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Fortinet Launches Application Delivery Controller, Global Server Load Balancing

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Network security solutions provider Fortinet announced on Monday it has added FortiADC-300E and FortiDirector to its secure application delivery portfolio, which are a direct result of Fortinet’s recent acquisitions of Coyote Point Systems and XDN.

The FortiADC-300E is a high-performance application delivery controller for mid-sized enterprises that combines traditional load balancing with advanced features that route traffic at the application level and offload secure HTTPS transactions from servers.

FortiDirector is a hosted global server load balancing service for medium and large enterprises, application service providers and software as a service providers that bridges application traffic across multiple data centers.

The service works with the FortiADC, FortiBalancer and Coyote Point Equalizer application delivery product lines.

Together, the appliances and the service greatly enhance application performance for end users.

“To meet the rapid growth of secure applications, enterprises are demanding the integration of high performance security features into all aspects of their IT infrastructure, especially beginning at the front door with the application delivery controller,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet. “As a logical extension to Fortinet’s leadership in the high performance network security market, the FortiADC-300E and FortiDirector combine to offer blazing fast HTTP performance, high reliability and optimized support of secure traffic across multiple data centers.”

Based on Coyote Point’s Equalizer E370LX application delivery appliance, FortiADC-300E offers a range of features, including up to 4.8 Gbps of L4 throughput and up to 75,000 L7 requests per second, 7,500 HTTPS transactions per second helps to offload secure application traffic from servers to increase application performance and improve end-user response times.

FortiADC-300E also features an advanced L7 policy-based routing that gives customers granular control of traffic no matter how complex the application or data center infrastructure, multiple high-availability failover options including Multi-Active N+M failover, and IPv6 6-in-4 Tunneling to help organizations easily manage the transition to IPv6.

FortiDirector GSLB is a hosted service using XDN’s CloudDirector platform providing a new level of application delivery to the FortiADC product family. Instead of requiring GSLB to be managed within a customer’s IT infrastructure, the FortiDirector service elevates it to a global DNS-based network that routes traffic anywhere in the world quickly and reliably.

FortiDirector’s DNS resolution can route traffic to any externally available IP address, enabling users to connect to applications managed by any of Fortinet’s ADC solutions and provides interoperability with existing ADC appliances from other manufacturers.

FortiDirector offers a range of features, including load balance any protocol through DNS-based GSLB to span any Web-based application across multiple data centers, advanced API-based health checking routes traffic to best performing resources based on server and network health, route traffic based on closest servers to reduce latency or by time of day to take advantage of off-hour discounts with ISPs, powerful real-time reporting gives up-to-the minute status of an application’s performance, pay-as-you-go cloud service model scales easily without the hassle of managing new hardware or software, and application environments and business rules only take minutes to set up and are updated within minutes across FortiDirector’s global network.

In December, FortiGuard released its security report in which the company highlights its top six security predictions for 2013.

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Justin Lee has been a staff analyst with theWHIR since 2004. He writes about a range of web hosting and IT-related issues facing the industry on the WHIR website, as well the print version of the WHIR magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_theWHIR.

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