Security appliance vendor Fortinet Inc has launched a new high end to its FortiMail range of email security gateways, at the same time unveiling an update to the firmware on this range with better spam detection, including heuristics.
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.
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.