SOURCE: Fortinet

October 29, 2007 12:00 ET

New Patents Strengthen Fortinet Intellectual Property Portfolio and Virtualization Innovation

Patented Technology Enables Fortinet to Further Enhance Virtualized Network Security Capabilities of FortiGate Appliances

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - Fortinet®, the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company five additional patents for networking inventions, specifically supporting virtualization. The patents are part of the intellectual property Fortinet acquired from CoSine Communications, Inc. in a series of transactions between January 19, 2006, and December 7, 2006, which Fortinet's development team is leveraging to enhance virtualization capabilities already available in its FortiGate™ multi-threat security appliances.

The five newly awarded patents strengthen Fortinet's intellectual property portfolio and provide the company with ownership of key innovations that address critical networking, virtualization and routing needs of large enterprises, managed security service providers and carriers. Fortinet currently holds 13 patents and has more than 80 patent-pending and in-process applications. The latest patents include: U.S. Patent #7,203,192 - Network Packet Steering; U.S. Patent #7,263,106 - System and Protocol for Frame Relay Service over the Internet; U.S. Patent #7,266,120 - System and Method for Hardware Accelerated Packet Multicast in a Virtual Routing System; U.S. Patent #7,272,643 - System and Method for Managing and Provisioning Virtual Routers; and U.S. Patent #7,278,055 - System and Method for Virtual Router Failover in a Network Routing System.

As networks proliferate and large enterprises, carriers and MSSPs build out more and more complicated infrastructures to support business-critical applications, the need for securing and segmenting those networks and applications increases. Virtualization provides a method for allowing this type of segmentation, while also consolidating multiple networking devices, reducing network hardware and switch ports, and decreasing operational data center costs.

Fortinet delivers virtualized network security by offering the ability to virtualize, or "divide," its FortiGate multi-threat security appliances into multiple, separately provisioned and managed instances through integrated virtual domain, or VDOM, functionality. Network security system virtualization, using Fortinet's VDOM feature, provides isolation between each virtual system, giving administrators flexibility in configuration and traffic management capabilities on each virtual instance.

This unique approach to virtualization provides large enterprises, MSSPs and carriers a high-performance platform for manageability of multiple domains and networks from a single device with domain-specific administrative profiles; scalability for providing the performance to support thousands of virtual networks without impacting overall network throughput, specific users or applications; and the modularity that can only be achieved with a complete security suite that integrates firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN (SSL and IPSec), anti-spam, antispyware and traffic shaping. Other vendors who claim similar solutions are limited to virtualizing no more than three security functions, while Fortinet can virtualize up to eight, plus routing and switching.

Fortinet's virtualized network security solution is available within every FortiGate appliance, from smaller appliances designed for distributed and enterprise remote branch office deployments, to high-end and chassis-based systems designed for large enterprises, managed service providers and carriers. FortiGate systems include the following virtualization features:

--  Ten free VDOMs (additional licenses can be purchased up to 4,000
--  Virtual LANs (VLANs), ranging from more than 10 to more than 4,000,
    depending on the FortiGate system
--  Configuration and management of interfaces, VLAN sub-interfaces,
    zones, firewall policies, routing and VPNs as a unique VDOM
--  Support for IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging operating in both NAT/route and
    transparent modes to increase the number of network interfaces. Support
    also provided for VDOM tagging
--  The ability to provide multiple, integrated security services and
    control virtual networks across multiple security domains

"Fortinet's unique virtualized network security solution allows large enterprises, managed service providers and carriers to segment and manage multiple virtualized networks and integrated security functions from one system and interface, thereby driving cost and operational efficiencies," said Richard Stiennon, chief marketing officer of Fortinet. "The technology innovation in these recently awarded patents will enable Fortinet to further our development efforts and continue to drive enhancements to the virtualization functionality delivered in our FortiGate appliances."

About Fortinet (

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs: (Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec, SSL, Network IPS, and Anti-Spyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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