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Fortinet Expands Consolidated Security Appliance Line for Mid-Range Enterprise Market
Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 02:44:09 PM


SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 3, 2011 - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) - a leading network security provider and the worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, today announced the introduction of two new consolidated security appliances that extend the company's price/performance leadership in the strategic mid-range market segment that includes medium size businesses, enterprise customers, application service providers (ASPs) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers.

The new FortiGate-600C and FortiGate-1000C appliances deliver price/performance breakthroughs that broaden UTM deployment options for mid-sized organizations and branch offices of large enterprises that require high-performance, highly resilient security capable of protecting critical assets from a wide variety of threats. This includes organizations looking to secure their mobile users and those that wish to ensure that cloud-based data does not transfer threats into their systems. Each appliance is particularly well suited for customers that must protect personally identifiable information (PII) from accidental leakage or theft. This includes credit card data as part of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and patient data as part of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.

The announcement of the FortiGate-600C and FortiGate-1000C appliances follow the recent announcement of the FortiGate-300C appliance. Together, this suite of high performance security appliances offers customers the power and flexibility needed for deployments in mid and large size enterprises.

Coupled with Fortinet's FortiClient solution, the FortiGate-600C and FortiGate-1000C appliances will play a pivotal role in extending high-performance virtual private networks (VPNs) to a wider range of customers, thus ensuring secure communications between multiple networks and hosts using SSL and IPSec VPN technologies.

About the FortiGate-600C

Powered by the FortiASIC Network Processor, the FortiGate-600C appliance delivers security throughput at switching speeds. To maximize internal network segmentation configurations, the FortiGate-600C provides sixteen 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports, allowing security administrators and IT managers a wide array of deployment options. The appliance also provides four shared 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports, a 1Gb SFP and two-pair, bypass-protected 10/100/1000 ports to accommodate expansion options well beyond the base system configuration. In addition, the FortiGate-600C appliance features 64GB of internal storage for WAN optimization, local reporting, or local content archiving.

About the FortiGate-1000C

Continuing its successful strategy of integrating essential security and networking functions into a single device to help identify and thwart multiple threats, Fortinet is adding the FortiGate-1000C appliance to its mid-range product portfolio. Like the FortiGate-600C, the FortiGate-1000C utilizes FortiASIC processors that use an intelligent content scanning engine to accelerate security and network services.

To accommodate flexible deployment and expansion options, the FortiGate-1000C provides dual AC power supplies, two 10Gb SFP+ ports, twelve 10/100/1000 RJ-45 ports, eight shared 10/100/1000 RF-45 ports,1G SFP and two-pair bypass protected 10/100/1000 ports. The 128GB of onboard flash memory for WAN optimization eliminates unnecessary and malicious traffic, optimizes legitimate traffic and reduces the amount of bandwidth required to transmit data between applications and servers.

    Both devices feature the FortiOS 4.3 security operating system to deliver a broad suite of security services which include:

  • Advanced application control that enables administrators to define and enforce policies for thousands of applications running across networks regardless of port or the protocol used for communication. By intercepting and inspecting application-based traffic and content, application control technology helps ensure that malicious threats hidden within legitimate application content are identified and removed from data streams before they can cause damage.
  • Firewall technology delivering complete content and network protection with stateful inspection and 20Gbps throughput.
  • Intrusion prevention to help protect against current and emerging network-level threats. On top of signature-based threat detection, IPS performs anomaly-based detection to alert administrators to any traffic that matches attack behavior profiles.
  • Anti-virus and anti-spyware technology to help protect against viruses, spyware, worms and other forms of malware which can infect network infrastructure and endpoint devices.
  • Virtual private network technology enforces complete content inspection and multi-threat protection. Traffic optimization prioritizes critical communications traversing VPN tunnels.
  • SSL-encrypted traffic inspection to protect endpoint clients and Web and application servers from hidden threats.
  • Data leakage prevention that uses a sophisticated pattern-matching engine to help identify and prevent the transfer of sensitive information outside of network perimeters, even when applications encrypt their communications.
  • Web filtering to help protect against Web-based threats by preventing users from accessing known phishing sites and sources of malware.
  • An integrated wireless controller, enabling centralized management of FortiAP secure access points and wireless LANs. Unauthorized wireless traffic is blocked, while allowed traffic is subject to identity-aware multi-threat security inspection.

"We continue to hear from midrange customers and prospects about pushing the price/performance envelope for consolidated security solutions that are broad in scope, easy to deploy and can be centrally managed," said Michael Xie, co-founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Fortinet. "The introduction of the FortiGate-600C and FortiGate-1000C appliances addresses each of these needs head on. No other products in this class can match the combined performance and consolidated security services of these new appliances."

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