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Fortinet unveils world’s fastest data center firewall appliance


Manila, Philippines – Fortinet has announced a new high-performance, compact network firewall appliance for enterprise data centers, large service providers, cloud providers and carriers. The new FortiGate-3700D, which includes four 40 GbE (QSFP+) and 28 10GbE (SFP+) ports, can achieve up to 160 Gigabits per second (Gbps) firewall throughput. Using Fortinet’s new custom NP6 ASIC, the FortiGate-3700D is able to deliver best-in-class performance, low latency, and IPv4 to IPv6 performance parity.

Fortinet is the first network security company to deliver 100 Gbps+ firewall throughput and 40 GbE ports in a compact appliance, which redefines the standard for price per gigabit protected, price per port density, power dissipation per gigabit, and space per gigabit. This performance improvement lowers both capital and operational costs for customers while providing the highest performance and lowest latency available.

In a recent high-speed firewall survey of large organizations (over 1,000 employees) that have already deployed high-end firewalls (defined as those that currently support greater than 40 Gbps aggregate throughput), Infonetics noted that the move to faster network technologies is forcing enterprises to look at upgrading every component of their IT infrastructure, and that the need to add new high speed interfaces to firewalls (10 GbE, 40 GbE and, eventually, 100 GbE) tops the list of drivers for investing in new high-end firewalls.

Jeff Wilson of Infonetics said, “After port speeds, we asked respondents to tell us what maximum stateful inspection throughput they will require their high-end firewalls to support in the next year, and over 80 percent are looking for platforms with over 100 Gbps of aggregate performance, with the largest group looking for 100 Gbps to 199 Gbps.” He continued, “Having high speed interfaces means nothing unless the device has the throughput to match.”

The new FortiGate-3700D leverages FortiOS 5, the industry’s most advanced network security operating system. FortiOS is a security-hardened, purpose-built operating system that is the foundation of all FortiGate network security platforms. It can be used across large or small enterprise infrastructures and multiple security application personalities.

FortiOS 5 allows for flexible deployment models within the data center such as core firewall, which provides very high performance firewall with ultra low latency or edge firewall.