CISCO / Fortinet Multifunction firewalls for SMB market(100-1000 employees)

Cisco Unified Threat Management provides Small Medium Business and distributed enterprises with multiple security functions in a single appliance.

Based on ServeRental provides for the choice of deployment services evaluate performance, security, ease of use, local support and technology’s ability to handle new practices.


Use of mobility or wireless management capabilities from their UTM platforms is increased by the new features

  • Enterprise firewall
  • Intrusion prevention systems (IPSs)
  • Remote access
  • Secure web gateway
  • Secure email gateway

Ease of use

  • Browser-based management,
  • Ease of configuration,
  • Embedded reporting, and
  • Localized software and documentation


Cisco has integrated

  • Sourcefire’s IPS and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)
  • DNS security.
  • SD-WAN feature and active/active load-balanced VPN.
  • 1X wired port authentication for small branch models


Cisco UTM product that can serve small or midsize companies are

  • Cloud-managed Meraki MX Series (Cisco ASA 5500-X Model)

Cisco Meraki MX cloud-based centralized management offers a unified view of all Meraki UTM, wireless AP, switching, MDM products and, recently, IP phones through the cloud. But Cisco Meraki MX lacks email security, cloud-based sandboxing, SSL VPN for remote users and SSL decryption for HTTP

  • ASA 5500-X series with FirePOWER Services (Cisco Meraki for SMB market)

Cisco ASA on the core network, but considering Meraki MX for distributed offices. But Cisco’s ASA management console throughput degradation after upgrading to the version with FirePOWER Services.



Fortinet offers high-end firewalls for enterprise networks with centralized management and reporting solutions with FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer.

Fortinet Security Fabric  that includes switches, WAN appliances, wireless LAN, advanced threat detection, ADCs, secure email gateway, web application firewall and a few more network security products

The combination of wireless access point management, Wi-Fi analytics, high port density and Power over Ethernet (PoE) are included but the FortiGuard FortiSandbox Cloud service lacks detailed logging.

Fortinet has the capabilities of its Cloud Access Security Inspection (CASI) module to provide monitoring and control of SaaS activities, such as credentials used, files downloaded, files uploaded, videos viewed.