rate it a nine out of ten. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    Encargado de operaciones TIC at ONE
    Real User
    Good integration and VPN with reliable performance
    Pros and Cons
    • "It can integrate well with other Fortinet products."
    • "The security of the solution could be a bit better."

    What is most valuable?

     Fortinet is working well for us overall. It can integrate well with other Fortinet products.

    All the parts of VPN are working well. The performance has been reliable.

    What needs improvement?

    The security of the solution could be a bit better. We've tried to mobilize the infrastructure of the network, however, with security, it's tricky.

    We've had issues with faulty switches. Right now we have only two firewalls and we're trying to change to a new firewall and fix a faulty switch. We're looking to change in the next three to six months to help us move away from faulty lines.

    The fiber optic switch needs to be changed a bit. The specifications need to be adjusted.

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

    We are also using Aruba, although we are considering switching over completely to Fortinet.

    What other advice do I have?

    We're customers and end-users. We buy the product and arrange an online portal for customers.

    We are going to upgrade some of our switches from 300, which we have, to the 300E.

    In general, I would rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We're mostly happy with it, although we've had some issues.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
    MSP
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable, scalable, and good technical support

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access for enhanced network security.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for approximately one 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?

    I have found the solution to be scalable. We have between 100 and 1,000 users using the solution in my organization.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support has been very good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.

    What about the implementation team?

    I did the implementation of the solution. We have one technician who can…

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access for enhanced network security.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for approximately one 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?

    I have found the solution to be scalable.

    We have between 100 and 1,000 users using the solution in my organization.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support has been very good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is not difficult. However, some features have to be activated from the CLI.

    What about the implementation team?

    I did the implementation of the solution.

    We have one technician who can operate the solution.

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

    Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access requires a license and the price is expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others. 

    I rate Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    ICT Architect at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Has good integration and technical support

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a customer and end user of Fortinet.

    What is most valuable?

    Integration is good, as well as price and technical support.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution since the beginning of 2018.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is fine.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is fine.

    How are customer service and support?

    I haven't had any issues in technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    We worked with an integrator, so that wasn't completely my area.

    What's

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a customer and end user of Fortinet.

    What is most valuable?

    Integration is good, as well as price and technical support.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution since the beginning of 2018.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is fine.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is fine.

    How are customer service and support?

    I haven't had any issues in technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    We worked with an integrator, so that wasn't completely my area.

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

    The price is good.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 9 out of 10.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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