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Automation-Driven Network Management

Fabric Management Center Solution Brief
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FortiManager Overview

The rapid influx of digital transformation (DX) technologies has made networks and network security much more complex and vulnerable. While malicious cyberattacks remain a serious problem, a recent Ponemon study shows that more than half of all breaches last year came from benign sources that could have been prevented. A security strategy that prioritizes automation-driven network operations can help. As part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiManager supports network operations use cases for centralized management, best practices compliance, and workflow automation to provide better protection against breaches. 

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Automation-Driven Single Pane of Glass Management

Ponemon recently came out with a study where they interviewed more than 2,200 professionals – what they concluded as part of that research was that 52% of root causes for a breach are a result of either human error or system glitches. In this video, learn about the 3 use cases FortiManager delivers to help address the key root causes of breaches.

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Enterprise Grade Management
Enterprise Grade Integrations with FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer
Zero Touch Provisioning with FortiManager

Features and Benefits

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Centralized management

Provides a rich set of tools to centrally manage 100,000+ devices such as firewalls, switches, and access points from a single console
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Enterprise-grade high availability

Automatically backs up the FortiManager database to up to five nodes in a cluster that can be geographically dispersed for disaster recovery
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Secure SD-WAN provisioning and monitoring

Provision and monitor Secure SD-WAN from one console across all branch offices or campuses

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Security automation

Reduces complexity and cost leveraging automation enabled via REST API, scripts, connectors, and automation stiches.
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Enterprise-ready integrations

Provides turn-key integration with no extra charge for trusted partner products such as Splunk, IBM QRadar, ServiceNow, Tufin, and AlgoSec. 
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Multi-tenancy and administrative domains (ADOMs)

Separate customer data and manage domains leveraging ADOMs to be compliant and operationally effective.

Management Models and Specifications

Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
8 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
16 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
24 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
36 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
48 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
240 TB

FortiManager virtual machines are all supported on AWS, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Ali Cloud, Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere, Citrix Xen Server, Xen, KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
100 GB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
200 GB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
1 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
4 TB
Devices/VDOMs (maximum)
GB/Day of Logs
Storage Capacity
8 TB
FortiManager-VM Subscription License with Support
Subscription for 10 devices/vdoms managed by FortiManager VM S-series. 24x7 FortiCare support included.
Subscription for 100 devices/vdoms managed by FortiManager VM S-series. 24x7 FortiCare support included.
Subscription for 1000 devices/vdoms managed by FortiManager VM S-series. 24x7 FortiCare support included.

FortiManager Cloud

Centrally manage FortiGate devices from cloud-based FortiManager, Fortinet’s network management solution. FortiCloud Premium customers can easily enable the FortiManager Cloud service.

FortiManager virtual machines are available on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

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Advanced training for security professionals, technical training for IT professionals, and awareness training for teleworkers.

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Our Customers Emphasize the Value of FortiManager in Gartner Peer Insights Reviews for their SD-WAN and NGFW projects.

“Easy Going To Deployment & Configure, Directly Insight In The Connectivity”

“Easy to configure • Easy to deployment • Easy to centralized manage • Single appliance for: SD-WAN + advance routing + NGFW functions helped us consolidate other point products.”
– Security Officer, Manufacturing

“Simple Implementation, Robust Management, And Feature Rich Configuration Options”

“We have been very pleased with the Fortinet NGFW and SD-WAN solutions. The ease of configuration, robust CLI, and new features being added regularly, has made us very pleased with the solution. Fortinet may not focus as much on SD-WAN as other vendors do, but they have a broad portfolio and the integration of NGFW security and SD-WAN into a single platform has made policy, image, troubleshooting, and configuration management much easier. Even though Fortinet's bread and butter is security, they are quickly moving their SD-WAN technology and features to be on par with other specialized SD-WAN vendors. Fortinet's NGFW solution is extremely robust, high performing, and very feature rich. There is a feature for just about any custom NGFW setting you can think of. This is far better than our previous solution which is very well known.”
– Senior Network Engineer, Healthcare

“Fortigate NG Firewall, very good for use in Education Sector K1-12 based on my experience”

“Easy to deploy and migration, Firewall rule is not messy if compare to the previous product i ever use such as iptable. GUI management is simple, easy to undestand i spend only 3 hour to setup the same scenario to my previous firewall. one more thing, its very very stable, i can run one month without reboot at all.”
– CTO, Education

Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end users based on their own experiences, and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

FortiManager Use Cases

Single Console for Security Fabric

Zero Touch Provisioning

Simplify FortiGate Provisioning at Scale

Network Automation

Streamline workflows into Enterprise Ecosystem

Central Management

Unified FortiGate Management at Scale

FortiGuard Distribution Center

Fabric Gateway for FortiGuard Updates


Product Demo

FortiManager allows IT personnel to maintain control over Fortinet’s security and networking devices through an easy to use, centralized, “single pane of glass” management console. Administrators can fully control the deployment of security policies, FortiGuard content security updates, firmware revisions, and individual configurations for thousands of Fortinet devices. In this demo, you will see how devices are registered, how policies and objects (along with policy packages) can be enacted, and how devices can be configured and updated easily.

Management Alliance Partners

FortiManager provides integration with many leading vendors as part of the Fortinet Security Fabric.  

Below is a list of current Product Alliance Partners:

Management FAQs

Does FortiManager manage FortiAnalyzer?
Yes. This is the recommended deployment. When FortiManager is managing FortiAnalyzer, all FortiAnalyzer interface tiles come up alongside FortiManager tiles, enabling all workflows.

I have 360 Protection entitlement on my FortiGate, how can I get access to FortiManager Cloud and FortiAnalyzer Cloud?
Every customer who’s purchased 360 Protection on and after 2020 - August 3rd will need to have the FortiCloud Premium subscription to access the FortiManager Cloud and FortiAnalyzer Cloud portals. Customers that have purchased before that will need this to purchase the FortiCloud Premium license at renewal time.

Which do I choose - FortiManager or FortiGate Cloud?
FortiGate Cloud is a cloud-based service that streamlines deployment, management and reporting for FortiGate and Secure Access products. It is a simple solution that provides the basics of management and configuration. FortiManager (and FortiAnalyzer) is the full-featured central management solution for Fortinet products. Advanced configurations, workflows and reporting (through FortiAnalyzer) are available here. Your organization’s needs will dictate whether a simplified cloud service or full-featured appliance (hardware or virtual) that you manage is a better fit.

If I only have a few FortiGates, do I need central management?
While all FortiGate configurations can be done locally, the time saved managing elements of or a complete central policy is a strong benefit in going with FortiManager. FortiAnalyzer greatly extends reporting and analysis capabilities for FortiGate both in breadth by combining data from multiple FortiGates into a single perspective, as well as in depth with much longer reporting horizons and advanced features found in Event Manager and the FortiGuard IOC service.