For example, Palo Alto expanded into the Work-From-Home (WFH) market with the Okyo Garde appliance that combines a Wi-Fi 6, mesh-enabled AP with Palo Alto's firewall technology to protect against intrusions, malware and phishing attacks. Conversely, Fortinet attacked Palo Alto's strength in data center firewalls with the FortiGate 4200F that uses the company's proprietary seventh-generation NP7 security processor to deliver what the company claims is 5 to 15 times better performance than comparable products from Palo Alto, Check Point, Cisco and Juniper.
As we compare these two companies, note that there are many ways to categorize enterprise security products, made more difficult since there has been significant industry consolidation with every network security company grouping their products in different ways. For example, Palo Alto breaks its offerings into:
- Network security (traditional hardware and virtual firewalls and traffic inspection products).
- Cloud security (virtual security software run on cloud instances or containers and designed for VPC networks).
- Security operations software (data logging, analysis, task automation and forensics).
Edge security using SASE services and Zero-Trust Access (ZTA) controls.
Fortinet uses similar categories with a few additions, but also slices products by customer segment into enterprise, SMB and service provider offerings. Here, we tweak these groupings and compare the two companies in three areas: Core enterprise networking and cloud-SaaS security products, notably SASE and various consulting services.