Hello and greetings! Welcome to IT News, your source for the latest updates in the tech world. In response to the growing bandwidth needs of today’s modern campuses amid the resurgence of the return-to-office (RTO) trend, Fortinet has unveiled its cutting-edge FortiSwitch 600 and 2000 campus switches. This significant development integrates seamlessly with Fortinet’s AI-powered security and networking services.
“The hybrid workforce remains robust, and as we witness more workers returning to the campus, particularly in large organizations, the bandwidth requirements for expansive campuses are surging,” notes Nirav Shah, VP of Products and Solutions at Fortinet.
To meet this escalating demand, Fortinet has introduced the FortiSwitch 600 series, a new multigigabit secure campus access switch, to its comprehensive portfolio. This innovative switch boasts up to 5GE access and 25GE uplinks, ensuring enhanced network performance and accommodating the needs of next-generation wireless access points (APs).
The FortiSwitch 2000, on the other hand, serves as a campus core switch meticulously designed for larger campuses. This versatile switch can be seamlessly integrated with high-performance access switches like the FortiSwitch 600, providing robust support for more extensive and intricate campus environments.
Shah emphasizes the importance of ensuring that the uplink supports multigig performance, especially in scenarios with increased users and higher bandwidth requirements. This capability allows customers to effortlessly connect next-generation APs, facilitating support for additional users and IoT devices.
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In the ever-evolving landscape of secure connectivity, Fortinet introduces its newest switches as integral components of its advanced platform. These switches seamlessly converge AI-powered security and network operations with Fortinet’s LAN, wireless LAN (WLAN), and 5G offerings, all managed through unified control. This convergence is accelerated by Fortinet’s custom ASIC chips, as highlighted by Shah, the VP of Products and Solutions at Fortinet.
As reported by Gartner in its 2022 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure, Fortinet’s integrated architecture is highly acknowledged. The report notes, “Fortinet delivers an architecture in which LAN, WLAN, and security are tightly integrated under a unified operating system (FortiOS) and cloud management platform.” Such recognition underscores the efficacy of Fortinet’s approach in providing a cohesive and unified solution.
For Fortinet switch users, management options abound. The FortiManager serves as a robust management tool, or users can leverage Fortinet’s FortiGate next-generation firewalls as switching controllers to eliminate overlays, according to Shah. He emphasizes that the controller not only manages switches and access points but also extends security from the next-generation firewall to switches and APs.
Traditionally, security has often been an afterthought in networking, but Fortinet challenges this notion. The new switches seamlessly integrate with FortiGuard security services, offering advanced features such as malware protection, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), sandboxing, and web filtering.
Enter the realm of AIOps enhancement with Fortinet’s latest 600 and 2000 campus switches. These switches seamlessly integrate with FortiAIOps, leveraging AI and machine learning (ML) for comprehensive data collection and the identification of network anomalies. Fortinet consolidates data from its diverse network devices, including FortiAPs, FortiSwitches, FortiGates, Secure SD-WAN, and FortiExtender, feeding this dataset into FortiAIOps for insightful event correlation.
Shah elaborates on Fortinet’s innovative approach, stating, “We use the AI and machine learning developed for our security services, where we process billions of data every day, applying the same methodology to network operations.” This holistic integration enables customers to gain profound insights into LAN and wireless LAN issues, facilitating troubleshooting and providing valuable insights.
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