Fortinet’s FortiGate 80E next-generation firewall (NGFW) offers security at a good price point, making it one of the most popular firewall solutions available in the market today. Arriving in a compact desktop form factor, the FortiGate 80E offers protection against cyber threats for midsized businesses and branch offices.

 

Why Choose Fortinet FortiGate Firewall 80E?

The FortiGate 80E performs deep inspection, moving beyond protocol and intrusion prevention. Designed to thwart harmful traffic, the 80E protects your data. This NGFW appliance prevents malicious and unauthorized access. The firewall solution does this through path-guided updates, signature matching, SSL decryption, and other more sophisticated malware-blocking strategies. Fortinet’s FortiGate 80E comes in a fanless desktop form factor. In spite of its compact size, it employs secure SD-WAN and UTM technologies. These features are working together to deliver end-to-end network security in one platform.

Pros

Reasonable pricing

Easy to get around GUI

FortiCare support services

Cons

Crashes that need hard reboots

Reports are not in real-time

Key Features

FortiGuard Artificial Intelligence.

Utilizing AI-powered Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs security services, the FortiGate 80E can identify thousands of apps. These apps include known and unknown malware as well as malicious websites in both encrypted and non-encrypted traffic.

Management Console.

Easy to deploy and effective, FortiGate 80E’s Management Console delivers full network automation and visibility. The NGFW appliance offers Zero Touch Integration with Security Fabric’s Single Pane of Glass Management. The 80E also comes with a preset checklist that evaluates the setup and highlights recommended practices for enhanced security.

Security Processor Unit.

Powered by a dedicated security processor unit (SPU), the FortiGate 80E delivers the industry’s best ultra-low latency threat protection performance for SSL encrypted traffic. SPU simplifies design without compromising on security.

Secure SD-WAN.

Software-defined WAN is the application technology applied to WAN connections such as 4G, LTE, and broadband Internet. With this feature, we get high-speed application performance to connect to the cloud.

Unified Threat Management.

UTM technology merges multiple security and networking functions with one unified appliance. One of the useful functions of UTM is deep packet inspection, web filtering, and automatic updates, making human intervention no longer required.

Other Features

3G/4G WAN Connectivity

FortiOS

FortiGuard Security Services

FortiCare Support Services

Industry-leading Certification

IPsec VPN Capabilities

Security Fabric

Specifications

Firewall Throughput: 4Gbps
Maximum New Sessions Per Second: 30,000
Maximum Concurrent Sessions: 1.3 Million
Storage Capacity: 16GB SSD
Serial Ports: USB and Console RJ45
Form Factor: Desktop
Power Required: 100-240V AC
Dimensions: 216 x 178 x 42mm
Weight: 1.2kg

How To Use

  • You have two options when installing the hardware: either mounted on the wall or laid on a flat surface.
  • When mounting on the wall, make sure you secure the screws with the mounting bracket.
  • You can find the power socket on the back. Attach it to a power source with the provided power cable.
  • When installing the unit on a flat surface, make sure that clearance on all sides of the unit to give adequate airflow. For full details in installation, here’s Fortinet’s Cookbook on FortiGate 80E Installation Guide.

About Fortinet

Fortinet is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, founded in 2002. It is one leader in IT cybersecurity, developing cybersecurity software and appliance services. Its line of products includes firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, and endpoint security solutions.

Final Thoughts

As the threat landscape continues to become more advanced, so is the need to use next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) that offer deep inspection and advanced overall threat protection. What makes the FortiGate 80E better than other firewalls in the market is its affordability and ease of usage. Many users find its GUI simple and easy to get around. Fortinet provides FortiCare Services and ongoing technical support for Fortinet products.

 

On the downside, users reported encountering crashes requiring hard reboots that could impact production. Reporting is also not in real-time which hopefully can improve on future versions.

 

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