Fortinet unveils FortiGate-3700D data center firewall appliance

Fortinet, a provider of network security solutions, has unveiled a high performance, compact network firewall appliance for enterprise data centers, large service providers, cloud providers and carriers.

The new FortiGate-3700D, which includes four 40 GbE (QSFP+) and 28 10GbE (SFP+) ports, is able to achieve up to 160 Gigabits per second (Gbps) firewall throughput.

Using Fortinet’s new custom NP6 ASIC, the FortiGate-3700D can deliver high performance, low latency and IPv4 to IPv6 performance parity, the company said.

The new FortiGate-3700D leverages FortiOS 5, an advanced network security operating system. FortiOS is a security-hardened, purpose-built operating system that is the foundation of all FortiGate network security platforms.

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FortiOS 5 allows for flexible deployment models within the data center such as core firewall, which provides very high performance firewall with ultra low latency or edge firewall, which can be used to serve internal or external communities with varying trust levels using different firewall personalities, including firewall + VPN, firewall + IPS, NGFW, advanced threat protection and more.

The FortiGate-3700D features the latest FortiASIC NP6 processor, which has been designed in-house by Fortinet’s network ASIC experts.

The Network Processor ASIC delivers huge performance benefits over a traditional CPU plus software approach. This enables FortiGate high performance network security appliances to have a smaller footprint and consume less power but still deliver the highest throughput numbers at a very low price.

The FortiASIC Network Processor allows FortiGate appliances to deliver comparable IPv6 and IPv4 throughput and translation, eliminating the performance bottleneck other security vendors cause.

FortiOS 5 provides multiple forms of high availability (HA) such as Active-Active, Active Passive or Virtual Cluster. Depending on the configuration, failover times are in the sub-second range. Multiple HA deployment modes allow tight integration into different data center architectures.

FortiManager centralized management allows security administrators to configure and manage thousands of physical appliances and virtual machines. Flexible APIs, such as JSON and XML, allow automated configuration and provisioning of devices.

The FortiGate-3700D will be available this quarter.

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