Cloud Applications

Cloud Applications


The Cloud Applications console provides information about the cloud applications being used on your network. This includes information such as:

  • The names of videos viewed on YouTube (visible by hovering the cursor over the session entry)
  • Filed uploaded and downloaded from cloud hosting services such as Dropbox
  • Account names used for cloud services


Two different views are available for the Cloud Applications: Applications and Users (located in the top menu bar next to the time periods). Applications shows a list of the programs being used. Users shows information on the individual users of the cloud applications, including the username, if the FortiGate was able to view the login event.


This console can be filtered by Cloud Application and Result. For more on filters, see Filtering options.

In order for information to appear in the Cloud Applications console, an application control profile (that has Deep Inspection of Cloud Applications turned on) must be

enabled in a policy, and SSL Inspection must use deep-inspection.



Scenario: Viewing cloud application usage data

From the Cloud Applications console, users can drill down to access detailed data on cloud application usage data. In this scenario, the console is used to determine the network’s most frequent user of YouTube over a 24- hour period, and find out more about their usage patterns.

1. Go to FortiView > Cloud Applications.

2. Select Applications view from the top menu bar if it is not already selected.

3. Select 24 Hours from the Time Display options.

4. Find YouTube under the Application column and double-click it (or right-click and select Drill down for details…). This will open the YouTube stats window.

5. To determine the user who has accessed YouTube the most frequently, sort the column entries by Sessions by selecting the column header of the same name.

6. Double-click (or right-click and select Drill down for details…) the top-bandwidth YouTube user to view detailed stats, including the names of videos watched by the user and the date and time each video was accessed.

Only FortiGate models 100D and above support the 24 hour historical data.

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