You can deploy FortiGate virtual machines (VMs) to support Auto Scaling on AWS. This requires a manual deployment incorporating CloudFormation Templates (CFTs). Fortinet provides a FortiGate Autoscale for AWS deployment package to facilitate the deployment.
Multiple FortiGate-VM instances form an Auto Scaling group (ASG) to provide highly efficient clustering at times of high workloads. FortiGate-VM instances can be scaled out automatically according to predefined workload levels. When a spike in traffic occurs, a Lambda script is invoked to scale out the ASG by automatically adding FortiGate-VM instances. Auto Scaling is achieved by using FortiGate-native High Availability (HA) features such as
config-sync, which synchronizes operating system (OS) configurations across multiple FortiGate-VM instances at the time of scale-out events.
FortiGate Autoscale for AWS is available with FortiOS 6.2.3 and supports any combination of On-Demand (PAYG) and Bring Your Own License (BYOL) instances. Support for 6.0.x will be available soon.
Before you deploy FortiGate Autoscale for AWS, it is recommended that you become familiar with the following AWS services. If you are new to AWS, see Getting Started.
- Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2)
- Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
- Amazon VPC
- AWS CloudFormation
- AWS Lambda
- Amazon DynamoDB
- Amazon API Gateway
- Amazon CloudWatch
- Amazon S3
FortiGate Autoscale for AWS uses AWS CFTs to deploy the following components:
- A highly available architecture that spans two Availability Zones (AZs)
- An Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS
- An Internet gateway to allow access to the Internet
- In the public subnets, FortiGate-VMs that act as NAT gateways, allowing outbound Internet access for resources in the private subnets
- In the public subnets, a FortiGate-VM host in an ASG complements AWS security groups to provide intrusion protection, web filtering, and threat detection to protect your services from cyber-attacks. It also allows VPN access by authorized users.
- An external facing network load balancer is created as part of the deployment process. An internal facing network load balancer is optional.
- Amazon API Gateway, which acts as a front door by providing a callback URL for the FortiGate-VM ASG. FortiGate-VMs use an API Gateway to send API calls and to process FortiGate
config-synctasks to synchronize OS configuration across multiple FortiGate-VM instances at the time of the Auto Scaling scale-out event. This is currently only for internal use. There is no public access available.
- AWS Lambda, which allows you to run certain scripts and code without provisioning servers. Fortinet provides Lambda scripts for running Auto Scaling. Lambda functions are used to handle Auto Scaling, failover management, AWS CloudFormation deployment, and configuration for other related components.
- An Amazon DynamoDB database that uses Fortinet-provided scripts to store information about Auto Scaling condition states