Fortinet expands high-end NGFW presence with new 6000 Series

Powered by its next-generation FortiASIC content processors to enhance performance of its dual CPUs

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Fortinet expands high-end NGFW presence with new 6000 Series Xie: Adoption of cloud services and growth in remote access to corporate networks have eroded the network perimeter.
By  David Ndichu Published  May 10, 2016

Fortinet has announced the expansion of its Security Fabric with the introduction of the FortiGate 6040E enterprise firewall, the first in its new 6000 series of ultra-high throughput enterprise firewalls.

“Enterprises are being disproportionally impacted as the adoption of cloud services and growth in remote access to corporate networks have eroded the network perimeter and steadily increased the demands on enterprise infrastructures, said Michael Xie, founder, president and chief technology officer of Fortinet. “Facing the limitations of traditional security solutions, only the performance advantages of Fortinet’s next-generation processors powering our new FortiGate 6000 series enterprise firewalls will give large enterprises the freedom to deploy the advanced security solutions necessary to protect their organizations today and into the future.”

Adoption of cloud services and the ease of remote access to network assets have created a perfect storm for large enterprises, drastically increasing external demands on IT networks and exponentially expanding the attack surface. As a result, the enterprise next-generation firewall has become the de facto gateway to the cloud.

The FortiGate 6040E is built on a new processing architecture, utilizing FortiASIC content and network processors to offload and accelerate the security performance of its dual CPUs. Integrating enhanced security processing, intelligent controls, and high speed networking enable the FortiGate 6040E to deliver improved security and network performance in a compact form-factor.

Fortinet’s new FortiASIC CP9 content processor is designed deliver the performance needed to secure the massive traffic demands of the largest enterprises and enables support for various firewall deployment modes including next-generation and advanced internal segmentation. This frees businesses to deploy security wherever it is needed without impacting network functionality. This enables the superior defences of Fortinet’s innovative Security Fabric.

Fortinet also announced the launch of two new FortiGate 2000E series enterprise firewalls, bringing the enhanced capabilities of FortiASIC CP9 to enterprises requiring higher next-generation firewalling and increased SSL inspection capabilities. The new FortiGate 2000E and 2500E also leverage CP9 to deliver increased VPN capabilities, deep content inspection and advanced application controls, the company says. 

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