Fortinet FortiGate-111C review
The most security features we’ve seen in an SMB appliance, it’s easy to deploy and manage, and the price is right too
Review Date: 23 Jan 2012
Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell
Price when reviewed: From £2,442 (£2,930 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Sitting at the top of Fortinet’s family of SMB appliances, the FortiGate-111C offers a remarkable range of security measures. At its foundation is the standard fare of SPI firewall plus IPsec and SSL VPNs, to which it adds intrusion prevention, antivirus, anti-malware, anti-spam, web filtering and P2P app controls.
Then there’s data leak prevention (DLP), integrated management of Fortinet’s FortiAP wireless APs, endpoint protection and vulnerability scanning. And an optional 64GB SSD can be used for high-speed web caching, logging, DLP archiving and quarantining.
Pairs of appliances can be used for high availability, and with one at each end of a site-to-site link they can perform WAN optimisation. The 111C has eight switched 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports and a pair of Gigabit WAN ports. It supports both NAT and transparent modes, and we used the latter to drop it between the lab’s LAN and internet connection. The cooling fans are very noisy, so the appliance will need to go in a cabinet.
Fortinet quotes impressive performance figures, with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) throughput of 450Mbits/sec. We tested this using the lab’s Ixia Optixia XM2 chassis equipped with two Xcellon-Ultra NP blades, and saw throughput settle at almost 460Mbits/sec.
The web interface opens with a smart dashboard, which can be customised with widgets. These include traffic history graphs for selected interfaces, tables for top applications and sessions, licence information, cache usage and system resources.
Firewall policies comprise sources, destinations, schedules, services and actions, and you can assign various UTM profiles to each. Antivirus profiles define which protocols you want scanned and whether you want infections to be removed or quarantined.
Fortinet’s own URL filtering database provides eight main categories and almost 80 subcategories. You can block or allow entire categories or subcategories, activate logging for each entry, apply usage quotas and enable a global Safe Search feature.
Application control policies use sensors for selected apps, and Fortinet provides almost 2,000 from which to choose. The FortiGuard anti-spam measures are also controlled with policies that decide which mail protocols to scan, and how spam is handled.
Data leak prevention which is really interesting and it is well secured too.
By benjamin5 on 24 Jan 2012
Poor review - No Hidden Costs
Purchased device based on recommendation here. What has not been mentioned is the license fees required starting at £1100 that you find you need when you come to set the device up!
Poor review - Cost of £2,400 for the device does not include required licenses - true cost in excess of £3,900.00
By Gary24 on 4 Jan 2013
Prices start from £2,400 and you don't have to buy all the features. In the printed review in Issue 210 it states clearly that all features at that time cost £3,543.
So far I haven't found another vendor that offers the same high level of features in an SMB security appliance for this price.
By DaveMitchell on 4 Jan 2013
- Microsoft expands encryption over NSA spying "threat"
- UK Cloud Awards 2014: nominations now open
- BlackBerry says "we're still alive" as sales hit new low
- Has HP turned a corner?
- Adobe admits it's struggling to notify hack victims
- Microsoft rolls out Office 365 admin app for mobile
- Office 2013 Service Pack 1 to arrive early next year
- Backup the best defence against CryptoLocker
- UK SMBs can now buy ads on Twitter
- How long do hard drives actually last?
- How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Switching from iPhone to Android? Switch off iMessage
- Why is Google pumping more money into Firefox?
- Sky Broadband Shield review
- Samsung Galaxy S4: how to double your battery life
- Motorola Moto G review: first look
- IBM Watson meets Willy Wonka
- Google’s support policies shove users towards Chrome
- Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: first look
- Michael Dell's reasons to be cheerful
- gTLDs: what your business should know about new domain names
- Can Microsoft survive? A look at servers and tools
- Can Microsoft survive? The future of Office
- A real-world guide to business VoIP
- Sack your PA: how to stay on top of your work life
- Power lies with the internet giants, not the governments
- Software subscriptions return us to a life of servitude
- How to get a job in cloud computing
- Are today's tech start-ups simply get-rich-quick schemes?
- Choosing the right tablet for business
- Windows Phone App Studio: an easy way to create your first Windows Phone 8 app
- The end of Windows XP support: what it really means for businesses
- Don't rely on Chrome's password vault
- Using Buffer to manage your social media
- Microsoft needs its own Steve Jobs
- Forget credit cards: hackers want your Facebook account
- Can't get fast enough broadband? Here's what to do
- Leap Motion and the battle against UI stagnation
- How to build a really bad network
- Facebook Graph Search: don't panic
There are dozens of exciting prizes up for grabs on PC Pro Competitions. All our competitions are free to enter. Try your luck.ENTER NOW