Fortinet Launches A Dozen Network Security Products

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 16, 2014

network security

Fortinet recently unveiled its new “Connected UTM” platform and announced 12 new network security products for the distributed enterprise. The solutions include new unified threat management (UTM) appliances, 802.11ac wireless access points, WAN extenders, and Ethernet switches designed to provide better security and improve network performance for customers, according to a company statement.

Fortinet has rekeased four different models of the FortiGate appliance: FortiGate/FortiWiFi-30D-POE, FortiGate/FortiWiFi-60D-POE, FortiGate/FortiWiFi-90D-POE and FortiGate-280D-POE. Rajesh Maurya, Country Manager, SAARC at Fortinet states that the appliances do more than just security such as providing IT administrators with the ability to manage remote WiFi access points and switches as well.

“By integrating the flexibility of Fortinet’s UTM appliances, wireless access points, wireless WAN extender and switching products, businesses can simplify their complex networks, improve management and ensure seamless policy enforcement, aggressively pursue new business opportunities, and reduce costs while enjoying all the benefits of high-performance network security,” he said.

One notable feature of the Fortinet appliances is that they contain the full suite of security and management features. Customers can choose which elements they want to use, and enable or disable functions to customize the device to meet their needs.

With 802.11ac still gaining momentum, the new wireless standard is capable of delivering data rates in excess of 1Gbps said Maurya which can significantly improve performance and increase the wireless bandwidth available for the skyrocketing volume of wireless devices.

The company is increasing its focus on power over Ethernet (PoE) with the new Fortinet devices. With more customers deploying a wider range of devices such as wireless access points, security surveillance cameras and POS devices, among others, that connect to the network, Fortinet makes it easier to deploy those devices by integrating PoE ports into the Fortigate appliances.

One of the primary targets Fortinet has in mind for the Connected UTM platform is retailers. Aside from the PoE and PoS aspects of the FortiGate appliances, Fortinet has also incorporated analytics capabilities to help businesses analyze and influence customers in real-time. Retail Analytics connects with customers’ mobile devices to monitor purchasing needs and help direct customers to the products they’re seeking.

“As UTM appliances continue to integrate discreet security functions such as firewall, AV, IPS, Web content filtering, etc., we also see an emerging trend where UTM appliances are extending their security policy enforcement to include and integrate management functionality of WLAN, VoIP, IP-based cameras and more,” said John Grady, Research Manager at IDC.

He believes that Fortinet’s Connected UTM offerings exemplify this trend and demonstrate innovation in driving new use and adoption cases for UTM in distributed enterprise environments.