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Fortinet claims 1Tbps firewall first

Network security vendor Fortinet says its new FortiGate 5144C firewall is the first to exceed 1Tbps throughput.

The Fortinet FortiGate 5144C is "the world's fastest firewall" according to company officials.

It is said to deliver 1Tbps throughput by incorporating multiple NP6 ASICs, each capable of 40Gbps. 14 blades, each with two ASICs, together provide the record-setting performance.

Functions include deep packet inspection, IPS, application control, and web content filtering.

“Others have claimed to have the fastest firewall, but no other vendor has actually delivered this level of performance and security, which enables customers to build out their data centres for the future, knowing that their firewalls will not be a choke point," said founder and CEO Ken Xie.

The FortiGate 5000 series - aimed at carriers, service providers and large enterprises - uses the same architecture, ASICs and operating software as the 1000 and 3000 series intended for less demanding customers.

However, the chassis, controller blades and security blades are all new.

Two versions of the networking blade can be fitted to the 5000 series. The FortiController-5913C (available in 4Q14) provides 100 GbE connectivity, while the FortiController-5903C (available now) is the 40 GbE alternative.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.