March 03, 2014
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- Strengths: Full-scale UTM that can be easily integrated with other Fortinet components for additional functionality.
- Weaknesses: None.
- Verdict: Excellent, cost-effective SMB product with fine performance, ease of use and appropriate feature set. We make this our Best Buy.
The FortiGate-140D-POE from Fortinet offers a built-in firewall, intrusion prevention system, application control, web and email filtering and anti-virus in one solid appliance. Driven by the Fortinet FortiOS platform, this tool provides robust protection at the gateway that is easy to configure and easy to manage. The FortiGate also features the FortiGuard Botnet database which prevents bot infection through the use of IP reputations.
Fortinet has continued to streamline its install and setup process to make deploying the FortiGate easier and easier year after year. This year, we noticed continued support of web-, CLI- and application-based (through the use of the FortiExplorer application) installation options, but we also noticed that the appliance now can be configured using an iPhone or iPad through the use of an app as well. Regardless of the method of deployment, we found this appliance easy to get up and running in no time at all through the use of an easy-to-follow setup wizard. At the completion of the wizard, we were able to manage the appliance from the web-based management interface.
The web-based interface of the FortiGate is also continuing on the path that was started in some of last year's versions. We noticed that all of the parts of the clunky, old management interface are now completely gone and the interface is clean and easy to navigate, as well as customizable with many dashboard widgets and other excellent features. Aside from the easy management of the appliance, this product also features capabilities to integrate with a Fortinet wireless access point that can feed data to backend analytics software about wireless network use. This capability - coupled with the FortiGate's solid protection functions - make it a solid network protection device.
The documentation includes a quick-start and numerous administrator guides to set up the device to meet the needs of your organization. The quick-start guide is well formatted and easy to use. There are plenty of graphics to assist the user during deployment. The separation of admin guides into sections is well laid out and provides the user with just the information that is need to configure the device, i.e. firewall, VoIP, log reporting, VDOMs, etc. The admin guides are easy to understand and take the user through the needed configuration process step by step. There are also numerous notes and tips that provide key information as the user works through each process of the configuration.
Fortinet offers eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week support that is bundled into the price of the device or 24/7 support for a nominal yearly upgrade fee. Fortinet presents two different support levels: Premium Support Gold and Premium Support Global Gold. Both premium packages provide customers with their own technical account manager (TAM) as a single point of contact should a problem arise.
At a price just over $4,000, we find this product to be an excellent value for the money. The FortiGate-140D-POE offers solid perimeter defense - as seen in much larger and more expensive systems - at a price that is reasonable for smaller environments without compromising functionality.