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Fortinet Named a Gartner® Peer Insights™ Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure for Third Year in a Row

By Nirav Shah and Rami Rammaha | April 01, 2022
Figure 1. Gartner Peer Insights Customer's Choice 2022

Fortinet is proud to announce that we have again been named a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure. This marks the third year in a row that Fortinet has received this recognition based on the number and quality of reviews of our Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution. What’s more, Fortinet has received the most combined reviews of all vendors in the WAN Edge Infrastructure Market as of December 2021, with 94% of reviewers willing to recommend Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution. Fortinet continues to earn accolades year after year, but receiving this Peer Recognition based on customer reviews and feedback is truly an honor. 

For over 20 years, Fortinet has been a driving force in the evolution of a cybersecurity mesh platform and the convergence of networking and security into one unified offering. Our vision continues to receive recognition from industry analysts, including the industry’s highest performing cybersecurity mesh architecture. This trend was also named a top cybersecurity trend for 2022 by Gartner1. Additionally, Fortinet’s ability to support Zero Trust Edge, recently mentioned by Forrester in the “All-In-One Zero Trust Edge” in the Now Tech Report published in December 2021. We attribute these recognitions by top industry analysts and by our customers in part due to Fortinet’s commitment to innovation, evidenced by our recently surpassing 1,500 patents—not just the most in the industry, but three times more than comparable network security companies.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN Receives Recognition from Analysts 

Fortinet was recognized as a Leader in both the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ reports for Network Firewells and WAN Edge Infrastructure using the same FortiGate platform. Fortinet was also ranked first in three out of five Use Cases identified in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure. These include Security-Sensitive WAN, Remote Worker, and Small Branch WAN.

Similarily, Fortinet has been named a Leader in the IDC MaketScape: Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure 2021 Vendor Assessment (doc# US47279821, November 2021) report, and named a top vendor in the 2021 Frost Radar™: Global SD-WAN Vendor Market, 2021 report.

Customers Give Fortinet Secure SD-WAN Rave Reviews

But our greatest achievement, by far, are the glowing reviews we receive from customers of all sizes, both around the world and spanning all industries. In our opinion one way the industry measures customer sentiment is by reviewing the information collected on the Gartner Peer Insights site. Customers are able to rank and provide feedback for the solutions they have deployed in their networks. And when it comes to SD-WAN, we think Fortinet stands second to none, now being recognized for a third consecutive year as a Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

Here is a sample of some of the 5-star reviews that Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution has received on the Gartner Peer Insights page:

This Network Engineer responsible for Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation, described deploying Fortinet SD-WAN in the United States for a firm with revenue of between $1B and $3B:

https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/wan-edge-infrastructure/vendor/fortinet/product/fortigate-sd-wan/review/view/3901166

"The Fortinet SDWAN project been a great experience! After evaluating several different vendor's SDWAN solutions we choose Fortinet for the ease of deployment, all the SDWAN capabilities built into the standard licensing, all of which utilize the great FortiGate security features. … Not only do we maintain our security posture, but we get a huge performance boost in the WAN and Internet by being able to use the local egress for intensive products like video conferencing. The last thing I'll note is the ease of deployment. Once a solid golden image has been created, rolling out to all the branch sites is as easy as loading the config and image onto a USB drive then powering on the FortiGate. The FortiGate automatically upgrades to your desired image code level then loads the golden config. At that point it's a matter of moving your circuits and switches from the legacy solution to the FortiGate. Assuming you've done your homework and got all your IP's correct, the VPN tunnels automatically establish and everything "just works" within minutes."

This CISO at a major industrial organization—with revenue of between $1B and $3B—wrote about the experience of deploying Fortinet’s SD-WAN solution across locations in Austria, Germany, France, Chile, Vietnam, and Poland:

https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/wan-edge-infrastructure/vendor/fortinet/product/fortigate-sd-wan/review/view/3818164

"Overall, we have had a positive experience with the FortiGate Secure SD-WAN. It helped us with cost reduction by reducing MPLS links. After the implementation project, we also faced an improvement in user experience with faster access to applications and reduced downtime. We were able to strengthen our business agility by applying consistent policies across our company."

A Network Security specialist at a large bank in the UK with revenue of between $3B and $10B, explained:

https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/wan-edge-infrastructure/vendor/fortinet/product/fortigate-sd-wan/review/view/3801856

"We have had a third party to come in and help with our SDWAN role out with Fortinet and have to say it’s very impressive (we really didn’t need the help it was that straightforward). Ease of use of the Fortinet is second to none and with the SDWAN capabilities being built on an underlying very good NGFW the security is great, reporting is great and visibility really good. Couldn't recommend this product enough. Really good."

A Cisco Network Engineer at a national insurance provider in the US with between $3B and $10B in revenue, wrote:

https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/wan-edge-infrastructure/vendor/fortinet/product/fortigate-sd-wan/review/view/3896070

"Our overall experience has been fantastic. We had a couple of hurdles to jump over since we were migrating off a competitor solution that uses proprietary routing protocols, but overall, our migration has been seamless."

And a System and Network Manager for a large retailer in France, $1B to $3B, described their experience with Fortinet’s SD-WAN solution this way:

https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/wan-edge-infrastructure/vendor/fortinet/product/fortigate-sd-wan/review/view/3946164

"Installation is simple, fast, and easy to use. Administrators are quickly autonomous and have a good level of monitoring."

We are honored to have been recognized as a 2022 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure. When looking for a critical networking and security solution, peer reviews from organizations that are your size and in your own industry are invaluable. From our view, Gartner Peer Insights is an excellent source that provides that level of feedback.

To learn more about Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice or to read the reviews written about our products by IT professionals, please see the WAN Edge Infrastructure page on Gartner Peer Insights

To all of our customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews mold our products and our customer journey, and we look forward to building on the experience that earned us this distinction. If you have a Fortinet story to share, we encourage you to weigh in on Gartner Peer Insights.

Find out how Fortinet remains a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions: Fortinet Innovation series

1 Gartner, “Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2022: Cybersecurity Mesh, Felix GaehtgensJames HooverHenrique TeixeiraClaudio NeivaMichael KelleyMary RuddyPatrick Hevesi, 18 October 2021”

Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WAN Edge Infrastructure, Peer Contributors, 24 March 2022

Overall Rating 4.6/5 based on 134 reveiwes as on December 2021.

2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, September 2021, - ID G00736367 By Analyst(s): Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Evan Zeng

2021 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure, September 2021 - ID G00738187 By Analyst(s): Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Evan Zeng

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