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Fortinet SD-WAN Netify Review

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Fortinet is a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, recognised for their Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution with end-to-end SASE capability. Fortinet's SD-WAN edge services are delivered by FortiGate physical and virtual appliances with their on-premises security software licenses delivered via FortiManager's Orchestrator. Fortinet supports approximately 31,000 global SD-WAN enterprise customers across various industries. Over the next 18 months, Fortinet's development efforts will focus on integrating digital experience monitoring (with SD-WAN for unified management), deploying an AI-based assistant, and enhancing internet and application performance to improve the customer experience.

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There are two main products used by Fortinet to configure and deploy networks. FortiManager is the central management component with FortiAnalyzer providing logging, reporting across threat detection, data aggregation, compliance reporting, security automation and dashboards. This combination of both FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer combines to simplify monitoring and report generation by collating logs and telemetry.

Below: Fortinet's GUI showing all devices on an easy to read map.

Fortinet SD-WAN Setup and Onboarding

I started the test by creating a dual-hub SD-WAN overlay using Fortinet’s user-friendly four-step wizard. The wizard was effective for creating full mesh connectivity using Fortinet’s ADVPN technology. The ADVPN approach resolves traditional scalability challenges associated with full mesh networks by creating dynamic tunnels rather than nailing up processing power required to mesh tunnels across sites.

Fortinet Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) is made simply by using device blueprints. These blueprints offers templates and policy packages to help setup users and branch-offices with standard SD-WAN and SASE policies. The template capability significantly reduces the setup time to setup new devices configured as they configure themselves once connected.

The configuration of path selection and performance SLA health checks within the SD-WAN rules engine helps to understand how applications should perform across packet loss, latency and jitter. Fortinet active probes and passive measurements details accurate data to make  failover decisions based on default or bespoke network policies. 

Fortient ISDB and DPI are application databases designed for precise application management based on latency and jitter figures. The analytics help with fine-tuning across network performance for application steering and analytics. 

Fortinet's multiple layers of security are created via the NGFW firewall policy (powered by FortiGuard Labs’ threat intelligence) to create the network's security. The Forti SASE integration extended these capabilities to remote users to secure internal resources via Fortinet SWG, DLP, and ZTNA.

Concluding the process was the integration of FortiSwitches and FortiAPs, managed under the FortiManager console to unify network and security management, which improves visibility and control over the network infrastructure.

Below: Fortinet's management portal used to check health status.

Fortinet SD-WAN Reporting

Fortinet's SD-WAN has evolved significantly over the years, with continuous updates and improvements to features and capabilities. The evolution of Fortinet's SD-WAN can be traced through the various versions of FortiOS - Fortinet continued to enhance SD-WAN capabilities. An example is FortiOS 7 where users have reported stability of the SD-WAN features and the potential benefits of upgrading to this version.

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Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of Fortinet SD-WAN?

List of the pros and cons associated with Fortinet SD WAN.


  • Leadership Position: Fortinet is recognised as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant.
  • Integrated Security: Offers a vast amount of SASE security experience.
  • Strong Market Share and Sales Execution: Fortinet has significant market share via range channel partners.
  • Expansive Global Reach: Approximately 31,000 enterprise customers worldwide.
  • Future Investments: Focused on integrating digital experience monitoring with SD-WAN, an AI-based assistant, and improved internet and application performance.
  • Cost Effective: Fortinet are viewed as a cost effective provider with good ROI.


  • Customer Experience: Some feedback indicates a below-average customer experience, as per Gartner client Peer reviews.
  • Networking Capabilities: Concerns from large global clients about Fortinet's ability to handle complex enterprise networking requirements.
  • Limited SSE Integrations: Fortinet's current limited integrations with third-party Secure Service Edge (SSE) vendors might restrict choices in deploying dual-vendor SASE architectures.

Comparison: Fortinet vs Palo Alto vs Check Point vs Darktrace SD WAN & Cybersecurity

Consider the points below to compare Fortinet vs Palo Alto vs Check Point vs Darktrace SD WAN and SASE security.


  • Fortinet can connect and secure branch offices and remote users globally, making them a good choice for large multinational corporations. 
  • Fortinet offer a range of network security solutions, full SASE and SD WAN. 
  • Fortinet's solutions are mainly hardware-based, although options for cloud deployments are available. 

Palo Alto

  • Palo Alto are a suitable choice for large global enterprises requiring integrated SD WAN and SASE. 
  • Palo Alto offer SD WAN and SASE solutions.
  • Palo Alto offer hardware and cloud-based deployment options.  

Check Point

  • Check Point are a good choice for large multinational corporations looking for security to protect remote and on-premises users. 
  • Check Point offer a range of network security products, as well as full SASE. 
  • Check Point focus mainly on hardware-based solutions. 


  • Darktrace are a suitable choice for  clients looking to bolster their pre-existing network security perimeter. 
  • Darktrace offer AI services that complement existing SASE and SD WAN solutions and fill any gaps in the perimeter. 
  • Darktrace offer software-based virtual solutions. 

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Amazon Web Services33.3
Microsoft Azure33.3
Google Cloud33.3

Global Popularity of Cloud Delivered Services

*Data from 2021
Secure Web Gateway (SWG)31.8%
Disaster Recovery51.7%
Data Storage44%
Platform as a Service (PaaS)47%
Server/Workload Virtualisation53.3%
Applications (Business and Workforce)120.2%
Content Delivery Networks 34.8%
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North America34%
Europe, Middle East and Africa26%
Latin America15%
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