Fortinet unveils ‘world’s fastest’ firewall appliance, teases large partnership news

Network security specialist Fortinet this week used GITEX to regionally launch its new FortiGate-3700D solution, which the vendor claimed is the world’s fastest data centre firewall appliance.

The 3700D is the first product to use Fotinet’s latest NP6 ASIC, which the vendor said delivers low latency and IPv4 to IPv6 performance priority.

The solution also delivers 160 Gbps throughput, Fortinet said.

According to Alain Penel, Regional Vice President, Middle East, Fortinet, the FortiGate-3700D is a key product for the vendor. IDC currently ranks Fortinet as the Middle East’s number-three vendor in the security market, he said, adding that he hoped the 3700D would propel Fotinet to number two by the end of the year.

“We’re close to the second one, Juniper Networks, now,” he said. “Most probably, we will be second in this market by the end of the year.”

The new firewall isn’t all that Fotinet has up its sleeve for GITEX 2013, however. Later this week, the vendor plans to make a string of announcements to do with high-level partnerships and big customer wins.

“We’re extending our product range, our partnerships and our geography, and we’ll be talking about all of this at GITEX 2013,” said Penel.

In terms of its channel, Fortinet is using GITEX to make partners aware of its new tiering system, which now includes Bronze Plus – a Bronze-level partnership aimed at specialised partners.

“Bronze Plus is a partner that we want to certify and to certify on different technologies,” Penel explained.

Meanwhile, a large, UAE-centric partnership is set to be announced this week, Penel said, without giving too much away. All he let loose was that the vendor would be entering into a partnership with one of the country’s service providers.

“We are going to announce one big partnership in the UAE – it’s a big announcement with one of the two service providers,” he said.

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