Fortinet announces expansion of virtual security ecosystem
Oct 22, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Fortinet, Inc., a provider of network security solutions, has announced an expansion of its virtual security ecosystem that now supports Microsoft's Windows Server Hyper-V as well as the Kernel-based Virtual Machine, or KVM, virtualization infrastructure.
Designed for data centers, MSSPs, cloud service providers and enterprises building out private cloud infrastructures, Fortinet's virtual security ecosystem delivers critical security services between virtual machine instances. In addition, it uniquely delivers centralized management of virtualized and physical infrastructures through a "single pane of glass" approach to management.
By adding support for Windows Server Hyper-V and KVM on top of its existing support for VMware, Citrix XenServer and Open Source Xen virtualization technologies, Fortinet now delivers the industry's most comprehensive range of security solutions for virtualized infrastructures.
Fortinet's virtual security ecosystem delivers VMware and Windows Server Hyper-V support for its FortiGate-VM, FortiAnalyzer-VM and FortiManager-VM virtual appliances and adds KVM support for its FortiGate-VM virtual appliance. FortiGate-VM provides consolidated, multi-threat security in a virtual form factor and is available in five virtual appliance models. Each FortiGate virtual appliance offers protection from a broad array of threats with support for all of the security and networking services offered by the FortiOS 5 operating system.
FortiAnalyzer-VM securely aggregates log data from Fortinet physical and virtual appliances and other syslog-compatible devices. Using a comprehensive suite of easily customized reports, users can filter, review and mine records, including traffic, event, virus, attack, Web content and email data, to determine an organization's security stance and helps assure regulatory compliance.
FortiManager-VM delivers a centralized management system that serves as the command and control for Fortinet infrastructure, offering the same powerful network security management features as its hardware-based version. Fortinet virtual appliances enable customers to deploy a mix of physical and virtual appliances, operating together to enforce a common set of policies, and managed from a centralized FortiManager platform.
With today's announcement, Fortinet is also introducing FortiCache-VM to its virtual security ecosystem and Citrix XenServer and Open Source Xen support for the FortiWeb-VM virtual appliance family.
FortiCache-VM offers high performance Web caching to address bandwidth saturation, high latency, and poor performance caused by caching popular Internet content locally for carriers, service providers, enterprises and educational networks. FortiCache physical and virtual appliances reduce the cost and impact of cached content on the network or in the cloud, while increasing performance and end-user satisfaction by improving the speed of delivery of popular repeated content.
FortiWeb-VM provides specialized, layered application threat protection for medium and large enterprises, application service providers and SaaS providers. FortiWeb Web application firewalls protect Web-based applications and Internet-facing data from attack and data loss. Using advanced techniques to provide bidirectional protection against malicious sources, application layer DoS attacks and sophisticated threats like SQL injection and Cross-site scripting, FortiWeb physical and virtual appliances help to prevent identity theft, financial fraud and denial of service.
"As more companies build out public and private cloud infrastructures, all too often the selection of which virtualization platform to use is made independent of a security solution," said John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet. "That's why the addition of our support for Windows Server Hyper-V and KVM virtualization technologies is so significant. Now, customers can rest assured that their virtualization platform of choice - regardless of vendor - can be secured by Fortinet's virtual security ecosystem that supports the industry's broadest range of hypervisors."
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