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Fortinet releases three gigabit security appliance

Network security vendor Fortinet has unveiled a new carrier-class gateway that features a firewall with 3Gbps throughput in addition to content filtering, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion detection, and traffic shaping features.

The product, called the FortiGate 3000 Network Protection Gateway (NPG), is available now and sells for around $20,000 (£12,837), competing with existing hardware-based security products from Netscreen Technologies, SonicWall and Symantec.

The FortiGate 3000 adds another high-end product to Fortinet's line of all-in-one security appliances, which include the FortiGate 2000 NPG, a 2Gbps security gateway also for the service provider market, in addition to products targeted at the enterprise and home office markets.

Like Fortinet's other products, the FortiGate 3000 NPG is a firmware-based appliance that contains the company's proprietary FortiASIC chip. That specialised chip allows the new product to perform virus scanning, intrusion detection, and data encryption and decryption at high speeds. The FortiGate 3000 NPG is capable of 300Mbps of VPN throughput, according to Richard Kagan, vice-president of marketing at Fortinet.

The 3000 contains three 1Gbps ports and three 10/100 Ethernet ports. Like the 2000 model, the 3000 is a two-CPU, rack-mountable unit that comes with redundant power supplies and a 20Gbyte hard drive that stores logged information, alerts, and device configuration information. Also like the 2000, the 3000 offers multizone configurations in which ports are grouped and assigned to manage specific security and content filtering policies

For antivirus protection, Fortinet provides its own database of virus signatures and intrusion detection rules which can be downloaded at any time from distribution servers located in Europe, North America, and Asia. The company maintains its own worldwide threat management team, according to Kagan. With its relatively small price tag, the FortiGate 3000 might find buyers even in the depressed service provider market, he added.

Fortinet currently sells over half of its products outside the USA and has strong sales in Asia. The company is currently working on partnerships with resellers in the USA, according to Kagan.

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