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Fortinet targets high-end blade server market

Fortinet, a provider of multi-threat security solutions, believes it has strengthened its high-end product portfolio with new load-balancing switch and high-performance security blades for its FortiGate-5000 Series, which it calls the world’s only AdvancedTCA (ATCA)-compliant security systems.

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Fortinet, a provider of multi-threat security solutions, believes it has strengthened its high-end product portfolio with new load-balancing switch and high-performance security blades for its FortiGate-5000 Series, which it calls the world’s only AdvancedTCA (ATCA)-compliant security systems.
 
Targeted at managed security service providers (MSSPs) and large organisations with bandwidth-intensive requirements, the FortiController-5208 switch and FortiGate-5005 security blades are claimed to work together to boost security scalability in 10 GbE (gigabit Ethernet) networked environments.
 
Fortinet says that rising volumes of data traffic, media-rich applications and datacentre consolidation are driving the need for increased bandwidth scalability and high-speed connections. To accommodate this requirement it believes that MSSPs, carriers, large enterprises and government institutions are quickly adopting 10GbE connections for their high-bandwidth networks. 
 
Fortinet says it is addressing this challenge with the industry’s first multi-threat security system for 10GbE environments. Deployable in the FortiGate-5020 two-slot, 5050 five-slot and 5140 14-slot modular chassis-based systems, the FortiGate-5005 and FortiController-5208 blades work together to deliver multi-gigabit antivirus, antispyware, firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention system (IPS) performance and scalability. 
 
The FortiController-5208 blade includes two 10GbE interfaces and eight 1GbE interfaces, which, the company says, make it ideal for high-performance core and data centre network deployments. The FortiController-5208 blade also provides switch-based interconnection to distribute traffic to other FortiGate blades and load balances between them for increased performance and scalability. 

The new FortiGate-5005 blade provides a range of flexible network security software modules - including firewall, antivirus, antispyware, IPS, anti-spam, web content filtering, VPN and traffic shaping - that can be deployed individually or in a combination of security modules.

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