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April 16, 2012

Fortinet Expands Appliance Portfolio for Mid-Sized Businesses

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor


Fortinet (News - Alert), a provider of network security appliance solutions, deployed a brand new, multi-threat security appliance, FortiGate-100D, specifically designed for mid-sized businesses and branch offices of large enterprises.

FortiGate-100D responds to the industry’s demand for high-performance network security in enterprises. The network security appliance is built up on a broad range of attack recognition and prevention technologies that help smaller networks successfully protect users, data and systems against targeted attacks that penetrate networks and steal valuable information.

The demand for high-performance network appliances to be deployed at a rapid pace is caused by the increasing use of data-intensive social media applications that frequently embed rich video content. Further, the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives in organizations has created the need for highly secure firewalls that are capable of higher connections per second.

According to the company, today’s most sophisticated threats emanate from the application layer, creating the need to detect and thwart attacks embedded in thousands of different applications.  In this scenario, it has become important for organizations to control and manage their fast-changing business infrastructure with advanced security solutions that can scale with ever-increasing performance requirements.

"The FortiGate-100D is a strategic product because it intersects the small-to-medium business and large enterprise branch office markets where we are seeing significant demand," said Michael Xie, chief technology officer with Fortinet, in a statement.

"These markets are looking for very high-performance network security solutions that can grow in lockstep with their fast changing business requirements,” Xie further said. “At the same time, they're looking for a cost-effective and simple solution to deploy security that doesn't require high administrative overhead. We've listened closely to our customers and are delivering a new appliance that addresses these needs."

The FortiGate-100D is enhanced with improved remote access capabilities, higher volume connectivity, increased IPS performance and improved flow-based and proxy-based antivirus throughput. It also incorporates significant capacity and performance improvements, as well as configuration options that facilitate network growth and the expansion of branch office deployments.

Additionally, the security appliance solution combines firewall, application control, IP Sec and SSL VPN, intrusion prevention, antivirus, anti malware, anti spam, and Web filtering into a single appliance, protecting organizations against the latest viruses, network vulnerabilities, worms, spam and phishing attacks.

Earlier this year, TMCnet reported that Fortinet had added three new appliances to its FortiWeb Web application firewall product line, the FortiWeb-4000C, FortiWeb-3000C FSX and FortiWeb-400C. These network security appliances address the needs of large enterprises, service providers and mid-sized organizations.




Edited by Jamie Epstein


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