Claims industry breakthrough with ‘world’s fastest firewall’
Protects big data, cloud, infrastructure and software as a service platforms
FORTINET claimed it was the first network security vendor to deliver a firewall that exceeds one terabit per second (Tbps) throughput performance: The FortiGate 5144C.
The new firewall also offers 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE connectivity options, the company said in a statement.
This firmly positions the FortiGate 5144C as the world’s fastest firewall, making it the ideal security solution for carriers, service providers and large-scale enterprises in Malaysia which have the most demanding performance and scalability requirements for network security, Fortinet claimed.
“Major market drivers, such as big data, cloud-based services and the explosion of Software as a Service (SaaS) translate to data centres needing exceptionally fast and secure security platforms to protect their applications and data,” said Michelle Ong (pic), Fortinet's country manager for Malaysia.
“Others have claimed to have the fastest firewall, but no other vendor has actually delivered this level of performance and security, which enables customers to build out their data centres for the future, knowing that their firewalls will not be a choke point,” she added.
The new FortiGate 5000 Series is Fortinet’s flagship, chassis and blade firewall platform. Built for large scale enterprise data centre and carrier-class environments, the series includes fully redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, fans and firewall blades for maximum uptime.
The new 5000 Series comprises a new chassis (the FortiGate 5144C), new controller networking blades (5903C/5913C) and new security blades (5001D) that use the latest NP6 network processor to deliver 40 Gbps firewall throughput per ASIC (asynchronous integrated circuit).
Unlike common, off-the-shelf processors used by other vendors, the NP6 ASIC is a revolutionary, low-power design that produces unparalleled firewall throughput (40Gbps) as well as two- to three-microsecond latency, Fortinet claimed.
Coupled with native IPv4 and IPv6 (Internet Protocol versions 4 and 6) traffic processing, the NP6 is ideally suited for next-generation networks.
By running 14 5001D security blades concurrently, the 5000 Series delivers more than 1 Tbps firewall throughput.
“The industry is facing a massive change as businesses and consumers demand applications and services to be delivered instantly,” said Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst, network security at Frost & Sullivan.
“Just as important is the fact that security must play an active role in this new paradigm of delivering ‘X as a service.’
“By delivering firewall performance at the one terabit per second threshold, Fortinet helps ensure new services can be added into the future and delivered without sacrificing security or performance,” he added.
The new FortiGate 5000 Series – complete with the new 5144C Chassis, 5903C Controller and 5001D security blades – will be available this quarter from authorised Fortinet channel partners.
For more information about FortiGate products, click here or view the new FortiGate online demo.
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