SOURCE: Fortinet

November 11, 2008 12:00 ET

Fortinet Sets Firewall/VPN Performance Records on New FortiGate-620B Enterprise Security Appliance

High-Speed ASICs, Increased Port Density Enable Multi-Gigabit Performance and Network Segmentation for Richer Enterprise-Class Capabilities

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced the FortiGate®-620B multi-threat security appliance, which brings record-setting performance to the enterprise segment. The FortiGate-620B is the second in a family of enterprise-class products that leverages the accelerated performance and expanded network capabilities typical of Fortinet's highest-end systems. With the introduction of security-specific ASIC network processors previously reserved for high-end products, the FortiGate-620B sets new performance records with 16 Gbps firewall and 12 Gbps VPN throughput. Expandable up to 24 ports, the FortiGate-620B appliance offers the highest port density in its class, which is the key driver behind the flexibility that enterprise companies can now have for internal network security segmentation.

"The increased popularity of gigabit-switching infrastructures and growing network size are fueling the need for internal network segmentation points with gigabit-per-second links, and these requirements are extending beyond traditional high-end enterprises," said Michael Xie, CTO and co-founder, Fortinet. "The FortiGate-620B continues Fortinet's strategy to drive higher price/performance and port density into our products in order to bring high-end enterprise-level features to a broader enterprise segment."

The FortiGate-620B appliance integrates eight core security functions, including antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS), spyware prevention, antispam, Web content filtering, traffic shaping, VPN and firewall. Customers can choose to purchase FortiGate appliances for all of these functionalities, or integrate just a few functions. In either case, it has become clear that enterprises of all sizes are asking for much more than just firewall protection for their networks, and moreover are requiring richer features like fast performance and network segmentation options.

"Changes in threats and the dynamic nature of enterprise technology are forcing firewalls to evolve. Business connections are becoming more complex, driving firewalls to have increasingly rich management and configuration solutions, as well as to provide deeper and broader inspection and blocking capabilities," said Greg Young and John Pescatore, Gartner research vice presidents, in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, 2H07 Sept. 13, 2007.

Key Enterprise Performance Metrics

The FortiGate-620B represents a doubling in performance and port density over Fortinet's FortiGate-310B appliance, which was introduced earlier this year and designed for the mid-range segment. The higher end FortiGate-620B builds upon the successful customer acceptance of the FortiGate-310B to offer the following features and benefits:

--  Best-in-class firewall/ VPN throughput of 16 Gbps and 12 Gbps,
--  Highest port density with twenty 10/10/1000 Ethernet interfaces and
    lowest price per port of any product in its class; 16 of the 20 interfaces
    are accelerated by FortiASIC network processors, delivering wire speed
    firewall throughput regardless of packet size;
--  AMC expansion slot providing four additional SFP wire-speed firewall
    ports or increased hard drive capacity;
--  Advances to the FortiASIC content processor, standard to all FortiGate
    systems, resulting in significant improvements to intrusion prevention
    system (IPS) and antivirus performance.

Through the higher firewall/VPN performance and port density, the FortiGate-620B offers enterprise customers the ability to segment their network for greater policy granularity and event isolation. This segmentation feature, previously only available from Fortinet's high-enterprise product lines, offers a richer set of capabilities and raises the standard for enterprise products.

As with all FortiGate systems, the FortiGate-620B consolidates critical security technology and services to enhance network protection and reduce total cost of ownership. The systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard® subscription services, which provide updates to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans and other threats -- around the clock and around the world.


The FortiGate-620B multi-threat security appliance is now available worldwide. Additional information on this and other Fortinet products can be found at

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 VPN, SSL VPN, Network IPS, and Anti-spam. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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