Network security firm Fortinet today introduced several new network security appliances targeted to mid-sized enterprises, along with solutions to help protect messaging environments, provide remote access authentication and optimize Web content caching.
As part of the new lineup, Fortinet introduced the new FortiManager™-400C, an appliance that provides centralized policy-based provisioning, configuration and update management for FortiGate, FortiWiFi™ and FortiMail™ appliances, as well as FortiClient™ endpoint security agents. The 1-RU rack mounted appliance provides features including device discovery, group management, auditing facilities and the ability to manage complex mesh and star VPN environments.
In addition, Fortinet launched the FortiAnalyzer™-400C, an appliance that aggregates, analyzes and reports on log data gathered from Fortinet devices and other syslog-compatible devices. The appliance is designed to streamline the identification of attack patterns, measure policy compliance and help organizations comply with regulations regarding privacy and disclosure of security breaches. Delivering a 4x increase in memory and storage capacity over its predecessor (FortiAnalyzer-400B), the updated appliance supports a significantly greater number of logs and logs-per-second performance.
Also in the lineup comes the new FortiMail™-400C, a secure messaging appliance designed to provide protection against spam, malware and other message-borne threats. Newly released FortiMail 4.0 MR3 operating software brings extended IPv6 support and other enhancements. The new hardware provides a 30 percent boost in message-per-hour (MPH) performance for email routing (400k) and FortiGuard Antispam (350k) over the earlier FortiMail-400B model.
Fortinet also launched the FortiAuthenticator™-400C, a new appliance that providers centralized user authentication and management, equipped with RADIUS and LDAP, two-factor and certificate-based authentication, as well as single sign-on support. The FortiAuthenticator-400C appliance also comes with support for FortiToken™ Mobile, the company’s Software-based mobile tokens for the iOS and Android platforms, as well as SMS and Email Two-Factor Authentication, and the ability for users to self-register in order to be granted access to enterprise resources such as wireless connections and guest portals.
The company also rolled out a dedicated content caching appliance focused on delivering high-performance video content caching. The new appliance, the FortiCache-400C, is designed to accelerate network performance by reducing the load and latency caused by bandwidth-intensive content such as video. Perhaps this could be helpful as “March Madness” approaches and networks become saturated with streaming video traffic as employees look to watch games online.
Other enhancements in the FortiCache-400C include Web Content Filtering that allows network administrators to block access to selected applications to shield users from inappropriate or malicious content, as well as Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP) support to enable scalability via integration with Fortinet and third-party WCCP-capable devices.
Fortinet said the FortiManager-400C, FortiAnalyzer-400C, FortiWeb-400C, FortiDNS-400C, FortiMail-400C, FortiAuthenticator-400C, FortiCache-400C and FortiToken Mobile for iOS are available immediately. FortiToken Mobile for Android will be available March 15, 2012.