We changed our name from IT Central Station: Here's why

Cisco SD-WAN vs Fortinet FortiGate comparison

Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Cisco SD-WAN Logo
19,600 views|15,727 comparisons
Fortinet FortiGate Logo
160,462 views|121,922 comparisons
Comparison Summary
Question: Would you choose Cisco SD-WAN or Fortinet FortiGate?
Answer: Fortinet includes SD-WAN with no upcharge in the FortiGate NGFW
Featured Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"If I have to give a neutral view of all the SD-WAN platforms that I have known so far, Cisco is good in routing.""The regular net routing is a good feature.""Cisco SD-WAN is a very good product.""The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.""Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.""The solution can scale. We haven't had any issues doing so.""The initial setup is quite simple.""The most valuable feature is the application-level routing."

More Cisco SD-WAN Pros →

"The solution can scale well.""The initial setup is straightforward.""The solution is stable.""The solution is extremely reliable.""Web filtering and two-factor authentication are great features.""There are great templates, so you don't have to customize them if you don't want to. You do have the option to custom create some folders and some reports, however, with what is there, you don't really need to go through extra effort, as they already give you a lot of predefined views of reports and so forth.""We are using the FortiGate 100D series. VPN, firewall, anti-malware, OTM, and intrusion prevention are useful features.""It is a safe product."

More Fortinet FortiGate Pros →

Cons
"The solution could be more secure. Security is always a priority for us.""The solution could be a bit cheaper.""The bandwidth limitations would be good to remove, but it is a policy and license situation for Cisco because the cost is very high. It would be good to have OTP implemented with VRF. It can have support for EIGRP Over the Top (OTP) VRF. I saw some limitations in regards to the VRF protocol and the advertisement between VRF configuration. EIGRP Over the Top basically was quite limited with the VRF configuration. If you wanted to do rollback in VRF by using the EIGRP OTP protocol, the formation was not populated across. Cisco got back and confirmed that it is a configuration that I need to wait for until the next release, which is going to happen in one year. Cisco documentation is not the way it used to be before. It just gives an easy way to configure, but it doesn't go into the details of the configuration. The information that you need is there, but sometimes you want to go further and get more information, but the information is quite limited. It would be good to cover a few business cases or configuration cases. They used to be there in the past.""The price could be better. From a technical side, and everything's working smoothly. Cisco SD-WAN could be cheaper.""The solution could have a better web interface to simplify changing configurations.""Better pricing and greater security would be nice to see.""The solution needs to be more flexible around legacy devices.""This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge."

More Cisco SD-WAN Cons →

"The integration with third-party tools may be something that they should work on.""We would like to see better pricing.""The way everything is set up could be easier. Currently, people need a lot of experience and knowledge to administer it and to link it to devices.""A lack of integration between our data centers.""The price of FortiGate should be reduced because there are some other leading products that are cheaper.""The license renewal process, annual renewal price, and the web application firewall features should be improved.""If they had better integration with security products, such as Cisco ISE or Rapid Threat Containment, then it would be an improvement.""There are a lot of bugs I have found in the solution and it is difficult to upgrade. These areas need improvement."

More Fortinet FortiGate Cons →

Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars."
  • "80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization."
  • "Cisco is more expensive than some competing products."
  • "SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location."
  • "The costs are a bit on the high side."
  • "It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract."
  • "The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models."
  • "It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
  • More Cisco SD-WAN Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "Fortinet is the least expensive solution."
  • "It's very affordable."
  • "Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you."
  • "The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
  • "I think that the pricing is fair."
  • "For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."
  • "It's an expensive solution."
  • "The price is okay."
  • More Fortinet FortiGate Pricing and Cost Advice →

    report
    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions solutions are best for your needs.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.
    Top Answer: 
    It is not the cheapest solution on the market, however, without a doubt, it is one of the options that best handles complex topologies. Therefore there is a need to know more accurately what the… more »
    Top Answer: 
    It is transversal to all industries. What is important is to work on the costs of the solution. On the technical side, manufacturer-independent solutions should be able to handle different topologies… more »
    Top Answer: 
    When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use… more »
    Top Answer: 
    As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite good. The most valuable features for me are their web and email filtering. I would… more »
    Top Answer: 
    In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
    Ranking
    Views
    19,600
    Comparisons
    15,727
    Reviews
    37
    Average Words per Review
    612
    Rating
    7.9
    Views
    160,462
    Comparisons
    121,922
    Reviews
    83
    Average Words per Review
    467
    Rating
    8.4
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
    Learn More
    Overview

    Cisco SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN (wide area network) solution that provides for secure stable connections to applications for enterprises and organizations. Cisco SD-WAN works to speed up the seamless movement to the cloud. A very robust and reliable solution, Cisco SD-WAN is cutting-edge in threat security and stability of the complete network and has very low latency. Cisco SD-WAN uses Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), data centers, and even the internet to smoothly advance the move to a SASE (Service Access Service Edge)-based architecture. The Cisco SD-WAN dashboard gives you a complete visual of your entire infrastructure; you can see everything in real time. You will also have simplified IT operations and gain advanced network capabilities, dependability, and security. One valued feature is the overlay management protocol (OMP), which applies to your entire network to speedily connect all your company data centers. Cisco SD-WAN has a very flexible architecture and can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, hybrid, and even has multi-cloud options. Cisco SD-WAN instantly discovers, authenticates, and provisions all devices, both existing and new.

    Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the management of multiple connections across the WAN, improves the end-user experience, improves overall application functionality and performance, and is a very cost-effective solution. Cisco SD-WAN integrates well with Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and many other cloud-based business solutions. Additionally, Cisco SD-WAN optimizes connectivity and streamlines workflows for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.

    Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

    • Increased profitability - Cisco SD-WAN will improve performance and decrease overall connectivity costs.
    • Improved productivity - Cisco SD-WAN requires less staff to manage and secure the WANs so valuable resources can be allocated elsewhere in your organization, increasing total productivity.
    • Flexible scalability- Cisco SD-WAN’s flexible and easily scalable architecture will allow your organization to address significantly greater business opportunities, helping to consistently increase revenue.
    • Enhanced security - Cisco SD-WAN offers real-time policy enforcement, ensuring that downtime and unplanned outages are kept to a minimum.

    What real users have to say:

    Cisco SD-WAN is fast with lower costs: “Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.”

    Cisco is a brand you can trust: “Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand - more so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.”

    Cisco SD-WAN offers load-balancing and real-time traffic monitoring: “Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.”

    The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

    Offer
    Learn more about Cisco SD-WAN
    Learn more about Fortinet FortiGate
    Sample Customers
    Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
    Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider48%
    Transportation Company9%
    Construction Company9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise28%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 42 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 98 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.8, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN, Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect and Citrix SD-WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Check Point NGFW, Meraki MX and VMware SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

    See our list of best Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions vendors and best WAN Edge vendors.

    We monitor all Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.