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SonicWALL Firewall vs. Fortinet Fortigate

 


Do you know that Fortinet users always complain about Limited inspection capabilities, poor performance, Un-optimized Hardware platform and invisibility of application in their Fortinet Fortigate?

We guarantee you will never face these problems in a SonicWALL Firewall

Top 10 Limitations a Fortinet FortiGate Has That You Should Know About

1. Limited Proxy based AV Scanning FortiGates using proxy-based AV scanning have file size limitations and performance-limiting intellectual property and hardware. Files larger than the buffer are passed without being scanned or are blocked. SonicWALLs have no such file size limitations. 6. No IPv6 or ICSA Enterprise Firewall Certification – While FortiGates may support IPv6, SonicWALL NSA and E-Class NSA Series appliances are IPv6 certified. In addition, SonicWALL is the first network security vendor to receive ICSA Enterprise Firewall certification. Fortinet products have no such certification.
2. Basic Application Management – SonicWALL's running SonicOS 5.6.4 and later with Application Intelligence, Control and Visualization provide a comprehensive set of application management capabilities. FortiGates are limited to very basic allow, block and log. Also, SonicWALLs have 3x as many application signatures as FortiGates. 7. Poor Anti-Spam Options – The FortiGate email filter service is limited to three dynamically-updated techniques (IP Reputation, Message body URL check and Message body content signatures). SonicWALL Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service utilizes 3x as many techniques including those.
3. Inadequate File and Protocol Scanning – FortiGates scan only a portion of each file for malware across just 11 protocols. SonicWALLs scan the entire file over 50+ protocols. 8. One-way Anti-Spyware Protection – FortiGates monitor only inbound traffic for spyware, not outbound. SonicWALLs monitor and block spyware in both directions.
4. Poor Distributed Wireless Functionality – FortiWiFis offer few wireless features. SonicWALLs provide many more such as Lightweight Hotspot Messaging, Wireless Guest Services and others. 9. Restricted 3G Availability – Only low-end FortiGates (80 Series and below) have 3G wireless WAN failover. SonicWALL includes 3G across all firewall lines.
5. Costly Central Management – You will need to purchase and run FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer together to get the equivalent features of SonicWALL GMS. 10. Lack L2TP Server Support for Handheld Devices – FortiGates lack L2TP Server, so handhelds are unable to connect to the firewall. SonicWALLs include built-in L2TP Server.


Why SonicWALL is Better

Highest UTM performance

SonicWALL is: Highest Performing For UTM

SonicWALL Provides Industry Leading UTM performance
Stateful inspection is easily defeated and not a determination of security
Scalable Deep Packet Inspection Technology not based on proxy tecnology

Highest UTM performance

SonicWALL is: Most Complete Protection

Most Complete protection over all network traffic
SonicWALL provides the most scalable protection for users and content

Highest UTM performance

SonicWALL is: most Effective Solution

Protection spans more protocols, delivering the highest catch rate
SonicWALL extends protection over commonly used communication (i.e. file sharing)

Highest UTM performance

SonicWALL is: Most Flexible Solution

Application firewall provides application classification and policy enforcement
Provides next generation security and productivity control



SonicWALL Firewalls vs Fortinet FortiGate


SonicWALL

Fortinet

Why SonicWALL Wins

Simplified Per Policy Management No Support No Support Allows users to enabled IPS scanning with a few check boxes and per policy IPS management using Application Firewall
Unrestricted File Based Inspection No Support No Support Based on RFDPI technology decreased latency increased performance
Complete Network Scanning No Support No Support Comprehensive scanning for HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, Notbios, P2P, IM, TCP and non-standard ports
Unlimited File Size Scanning No Support No Support Can support unlimited file sizes and concurrent sessions
Total IPS Signatures No Support No Support The NSA products support up to 3400+ vs 1300+ on the FortiGATe Products
Application classification over
dozons of protocols
No Support No Support Scans more protocols POP3, SMTP, IMAP and FTP vs HTTP
Integrated Content Filtering No Support No Support Policy Based URL Filtering offering 56 categoris
Integrated Application Firewall No Support No Support Application/ Content Inspection classification and policy enforcement
IM and P2P Scanning No Support No Support Support for both IM and P2P scanning
Integrated Anti-spam No Support No Support RBL Filtering
Integrated UTM Management No Support No Support All UTM control is done from the web GUI
No Support Full Support No Support Partial Support No Support No Support


If You are Wondering to Buy This Fortinet FortiGate

Have a Look at This SonicWALL Firewall

Part Number

FortiGate-30B/FortWifi-30B
FortiGate-50B/FortWifi-50B
SonicWALL TZ 100/TZ 100 Wireless-N 01-SSC-8734/01-SSC-8735
FortiGate-60C/FortWifi-60C SonicWALL TZ 200/TZ 200 Wireless-N 01-SSC-8741/01-SSC-8742
FortiGate-80CM/FortWifi-80CM
FortiGate 110B/111B
SonicWALL TZ 210/TZ 210 Wireless-N 01-SSC-8753/01-SSC-8754
FortiGate 200B
FortiGate 300A
FortiGate 311B
FortiGate 800
SonicWALL NSA 2400MX
SonicWALL NSA 240/NSA 2400
SonicWALL NSA 3500
SonicWALL NSA 4500
01-SSC-7100
01-SSC-8756/01-SSC-7020
01-SSC-7016
01-SSC-7012
FortiGate 1000A
FortiGate 3016B
FortiGate 3600A
SonicWALL E-Class NSA E5500
SonicWALL E-Class NSA E6500
SonicWALL E-Class NSA E7500
01-SSC-7008
01-SSC-7004
01-SSC-7000
FortiGate 3810A SonicWALL E-Class NSA E8500 01-SSC-8953


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*Disclaimer: Statements contained in this document are based on publicly available information as of December 2, 2010