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FortiGate VM provides award-winning protection from a broad array of network threats. Running the same OS as FortiGate NGFW hardware appliances, it  enables you to enforce consistent security policies across private, public, and telco clouds. FortiGate VM is an essential component for building your hybrid mesh firewall infrastructure, allowing you to protect applications no matter where they are deployed.

Where AI/ML Security and Enterprise Networking Converge

Powered by AI-driven threat intelligence, FortiGate VMs provide industry-leading threat protection at scale. FortiGuard Labs uses machine learning algorithms and AI to analyze vast amounts of data and identify emerging threats in real time. Additionally, behavioral analysis powered by AI enables the identification of anomalous activities, aiding in the proactive mitigation of potential cyberattacks. Cloud Network Firewall June 2022 badge. Fortinet received an AAA rating.

Most Effective Cloud Firewall Available

A firewall is only as effective as its ability to detect threats. CyberRatings, an independent, nonprofit security testing organization tested FortiGate VM. It detected 100% of threats tested in the CyberRatings 2022 Cloud Firewall Report and received the highest possible rating.

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Extend Your Hybrid Mesh Firewall to the Cloud

FortiGate VM is a key part of Fortinet’s hybrid mesh firewall infrastructure, enabling you to enforce the same security policies with the same tools and share analytics wherever your compute resides.

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Features and Benefits

 Proven Security

Get the most effective firewall available, according to independent testing

Zero-trust enforcement

Increase security with continuous enforcement of  zero-trust policies

Cloud-native integration

Reduce friction across cloud deployments with built-in integrations across major cloud platforms

Cloud & Platform Agnostic

Deploy and run supported solutions in any cloud, virtualized data center, or on-premises deployment


Gain fast, scalable, flexible secure SD-WAN on-premises and in the cloud, included in FortiGate NGFWs


Automate deployment, management, and response programmatically or through automation stitches

FortiGate VM Use Cases

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Network Perimeter Security
Protect networks from unauthorized access and external threats. Control traffic based on protocols, ports, applications, and user identities.
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Application Control
Enforce application-specific security and traffic policies with application control.
AI-ML Powered
Threat Detection
Utilize AI/ML-driven threat intelligence to detect threats in ingress and egress traffic without impacting performance.
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Isolate threats and prevent breach transversal with advanced network segmentation.
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Secure Remote Access
Allow remote workers and branches to securely access resources with IPsec VPN and SD-WAN.
Hybrid Cloud Connectivity
Secure Cloud Connectivity
Enable secure networking to, from, and between clouds with FortiGate VM.

Enterprise Analyst Validation

Forrester TEI Study: Fortinet NGFW for Data Center And AI-Powered FortiGuard Security Services
2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls
The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022
The Forrester Total Economic Impact study demonstrates that the Fortinet NGFW for Data Center and AI-Powered FortiGuard Security Services solution has a 318% return on investment, $10.55 million in savings benefits, and less than a 6 month payback period
Forrester Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study reveals 318% ROI and $10.6M in cost benefits achieved with the Fortinet Data Center cybersecurity solution.
In addition to a significant ROI, key results from the 2023 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting include improved networking and security performance, increased networking and security team efficiencies, end-user productivity gains, notable cost savings, and better sustainability.
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2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls Figure 1. The figure ranks companies on their ability to execute and completeness of vision as of September 2022 on a scatter plot. Fortinet is in the upper right quadrant of Leaders.
Fortinet Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls

Fortinet has been recognized as a Leader again, and is positioned highest in Ability to Execute, marking our 13th year in the Magic Quadrant™.

We feel FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls deliver the industry’s best ROI, provide AI/ML-powered threat protection, and support the convergence of networking and security.

With all features and functions built on a single operating system, FortiOS, organizations have access to consistent functionality across all solutions and form factors, including appliances, virtual environments, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022. The figure ranks companies based on the strength of their offering and their strategy on a scatter plot, with 10 providers being categorized into four waves: challengers, contenders, strong performers, and leaders. Fortinet is in the leader category.
Fortinet Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022

We are pleased to announce Fortinet has been named as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022 report.

We believe our position as a Leader is a testament to our investment in providing a next-generation firewall (NGFW) solution that serves as an enabler of digital acceleration, made possible through the convergence of advanced networking and security capabilities.

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FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services

FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s cybersecurity threat intelligence and research organization is comprised of experienced threat hunters, researchers, analysts, engineers, and data scientists. This elite team develops and enhances FortiGuard AI-powered Security Services including inline malware prevention, IPS, and DLP. FortiGuard Labs also provides valuable expert help through FortiGuard Expert-driven Security Services. Learn more about FortiGuard AI-powered Security Bundles for FortiGate.

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FortiGuard Antivirus Service
FortiGuard Antivirus Service

Protects against the latest polymorphic attacks, viruses, malware (including ransomware), and other threats.

FortiGuard Data Loss Prevention Service
FortiGuard Data Loss Prevention Service

Blocks intentional and accidental disclosures of sensitive data while addressing key requirements for data security associated with major frameworks.

FortiGuard AntiSpam Service
FortiGuard AntiSpam Service

Dramatically reduces spam at the perimeter through a multi-layered approach to filtering unwanted and malicious email.

FortiGuard Application Control Service
FortiGuard Application Control Service

Allows the creation of policies to allow, deny, or restrict access to applications and keep malicious, risky, and unwanted applications out of the network.

FortiGuard Attack Surface Security Service
FortiGuard Attack Surface Security Service

Assesses and rates your Security Fabric infrastructure and controls against best practices and major security and compliance frameworks. Includes coverage for connected IoT devices.

FortiGuard DNS Security Service
FortiGuard DNS Security Service

Provides full visibility into DNS traffic while blocking high-risk domains including malicious newly registered domains (NRDs) and parked domains.

FortiGuard IPS Service
FortiGuard IPS Service

Utilizes the latest threat intelligence to perform deep packet inspection/SSL inspection of network traffic to detect and block malicious traffic and activities.

FortiGuard OT Security Service
FortiGuard OT Security Service

Extends IPS protections to identify and police most of the common ICS/OT/SCADA protocols to detect and block exploits targeting OT vulnerabilities.

FortiGuard AI-based Inline Malware Prevention Service
FortiGuard AI-based Inline Malware Prevention Service

Performs AI-powered real-time inspection of files for protection against unknown threats, zero-days, and sophisticated file-based attacks.

FortiGuard URL Filtering Service
FortiGuard URL Filtering Service

Uses AI-powered behavior analysis and correlation to block unknown malicious URLs almost immediately, with near-zero false negatives.

FortiGuard Anti-botnet and C2 Service
FortiGuard Anti-botnet and C2 Service

Blocks unauthorized attempts to communicate with compromised remote servers for both receiving malicious commands and extracting information.

Case Studies

Global Low-Code Pioneer Improves Resilience and Cuts Management Complexity Both On-Premises and in the Cloud
Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare
MSSP Trusts FortiGate To Protect Clients’ Medical Records in the Cloud
Healthcare Operator Protects Critical Applications in the Cloud With Fortinet’s Security Platform
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research
Leading Dutch University for Environmental Research Harnesses the Cloud With FortiGate Virtual Appliances and Migration Automation

Gartner Peer Reviews

At Fortinet, we strive to put our customers first, and we’re very proud to have again been named a 2023 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Network Firewalls. This distinction, which customers have recognized us for the fourth year in a row, is based on over 500 reviews of our FortiGate Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs). In addition to giving FortiGate high ratings, 93% of reviewers are willing to recommend Fortinet NGFWs. Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice 2023
"Fortinet: Make Your Live Easy"

"Overall it's a very good product having rich set of securities and easy to use and deploy... it can be easily integrated with other products in Fortinet Family.”

—  Assistant Manager in Energy and Utilities

"The Best Of Their Class. Strong And Powerful Security Solution For Any Organization Size."

“Price of the Devices: Great price for the power, throughput and performance. Easy to use: Really great UI and intuitive menu, options, etc. Performance: no performance issues even if all the UTM features are turned on.”

—  Practice Leader in IT Services

"Amazing Value For Money And Strong Performance."

"Fortigate provides robust and reliable performance. Their interface is intuitive and allows for centralized management wich really saves us time. Security features are the best among what we tested. Built-in VPN is the cherry on top."

—  Chief Network and Telecom Officer in the Real Estate industry

"Fortigate Provides Top Notch Security At A Fair Price!"

“The Fortigate firewalls offer great performance for their price point in comparison to other vendors. They have an amazing security research team to make sure you are at the leading edge of the threat landscape. The integration of their products so that they can work together through the security fabric is amazing.”

— IT System Administrator in the Retail Industry

"Fortigate NGFW - Comprehensive Perimeter Security"

"The product is truly exceptional, I have introduced the Fortinet NGFW in my organization for specific application requirement after preliminary assessment and Fortinet Product Advanced Features for DPI like Application Control & Industrial Signtaure, Intrusion Prevention system as well as Antivirus helped me to bring adequate security measures." Reliability: Fortinet's firewalls are designed to be reliable and to provide high uptime. The company's firewalls have a variety of features to help

— Head - SAS & Communications, OT Security in Energy and Utilities

"Best Firewall In The Market"

"The product is better than expected. The performance of the hardware is much better than the equivalent other vendors, its easy to manage and troubleshoot"

— Networks Supervisor in the Healthcare and Biotech Industry

"Fortinet, My Go To Provider For Edge Devices...Hands Down"

"I have utilized numerous vendors for endpoint security and edge devices including xx and others. Fortinet, by far is superior providing intuitive user interfaces and superlative customer and technical support."

— Sr. Technical Consultant in IT Services

"FortiGate Is A Complete All In One Package."

"We wanted to secure our networks, after a penetration testing from an outside company, we were told that our network is very secure thanks to FortiGate."

— Cybersecurity Analyst in the Healthcare and Biotech Industry

"A VERY Effective And Affordable Solution"

"We deployed this NGFW at our main office 11 months ago and have enjoyed the simplicity and security it affords. IPsec tunnels to remote offices and cloud are consistent and VPN users are stable and visible through the dashboard."

— Server Admin in Energy and Utilities

"Best Next Generation Firewall Solution For On Premises And Cloud."

"Simplicity in management and configuration. Same OS available on any model from the little one to big chassis: easy hw upgrade path without any need for reconfiguration."

— Founder & Managing Director in IT Services

"Powerful NGFW Complemented With AI"

"In my organization is important to be protected in all ways, for this reason I like complement security with different types of tools and brands. I have worked with several NGFW brands, and although they all have pros and cons, FortiGate is one of my favorites, mainly because it is among one of the world leaders and because of the SD-WAN solution since it balances the load professionally. FortiGate is scalable and has allowed us to grow without any problem."

— Engineering Technician in IT Services

"Fortinet The Protector"

"We have been using the Fortinet Fortigate solution for 4 years now, it's a stable, robust solution. It's deploy on all our sites, including one where we use the cluster in active / active mode and it works perfectly. The use of FortiEMS allows us to make our workstations compliant and protect. The whole system is easy to manage."

— Cloud & security in IT Services

"Durable And Long Lasting"

"Excellent quality product Easy to setup to use and set up & we are highly recommend this product"

— IT in the Finance Industry

"A Fully Fledged Security Solution"

"The FortiGate firewall offers comprehensive threat protection for your business. FortiGate offers variety of features to protect your organization from cyberattacks. It delivers high performance and advanced security. " "Excellent price-performance ratio, The equipment has a high performance in terms of security, has a very friendly user interface, Fortinet remains at the highest levels in terms of innovation keeps"

— IT Associate in the Healthcare and Biotech Industry

"Fortinet Performance"

"Excellent price-performance ratio, The equipment has a high performance in terms of security, has a very friendly user interface, Fortinet remains at the highest levels in terms of innovation keeps"

— Networking and Logical Security Administrator in the Telecommunication Industry

"Fortinet Firewall Provide Best In Bread Functionality"

"My overall experience working on Fortinet NGFW is simply Great. It provide great level of flexibility by easy admin portal."

— IT Associate in IT Services

"Reliable Service"

"Using more than 5 year fortigate devices. Hardware and cloud services. NGFW, APs and etc. I would like to express our sincere apprecation for your service to us as one of our most reliable company"

— Senior Network Admin in Energy and Utilities

"Use Fortigate Firewall And Forget The Network Risk"

"great product, very easy to use and very good support"

— Network Security Consultant in IT Services

"Single Pane Of Glass For All Functions In Your Network"

"Solid team in the Nordic region. Invests heavily in supporting the local market"

— Sales Specialist Security in IT Services

"With Fortinet We Improved Security, Costs And Data Network Performance"

"Fortinet is pioneer of secure networking, can scale to any location (ROBO, campus, and Datacenter)"

— System Manager in Energy and Utilities

Models and Specifications

FortiGate-VM next-generation firewall can be deployed as a virtual appliance in private and public cloud environments, either as a BYOL instance or provisioned on-demand via public cloud marketplaces. Learn more about FortiGuard AI-powered Security Bundles for FortiGate.

Download the brief - Performance as a key attribute of Virtual Firewalls. 

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FortiCare Support & Professional Services

Fortinet is dedicated to helping our customers succeed, and every year FortiCare services help thousands of organizations get the most from their investments in Fortinet's products and services. To achieve this, FortiCare follows the life-cycle approach and provides unique services to help our customers in their success journeys.

Technical Support Services

Technical Support Services

Various per-device options are available for efficient operations. FortiCare Elite option provides a 15-minute response time for critical products.

Advanced Support

Advanced Support

Various per-account white glove services are available to reduce disruption and increase productivity with operational reviews by designated experts.

Professional Services

Professional Services

Our multi-vendor experts can design and deploy a complete best practice-based solution to help you meet your network or security objectives and adopt new capabilities.



Priority RMA options are available across the product family for expedited replacement of defective hardware to meet your availability objectives.


Data Sheets
Solution Briefs
White Papers
Why Digital Acceleration Needs a Hybrid Mesh Firewall Approach
Why Digital Acceleration Needs a Hybrid Mesh Firewall Approach »

With moving to public clouds and modernizing data centers at the heart of this transformation, care and attention must be given to ensuring that your networks and data are secure and that security can be easily managed across clouds and data centers.

Essential Guidelines to Protecting Your Application Deployment Across Clouds
Essential Guidelines to Protecting Your Application Deployment Across Clouds »

There are a number of considerations to be made by organizations in order to ensure security of their cloud deployments, and they vary from simple to complex undertakings. Here are some essential guidelines to enable organizations to prioritize their investments and build out a strategic roadmap to deploy their cloud network and security.

Scale and Segment the Cloud
Scale and Segment the Cloud »

Rapid enterprise adoption of private and public clouds is driving the evolution of cloud security. Agile and elastic cloudsecurity solutions need to fundamentally scale protection and segmentation within and across cloud environments.

Network Security for Every Flavor of Cloud
Network Security for Every Flavor of Cloud »

Fortinet’s cloud security is designed to match the nature of the cloud itself—providing a dynamic resource that can change rapidly for protection across public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Driving Agility & Security with Data Center Consolidation
Driving Agility & Security with Data Center Consolidation »

Today’s security systems need to be able to absorb and analyze information from a multitude of sources: IPS/IDS, firewalls, end-points, web application firewalls, email gateways and sandbox appliances. Collections of individual security products simply can’t compete with the complete integration Fortinet’s Advanced Threat Protection solution provides your network.

Free Product Demo

FortiGate-VM is a full-featured FortiGate packaged as a virtual appliance. FortiGate-VM virtual appliance is ideal for monitoring and enforcing virtual traffic on leading virtualization, cloud, and SDN platforms including VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, and AWS. FortiGate-VM can be orchestrated in software-defined environments to provide agile and elastic network security services to virtual workloads. Through this demo, you can see how to deploy firewall, intrusion prevention, VPN, antivirus, and other consolidated security functions to virtual workloads, as well as evaluate the easy-to-use web interface and contextual displays.

FortiGate: Next-Generation Firewall News

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Tom Lintemuth, 20 December 2022.

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