SOURCE: Fortinet

January 09, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Delivers Up to 2X Performance Increase in New FortiGate-50B Multi-Threat Security Appliances

FortiASIC Content Processor, Increased Connectivity Options and Active High Availability Capabilities Comprise Enterprise ROBO Offering

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today introduced the FortiGate™-50B, a high-performance, full-featured multi-threat security appliance for enterprise branch offices, retail outlets and small businesses. The FortiGate-50B incorporates Fortinet's newest-generation FortiASIC to deliver significant increases in antivirus and virtual private networking (VPN) performance over previous FortiGate-50/FortiGate-50A models and adds several new connectivity options for increased availability and configuration flexibility.

As enterprises work to deploy large-scale multi-threat security solutions to lock down their corporate networks, hackers are increasing their focus on the vulnerabilities of the remote/branch offices and retail outlets and small businesses that need equally stringent defense. However, these smaller outlets often lack the infrastructure and on-site expertise necessary to manage multiple point security products or tackle complex security issues -- such as the technical sophistication of today's complex threat methods.

The integration of Fortinet's next-generation FortiASIC Content Processor and new system components allow for an unprecedented increase in performance and connectivity options for a system of this size. New features in the FortiGate-50B deliver customers the following benefits:

--  Increased Performance:  Fortinet's next-generation FortiASIC and other
    enhanced system components deliver performance boosts of 200 percent for
    VPN and 100 percent for antivirus.
--  Increased Port Density:  The addition of an integrated three-port
    switch enables multi-device connectivity options, reducing hardware
    requirements.  Dual-WAN interfaces give administrators more flexibility to
    create fail-over or load balancing connections.
--  High-Availability: The increased port density allows for active/active
    high availability (HA) capabilities, which results in improved uptime and
    less network downtime. With the introduction of HA configurations in the
    FortiGate-50B, now all FortiGate systems are capable of active/active high
    availability configurations.
Like all FortiGate systems, the FortiGate-50B delivers comprehensive network and content protection through the integration of eight essential security applications and services -- including antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), antispam, antispyware, Web filtering and traffic shaping. The systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ subscription services, which provide continuous updates to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats -- around the clock, and around the world.

"Enterprise branch offices are faced with similar network security challenges as their larger counterparts, yet have far less on-site IT resources to manage and maintain their infrastructure," said Freddy Mangum, vice president of product marketing for Fortinet. "The FortiGate-50B provides the security, performance, connectivity and reliability that an enterprise branch office needs in an integrated, easy to manage solution."


The FortiGate-50B is available now through Fortinet's network of channel partners worldwide. More information on this and other Fortinet products can be found at:

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Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat 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 antispam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended 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 eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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