Fortinet Disrupts the Network Firewall Marketplace with Unprecedented Scale and Performance

Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC at Fortinet

“In recent weeks, the lack of performance and scalability of integrated firewall andVPN solutions has challenged organizations when scaling their secure remote access initiatives. Organizations deploying traditional firewalls cannot scale across multiple applications and have been forced to upgrade or even install completely separateappliances. With 10 times the performance at the same price, theFortiGate 4200F powered by our 7th generation Network Processor (NP7)sets a new paradigm in network security performance. Our ability to deliver the highest performing firewalls on the market means customers can either scale far beyond their expectations at the same price point of competitors or spend less to get the performance they need. Either way, our customers win.”

News Summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced another milestone in its ability to deliver the industry’s highest performance. Powered by NP7, the seventh generation of Fortinet’s custom-built network processor, FortiGate 4200F is specifically engineered to deliver the scalability and performance required for the networks of today and tomorrow.

Organizations need to be able to expand and adapt their network security to changing business conditions at a moment’s notice. Whether an organization is retooling their network to suddenly support a remote workforce, or embracing digital innovation, performance and scalability are key. Unfortunately, most security solutions are simply unable to provide speed and scale at a price that most companies can afford. That’s because security vendors simply have not invested in the technology required to cost-effectively meet the demands of today’s digital workplace. This has forced organizations to purchase security solutions with minimal performance and scalability headroom. As a result, when a critical event occurs, or the market requires digital innovation, firewalls become a bottleneck rather than an enabler.

To deliver security that keeps pace with the scale and performance demands of the new realities of today’s data centers, Fortinet is introducing the FortiGate 4200F, the newest addition to its portfolio of high-end network firewalls. As an integral part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiGate 4200F has been specifically engineered to enable an innovative, security-driven networking approach that seamlessly integrates networking with security.The hardware acceleration of FortiGate 4200F via Fortinet’s seventh generation network processor, NP7, delivers Security Compute Ratings*5to 15 times better than comparable competitor solutions. Below is a comparison of the top firewalls on the market against FortiGate 4200F:

Specification 

Fortinet

FortiGate 4201F

Industry 

Average

Security Compute Rating

Palo Alto Networks

PA-5260

Check Point

Security Gateway

SG-26000

Cisco Firepower

FPR-4125

Juniper

SRX54002

Firewall 

800Gbps 

96Gbps

8x

64Gbps

106Gbps

80Gbps

135Gbps

IPsec VPN 

280Gbps

28Gbps

10x

27Gbps

40Gbps

14Gbps

30Gbps

SSL Inspection  

38Gbps

8Gbps

5x

N/A

N/A

8Gbps

N/A

Concurrent Sessions 

400M1

28M

14x

32M

10M

25M

45M

Connections Per Second 

8M1

529k

15x

450k

550k

265k

850k

* Security Compute Rating is the benchmark (performance multiplier) that compares Fortinet’s purpose-built ASIC-based FortiGate NGFW performance vs the industry average of competing products across various categories that fall within a close price band​ that utilize generic CPUs for networking and security capabilities.

1 Enabled with an optional Feature License

2 SRX5400E-B1-AC, non-power mode

With these performance numbers, FortiGate 4200F enables ultra-fast network firewalling, accelerated internal segmentation, and massively scalable teleworker solutionsto secure the data center edge and core across a variety of use cases. 

FortiGate 4200F: Delivering Business Outcomes 

FortiGate 4200F, powered by Fortinet’s 7thgeneration processor (NP7), radically increases the speed, scale, and performance for large enterprise datacenters. The 4200F delivers the highest performance and scale to securely drive digital innovation and meet the huge capacity and performance demands of critical business operations across a wide variety of verticals and large enterprises including financial services, healthcare, education, advanced research, and high-velocity e-commerce. The following are a few examples of FortiGate 4200F use cases: 

  • Financial services organizations building massivelyscalable remote access: In this ever-changing world, customers across industries are increasingly enabling a remote workforce to come online expeditiously – speed translates to productivity. The FortiGate 4200F offers the industry’s highest Security Compute Rating of 10x for IPsec encrypted performance and allows organizations to implement business continuity whilesustaining ongoing operations.

  • Large manufacturing and energycompanies managinginternal security risks: Reducing the attack surface, especially in today’s dynamic environment, is essential for protecting critical applications and infrastructure. Providing trusted application access and achieving compliance requires enterprises to segment at scale. With a Security Compute Rating of 5x for SSL inspection (including TLS 1.3), FortiGate 4200F delivers the industry’s best price/performance. 

  • High-velocity e-retail and e-commerce providers handling event-based connection bursts: Managing previously unseen levels of capacity and support for up to tens of millions of user connections per second is mandatory for virtual business. With a Security Compute Rating of 15x for connections per second, the FortiGate 4200F provideshighperformance security to handle escalating business needs without compromising user experience. With a further Security Compute Rating of 8x,FortiGate 4200F delivers essential firewall security for a wide variety of online businesses. 

  • Advanced pharmaceutical research, oil andgas, and government organizations that require support for elephant flows: Today’s data centers struggle to securely transfer huge datasets (e.g. 1 TB files) for activities such as AI/ML simulations used within cutting-edge research. The FortiGate 4200F allows the rapid transfer of large datasets by supporting multiple 100Gbps elephant flows.

  • Cloud providers andlarge enterprisesthat must segment massively scalable virtual networks: Typical security products that use software-based Virtual Extension LAN (VXLAN) solutions have low performance and high latency, which increases time to service. FortiGate4200F offers hardware accelerated VXLAN to enable secure, and super-fastcommunication without impacting performance.