Fortinet releases messaging security appliance

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 10, 2010

FortiMail3000CNetwork security provider and unified threat management (UTM) solutions provider, Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) released FortiMail-3000C messaging security appliance, which is expected to deliver secure email processing breakthroughs designed to satisfy the most demanding corporate messaging environments – supporting up to 50,000 users with a single system.

“We’ve paid close attention to this market dynamic which is why we don’t use expensive and complex per-seat licensing models. And, unlike competing offerings that frequently cobble together third-party antivirus or other protection schemes, we offer customers real-time updates directly from our FortiGuard threat prevention services,” observed Michael Xie, founder, CTO and VP of engineering at Fortinet.

According to the company, FortiMail-3000C is suited for large enterprises and application service and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. It features server mode enhancements by FortiMail 4.0 MR2 OS, which enables the appliance to function as a full-featured SMTP mail server supporting secure POP3, IMAP and Web mail clients; Identity-Based Encryption (IBE) that enables encrypted messages to be sent without the need for any user provisioning or additional hardware; Dictionaries that detect the accidental or intentional loss of confidential or regulated data.

The appliance features an extra CPU, 16 gigabytes of RAM. The system is designed to route up to 1.2 million emails per hour and 1.1 million emails per hour with FortiGuard antispam and antivirus.

The appliance supports up to a total of six terabytes of RAID 1/5/10/50 storage capacity with hot-swap hard drives.

In addition to the new FortiMail-3000C platform, the company will also launch FortiMail 4.0 MR2 operating system. The enhancements to FortiMail 4.0 MR2 include improvements to productivity and security.

The FortiMail-3000C appliance is available now. FortiMail 4.0 MR2 will be available in the first quarter of 2011.