What are the Differences Between the FortiGate 60F and FortiGate 60E?

The FortiGate 60F arrived just last month and the network security community is already abuzz with praise for this high-tech security appliance. With its SoC4 security processor, application-specific chip set, and WAN edge capabilities, there’s a lot to get excited for. However, because firewall manufacturers tend to design and launch firewalls in successive series, there can be a bit of confusion when it comes to understanding the key differences between the FortiGate 60F and it’s predecessor, the FortiGate 60E. While the FG-60E is still one of the fastest and most secure (and most popular) firewalls in the industry, let us take a closer look at what new potential the FG-60F has in store.


FortiGate 60E Tech Specs at a Glance

Firewall Throughput: 3 Gbps

IPS Throughput: 400 Mbps

NGFW Throughput: 250 Mbps

SSL VPN Throughput: 150 Mbps

Concurrent Sessions (TCP): 1,300,000

New Connections per Second: 30,000

Firewall Latency: 3 μs

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FortiGate 60E Overview

The FortiGate 60E is one of the most secure Next Generation Firewalls ever designed, propelled by tons of industry awards and accolades. In fact, the FortiGate 60 series is the #1 selling firewall in the world with over 1.5 million units sold globally. Originally hitting the market in 2016, the FortiGate 60E includes a SoC3 (System-on-a-Chip) architecture that further accelerates networking performance well past the potential of previous generations. The FortiGate 60E was among the first Fortinet firewalls to be integrated into the then-emerging Fortinet Security Fabric infrastructure.

The FortiGate 60E is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) platform that delivers integrate wired and wireless networking for medium-sized organizations. This model includes built-in dual-band, dual-stream wireless with integrated internal antennas providing fast 802.11ac wireless. Further, a USB port located on the rear of the appliance allows for compatibility with 3G or 4G USB modems for additional WAN connectivity.

Though this Next Generation Firewall is a few years old, it continues to stand at the front of the pack when compared to its competitors. For any small business not particularly concerned with SD-WAN considerations, the FortiGate 60E still makes for an excellent option as a primary network firewall.


FortiGate 60F Tech Specs at a Glance

Firewall Throughput: 10 Gbps

IPS Throughput: 1.4 Gbps

NGFW Throughput: 1 Gbps

SSL VPN Throughput: 900 Mbps

Concurrent Sessions (TCP): 700,000

New Connections per Second: 35,000

Firewall Latency: 4 μs

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FortiGate 60F Overview

The FortiGate 60F is a high-performance SD-WAN solution in a compact fanless form factor. Designed for branch offices, remote outposts, and mid-sized businesses, the FG-60F simplifies remote access issues and helps organizations reduce long-term expenses by phasing out expensive MPLS connections. SD-WAN provides secure, direct Internet access for the kinds of cloud-connected applications that businesses now depend on like Dropbox, GitHub, Salesforce, Office 365, and more.

This security-focused WAN edge networking is made possible by Fortinet’s SD-WAN Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). The first-of-its-kind SOC4 – first introduced in the more port-heavy, rack-mountable FortiGate 100F – delivers blazing fast application identification and steering for over 5,000 known cloud applications. Fortinet’s advanced routing capabilities mean that modern connected businesses achieve superb user experience without worrying about performance loss.

The FortiGate 60F joins its F-Series big brother the 100F as kings of the growing SD-WAN arms race and the industry’s news face of digital transformation. For any organization looking to deploy applications, devices, or cloud environments across multiple branch locations, the WAN edge efficiency of these models are just too great put them at the top of the shortlist.

Take a deeper dive into the FortiGate 60F with our video review on Youtube!

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