Fortinet has announced the new version of its FortiGate appliance, along with a new high-performance switching option.

The new FortiGate-5001B is a high-performance security blade that integrates a wide range of critical security services and native 10-gigabit ethernet (GbE) support for FortiGate-5000 chassis-based platforms.

According to the company, it delivers up to 40Gbps of firewall throughput and up to 17Gbps of virtual private network (VPN) capability and integrates essential security functions in a compact Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA)-compliant blade form factor.

Fortinet said that to optimise the performance of these security services, the FortiGate-5001B security blade integrates the latest Intel 4-core CPU and two Fortinet FortiASIC NP4 network processor chips. When coupled with the FortiGate-5140 chassis, the FortiGate-5001B allows telecommunications and managed security service providers to have up to 500Gbps firewall throughput performance.

Michael Xie, founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Fortinet, said: “You cannot take a ‘cookie-cutter' approach to network security, especially in large-scale, business-critical environments supporting hundreds of thousands or millions of end customers and clients.

“That is why we continue to innovate with agile and modular approaches to network defence because each customer environment has a unique threat profile and corresponding security and performance requirements. In recognition of this, we are once again pushing the envelope of high-performance network security with the introduction of the FortiGate-5001B and FortiSwitch-5003B blades.”