Fortinet launches new network security appliance
Fortinet Wednesday announced the newest addition to its next-generation firewall (NGFW) appliance family, FortiGate-3600C, which offers large enterprises and MSSPs an advanced network security appliance."As advanced, blended threats become the norm, the consolidation of security applications onto multi-function appliances becomes even more important in order to ensure complete visibility into all traffic," said John Grady, Research Manager at IDC.
"However, organizations need to consider platforms that not only provide the necessary security functionality, but also support high performance metrics at a reasonable cost - both upfront and throughout the lifespan of the appliance."
The FortiGate-3600C runs FortiOS 5, a powerful network security operating system and includes next-generation firewall capabilities that feature:
- More control with network, user and device defined policy
- Integrated security with firewall, IPS, application control and VPN functionality with advanced behavior inspection for improved advanced threat detection
- Enhanced performance for every customer environment
The 3600C can be deployed in a standalone security application mode such as a firewall or as an NGFW that includes firewall, IPS and application control. Additional applications such as virtual private network (VPN) or advanced threat detection, which uses behavioral-based detection in conjunction with a cloud-based reputation system that tracks botnets and elements of their threat life cycle, can easily be enabled and configured.
Thanks to the appliance's FortiASIC custom processors, the new FortiGate-3600C delivers up to 60 Gbps of firewall performance, 28 million concurrent sessions per second, 17 Gbps IPSec VPN and up to 14 Gbps intrusion prevention (IPS) to protect high volume enterprise environments from today's advanced threats. In addition to its high performance, the FortiGate-3600C is highly scalable and features 12X 10 GbE ports, 16X GbE ports and 2X GbE copper management ports to give enterprise customers maximum deployment flexibility.
As a next-generation firewall (NGFW) at the perimeter, the FortiGate-3600C can be deployed as an ultra-low latency firewall for enterprise networks, datacenters, campus and wireless networks. MSSPs or distributed enterprise networks have the option of deploying the FortiGate-3600C with more security services enabled as a unified threat management (UTM) device. The platform is fully integrated with Fortinet's FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, providing central policy and reporting.
"Large enterprise customers that require granular visibility into and control over thousands of applications, users and devices operating across their network infrastructure will find the FortiGate-3600C an ideal solution," said Patrick Bedwell, vice president of products for Fortinet.
"While it delivers outstanding next-generation firewall functionality with breakthrough price/performance, this new platform's versatility is equally impressive when deployed as a multi-threat security platform for large distributed enterprises. Once again, Fortinet is providing our enterprise customers with the highest performing, most versatile network security solutions to meet the constantly evolving threat protection requirements of today's most demanding environments."