Re: Why doesnt fortinet 60d come with FortiGuard?
Do you know exactly what this hardware is worth? How much is for system design, CPU, memory, custom built ASIC, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, dealer's margin? How come you "surely" know 600 quid is enough to include additional services?
A firewall is not a commodity product, something you pick up at the grocery. In order to fully or even partially use this product to your benefit you should consult a knowledgeable Fortinet partner who will give you information about the hardware, the FortiCare and FortiGuard contracts available. That's his/her job.
You can find more information about the FortiGate and it's capabilities on Fortinet's website. Some of the protection features use signature databases supplied by Fortinet itself (AV, IPS, WF, botnet blacklist, to name a few) which require constant updates. Research and development of these signatures are done by professionals who make their living from this. So, subscriptions come with a price. As nearly any added value offered, in any aspect of life.
You can of course run a FortiGate without a UTM subscription (FortiGuard). For AV and IPS, some default (that is, old) signature databases are included. For WF, a policy using WF will not pass traffic without a valid subscription if this feature is used. But you don't have to use this feature at all.
You can even run a FGT without the very basic FortiCare subscription. FCare will give you the right to update the firmware and, secondly, it prolongs Fortinet's hardware warranty. Different to other products you could even buy 10 years of warranty coverage on a FGT through FCare. Besides, all new features published after the purchase of the hardware come for free - you just need to update the firmware. Which is wise to do anyways, for bug fixes.
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