The Fortinet FortiGate 100F Next-Gen firewall is Fortinet’s latest and sleekest security appliance for the mid-range to Enterprise market. The FG100F features throughput speeds well above similar competition. According to Fortinet, up to 10 times faster than others in the VPN throughput category. But throughput is just one reason why this new firewall stands out.
The other reason? SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network). Purpose-built to handle networking duties and lock-down security duties at the same time.
What’s an SD-WAN firewall?
Well, FG100F can do what it does because of its extraordinary new SD-WAN ASIC processor. It is called the SoC4, and this innovative, first-of-its-kind processor is specifically designed for SD-WAN networking. So, when you drop it under the hood of a purpose-built firewall like a FortiGate, you end up with a beast of a firewall that’s really a dual appliance.
It’s a big deal because SD-WAN allows offices to connect over the internet. And, when you have SD-WAN built into your firewall, you can do so quite securely. Additionally, a SD-WAN firewall eliminates the need for a dedicated network connection. Fortinet is no longer the only firewall vendor with this ability, but they were the first. And, arguably they’re still the best at it.
Why do you say that?
Because, for all its blistering speed and ability, this big-league firewall is refreshingly easy to get up and going. It may be a beast, but only to the bad guys. The SoC4 in the FG100F is the same chip used in all the F series firewalls, including the desktop models. That power provides the luxury of very simplified interfaces which are granular and detailed, but still clear and intuitive.
And, all SD-WAN FortiGates are managed in the same Management Center, by the same Fortinet Security Fabric. From it you can manage your entire network, with all devices, in one window. Terms like “zero-touch deployment,” and “do-it-yourself,” mean it’s super-easy to get up and running and stay that way. The FG 100F is designed to get up and purring like a kitten with minimal investment of time and expertise.
How’s the Performance of the FG100F?
Fortinet says that the FG100F is ten times faster than similar firewalls, and the numbers are impressive. Firewall Throughput clocks in at 20 Gbps, NGFW Throughput is 800 Mbps, and Threat Protection is 700 Mbps. Also, IPS Throughput is 1.6 Gbps, and SSL/VPN Throughput is 750 Mbps. The FG100F can manage up to 64 total FortiAPs, or 32 in Tunnel Mode.
FG100F At a Glance
|Firewall Throughput||20 Gbps|
|NGFW Throughput||800 Mbps|
|Threat Protection||700 Mbps|
|IPS Throughput||11.6 Gbps|
|SSL/VPN Throughput||750 Mbps|
|Max Managed FortiAPs||64 total/32 tunnel|