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Fortinet FortiGate: Next-Gen Firewall Overview and Analysis

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Company Description

Fortinet was founded in 2000. The company launched its first FortiGate firewall in 2002, and completed its IPO in 2009. It is a provider of network security appliances for carriers, data centers, enterprises and distributed offices. It is one of only three vendors who made the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner's evaluation.

Product Description

FortiGate next-generation firewalls provide high performance, multilayered security and deep visibility for end-to-end protection across the enterprise network. Its purpose-built security processors (SPUs) deliver scalable performance and low latency. Security services from FortiGuard Labs provide threat intelligence updates and automated mitigation. The firewalls integrate with other Fortinet security products for the network, endpoint, application, data center, cloud, and access layer as well as third-party solutions. They run on the FortiOS.

"The digital transformation and adoption of cloud, IoT, and mobility have exponentially increased the attack surface of enterprise networks, providing many more attack vectors for hackers to exploit and accelerating the volume and velocity of advanced threats we see across the threat landscape every day," said John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions at Fortinet. "Today's enterprises require multilayered and integrated security solutions that are capable of securing their entire IT infrastructure from IoT, through the cloud, and into the data center."

Markets and Use Cases

FortiGate firewalls serve carriers, data centers, enterprises and distributed offices. They are deployed in mid-to-large enterprises across industries such as communications service providers, government and defense, finance, education and retail.


Firewall throughput of up to 630 Gbps, IPS of up to 120 Gbps, next-generation firewall throughput of up to 100 Gbps, and a threat intelligence network of 3.3 million sensors globally.


FortiGate firewalls leverage machine learning-based threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs and feature deep analytics through FortiAnalyzer. They can also be integrated with FortiSandbox to automatically generate local threat intelligence to secure against new zero-day and advanced threats.


Options include hardware appliance (on-premises and managed), virtual machine, cloud (private, public and hybrid), and Security-as-a-Service.


Entry-level hardware appliances start at around $500. Pricing includes base pricing for the hardware and services, which include FortiGuard subscription licenses and FortiCare support options. Hardware and services can be purchased as bundles or individually (a la carte). Virtual machine and cloud offerings follow a similar pricing model.

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