Security startup FortiNet has launched one of the most highly integrated multifunction security systems ever to appear.
Designed for use in large networks such as those run by FTSE 100 companies, carriers and managed service providers, the FortiGate-5000 consists of firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection/prevention, and content and web filtering in a single, chassis/blade-based system.
Customers can populate the product's slots with different blades offering security functions as desired. The system complies with the AdvancedTCA industry hardware standard for next-generation carrier-class equipment.
Other members of the FortiGate family include the 5020, the 5050 and the 5140, which have a two-blade, a five-blade and a 14-blade slot respectively.
The company rates the basic 5001 blade as able to handle 3Gbps for firewall traffic, 600Mbps for 3DES IPSec VPN, 400Mbps for IPS and 200Mbps for antivirus scanning. By comparison, the top of the range FireGate-5140 can combine blades to manage the firewall element at up to 42Gbps throughput.
An unusual feature is the ASIC-type design, based on the custom FortiASIC chip, which the company claims dramatically improves security performance, especially for inline traffic scanning.
FortiNet has a single licence model for features such as antivirus protection. The 5000 is kept up to date with virus signatures through the FortiProtect service, which customers subscribe to regardless of the number of users on their network.
The 5000 series will be resold under the FortiNet brand name by French networking company Alcatel.
FortiNet chose to announce the product on the day that research company IDC identified the company as the market share leader for a new category of all-in-one security hardware it has dubbed "unified threat management" appliances.
IDC predicts these devices will eventually supplant conventional piecemeal protection by single-function devices such as firewalls.
John Dunn writes for Techworld.com