New Fortinet appliances target DDoS attacks

Network security equipment vendor Fortinet has launched four new appliances in its Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) product family designed to meet the needs of data centre managers and system architects at mid- to large-sized enterprises and managed service providers.

The four new products – the FortiDDoS-400B, FortiDDoS-800B, FortiDDoS-1000B and FortiDDoS-2000B – use what Fortinet describes as an “innovative, 100 per cent behaviour based DDoS mitigation engine” to help protect against DDoS attacks, as well as a new, single-path custom ASIC that both detects and mitigates DDoS attacks.

According to Fortinet, the new behaviour-based technology means the FortiDDoS solutions can identify and mitigate threats based on patterns and intent, and not content, meaning even without a signature update new and emerging threats can be potentially repelled.

“We’ve dramatically improved the way we identify DDoS attack types since we released our first appliances in 2012. The adaptive, behavior-based attack monitoring introduced in today’s models automatically identifies any type of DDoS attack, including zero-days, and almost immediately takes action to mitigate it,” said John Maddison, vice-president of marketing for Fortinet, in a statement. “What’s more, we’re able to offer this class-leading performance at less than half the cost of our closest competitors.”

The four products range from the FortiDDoS-400B with 4 Gbps full-duplex throughput and support for up to 1 million simultaneous connections, all the way up to the FortiDDoS-2000B with 24 Gbps full-duplex throughput and support for up to 6 million simultaneous connections. They are available now.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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