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The company's encryption-based messaging security platform, "FortiMail," is getting a performance boost from 80,000 messages per hour to more than 170,000. Additional memory and processing power has also been added, as well as IPv6 support, identity based encryption and enhanced server mode functionality.
"I think is interesting for this market because you can perform encryption functions on a specific group of users, which is an enterprise type of feature going into the mid and small businesses," explained Flynn. "So think of law firms, doctors' offices and similar businesses where the criticality of information and the criticality of security can be paramount."
The moves are expected to increase the channel's ability to serve SMB clients, extend their offerings into existing customers and attract new ones.
"Having such extensive functionality from a single pane of glass is very helpful," said Matt Cox, senior sales executive at Commercium Technology, Inc., a Rumson, N.J.-based Fortinet partner. "Bandwidth is getting cheaper, and I think that Fortinet is doing a good job of keeping up their product lines to avoid becoming a bottleneck on the firewall side. SMB used to be pretty much limited to the firewall, and this opens up the opportunity quite a bit. This gives the channel another upsell opportunity."
Meanwhile, Fortinet is also delivering new versions of FortiClient for Android and iOS Platforms. The updated application now supports both SSL tunnel mode and IPSec VPN connections to FortiGate appliances, thereby providing full encryption to traffic sent over a secure tunnel. As a network-based solution, Fortinet supports a variety of approaches to smartphone and tablet client security, including support for mobile device management (MDM), virtual desktop and third-party VPN clients.
"There is no per-user licensing on our products," added Fortinet's Flynn. "It's mostly about figuring out your bandwidth needs."
PUBLISHED AUG. 20, 2012
This story was updated on Aug. 20, 2012, at 4:15 p.m. PST, to reflect FortiClient availability, noting that the product is not "already available through the iTunes store and other venues" at this time.
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