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Fortinet Named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure

By Chris Hinsz and James Allen | May 19, 2021

For the fourth year in a row, Fortinet’s LAN Edge equipment has been recognized in the Customers’ Choice category in the Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure report. Fortinet’s FortiAP Wireless and FortiSwitch Ethernet solutions combine security and networking services for a true, Security-Driven Networking strategy that enables organizations to better protect their LAN edge by reducing complexity and lowering TCO. 

The Gartner Customers’ Choice distinction is based on vendor ratings provided by verified end-user professionals across a variety of industries and from locations around the world. The distinction takes into account both the number of end-user reviews and overall ratings score a vendor receives from those users.

Fortinet’s LAN Edge equipment addresses the disconnect between networking and security many organizations experience by converging them into a common framework built on the FortiGate security platform. The integration of security and LAN functionality in a single platform leads to better security and visibility, enabling seamless communication and interoperability across all edges of the network. Using FortiOS as a single interface to manage security, wired, and wireless functions also addresses complexity challenges by reducing the number of appliances and operating systems that need to be deployed and managed. This unified approach goes beyond centralized management by offering true integration of key network requirements. 

We belive this recognition showcases Fortinet customer appreciation of the seamless convergence of networking and security that these solutions provide. Fortinet’s integrated approach simplifies operations, reduces vendor and solution sprawl, and helps ensure optimal ROI by consolidating security and networking point products into a single solution, 

Here is a sampling of the Fortinet customer comments that contributed to this distinction on the Gartner Peer Insights website for FortiSwitch and FortiAP:

EDUCATION

Network Switching At The Next Level! — I.T. Manager
“Fortinet’s fabric approach to the network port has given us several features that we were looking for on our wired and wireless networks. We are now able to firewall different internal segment of our networks in ways that were not previously possible.”

RETAIL

A Cost Effective and Tough Alternative – IT Director 
“FortiAPs are wonderful additions to our environment. We’ve deployed them in a variety of settings ranging from a large distribution center to our brick and mortar retail environment and even in our corporate office. The flexibility to have a well priced and capable access point for every aspect of our business.”

Very Good Product And Succeed Our Project Time Line Without Any Hassle – Network and Security Team Lead 
“Excellent Technical support and very good product. Centralized management is one of the beautiful features which has reduced 75% of the workload. And also helped to reduce the cost of manpower.”

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Simply Great Switches On A Very Good Price Point – Service Manager Assistant 
“A very good part of overall Fortinet ‘security fabric’ solution. It greatly integrates as a part in complete solution of our network infrastructure, hence it is very easy to manage, upgrade and secure switches. They work very reliable and the price point was very reasonable so a very good choice even if you don’t have FortiGate firewalls..”

CONSTRUCTION

Fortinet Is The Closest You’ll Actually Get To A Single Pane Of Glass For Networking – Infrastructure Engineer
“We ran a 6 month Pilot with various vendors to find the best product that would fit our requirements and budget. None of the other products tested were able to cover all requirements as fully as Fortinet.”

In addition to such customer recognition, Gartner analysts have also recognized Fortinet in several of their Gartner Magic Quadrant reports, including:

  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure (Nov 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls (Nov 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure (Sept 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls (Oct 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (Feb 2020)

Please follow this link to learn more about Fortinet LAN Edge equipment.

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