Consolidated security appliances for application service and SaaS providers

Fortinet announced three new consolidated security appliances for the mid-range market segment that includes medium size businesses, enterprise customers, application service providers and software-as-a-service providers.

The new FortiGate-300C, FortiGate-600C and FortiGate-1000C appliances 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.

The appliances are 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.

Designed with eight FortiASIC-accelerated ports for maximum throughput, the FortiGate-300C delivers wire-speed firewall and IPSec VPN performance as well as application control acceleration to provide optimized security capabilities without imposing latency in high-speed network environments. For example, eight Gbps firewall throughput can support one million concurrent sessions. And with the ability to support 4.5 Gbps of IPSec throughput, 10,000 client-to-gateway and 6,000 gateway-to-gateway IPSec tunnels can be supported with a single device. The accelerated 10/100/1000 RJ-45 ports on the FortiGate-300C also facilitate the creation and enforcement of segmented security zones with policy control previously available only within larger-scale solutions.

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.

Like the other FortiGate models, 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.

The new devices feature the FortiOS 4.3 security operating system to deliver a broad suite of security services, including advanced application control, firewall, intrusion prevention, anti-virus/anti-spyware technology, VPN, SSL-encrypted traffic inspection, data leakage prevention, and Web filtering. FortiOS also provides 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.

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