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Re: Fortinet unified threat management evaluation feedback needed
From: Botelho Marla <marla.botelho () REGISCOLLEGE EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 18:17:39 -0500

We've been using an 800 model for several years and have been pleased with the performance using the firewall, A/V, IPS 
 and VPN services.  We very recently began using the bandwidth management tool.    
 
Marla
 
Marla Botelho
Director of ITS
Regis College
Weston, MA
781-768-7340

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From: Mark Rogowski [mailto:m.rogowski () UWINNIPEG CA]
Sent: Tue 2/27/2007 2:53 PM
To: SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Fortinet unified threat management evaluation feedback needed



We have a 400a doing anti virus, IDS (notification only) and are beginning to apply web filtering on select 
departmental subnets on campus.  Our lead network guy noticed that communications would "hiccup" when the FortiGate 
would receive and load updates through the day.  The hiccup would only last 5-10 seconds, but it was enough to change 
the updating process time(s) for the unit.

The FortiGate is very feature rich, and I would not hesitate to recommend using it.  However, don't get sucked in by 
sales folks telling you how "efficient" and "fast" the ASIC makes the unit pass data.  If you want to use everything on 
it, buy a big one.



Mark Rogowski
IT Security
Technology Solutions Centre
University of Winnipeg
Ph: (204) 786-9034

Christian.Heroux () ETSMTL CA 02/27/07 11:22 AM >>>
Hello !



            We are evaluating different solution for Traffic shaping, IPS, firewall and Vpn. We came across Fortinet. 
It seems to do all those function and more in one appliance. It`s called unified threat management but can it sustains 
all those functions concurrently without choking? I am worry to put all my eggs in one basket. I know they use ASIC 
instead of CPU but I would like to see all eight functions activated (firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, IPS, IDS, traffic 
shaping, VPN)



I know Fortinet/Fortigate is used in universities. If you are using it, can you give me some feedback?



Which functions are activated?

Which model do you have?

How much traffic goes through Fortinet?

Did it ever choke trying to do everything?



Christian Héroux

ETS University of Québec

Montréal Qc

Canada



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