Fortinet Introduces FortiGate 5000 Network Security Platform

Fortinet extended its FortiGate product family with the introduction of the FortiGate-5000 Series of high-performance, highly scalable Antivirus Firewalls.


Fortinet - the only provider of ASIC-powered, network-based antivirus firewall systems for real-time network protection - extended its FortiGate product family with the introduction of the FortiGate-5000 Series of high-performance, highly scalable Antivirus Firewalls.

Designed for network, edge or core deployments in large enterprises, carriers and managed service providers (MSPs), the new FortiGate-5000 family delivers complete content protection on a flexible platform that can scale from two to 14 blades and has and the ability to cluster numerous blades in a single chassis-based system. The FortiGate-5000 Series is the industry`s most scalable, multi-function security platform that allows customers to design and create remarkably secure networks. With the FortiGate-5000 chassis, Fortinet is the first security vendor to comply with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA(r)) industry standard, supported by Intel and numerous other companies.

Industry Standard Chassis Delivers Reliability and Flexibility; First Security Company to Comply with AdvancedTCA The FortiGate-5000 family consists of three chassis models - the two-slot FortiGate-5020, five-slot FortiGate-5050, and 14-slot FortiGate-5140 - each of which are populated with FortiGate-5001 blades that provide security functions and/or FortiGate-5003 blades that provide high availability (HA) clustering functions.

All FortiGate-5000 Series chassis and blades comply with the AdvancedTCA industry standard, which is a new series of specifications for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment. These specifications, driven by over 100 companies within the PCI Industrial Computers Manufacturing Group (PICMG), incorporate the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies, next generation processors, and improved reliability, manageability and serviceability, resulting in a new blade and chassis form factor optimised for communications.

The principle objective of AdvancedTCA has been to provide a standardised platform architecture for carrier-grade telecommunication applications, with support for carrier-grade features such as NEBS, ETSI, and 99.999% availability. Key features of the standard include hot-swappable blades, power supplies and fans, DC input power for battery operation, and a shelf management interface to monitor and control environmental and power parameters. The FortiGate-5000 Series is the first AdvancedTCA-based network security system on the market.

"The AdvancedTCA chassis specification provides a standardised platform architecture for carrier-grade telecommunication applications, with features carriers demand such as high availability and performance scalability," said Anthony Ambrose, general manager, Intel Modular Platform Programs, Intel. "By utilising the AdvancedTCA specification and Intel modular building blocks, including dual low power Intel Xeon processors, Fortinet demonstrates its leadership in providing a robust network security platform that can scale to carrier-grade requirements and cost-effectively meet large enterprise requirements as well."

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