From the Security Experts

January 17, 2013

Fortinet Introduces New High-Performance Security Blade

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Fortinet, a provider of network security, announced a high performance security blade for the firewall, the FortiGate-5001C. The new FortiGate-5001C blade provides large data centers as well as private and hybrid cloud deployments with consolidated security capabilities and high network performance.

The security features, high throughput and ultra-low latency of the new blade is ideal for large Internet gateways as well as centralized Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs).

The FortiGate 5001C blade, running on FortiGate-5000 series chassis, combined with Fortinet's line of virtual machine security technologies, offers the complete, flexible and high performance family of core-to-perimeter data center and cloud security solutions on the market.

FortiGate-5000 series security blades provide consolidated security functions, enabling FortiGate-5000 series chassis-based platforms to secure high-speed service providers, large enterprises or telecommunications carrier networks. Native 10-GbE support and a highly-flexible AdvancedTCA (ATCA)-compliant architecture enables the FortiGate-5000 series security blades to provide security for complex, multi-tenant cloud-based security-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service environments.

"Fortinet continues to raise the bar for firewall performance in enterprise networks. With the FortiGate-5001C, large enterprises, particularly those looking at data center consolidation, and managed security service providers can deploy the security they need without introducing latency. Security no longer needs to be a 'speed bump,'" stated Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan.

The FortiGate-5000 series chassis platforms are Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) security systems with fully integrated application control and intrusion prevention system (IPS).

The new FortiGate-5001C is a high-performance security blade that leverages the network security operating system, FortiOS 5. FortiOS 5 includes over 150 new features and enhancements to help fight advanced threats, securely integrate mobile devices and build smart policies.

The new blade integrates a wide range of critical security services and native 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) support for FortiGate-5000 chassis-based platforms. It delivers up to 40 Gbps of firewall throughput and up to 17 Gbps of IPSec throughput

By consolidating multiple security services, while delivering high throughput with ultra-low latency, the FortiGate-5001C protects low-latency networks and multi-tenant cloud customers against the latest blended threats and Web-based attacks. Also, Fortinet's virtual domain (VDOM) and administrative domain (ADOM) technologies provides granular control over the deployment of the new security blade to partition networks on the basis of individual customers or groups of subscribers.

"The security and performance needs of complex data centers and multi-tenant cloud providers are constantly evolving, which is why we continue to innovate with new blade solutions for these extremely demanding network environments," adds Michael Xie, founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Fortinet.

"No two customer environments are identical and each customer's security requirements are highly individualized. It is precisely because of this market reality that we push our product development efforts to provide our customers with the most flexible deployment options possible. The introduction of the FortiGate-5001C blade delivers on our commitment to provide unmatched performance and protection," added Xie.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman