Fortinet has announced the expansion of its Security Fabric with introduction of the FortiGate 6040E enterprise firewall.
“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,” says 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.
Compounding these challenges, security leaders must overcome the limitations of the technologies used in most next-generation firewall solutions available today – forcing them to choose between enabling security features or preserving the performance of their networks.
“Mobility, the cloud and IoT has raised the complexity of security to new heights,” says Zeus Kerravala, principle analyst at ZK Research. “The number of advanced and targeted threats has rendered traditional approaches to security ineffective as most point products can no longer keep up.
“The 2015 ZK Research Security Survey revealed that 43% of respondents admit to turning features off in security appliances to improve performance. A unified security fabric that can provide the necessary layers of security without additional complexity or slowing down the network has become vital.
He adds: “It’s critical that security professionals look at how security appliances are being built. A study by ZK Research conducted earlier this year found that ASIC based products consistently have an 18 to 24 month lead on price/performance over ones built on off the shelf silicon.”
Overcoming the limitations of traditional next-generation firewall solutions, the FortiGate 6040E is built on an innovative new processing architecture, utilizing FortiASIC content and network processors to offload and accelerate the security performance of its dual CPUs. Integrating advanced security processing, intelligent controls, and high speed networking enable the FortiGate 6040E to deliver security and network performance in a compact form-factor.
* Fortinet’s new FortiGate 6040E enterprise next-generation firewall is designed to secure the vast amounts of mobile and cloud traffic for the largest of enterprises.
* Fortinet bolsters its Security Fabric with its new FortiASIC CP9 next-generation Content Processors.CP9 accelerates the inspection of computationally intensive intrusion prevention (IPS) and secure socket layer (SSL) VPN traffic to deliver the level of performance required to deploy security wherever it is needed within the infrastructure.
* New FortiGate 2000E and 2500E enterprise firewalls deliver CP9 ASIC advantages to enterprise edge and internal segments.