when I was at Windstream, FOrtinet was their FW of choice. PAETEC was just integrated into Windstream (where I came from) and we used Watchguards. Having been trained on both, the problem with the Fortinets, IMHO, is the inconsistency between CPE and Cloud interfaces. ALso, everything is done in the browser and its very clunky and confusing at times. WG has a client (even though they are slowly trying to go to a browser based client) but the interface in the client is consistent across the product lines. Also, there is an inconsistency on the Fortinet when using the interface on the device itself versus the management system. One other item was some things could only be done in the CLI.

Having said that, when I was in the Security Operations Center of Windstream, I wrote the following three papers distributed to our team internally:

o/Duplicated Networks with Fortinet firewalls and Remote VPN dialups///

o/Social Networks and Fortigate Web Filters///

o/Fortigate Site-2-Site VPNs with Meraki Remote Peer///

I agree the Mikrotik firewall is not something I would use since it has no UTM and i find it confusing. Also to define a simple rule to do BOTH TCP and UDP, for example, you have to create multiple rules. On WG and Fortinet it is much easier.

THe Fortinet HA works very well as I did configure a few of those when I was there. I am also not a CISCO fan but have to deal with them.

FWIW, I am a WG reseller.

Leon


On 5/13/2017 11:19 AM, Mike Francis wrote:

It is not Cisco or Sonicwall! The list is long. For us we have always been a Cisco & Mikrotik shop, but felt we were messing a piece of the security and firewall business. Mikoritk has a great firewall, but it is not active o what you would consider an Enterprise firewall. Cisco has a great firewall, but it is expensive and complex.

We got involved with Fortinet through a client who needed support for several hundred units. Once we started dealing with Fortinet we quickly realized how powerful what they have built really is. The Unified Threat Management is very advanced and very scalable. There are several pieces that make it a true Enterprise solution like the Forti-manger, the Forti-analyzer etc. On top of that the Next Gen, IPS, VPN forwarding and processing is very impressive, and so are the management, the Virtual Domain, the HA config, the Clustering technology and so on. We also do a lot of virtual routing and their Fortigate-VM is very nice too. There is a reason these guys are growing so fast and are on the top of every security vendor list out there.

Another thing is that they really vet their partners. One thing that I have noticed in the security industry is that if a IT guys says he/she is using a sonicwall, that is a potential red flag. +80% of the time they have no idea what they are doing. When someone says they are a Fortinet Partner, they have been through the proper training, been vetted and it is much more likely you are talking to someone who knows what they are doing.

Thank you,

John Michael Francis II
JMF Solutions, Inc
Wavefly - Internet | Voip | Cloud
INC 5000 #2593
CRN Fast Growth #105
251-517-5069
http://jmfsolutions.net
http://wavefly.com

"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway." By: Mother Teresa
On 5/12/2017 6:20 PM, Jon Langeler wrote:
What's some of the selling points with Fortigate?

Jon Langeler
Michwave Technologies, Inc.


On May 12, 2017, at 4:34 PM, Mike Francis <mfran...@jmfsolutions.net <mailto:mfran...@jmfsolutions.net>> wrote:

We are a Forigate partner and do a lot of Fortigate business. I will send you a quote.

Thank you,

John Michael Francis II
JMF Solutions, Inc
Wavefly - Internet | Voip | Cloud
INC 5000 #2593
CRN Fast Growth #105
251-517-5069
http://jmfsolutions.net
http://wavefly.com

"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway." By: Mother Teresa
On 5/12/2017 3:15 PM, Gino A. Villarini wrote:
Need a quote for 30 FortiWifi-30E units

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