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Fortinet releases 5G optimised solutions for networking and security

By Catherine Knowles
Tue 4 May 2021
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Fortinet has released the new FortiGate 7121F and FortiExtender 511F-5G to further secure and accelerate 5G adoption.

Powered by Fortinet’s proprietary SPU ASICs, the FortiGate 7121F delivers the security necessary for 5G networks and enterprise Zero Trust Access, while FortiExtender 511F-5G provides wireless WAN connectivity for SD-WAN and SASE solutions.

The new FortiGate 7121F consolidates networking and security through a security-driven networking approach to deliver full visibility, the scalability and advanced security required to protect business-critical applications in the distributed and hybrid 5G ecosystem.

Through the breadth of the Security Fabric, Fortinet provides end-to-end security for 5G private and public network ecosystems, while also providing flexible connectivity and threat intelligence capabilities.

FortiExtender can be setup and plugged into Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution to provide flexible WAN connectivity for hybrid WAN to deliver better user experience.

FortiExtender also enables thin edges with 5G connectivity to FortiSASE for cloud-delivered security and inspection, providing ultra-fast and safe wireless WAN connectivity for a diverse set of industries including retail, OT and healthcare.

Fortinet Security Fabric is designed to create value for both industrial enterprises and mobile network operators, delivering security across 5G private and public networks, OT, the multiaccess edge compute and public private cloud environments.

It does this through:

Comprehensive security and optimised operations: Fortinet’s Security Fabric provides scalable security from the RAN to the core to the multiaccess edge compute (MEC).

This allows industrial enterprises to achieve digital innovations, agility, improved safety and compliance while optimising performance and eliminating latency.

Creation of differentiated value-added services: Mobile network operators leverage the Fortinet Security Fabric to build differentiated, revenue-generated, value-added services for their enterprise customers adopting private and public 5G networks.

Additionally, MNOs rely on Fortinet to secure their own 5G private and public networks, enabling them to deliver RAN security gateway, roaming security, reducing 5G core API exposure and achieving overall security visibility and automation.

Efficient operations: Through Fortinet’s Fabric Management Center, Fortinet streamlines network and security operations and simplifies workflows.

This is possible in part to the Security Fabric’s integrations with more than 400 Open Fabric Ecosystem partners spanning technology areas, including cloud, OT, IoT, SD-WAN, networking and more.

Fortinet EVP of products and CMO John Maddison says, “Fortinet has heavily invested in the development of its 5G security portfolio.

"Delivering the world’s fastest NGFW, we help service providers secure radio and internet interfaces at price performance numbers 10 times today’s benchmarks.

"Additionally, the new 5G FortiExtender provides more WAN connectivity options and is fully integrated into the FortiGate SD-WAN policy engine.”

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