Fortinet NGFWs and FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services Deliver 318% ROI and Payback in Six Months for the Enterprise Data Center

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  

John Maddison, CMO and EVP, Product Strategy
“Fortinet is proven in the data center, delivering cutting-edge security and energy-efficient performance to today’s largest enterprise organizations. We believe the new Forrester Total Economic Impact™ study highlights what customers have said for years: The powerful combination of FortiGate NGFWs and FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services not only strengthens security across the entire enterprise but also delivers incredible return on investment.”

News Summary    
Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced an independent analysis of the cost savings and business benefits of deploying FortiGate Next-Generation firewalls (NGFWs) and FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services within the enterprise data center, including more than a 300% return on investment (ROI) over three years and payback in six months. Fortinet is also deepening its commitment to data center security with two new NGFW appliances: the FortiGate 3200F, which includes 380 Gbps of firewall throughput and 400GE interfaces to support hyperscale data centers, and the FortiGate 900G, which delivers 20 Gbps of threat protection in a compact form factor for the enterprise.

Key Findings from the Independent Study
To quantify the ROI of FortiGate NGFWs and services within the enterprise data center, Fortinet commissioned a “Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study” to aggregate customer feedback. The results were combined to form a single composite organization, which has an annual revenue of $2.5 billion, more than 15,000 employees, and at least three data centers. The study found that the composite organization realized improved performance, increased productivity, and cost savings, as well as the following benefits:

  • 318% ROI and six months payback: Deploying FortiGate data center NGFWs with FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services resulted in a 318% return on investment over three years, payback in less than six months, and more than $8 million in net benefits.
  • 90% reduction in time spent on manual updates: Because FortiGate NGFWs are simple to deploy and manage, they reduced the time networking teams spent on manual updates and fixes by 90%. This ease of use, combined with powerful automation, also resulted in a 50% reduction in device reimaging and 95% reduction in ancillary device connections.
  • 40% savings compared to previous NGFW solutions: FortiGate solutions converge networking and security, so customers can reduce the number of point products and services needed to protect their data centers, cutting costs by 40%.

New FortiGate NGFWs: Power and Performance for the Data Center
Furthering Fortinet’s commitment to the data center, the company is also announcing new FortiGate NGFWs with energy-efficient performance to protect modern enterprises while meeting sustainability goals. These new NGFWs are fully integrated with FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services, including advanced intrusion protection, web security technologies like DNS and URL filtering, and content security to stop new and emerging file-based attacks. Two new models are:

  • FortiGate 3200F series is purpose-built for hyperscale data centers, delivering 4x the industry average firewall throughput, 4.7x the industry average SSL Inspection throughput, and 3.5x the industry average IPSec VPN throughput while consuming 72% less energy than competitors. It comes with four 400GE interfaces to seamlessly manage high traffic volume and scale according to business needs.
  • FortiGate 900G series is setting a new industry standard by delivering data center ready performance in a compact form factor. It boasts 6x the firewall throughput, 5x the IPSec VPN throughput, and 3x the threat protection throughput (20 Gbps) than the industry average, ensuring efficient and secure operations.

Below is a summary of target performance numbers of the FortiGate 3200F and 900G series compiled by Fortinet. Security Compute Rating is a benchmark (performance multiplier) that helps customers understand FortiGate performance.

FortiGate 3200F series

Specification FortiGate 3201F Security Compute
Industry Average
Firewall 387 Gbps 4X 98.5 Gbps
IPSec VPN 105 Gbps 3.5X 30 Gbps
Threat Protection 45 Gbps 1.6X 27.5 Gbps
SSL Inspection 29 Gbps 4.7X 6.2 Gbps
Concurrent Sessions 70M 3X 22.5M
Connections per Second 800K 1.4X 565K
Specification FortiGate 3201F Energy Efficiency Industry Average
Watts/Gbps Firewall Throughput 2.25 3.6X 8W
Watts/Gbps IPsec VPN Throughput 8.29 4.6X 38.5W
BTU/h of Firewall Throughput 7.6 BTU 2X 15.7 BTU

FortiGate 900G series

Specification FortiGate 901G Security Compute
Industry Average
Firewall 164 Gbps 6X 27 Gbps
IPSec VPN 55 Gbps 5X 11 Gbps
Threat Protection 20 Gbps 3X 6.5 Gbps
SSL Inspection 16.7 Gbps 2.5X 6.7 Gbps
Concurrent Sessions 16M 3.6X 3M
Connections per Second 720K 4.5X 173K
Specification FortiGate 901G Energy Efficiency Industry Average
Watts/Gbps Firewall Throughput 1.6W 6.6X 10.6W
Watts/Gbps IPsec VPN Throughput 4.8W 5.2X 25.1W
BTU/h of Firewall Throughput 5.25 BTU 6.4X 33.9 BTU
  • FortiGate 3200F and 900G Threat Protection performance is measured with Firewall, IPS, Application Control and Malware Protection, and Logging enabled.

Continued Recognition and Support for Hybrid Mesh Firewall Architecture
Fortinet and FortiGate NGFWs have been recognized by a number of third-parties and analysts, including positioning as a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls, as a Leader in the 2022 The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls report, and with a “Recommended” rating from

We believe these third-party recognitions are a result of Fortinet’s unique approach that converges networking and security. FortiGate NGFWs use a single operating system, FortiOS, and unified management console, FortiManager, to extend AI-powered security across all NGFWs within a hybrid environment, including on-premises, in the cloud, and within virtual machines. This makes FortiGate NGFWs an ideal fit for a hybrid mesh firewall architecture, which coordinates policies across firewalls to create a comprehensive security posture. FortiGate NGFWs are also easy to procure and deploy as part of FortiFlex, Fortinet’s usage-based licensing program.

Supporting Quotes
“Fortinet made deploying and managing next-gen firewalls across our on-premises, cloud, and virtual environments simple. With FortiManager, we can view performance, unify policies, and ensure our NGFWs are sharing threat information via a single pane of glass. We’re excited to continue working with Fortinet on our hybrid mesh firewall architecture and the overall security posture of our entire network.” – Joseph Neumann, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Digital Realty

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