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Fortinet Shores Up High-End Security Portfolio

Fortinet on Monday added a load-balancing switch and security blade to its high-end network security infrastructure line for carriers and large enterprises.

Fortinet's FortiController 5208 is a blade that also acts as a switch to distribute traffic to other blades and handle load balancing between them. The FortiGate 5005 security blade supports modules for firewall, antivirus, antispyware, antispam, VPN and intrusion prevention. The two devices work together, providing security at 10 Gigabit Ethernet speeds, and the FortiGate 5005 blade can operate as a stand-alone security offering, said Anthony James, director of project management at Fortinet, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Fortinet's new products are a reflection of the rising interest in the market for offerings that enhance internal and perimeter security, James said. “Companies can take both [products] and handle security processing with a small amount of bandwidth, as well as scale up the [number of] processors they need for the bandwidth they’re consuming,” he said.

The new products are compliant with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture, an industry standardization effort aimed at improving the reliability and manageability of high-speed networking technologies and next-generation processors, James added.

Jeff McConocha, president of NCS Datacom, a Cleveland-based solution provider whose customers include hospitals and universities, said load balancing is important in large network environments. “There’s a need for high bandwidth and security that can handle it, especially in the medical field where you are passing a lot of data through the switch,” McConocha said. “Being able to do load balancing instead of just setting up high availability is a key feature.”

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