Fortinet unveils Connected UTM product line

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Fortinet revealed its new “Connected UTM” platform today, and announced a wide range of new products. There are new unified threat management (UTM) appliances, 802.11ac wireless access points, WAN extenders, and Ethernet switches designed to provide better security and improve network performance for customers.

Fortinet has four different models of the FortiGate appliance: FortiGate/FortiWiFi-30D-POEFortiGate/FortiWiFi-60D-POEFortiGate/FortiWiFi-90D-POE and FortiGate-280D-POE. They’re called UTM, but the appliances do more than just security—providing IT admins with the ability to manage remote WiFi access points and switches as well.

One nice feature of the Fortinet appliances is they all contain the full suite of security and management features. Customers can choose which elements they want to use, and enable or disable functions to customize the device to meet their needs.

I had a chance to speak with Neil Sundstrom last week about the new Fortinet products. Neil manages the wireless access point side of things, so he is understandably excited about the new 802.11ac WiFi products. He half-joked about the fact that most people don’t even realize Fortinet is in the wireless access point business at all, and I had to agree with him. I know about Fortinet as a security appliance vendor, but I had no idea it also develops wireless access points.

802.11ac is new and still gaining momentum. The new wireless standard is capable of delivering data rates in excess of 1Gbps—vastly improving performance and increasing the wireless bandwidth available for the skyrocketing volume of wireless devices.

Sundstrom also pointed out the increased focus on power over Ethernet (PoE) with the new Fortinet devices. Customers are deploying a wider range of devices—wireless access points, security surveillance cameras, point of sale (PoS) devices, etc.—that connect to the network. Fortinet makes it easier to deploy those devices by integrating PoE ports into the Fortigate appliances…

Read the complete article at CSOOnline.com: Fortinet unveils Connected UTM product line.

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Tony Bradley is a respected authority on technology. He writes for a variety of online and print media outlets. He has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Unified Communications for Dummies, Essential Computer Security, and PCI Compliance. He has been a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) for over 10 years, and he has been recognized by Microsoft as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Windows and Windows security for 9 consecutive years.Before founding Bradley Strategy Group and launching TechSpective.net, Tony Bradley was Chief Marketing Officer for Zecurion—a leading data loss prevention company. Prior to that, Bradley was Director of Security at Evangelyze, and was previously an IT administrator and information security consultant working with companies like General Motors, American Airlines, Marathon Oil, and PepsiCo / Frito Lay.