FortiADC: Application Delivery Controller

High-Performance Server Load Balancing and Application Delivery

Available in:
  • Appliance
  • Virtual Machine
  • Cloud

FortiADC Overview

With bandwidth demand growing faster than budgets and cyber-attacks constantly on the rise, it can be challenging to securely and efficiently deliver applications at the speed your users expect. Fortinet Application Delivery Controller (ADC) appliances optimize the availability, user experience, and scalability of enterprise application delivery. They enable fast, secure, and intelligent acceleration and distribution of even the most demanding enterprise applications.


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FortiADC Introduction

In this video we will introduce you to some of the features and capabilities of Fortinet's Application Delivery Controller platform, FortiADC.

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FortiADC Product Details

FortiADC Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) optimize the availability, user experience, performance and scalability of Enterprise Application Delivery. The FortiADC family of physical and virtual appliances delivers fast, secure and intelligent acceleration and distribution of demanding applications environments.


Features and Benefits


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Layer 7 Load Balancing

Policy-based routing dynamically rewrites content for applications and server configurations.
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Secure Traffic Management

SSL offloading, forward proxy and visibility increase responsiveness and assist in scanning for threats
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Application Optimization

Speed web application delivery with compression, caching, HTTP 2.0, and HTTP Page Speed-UP
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Security Fabric Integration

AV and Sandbox integration scans attachments to protect from the latest threats
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Global Server Load Balancing

Distributes traffic across multiple geographical locations for disaster recovery
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Security Features

Web Application Firewall, Web Filtering, and IP Reputation for enhanced security

FortiADC Models and Specifications

FortiADC application delivery controllers are available as hardware appliances, virtual machines and public cloud VMs.  

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400 Mbps
5x GE R45
1.5 Gbps
6x GE RJ45
3 Gbps
4x GE RJ45, 2x GE SFP
6 Gbps
4x GE RJ45, 4x GE SFP
12 Gbps
2x 10 GE SFP+ slots ,4x GE SFP ports, 4x GE ports
20 Gbps
4x 10 GE SFP+, 8x GE SFP, 8x GE RJ45
40 Gbps
8x 10 GE SFP+,8x GE SFP, 8x GE RJ45
60 Gbps
8x GE, 4x 10 GE, 2x 40 GE

VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Open Source Xen, KVM, Oracle Cloud. Please see FortiADC VM Installation Guide for versions supported

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2 Gbps
4 Gbps
10 Gbps
16 Gbps
24 Gbps
Actual performance values may vary depending on the network traffic and system configuration. Performance results were observed using an appliance with an Intel CPU E5-1650 v2 @ 3.50 GHz running VMware ESXi 5.5.

Bring your own license (BYOL) is supported for Oracle Cloud. Please see below for more information:

FortiADC on Oracle Cloud

FortiGuard Security Services for FortiADC

FortiADC employs multiple FortiGuard security services. These annual subscriptions can be purchased a la carte or as part of a bundle with your FortiADC solution.

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Web Application Security

FortiGuard Web Application Security uses information based on the latest application vulnerabilities, bots, suspicious URL patterns and data-type patterns, and specialized heuristic detection engines, to ensure your web applications remain safe from application-layer threats.

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IP Reputation & Anti-botnet Security

The FortiGuard IP Reputation Service aggregates malicious source IP data from the Fortinet distributed network of threat sensors, CERTs, MITRE, cooperative competitors, and other global sources that collaborate to provide up-to-date threat intelligence about hostile sources. Near real-time intelligence from distributed network gateways combined with world-class research from FortiGuard Labs helps organizations stay safer and proactively block attacks.

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FortiGuard Antivirus protects against the latest viruses, spyware, and other content-level threats. It uses industry-leading advanced detection engines to prevent both new and evolving threats from gaining a foothold inside your network and accessing its invaluable content.

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Web Filtering

Protects your organization by blocking access to malicious, hacked, or inappropriate websites.


Service Bundles


Protection that provides the core services that includes Web Application Security and IP Reputation. 

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FortiADC Product Demo

FortiADC Demo

In this full working product demo of FortiADC you’ll be able to explore the easy-to-use and intuitive GUI, how to set up and manage servers, and get a feel for how a FortiADC operates. Also try out FortiADC’s alerts, reporting, and logging tools. 

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Can’t FortiGate or another Fortinet product load balance application traffic?

Other Fortinet products offer server load balancing features and some ADC functionality, however these are basic compared to a dedicated ADC appliance such as FortiADC. In addition, a dedicated appliance is able to handle significantly more throughput without affecting overall system performance.

How should I determine which FortiADC model is best for my organization?

There are many factors that determine ADC sizing ranging from throughput, numbers of users, and application complexity. We strongly recommend discussing your requirements with a Fortinet Partner and sales engineer to find the best option to meet your needs.

Do I have to use a FortiGate and/or other Fortinet equipment with FortiADC or will it work with other vendors?

FortiADC is a completely independent application delivery controller. It can operate in nearly any data center environment. However, it is optimized to work with Fortinet via the Fortinet Security Fabric for threat intelligence sharing and advanced threat detection that other vendors cannot offer.