Fortinet Unveils Five Network Security Appliances

Missing from the refresh is the flagship FortiGate unified threat management appliance. The company canceled the release Monday of the FortiGate-100D, saying it was on hold.

"We just don't have the inventory on hand yet," a company spokesman said in an e-mail. "We'll most likely launch it in a couple of months."

The FortiGate-100D is the predecessor to the 110C that combines firewall, Internet protocol security (IPsec), SSL VPN, application control intrusion prevention, anti-malware, anti-spam, peer-to-peer security and Web filtering. The new version supports IPv6 and provides significantly higher performance.

Founded in 2000, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Fortinet has gained market traction through its UTM appliance, which combines into one platform software sold as single products by other vendors. The FortiGate product line is major contributor to the company's growth, which reached 34 percent year to year in 2011.

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The latest releases include the FortiManager-400C, a centralized management appliance for policy-based provisioning, configuration and update management for FortiGate, FortiWiFi and FortiMail appliances and FortiClient endpoint security agents.

The FortiManager-400C provides device discovery, auditing and VPN management. The 1U rack appliance supports 300 licensed network devices and up to 50 administration domains.

As a complement to FortiManager, Fortinet introduced Monday the FortiAnalyzer-400C for aggregating, analyzing and reporting on log data gathered from Fortinet devices and other syslog-compatible devices.

Fortinet also launched the FortiMail-400C, which follows the previously released FortiWeb-400C Web application firewall and the FortiDNS-400C DNS caching and DHCP security appliance. The FortiMail-400C provides anti-malware and anti-spam and supports IPv6.

The remaining new releases include the FortiAuthenticator-400C and FortiCache-400C. The former appliance is equipped with RADIUS and LDAP, two-factor and certificate-based authentication schemes and supports single sign-on. In addition, the appliance supports FortiToken Mobile, which are software-based mobile tokens for the iOS and Android platforms. The FortiCache-400C is a video-caching appliance that reduces load and latency problems associated with bandwidth-intensive video.

All the new products, with the exception of the FortiToken Mobile for Android is available as of Monday. The latter is scheduled for release March 15.