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Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Virtual Appliance: FortiGate

Adaptive multi-cloud security with AI-powered advanced threat protection

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Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Virtual Appliance: FortiGate
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FortiGate-VM delivers protection from a broad array of network security threats. It offers the same security and networking services included in the FortiOS 7.0 operating system and is available for public cloud, private cloud, and Telco Cloud (VNFs). With a consistent operational model across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, and service provider environments, it reduces the training burden on security teams.

FortiGate-VM next-generation firewall can be deployed as a virtual appliance in private and public cloud environments, either as a BYOL instance or provisioned on-demand via public cloud marketplaces.

Download the brief - Performance as a key attribute of Virtual Firewalls. 

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12 Gbps
1x vCPU core, (up to) Unlimited RAM
12 Gbps
1x vCPU core, (up to) Unlimited RAM
15 Gbps
2x vCPU cores, (up to) Unlimited RAM
28 Gbps
4x vCPU cores, (up to) Unlimited RAM
33 Gbps
8x vCPU cores, (up to) Unlimited RAM
36 Gbps
16x vCPU cores, (up to) Unlimited RAM
50 Gbps
32x vCPU cores, (up to) Unlimited RAM
Unlimited vCPU cores and RAM


“V” Series VMs do not include VDOM licenses by default.  VDOM licenses can be added separately.

Actual performance may vary depending on the network and system configuration. Performance metrics were observed using a DELL R740 (CPU Intel Xeon Platinum 8168 2.7 GHz, Intel X710 network adapters), running FOS v5.6.3. Tested with VMware vSphere 6.5 Enterprise Plus. SR-IOV is enabled.

FortiGate NGFW is available in many different models to meet your needs ranging from entry-level hardware appliances to ultra high-end appliances to meet the most demanding threat protection performance requirements.  This ensures that enterprise campus, core data-center, or internal segments, FortiGate can fit seamlessly into your environment.  

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Broad Protection for Multi-Cloud Infrastructures and Applications

As public cloud adoption accelerates, organizations are increasingly reliant on cloud-based services and infrastructures. Yet, organizations often end up with a heterogeneous set of technologies in use, with disparate security controls in various cloud environments. FortiGate-VM provides broad protection across cloud infrastructure, enabling applications security and secure connectivity among cloud networks, different clouds, and users accessing the cloud. FortiGate-VM has native integration of security capabilities with public cloud platforms and leverages cloud automation services for ease of deployment. 

Fortinet secures applications and workloads in public clouds to ensure privacy and confidentiality while leveraging the cloud benefits of scalability, metering, and time-to-market. FortiGate cloud connector provides container-aware security by enabling awareness of container labels when defining security policies. FortiGate-VM, in concert with other elements of the Security Fabric, enables common deployment scenarios such as cloud security services hub, cloud workload protection, secure remote access, container security, and web application security. 

Native integration into your cloud provider

Built for the cloud, FortiGate-VM is available in all major cloud providers.

Secure Your Virtualized Data Center and Private Cloud

Virtualization and SDN security are rapidly transforming data centers into agile, innovative, software-defined, and cost-effective private clouds. Unlike public clouds, organizations are responsible for managing all aspects of the virtualization, compute, networking, and security. FortiGate-VM protects private cloud infrastructure using application-centric security policies to protect the private cloud and the data within that cloud for a variety of use cases such as North-South L7 security protection, East-West Security Protection, Form Factor consolidation, Virtual CPE for NFVs and security for the telco cloud via VNFs. It provides broad eco-system system integration by supporting all major hypervisors including Nutanix, KVM, Hyper-V, Nutanix, VMware and orchestration systems including VMware NSX-T, OpenStack, Nuage Networks.

Native integration into your private cloud and virtualization platforms

Built for the cloud, FortiGate-VM is available on all private cloud platforms.

Securing Carrier Infrastructure with High Performing FortiGate VNF

For virtualized service provider infrastructures, Fortinet offers a broad range of next-generation virtual firewalls virtualized network functions (VNFs). Powered by Fortinet’s Virtual SPU Technology, FortiGate VNFs deliver significant increases in application and carrier security performance through innovative security processing optimizations and the latest packet processing acceleration technologies. The FortiGate NGFW VNFs provide comprehensive network security capabilities along with deep application visibility and control.

These VNFs also have a small footprint, boot within seconds, and require less storage, enabling service providers to protect their virtual networks and cloud platforms cost effectively. In addition, for the efficient and agile deployment and utilization of these security VNFs, Fortinet delivers integrations with NFV platforms and SDN vendors. 

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FortiGate-VM is a full-featured FortiGate packaged as a virtual appliance. FortiGate-VM virtual appliance is ideal for monitoring and enforcing virtual traffic on leading virtualization, cloud, and SDN platforms including VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, and AWS. FortiGate-VM can be orchestrated in software-defined environments to provide agile and elastic network security services to virtual workloads. Through this demo, you can see how to deploy firewall, intrusion prevention, VPN, antivirus, and other consolidated security functions to virtual workloads, as well as evaluate the easy-to-use web interface and contextual displays.

Scalable, Cloud-Native Security and VPN

Secure Network Connection

Securely connect to your application workloads without performance bottlenecks

Improve productivity with a better application experience for your users at remote locations, branch offices, or headquarters with high-speed private and encrypted network connections.

Ensure Agility

Move at cloud speed without compromising security

Ensure agility with cloud-native security automation and robust protection. This includes identity-based segmentation, micro-segmentation, and AI-powered security to stop advanced threats.

Scalability Services

Seamlessly scale your cloud protection without increasing operational burden

Break free from scaling limitations—whether you’re a cloud-first startup or a mature cloud enterprise rapidly expanding your dev, test, and production environments—by leveraging FortiGate virtual firewall integrations with cloud-native scaling services.

Flexibility Security

Secure your cloud transformation without impacting business outcomes, with flexible consumption models

Innovate faster while minimizing cybersecurity risks. Right-size your migration, expansion, and cloud-native architecture on any cloud with an array of choices. These include licensing and on-demand usage models.

Get to Know the FortiGate Virtual Firewall

No matter where you are with your cloud transformation, there’s a FortiGate virtual firewall that meets your needs.

Your business runs on one or more clouds and it needs security that protects without slowing you down and creating silos.

Look beyond traditional perimeter security. Protect your application workloads against lateral propagation of threats.

Building a Cybersecurity Workforce

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