Fortinet announces ‘world’s fastest firewall’

Fortinet announces ‘world’s fastest firewall’
The FortiGate 5144C offers 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE connectivity options and will be available this quarter.
Published: 11 August 2014 - 4:25 p.m.
By: Helen Gaskell

Network security specialist Fortinet, today announced the "world's fastest firewall", the FortiGate 5144C which exceeds 1 terabit per second (Tbps) throughput performance.

The FortiGate 5144C offers 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE connectivity options and will be available this quarter.

"Major market drivers, such as big data, cloud-based services and the explosion of Software as a Service translates to data centres needing exceptionally fast and secure security platforms to protect their applications and data," said Ken Xie, founder and CEO of Fortinet. "Others have claimed to have the fastest firewall, but no other vendor has actually delivered this level of performance and security, which enables customers to build out their data centres for the future, knowing that their firewalls will not be a choke point."

The new FortiGate 5000 Series is Fortinet's flagship, chassis and blade firewall platform.  Built for large scale enterprise data centre and carrier-class environments, the FortiGate 5000 series includes fully redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, fans and firewall blades for maximum uptime.

The new chassis (FortiGate 5144C), new controller networking blades (5903C/5913C) and new security blades (5001D) utilise the latest NP6 network processor to deliver 40 Gbps firewall throughput per ASIC. The NP6 ASIC is a low-power design that produces unparalleled firewall throughput (40Gbps) as well as 2-3microsecond latency. 

 "The industry is facing a massive change as businesses and consumers demand applications and services to be delivered instantly.  Just as important is the fact that security must play an active role in this new paradigm of delivering X as a service," said Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst, network security at Frost & Sullivan.  "By delivering firewall performance at the one terabit per second threshold, Fortinet helps ensure new services can be added into the future and delivered without sacrificing security or performance."

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