Fortinet Rolls Integrated Security for Cloud Deployments, Data Centers

With malware, advanced persistent threats, information-stealing trojans and other baddies on the rise when it comes to cyber-security, requirements for securing managed services are getting stricted. Network security specialist Fortinet has strengthened its portfolio for large data center and cloud deployments with the addition of a firewall blade aimed at managed security service providers (MSSPs). MSSPs can roll out the capabilities directly to enterprises or via their wholesale and channel partners.

The FortiGate-5001C blade integrates essential security functions in a compact Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA)-compliant blade form factor. This includes next generation firewall, virtual private network, application control, intrusion prevention, antimalware and Web filtering.

Thus, it can provide large data centers as well as private and hybrid cloud deployments with consolidated security capabilities.

“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,” said 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.”

It runs on FortiGate-5000 series chassis, and can be combined with Fortinet’s virtual machine security technologies. Fortinet said that it has designed the portfolio to help service providers, carriers and large enterprises protect their virtualized environments and multi-tenant environments to satisfy subscriber requirements, achieve policy compliance or meet industry best practices.

The new blade also has native 10-Gigabit Ethernet support for FortiGate-5000 chassis-based platforms, delivering up to 40 Gbps of firewall throughput and up to 17 Gbps of IPSec throughput. Each blade features four 10-GbE ports, and leverages FortiASIC processors to optimize session rates and accelerated IPS performance.

For management, the FortiManager centralized management allows security administrators to configure and manage thousands of physical appliances and virtual machines. The FortiAnalyzer family of physical and virtual devices provides centralized logging and reporting, which enables administrators to analyze, report and archive security event, network traffic, Web content and messaging data to accurately measure policy compliance.

“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,”  said Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “Security no longer needs to be a ‘speed bump.”

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