SOURCE: Fortinet

July 31, 2006 11:00 ET

Fortinet Secures North America's Largest Third-Party IPv6 Network

Fortinet's FortiGate-3600 Multi-Threat Security System Demonstrates Solution Interoperability and Seamless Integration During Moonv6 Testing

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 -- Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of multi-threat security solutions -- today announced that it has successfully participated in and completed interoperability testing of its FortiGate™-3600 high-end security appliance in North America's largest real world demonstration of next generation Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).

Testing occurred as part of the "Moonv6" project, run in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), which was prompted by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-mandated transition to IPv6 by 2008 for all inter- and intra-networking. The project was designed to promote adoption of the new IPv6 protocol throughout the industry by showcasing its benefits in a realistic environment that requires security and interoperability.

Fortinet's FortiGate-3600 enterprise-class multi-threat security system running FortiOS™ 3.0 firmware was tested with more than eight other networking solutions, including switches, routers, applications and operating systems, to validate the performance and interoperability for next-generation IPv6 networking hardware and software. "Network security is an essential piece of the puzzle for IPv6 migration," said Thomas Peterson, senior test engineer at UNH-IOL. "Fortinet's participation in the Moonv6 project is an important benchmark for the security industry."

The testing was completed on Agilent Technologies' (NYSE: A) Network Tester, which verifies delivery of enhanced network services, including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and virus/URL/SPAM filtering gateways. The testing was conducted in accordance with test plans developed by UNH-IOL and Agilent, as well as the DoD IPv6 Generic Test Plan, to demonstrate workability in realistic network conditions.

"Fortinet's FortiGate-3600 security appliance was verified to be IPv6-compliant using Agilent's Network Tester," said Philip Kazakoff, technical marketing manager for Agilent. "The system demonstrated seamless operation and deployment in a secure IPv6 environment."

Due to the growing shortage of the IP network addresses needed by all new machines added to the Internet, the DoD has planned to transition from Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6 by 2008. The Moonv6 project was formed to promote IPv6 throughout the industry through a series of tests and demonstrations designed to validate the security, performance and interoperability of IPv6 networking hardware and software under realistic network conditions. With successful completion of this test, Fortinet has proven viability in this environment.

"The ability to perform and interoperate within IPv6 network environments will be critical in securing United States government infrastructures," said Tom Hance, vice president, Federal sales, for Fortinet. "Fortinet's participation in the Moonv6 project, and the success of the FortiGate-3600 within this environment, demonstrates the strength and flexibility of our product offering and its ability to seamlessly interoperate with current and emerging standards, including the IPv6 protocol."

About Moonv6

The Moonv6 project is a global effort led by the North American IPv6 Task Force that includes industry leaders, the UNH-IOL, Internet2, the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and other government agencies, the Defense Research & Engineering Network (DREN) and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). Taking place across the U.S. at multiple locations, the Moonv6 project is the largest permanently deployed multi-vendor IPv6 network in the world. For more information, visit the organization's web site at: http://moonv6.sr.unh.edu/

About the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory

Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) leads the industry in neutral third-party interoperability and conformance testing for data communications companies. For more information, visit the UNH-IOL website at: http://www.iol.unh.edu.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

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, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Contact Information