Fortinet: Networking bandwidth doubles every 10 months in PHL

WITH the rapid pace of change in networking and security industries, bandwidth requirements likewise increase, according to network security Fortinet.

Fortinet Vice President for Southeast Asia and  Hong Kong George Chang told the BusinessMirror that one of the most significant developments to consider happening this year is that networking bandwidth continues to double every 10 months.

While the shift from 1 gigabyte (G) data centers to 10G took about a decade, he said that from 10G to 100G will be faster.

“[So] all parts of the infrastructure need to perform within the high-speed infrastructure,” he said.

The executive cited that central processing unit-based firewall has lagged behind the performance curve. Firewall appliances that are ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit)-based, he said, have recently taken the quantum leap, performance-wise.

These allow 100G interfaces and throughput in the hundreds of Gigabits per second (Gbps), thus, saving power and space.

High-speed networks, he added, can now design security into the architecture without creating bottlenecks.

“We start building our R&D [research and development] for how our architectures [will be] three years down the line,” Chang said of their company as a global provider of network security appliances and the market leader in unified threat management. 

“We put a lot of efforts in improving high-performance, and we have to match the high-performance device with the bigger bandwidth that’s coming out,” he added. 

To date, Fortinet has shipped more than 50,000 appliances to more than 75,000 customers worldwide.

As per analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, it is ranked No. 2 as a security-appliance provider worldwide. 

In the Philippines it has close to around 17-percent market share for the vendors’ perspective in the first half of 2014, and is expected to further make a stronghold of the local market at present.

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Roderick L. Abad graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, with a degree course in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He has 12 years of journalism experience, starting as a Special Features Writer in a major daily newspaper. In 2006, he moved to the BusinessMirror in the same capacity and, eventually, became a beat reporter. To his credit, he was a finalist in the 2011 Holcim Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction and the 2013 Lasallian Scholarum Awards. He remains affiliated with the BusinessMirror as a contributor.