Fortinet ships three new high-performance application delivery controllers

Tech April 04, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Fortinet has unveiled three new high performance application delivery controllers (ADCs) for enterprise data centers and managed service providers that are designed to provide scalability and availability for Internet-based applications that reside in one

The FortiADC-1500D, FortiADC-2000D and FortiADC-4000D represent an expansion of Fortinet’s Application Delivery Controller lineup that provides high performance, rich features and strong security for high-volume application environments while reducing overall total cost of ownership (TCO), Fortinet said in a press stateemtn.
The new units include up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and up to eight high-performance 10-Gigabit SFP+ Ethernet ports at no extra cost.
“Today’s announcement nearly doubles the size of Fortinet’s hardware ADC appliance family to serve the application delivery needs of larger enterprises and managed service providers and highlights Fortinet’s leadership and vision related to the convergence of networking and security functionalities,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet.
“No other ADC manufacturer offers our ratio of price to performance while including many options like Global Server Load Balancing and 10 Gigabit SFP+ connectivity. We deliver the performance and security that today’s businesses require with application delivery appliances that range from 2.7 Gbps of layer-4 throughput all the way up to 50 Gbps on our new top-of-the-line FortiADC-4000D.”
According to Fortinet, FortiADC-4000D has following key features: 
- 50 Gbps of L4 throughput and up to 1,600,000 L7 transactions per second for handling enterprise and data center application traffic volumes
- 16x GE ports and 8x 10 GB SFP+ Ethernet ports provide high-throughput connectivity to eliminate network bottlenecks
- Dedicated SSL offload hardware provides increased performance for up to 31,000 SSL connections per second
- Dual hot-swappable power supplies provide additional redundancy by supporting separate power connections and allow power supplies to be swapped without interrupting device operations
- A dedicated management port allows remote device control even when it’s powered down
The company said FortiADC-2000D has following key features:
- 30 Gbps L4 throughput and up to 1,200,000 L7 transactions per second for mid-range traffic volume datacenters
- 16x GE ports and 4x 10 GB SFP+ Ethernet ports 
- Dedicated SSL offload hardware with up to 31,000 SSL connections per second
- Dual power supplies
FortiADC-1500D has following key features:
- 20 Gbps L4 throughput and up to 800,000 L7 transactions per second for smaller traffic volume or secondary data centers
- 8x GE ports and 4x 10 GB SFP+ Ethernet ports
- Dedicated SSL offload hardware with up to 14,500 SSL connections per second
- Dual power supplies
The firm said its FortiADC OS update includes two new features; IP Reputation and Virtual Domains (VDOMs) along with other enhancements, such as GUI improvements and detailed event logging.
IP Reputation is a subscription-based service offered by FortiGuard Labs that allows a FortiADC to detect and block incoming traffic from known malicious sources. The extension of IP Reputation services to FortiADC products continues Fortinet’s strategy of creating high-performance and secure application delivery products. Combined with high-capacity SSL offloading and built-in firewalls, FortiADC offers additional security features not found in other ADC appliances at these price points.
VDOMs allow managed service providers and large enterprises to provision and manage separate virtual ADCs using a single FortiADC appliance; a differentiating feature that is also found on the company’s FortiGate platform, according to the press statement.