Fortinet releases ADC from acquisition

The first new product from Fortinet Inc.’s recent acquisition of an application delivery solutions makers has emerged.

The company said Monday it has released the FortiADC-300E, an application delivery controller for mid-sized companies that uses Fortinet hardware and software from is March acquisition of Coyote Point Systems Inc. — although tweaked so it has an interface similar to ones on other Fortinet appliances.


The FortiACD-300E “was speced-out so it would be exactly the same as to the Coyote Point E370LX, so it performs virtually identically,” said Mark Byers, Fortinet’s director of product marketing for application delivery products, “but it uses the Coyote Point Equalizer OS 10 platform.”

That means it supports link aggregation and RESTful APIs.

It can handle up to 4.8 GBps of L4 throughput and up to 75,000 L7 requrest per second. Advanced L7 policy-based routing gives granular control of traffic. There’s also multiple high-availability failover options including the ability to put spare appliances to work.

Pricing starts at US$6,995.

Fortinet will continue in the short term developing its just-released FortiADC line, which began with the model 200. Work on that line started last year before the company contemplated buying Coyote Point. However, Byers (pictured above) said that either by the end of the year or early next year the two application delivery controller platforms will be merged.

The new ADC line will also replace the FortiBalancer product line, which is a re-branded devices from another manufacturer.

In the meantime Coyote Point products will see elements in their software that will look like Fortinet’s interface.

“We’re aggressively putting forth a unified strategy to bring the user interfaces together so regardless of which platform you buy it’s all going to look and feel the same.”

The company could have quickly slapped Fortinet badges on Coyote Point products before their lines merge. But Byers said there’s a strong network of Coyote Point resellers it wants to keep that brand up in the short term. Meanwhile Fortinet resellers want to know they’re really selling a Fortinet product, he added.

for Also, only Fortinet products offer on-site consulting and enhanced replacement services.

This isn’t the only new ADC solution. Last month Fortinet quietly announced a cloud-based ADC service called FortiDirector Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) service medium and large enterprises, based on the CloudDirector platform it gained from buying XDN Inc. in December.

The FortiDirector GSLB is a DNS-based resolution service that allows application traffic to be routed to any server in the world.

It’s aimed at enterprises and data centre companies that don’t want to make the estimated tens of thousands of dollars for a global load balancer, Byers said. And can grow as needed.

It works with any on premise ADC, he added. It also can route traffic to single services without requiring an ADC.

Pricing starts at US$600 a month for up to 100,000 redirects.  

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