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5 Hot New Fortinet Products And Features

Here’s a look at some of the most impressive capabilities of the new FortiOS 6.4 operating system as well as the first-ever firewall powered by Fortinet’s seventh-generation network processor.

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1. Debuting New Network Processor And Firewall

Fortinet upgraded its network processor for the first time since 2012 to provide the building block for hyperscale applications, delivering performance and fast connections across the board, Maddison said. In fact, the FortiGate 1800 firewall with NP7 (network processor 7) technology is 14 times faster than the industry average for products at a similar price point, according to Maddison.

Firewalls traditionally sat on the perimeter of the network and were focused on protecting a single port at low speeds, processing information line by line to ensure rules were being applied consistently, Maddison said. But NP7 is able to speed up the Fortinet 1800F to the point where it’s able to sit at the core of the network and support VXLAN by running every single port at light weight, Maddison said.

Fortinet started with the 1800F since it’s a midrange system with a single CPU and a single console, but as the company goes forward, it will move beyond the midrange systems and start to implement it across all firewalls. As that process begins over the next four months, Maddison said customers will be able to put firewalls in places they’ve never been.

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