Middle East, Oct. 20, 2009 – Fortinet® – a market-leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions – today announced a new FortiGate® multi-threat security appliance designed to meet high-end requirements of the mid-enterprise customer segment.


The new FortiGate-1240B appliance offers best-in-class 40 Gbps firewall
and 16 Gbps IPSec with the best VPN throughputs, which represent a 400- and
800-percent performance advantage, respectively, over the nearest
competitor*. The FortiGate-1240B platform continues the technology
excellence formula introduced on the other two members of Fortinet’s
mid-enterprise family – the FortiGate-310B and FortiGate-620B – by also
providing the highest port density and best price/performance ratio
among products in its class*. The three products make up Fortinet’s
complete range of multi-threat security appliances for the
mid-enterprise.
Fortinet is also announcing new and improved functionalities for its
FortiOS™ 4.0 operating system with a new maintenance release (FortiOS
4.0 MR1), which powers all FortiGate devices. Among the dozens of
enhancements in this new release, FortiOS 4.0 MR1 will add antivirus
scanning and URL filtering for IPv6 traffic, optimized log data to
reduce network storage consumption by 50 percent, policy-based granular
endpoint control for FortiClient™- capable endpoints, and enhanced data
loss prevention (DLP) capabilities.
Mid-sized enterprises have the same fundamental security challenges as
high-end enterprise organizations, including higher network throughput,
increased port density to enable greater network segmentation, and
sophisticated security control. This allows customers to segment dozens
of LANs within their larger network, each with its own set of security
policies and performance requirements. The combination of these
attributes is integrated into a single FortiGate-1240B multi-threat
security appliance, which now has even greater functionality due to the
new FortiOS 4.0 MR1 enhancements.
“Our product strategy is to deliver the highest benefit that technology
has to offer at the best possible performance and price, whether for
networks of several hundred or several thousand,” said Michael Xie, CTO
and co-founder, Fortinet. “Cybercriminals target small and mid-sized
enterprises just as they do the largest, so we’ve applied the same
high-technology philosophy to our mid-enterprise products as we have
our highest enterprise products, which give customers the most
effective line of defense for their individual networks.”

Underscoring a Successful Strategy
Similar to the first two members of the Fortinet mid-enterprise family,
the new FortiGate-1240B appliance gives customers the security,
performance and flexibility that were previously only available to
high-enterprise customers at a fraction of the cost. Among similar
products in the high-end mid-enterprise segment, the FortiGate-1240B
product shows orders of magnitude advantage in firewall/IPSec
performance, achieved through high port density that is accelerated
with Fortinet’s newest generation of network (NP4) and content (CP6)
FortiASIC™ processors.

Product Availability
The FortiGate-1240B and FortiOS 4.0 MR1 are both available now.
Fortinet is providing FortiOS 4.0 MR1 as a no-cost upgrade to customers
with valid maintenance contracts.

Additional information on the FortiGate-1240B can be found at
http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortigate/1240B.html. Details about
new enhancements to FortiOS 4.0 MR1 are available at
http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortiOS.

*Based on publicly available data

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