Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Fortinet provides network and cyber security solutions for enterprises, carriers, data centers, distributed offices and MSSPs. “Fortinet’s philosophy has always been to consolidate various technologies into a single appliance, simplifying management and enhancing operational efficiency,” says Xie. To this end, the company integrates its enterprise grade Wireless LAN controller into the FortiGate security appliance, providing a true ‘single pane of glass’ to manage the security of both the wired and wireless network. The integration of Wireless LAN controller into the FortiGate appliance allows its clients to easily apply the network security policies from the wired LAN to the wireless LAN, simplifying management process and therefore improving operational efficiency. “The unified management of the wired and wireless security simplifies security compliance and ensures there are no gaps in the security policy, creating a true Unified Access Layer,” extols Xie. Fortinet not only offers FortiGate managed Wireless APs, but also renders wired switches and 4G LTE Wireless WAN modems that are managed by the FortiGate. This integration results in a complete end-to-end enterprise connectivity and security solution.
The company is known for developing industry leading ASIC technology that offloads security processing tasks from general purpose CPUs to its custom ASICs, enabling the firm to consistently deliver the world’s fastest ‘firewalls’. “With our latest FortiASIC, the NP6, we also offload wireless processing to the chip, enabling us to deliver the world’s fastest wireless controller,” says Xie.
Fortinet’s competency comes from its depth of knowledge in security and ease of management in the Wireless LAN market. “With the number of enterprise data breaches rapidly increasing, we feel that security is the most important aspect of any wireless LAN deployment,” says Xie. The company’s unified wired and wireless security platform leverages the work of over 200 dedicated threat researchers operating from FortiGuard labs, ensuring the protection of enterprise networks from the latest threats.
Referring to the wireless LAN technology boom and the anticipated demands for expanded LAN bandwidth, the company envisages creating new access points that would leverage the Wave 2 version of the 802.11ac protocol. “In addition to the increased throughput, we’re also working on integrating additional security processing technology into our chips on our APs themselves, pushing wireless LAN security enforcement even closer to the access edge of the network,” Xie concludes.
With our latest FortiASIC, the NP6, we offload wireless processing to the chip, enabling us to deliver the world’s fastest wireless controller