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Help settle a debate, Meraki MX vs Fortinet Fortigate 30E

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Help settle a debate, Meraki MX vs Fortinet Fortigate 30E

Hi All, I am a huge Meraki fan, and when you have the full stack it’s a thing of beauty. In a recent discussion/healthy debate, we are recommending a Meraki MX device when the opposition is recommending Fortinet for our distributed network. Help me settle this debate. What makes an MX the right choice for security and usability compared to Fortinet? What are Fortinet’s shortcomings? What does Fortinet not do that an MX does?

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Head in the Cloud

Re: Help settle a debate, Meraki MX vs Fortinet Fortigate 30E

Hi @carlosmathinson ,

 

previous debate on here:

 

https://community.meraki.com/t5/Security-SD-WAN/MX-vs-Fortigate/td-p/42724

Darren O'Connor | uccert.co.uk
https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenoconnor/

I'm not an employee of Cisco/Meraki. My posts are based on Meraki best practice and what has worked for me in the field.
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Kind of a big deal

Re: Help settle a debate, Meraki MX vs Fortinet Fortigate 30E

It all comes down to the requirements for the deployment. Yes I love Meraki products however if they don' fit the bill for that deployment then so be it. There is no one vendor that has a "total solution". 

Meraki CMNO, Ruckus WISE, Sonicwall CSSA, Allied Telesis CASE & CAI
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Re: Help settle a debate, Meraki MX vs Fortinet Fortigate 30E

I used both Fortigate and Meraki. 

If you want have more features, LACP, and you rarely move equipment - Fortigate

If you often move equipment - like you have many sites that changes location and you want to have ease of use - definately Meraki

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