Fortinet: Fortigate UTM Firewalls Lead in Unified Threat Managment

Fortinet Fortigate leads the pack in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management UTM.  Gartner evaluated 14 Unified Threat Management products and they have found Fortinet top in the leader’s quadrant and top in their ability to execute.  Quanexus is proud to be a Fortinet Partner.  Below is an excerpt from Gartner’s report on Fortinet. 

Fortinet, which is based in California, has been focused on UTM appliances since 2002. From the start, Fortinet has focused on using custom application-specific integrated circuits for network processing and content inspection to reach high performance levels. Fortinet offers nine FortiGate UTM appliances aimed at the midsize market, ranging from 20 Mbps to 1 Gbps of firewall throughput. Several versions offer integrated WLAN access points, while others include voice over IP gateway and IP PBX functionality.


  • Fortinet continues to have the highest visibility of UTM providers among Gartner clients, and is the company most frequently mentioned by competitors.
  • The product line has aggressive price/performance points and an easy migration path as network speeds increase.
  • The Fortinet UTM line has strong channel and managed security service provider (MSSP) support.
  • FortiGuard Labs is a strong source of threat and vulnerability information.


  • While the management user interface has improved, it is still rated lower than competing offerings by Gartner clients.
  • Users would like to see more flexible log filtering and viewing.

Posted by Jack Gerbs