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Secure digital acceleration across hybrid IT with Fortinet's latest firewall

By Ryan Morris-Reade
Mon 7 Feb 2022

The new Fortinet firewall increases security and networking convergence across hybrid IT, enabling secure digital acceleration.

FortiGate 3000F is the latest FortiGate NGFW powered by NP7 SPUs. The company says its latest FortiGate release can deliver scalable, high-performance convergence of networking and security for Security-Driven Networking.

"Hybrid compute will be around for the foreseeable future," says Fortinet EVP of products and CMO, John Maddison. "The FortiGate 3000F, powered by Fortinet NP7 and CP9 security processing units, continues to move the performance bar forward, but just as importantly adds more converged networking and cybersecurity applications to the traditional network firewall. These applications include SD-WAN central hub, SSL inspection, and zero-trust network access proxy.

"We believe that it's because of these innovations that Fortinet has ranked number one for three consecutive years in the Enterprise Data Center Use Case in the Gartner Critical Capabilities report for Network Firewalls."

He says the latest Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) powered by Fortinet's purpose-built NP7 and CP9 security processing units (SPU) will support organisations in building hybrid IT architectures that accelerate digital innovation and fuel business growth. 

The FortiGate 3000F offers the highest performance figures in the industry, with Security Compute Ratings of up to 6x greater connections per second than competitive offerings.

Fortinet says today, organisations must balance the pressure to accelerate digital innovation and ensure critical applications meet certain compliance, performance, control, and strategic business needs. Because of these challenges, the company says customised and legacy applications, around 55% of enterprise applications, are only very slowly migrating to cloud-based options. 

Organisations instead are developing hybrid IT architectures comprised of data centers, campuses, interconnecting branches, home offices, and multi-cloud deployments. This has led to an expanded attack surface, creating a perfect storm for bad actors to launch cybersecurity attacks. 

FortiGate 3000F offers the following features aimed at data centers and hybrid IT architectures: 

  • Scalability: FortiGate 3000F continues to deliver the most scalability in the industry via purpose-built Fortinet SPUs, including the NP7 and CP9. These are engineered to increase Fortinet solutions' speed, scale, performance, efficiency, and value while greatly improving user experience, reducing footprint, and lowering power requirements. 
  • Advanced networking and direct application control: FortiGate NGFWs come with a natively integrated ZTNA access proxy to allow users to access applications and resources from anywhere, at any time, with constant authentication while building and maintaining effective compliance and security controls. 
  • Enterprise-grade security: With over 565,000 customers, industry-leading Fortinet solutions seamlessly weave networking, security, and essential AI or machine learning-powered FortiGuard services into a single platform, enabling IT teams to effectively manage internal and external threats, prevent lateral spread and ransomware, and avoid business disruptions and brand damage. FortiGate is the only NGFW in the industry that offers advanced content policies like video filtering to mainstream services like YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion. 
  • Automate and simplify: The Fortinet Fabric Management Center provides single-pane-of-glass management, automation, and orchestration across the Security Fabric, including support for over 470 ecosystem partners, to streamline enterprise-wide workflows. 
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