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Fortinet unveils DDoS appliance

Appliance is designed to support network virtualisation, protect against DDoS attacks

Fortinet has unveiled its new appliance, designed to protect enterprises against DDoS attacks.
Fortinet has unveiled its new appliance, designed to protect enterprises against DDoS attacks.

Fortinet has unveiled its FortiDDoS product family for enterprises, web hosting and cloud service providers.

The new FortiDDoS-100A, FortiDDoS-200A and FortiDDoS-300A are dedicated appliances that are designed to detect and help protect against DDoS attacks. The appliances feature custom ASICs that are designed to be capable of mitigating DDoS attacks while maintaining low latency, preventing loss of availability to critical systems, servers and applications.

Providing granular real-time network traffic visibility and automatic protection against targeted DDoS attacks, the FortiDDoS appliances will be one of the only solutions in the market that supports network virtualisation and automatic and continuous traffic base lining. Network virtualisation helps prevent attacks on one segment of the network from affecting other segments, thereby preserving availability in virtualised environments of data centres and cloud-based service providers. The automatic traffic baseline model building is designed to enable FortiDDoS products to build a network behavior model initially and update it continuously with practically no end-user intervention, resulting in significantly reduced administrative overhead.

"DDoS attacks aren't just an annoyance and minor inconvenience, they are a serious problem that could cause significant liability to businesses today," said Michael Xie, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at Fortinet. "The damage from a DDoS attack can include loss of revenue, loss of customer confidence, loss of brand equity and potentially huge legal liabilities. A FortiDDoS appliance installed in front of a network infrastructure can act as a shield against DDoS attacks."

Hacktivism via botnets and network testing applications has increased significantly in the last year, which has led to an increase in volumetric and application layer attacks. These attacks bring down sites by filling up internet pipes and overloading application servers. As businesses consume more software as a service (SaaS) offerings and other public cloud-based services, DDoS attacks have become a serious concern for CIOs and CSOs whether they are moving to the cloud or keeping their systems and data on-premise.

All FortiDDoS appliances feature eight virtualised network partitions with independent protection policies for virtualised environments, automatic traffic profiling and rate limiting context-aware policy enforcement for maximum effectiveness.

They are also designed to provide real-time and historic attacking traffic analysis that delivers unmatched granular visibility on top attacks, top sources and top attackers. The FortiDDoS family will also utilise a design that eliminates a common performance bottleneck by ensuring there is no CPU or operating system in the path of the packets.