September 19 2013

Network Security Almost Fun with Fortinet

Posted on the 05:38 pm under IT Security,Network Management by Darren Boyer

What a pleasure it is to read about Fortinet’s continuing technical and market leadership.   First off was the 17% year over year sales growth in Q1 2013.  They were also recognized as the Market Leader once again in 2013 by Gartner.  This makes it several years consecutively where they have maintained product leadership from Gartner’s perspective.  Numbers and recognition like this mean both the industry and industry consultants see Fortinet as a leader in providing network security and network solutions.  They are selling a lot of stuff because people know the product is good. 

One of the most valuable aspects to the FortiGate series of routers or UTM (Universal Threat Management) appliances was a smaller lower cost device has identical services to the high end units that School Boards and large enterprises need.  The only difference is in the amount of processing power the units have.  In effect, our customers had security configurations and features that were similar to what large organizations had without having to spend large sums of money to get it.  It is not uncommon to see Fortinet offer companies with 20-50 staff a solution that is better than the competition and thousands of dollars less. 

Some of most valuable features of FortGate to our customers are website filtering managed by user accounts, website usage reporting, identical security features for Wi-Fi users as wired devices, and high levels of network security from gateway antivirus and Intrusion Prevention services.

Network Security can be one thankless job.  With a good product it can be a little better almost approaching fun.  We chose FortiGate as our primary solution over 4 years ago and it is good to know they have maintained their position as technical leader consistently over that time.

Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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