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Fortinet adds high-end mail gateway

The new high-end device is the FortiMail-2000 is targeted at the large enterprise and managed service provider market, entering the range above the existing FortiMail-400.

Clearly this is a market where significant throughput it the name of the game, and the 2000 features four GbE ports and six 120GB hard drives, all hot-swappable and supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or 50 configurations. With all this muscle, the Sunnyvale, California-based company touts the ability to scan up to 6.8 million emails per day. The list price for the 2000 is $19,500.

Meanwhile, version 2.2 of the FortiMail firmware offers more granular anti-spam capabilities, including greylisting, checking of attachments and graphics against a blocklist to determine whether it is spam and heuristics. Also included is a series of compliance-oriented features such as archiving and quarantining, customizable spam reports and filtering and reporting on both inbound and outbound email.

The FortiMail range of products also features an anti-virus (AV) capability, of course, but was unaffected by the cease-and-desist order received by Fortinet in August from the International Trade Commission as a result of a complaint by Trend Micro.

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That order affected the FortiGate range of unified threat management devices, for which we had to devise a workaround, which we delivered at the end of September, said Anthony James, Fortinet’s senior product manager. The FortiMail devices use the same signature database but a different engine, so there was never an issue with them.


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