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Fortinet Fuses SSL & VOIP

LAS VEGAS -- Interop -- Fortinet Inc. has upped the ante in the race to build all-singing, all-dancing security devices, with an overhaul of its FortiGate appliance announced here at the Interop tradeshow.

Increasingly, users are looking for devices that combine a wide range of security functions previously available only in separate pieces of hardware and software. This emerging market has been dubbed Unified Threat Management (UTM) by analysts (see IDC: UTM Captures 12% of Market).

Fortinets flagship offering in this space is the FortiGate appliance, which combines hardware-based firewalls with anti-virus, intrusion detection and prevention, and content filtering features. Until today, the device offered only IPSec VPN support, although Fortinet is now adding SSL VPN and enhancing the device’s voice over IP (VOIP) capabilities.

”They have the most options and choices right now,” says Charles Kolodgy, an analyst at IDC. “It offers customers a lot of opportunities and choices, and allows them to use their Fortinet products as they need to secure their information.”

Last year, a Heavy Reading Report identified SSL VPNs as one of the hottest parts of the technology market (see Heavy Reading Analyzes SSL VPNs). However, there are, as yet, no throughput figures for the new FortiGate SSL VPN, which is still undergoing beta testing.

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