Fortinet Pushes UTM Performance with FortiGate 620B

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Fortinet is looking to rev up the enterprise UTM market with the FortiGate 620B, a new ASIC-based appliance that boasts a 16 Gbps firewall and 12 Gbps VPN throughput.

Doing more with less is the newly emphasized mantra of today’s IT departments - thanks to a faltering economy and shrinking IT budgets. With that in mind, some may question why Fortinet chose now to come out with an enterprise security appliance. After all, money is tight and the last thing many IT managers want to do is purchase new hardware.

Fortinet quells those concerns by emphasizing the fact that the FortiGate 620 does indeed do more with less – more functions with less money, that is. And that should be good news to solution providers looking to sell new hardware and services into a market that is contracting financially.

The FortiGate 620B is positioned as an enterprise security appliance that offers full unified threat management capabilities and integrates many features and services into a single high-performance box. By increasing performance, a single device can do more while costing less in the long run when compared to a bevy of standalone devices.

The FortiGate-620B appliance achieves the "less is more" concept by integrating eight core security functions, including anti-virus, intrusion prevention (IPS), spyware prevention, anti-spam, Web content filtering, traffic shaping, VPN and firewall. The FortiGate 620B is highly configurable and allows solution providers to offer their customers a few or all of the unit’s capabilities from the start. For customers choosing to go with a reduced feature set, the device does not prove to be a dead end; a Fortinet partner can upgrade and update the device to handle more functions as the need arises.




Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com