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Proven Success in Virtual Environments

Fortinet introduced Virtual Domain (VDOM) technology in 2004. Since that time, we have offered virtualized security to service providers and enterprises alike. With the addition of the virtual appliance form factor, Fortinet now offers greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing the ability to deploy our security solution within an existing virtualized infrastructure.


Choice of Form Factor
Few organizations use 100% hardware or 100% virtual IT infrastructure today, creating a need for both hardware appliances and virtual appliances in your security strategy. Fortinet allows you to build the security solution that’s right for your environment with hardware and virtual appliances to secure the core, the edge and increase visibility and control over communications within the virtualized infrastructure.
FortiManager virtual appliances allow you to easily manage and update your Fortinet security assets — hardware, virtual or both — from a single pane of glass. FortiAnalyzer central reporting, FortiWeb web application firewall, and FortiMail messaging security appliances round out Fortinet’s current virtual appliance solutions.

Multi-Threat Security
Using the advanced FortiOS™ operating system, FortiGate appliances effectively neutralize a wide range of security threats facing your virtualized environment. Whether deployed at the edge as a front-line defense, or deep within the virtual infrastructure for inter-zone security, FortiGate appliances protect your infrastructure with some of the most effective security available today.


FortiGate Virtual Appliances

FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed.

FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

FortiGate virtual appliances support the following hypervisors and cloud platforms:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • HP Helion Openstack
  • VMware ESXi
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix XenServer and Open Source Xen
  • KVM

FortiGate-VMX Virtual Appliance for VMware

FortiGate-VMX is a Virtual Appliance Solution for VMware that provides purpose-built integration for VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), and interoperability with vSphere, vCloud, and NSX. FortiGate-VMX provides visibility into Virtualized Network traffic on the vSphere hypervisor through direct API-level integration, and management orchestration to secure workloads in dynamic software-defined networks and infrastructure without protection and compliance gaps.

Based on the FortiOS Operating System, FortiGate-VMX contains all of the same network security protections found in other FortiGate solutions, from High-performance Firewalling to VPN, Intrusion Prevention, Anti-malware, Application control, Web filtering, and more.

Physical and Virtual FortiGate appliances including FortiGate-VMX can be managed centrally to ensure consistent policy across private and hybrid clouds. FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer appliances can even be deployed for central security management and analytics in a vSphere-based private cloud, in public clouds, or used as a SaaS-managed cloud service.

FortiGate-VMX supports VMware vSphere 5.5 and higher and is compatible with vSphere, vCloud Suite, and NSX.


  • Visibility into all vSphere virtual network traffic
  • Auto-deploy and provision FortiGate-VMX elastically to new ESXi hosts
  • Instant-on real-time protection of new VM workloads
  • Session-state retained across vMotion live migration events
  • Object-based protection rules follow VM’s across IP or MAC address changes
  • Centralized management across physical and virtual Fortinet security appliances

Data Sheets:
FortiGate-VM products Fortinet FortiOS 5 – FortiCarrier Fortinet Product Matrix

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