Fortinet Introduces Compact Firewall for Hyperscale Data Centers and 5G Networks
Fortinet announced the FortiGate 4800F series of hyperscale firewalls that set new standards for security, scalability, performance and innovation to meet the needs of hyperscale customers and 5G wireless network operators (MNOs).
Powered by 16 Fortinet 7th Generation (NP7) network processors, FortiGate 4800F offers the highest performance specs of any compact firewall, with security compute ratings that deliver up to 34x better performance than competitive solutions, including the ability to average 19x more support connections per second.
Large companies and MNOs are constantly striving to do more with less. When it comes to firewalls, higher performance in a smaller footprint means security is becoming a enabler for 5G adoption, allowing wireless carriers to deliver new use cases for enterprise and critical industries and infrastructure. It also ensures that enterprise customers such as high-speed e-retail, cutting-edge research institutions, financial institutions and cloud providers have access to the performance, scalability and security they need to meet evolving business demands. Reduced space, cooling and power costs are additional benefits to achieve higher performance in a smaller form factor.
“In light of these results, Fortinet’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in security performance has resulted in the most powerful compact firewall yet: the FortiGate 4800F,” the company said.
With a 4RU firewall and 400GE, 200GE, and 50GE interfaces, this latest addition to Fortinet’s flagship firewall line allows MNOs to secure 5G networks with the following features:
Accelerates 5G adoption with secure IP connectivity and support for 19x more connections per second
5G enables massive machine-to-machine communications that require secure IP connectivity to untrusted environments such as the internet, edge sites, and the cloud. The FortiGate 4800F enables MNOs to secure massive scalability and performance for IP connectivity to external networks and domains with massive Carrier Grade NAT (CGNAT) performance and hardware logging. To build capacity to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, FortiGate 4800F supports 25 million connections per second to give MNOs the capacity they need to handle traffic spikes and large sustained subscriber connection loads. Organizations with high-performance requirements can consolidate multiple firewalls into a single unified system, hosting on-premises applications and providing the required user experience.
Secures 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) traffic and core connectivity with 19x faster IPsec VPN performance
With the increased scale of 5G radios and RAN sharing between operators to reduce costs, the FortiGate 4800F provides a cost-effective security gateway (SecGW or SEG) to meet 5G RAN scalability and security requirements for both user and control planes.
FortiGate 4800F also provides hyperscale security for hyperscale data centers with the following features
Enables ultra-fast 400G data center connection
With 400GE ports in a compact 4RU form factor, FortiGate 4800F enables enterprises to securely connect and replicate data with ultra-fast Elephant Flows while maintaining privacy and confidentiality to ensure all data and services are provided close to customers and partners will. Organizations with high-performance requirements can consolidate multiple firewalls into a single unified system, hosting on-premises applications and providing the required user experience.
In April 2021, Fortinet was the first vendor to deploy 400GE ports on a hyperscale firewall via FortiGate 7121F, followed by FortiGate 3700F in May 2022.
FortiGate 4800F continues Fortinet’s legacy as the only vendor to provide 400GE interfaces on a hyperscale firewall to support the most intensive hyperscale use cases.
Eliminates blind spots with 6x faster SSL inspection: With up to 95% of today’s traffic being encrypted, SSL inspection is critical to properly securing the network. While encrypted paths are designed to make traffic more secure, they also allow attackers to hide malicious activity. To inspect all encrypted traffic while keeping up with the speeds of today’s networks, FortiGate 4800F offers the industry’s highest SSL inspection performance and support for the industry’s latest TLS 1.3 standard. This also ensures that network blindspots are eliminated by allowing full visibility of both plaintext and encrypted network flows.
Secures hybrid IT architectures with VXLAN segmentation
Digital acceleration is only possible with hybrid IT architectures that seamlessly connect and secure on-premises and cloud assets. The FortiGate 4800F enables massively scalable, hardware-accelerated Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) segmentation, enabling super-fast communication between massively scaled services such as compute, storage, and applications co-hosted on physical and virtual platforms.
The entire FortiGate suite of next-generation and hyperscale firewalls supports businesses of all sizes with the following features:
Powerful security at scale:
FortiGuard’s AI-powered security services provide innovative, real-time protection against known, zero-day, and unknown threats, including IPS, DNS, AV, and inline sandbox, for data center edge and core deployments that require segmentation and more granular devices (OT /IoT ) as well as web and application security features for comprehensive perimeter protection.
Supports Zero Trust architectures with built-in universal ZTNA
FortiGate natively integrates Universal Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) enforcement to support Zero Trust architectures. Establishing a universal ZTNA with an on-prem or virtual FortiGate ensures consistent policies and controls extend across all operating environments, including across multiple clouds.