FortiGate is Fortinet's firewall platform, termed “NGFW” and/or “UTM” given the various advanced inspection features nowadays found in its operating system, FortiOS.

Hardware FortiGate platforms may be equipped with various components:

  • Interfaces
  • ASIC (or SPUs): NP, CP, DP
  • Switch fabrics
  • Management CPU and memory

Other than ASIC technology, most information relevant to hardware FortiGate platform is also generally relevant for virtual versions of FortiGate, termed FortiGate-VM