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                            Distributed enterprises are undergoing a dramatic change, driven by the adoption of mobility, direct Internet access, public cloud applications, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This has resulted in an exponential increase in devices, users, bandwidth, and transactions flooding their networks through the cloud applications. At the same time, the... [Read More]
by RSS Nirav Shah  |  Jul 26, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Fortinet just announced the new tightly integrated Security Fabric, and the ninth generation of their content security processing ASIC, the CP9. The environment that spurs this sort of unprecedented innovation is focused on the following driving factors: Anticipating the network, data, and user trends that demand more sophisticated threat protection, including cloud and virtualization, IoT, and the expanding attack surface. Closely monitoring attack vectors and threat actors in order to continually close the gap between threat and response. Providing... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
[Editor’s Note: While this post is primarily concerned with Fortinet firewalls, particularly the FortiGate 3700D, it also serves as useful background for anyone considering different deployment scenarios for data center firewalls.] Nestling somewhere near the top of the Fortinet product portfolio is the FortiGate 3700D. Whilst it is generally pitched as a data centre firewall, it is a good deal more flexible than your average big dumb packet pusher. It may be deployed in ultra-low latency, very high capacity, and dedicated Unified Threat... [Read More]
by RSS Glen Kemp  |  May 26, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
With the recent announcement of the new FortiGate 300D, 500D, and new blades for the 5000 series chassis, Fortinet continues our roll-out of the NP6 processor across the FortiGate portfolio. The NP6 processor is the "beating heart" of the FortiGate firewall; like something from science fiction, there is often more than one of them. While the headline performance figures from the NP6 are impressive, a good design and pragmatic implementation are the keys to a successful implementation. What Makes the NP6 Special or Important? The demands placed... [Read More]
by RSS Glen Kemp  |  Sep 01, 2014  |  Filed in: Behind the Firewall
Today we announced the availability of the first firewall to cross the 1 Terabit per second threshold. That's 1 trillion bits, or 1 with 12 zero's after it (1,000,000,000,000). But why is it needed now and why is it important? The way we do business has changed, and the threat landscape along with it. Mobile computing, public and private cloud services, social media, everything-as-a-Service, and Big Data. These trends mean the firewall cannot become a bottleneck, and the bar has to constantly be raised higher and higher. The new FortiGate-5144C... [Read More]
by RSS Tamir Hardof  |  Jul 23, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
I was recently made aware of a thread on a competitors forum that asked for "honest" advice on whether they should abandon their current firewall technology and adopt FortiGate firewalls instead. The vendor "X" in question was one that I have previously held a close relationship; so I have unique insight into the relative strengths and weakness of both technologies. For reasons of not wanting my door kicked down by the lawyers of two major networking companies, I held my tongue and didn't engage in the conversation. However, this thread led me to... [Read More]
by RSS Glen Kemp  |  May 26, 2014  |  Filed in: Behind the Firewall