Fortinet Offers FortiGate Security Appliance
Unified threat management solutions company Fortinet announced the release of FortiGate multithreat security appliance that rounds out its small and midsize business family of products with an entry-level edition in the FortiGate-200B. The FortiGate-200B appliance offers a 5 Gigabytes per second (Gbps) firewall and 2.5 Gbps IPSec VPN throughputs. Fortinet is positioning the FortiGate-200B as an entry-level product within the mid-enterprise segment, well-suited for deployment in remote and branch office locations.
The network security appliance also delivers high port
density with 16 ports, all of which are accelerated with FortiASIC processors.
The company said the FortiGate-200B appliance is expected to be generally
available in December and will ship with the newest version of Fortinet's
operating system, FortiOS 4.0 MR1. The FortiGate-200B is joined by the -310B,
-620B and recently announced -1240B products, all aimed at midmarket companies.
"Our mid-enterprise product family is intended to
deliver the best possible security performance and functionality at every price
point, even at the entry-level segment supported by the FortiGate-200B,"
said Anthony James, vice president of products, Fortinet. "In the highly
competitive mid-enterprise segment, we believe we have delivered four very
competitive, high-value products to meet the diverse and demanding requirements
of this customer segment."
The Fortinet Storage Module (FSM) bay gives businesses the
option of adding disk-based storage for local logging and content archiving for
policy compliance. Alternately, companies can use the FSM to enable WAN
optimization to help lower WAN costs and improve network performance. In
addition, FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer centralized management and reporting
appliances help simplify the deployment, monitoring and maintenance of the
security infrastructure. The appliances firewall capability boasts inspection
of up to 500,000 concurrent sessions.
Earlier this year, the company launched the FortiSwitch
family with the debut of two10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), low latency switching
platforms featuring high port density and "lossless" scalability. The
company said the FortiSwitch-1000 chassis and FortiSwitch-500 platform are
designed to build high-performance network fabrics such as those required by
supercomputers for calculation-intensive tasks or high-speed interconnect
applications for server virtualization, data center consolidation, and parallel
and cloud-based computing. This FortiSwitch product set was added to Fortinet's
product line as a result of Fortinet's purchase of certain assets from Woven
Systems earlier this year.
James said the high-port density and high-speed switching capabilities of the new FortiSwitch platforms underscore the performance- and value-centric philosophy of Fortinet's entire product portfolio. "These combined benefits - the industry-standard Ethernet interface, Fortinet's vScale switching technology, and value-focused product line - will enable customers to more easily build a high-performance network fabric at industry-leading price points," he said.