The FortiGate 60c from Fortinet provides quite a bit of power packed into a small appliance. This tool feels right at home in small to midsize environments and is packed with features, such as a firewall, intrusion prevention system, application control, data leakage prevention, web content filtering and gateway-based malware protection.
The FortiGate 60c can be set up in two ways. The first is mostly manual and is done through the web GUI. The second is by using the Forti-Explorer software included on a CD with the device. With Forti-Explorer, setup can be completed through a wizard, which helps set a basic configuration including network information and IP settings. After the appliance is initially configured, all further management can be done through the web GUI. We found this GUI to be fairly easy to navigate and we had little trouble getting around.
The strength of this product is configurability. The FortiGate offers a lot of policy flexibility and configurable options with granular controls. Creating policies and rules for functions such as the firewall and web content filter is quite easy, but it is a manual process and does take some time to configure.
Documentation was comprised of a short quick-start guide that provided the steps for initial configuration, with a focus on configuring through the FortiExplorer application. Other guides provided included one for administrators and a few other supplemental materials.
Fortinet offers 90 days of eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week support included with the purchase and additional support as part of an annual contract thereafter.
At a price just under $850 for the appliance and the first year of security services - anti-virus, intrusion prevention, web filtering, anti-spam/application control FortiGuard Services updates, as well as eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week support and firmware upgrades - we find this product to be an excellent value for the money for small to midsize environments. This appliance packs a lot of flexibility into an affordable package.