The FortiSwitch-5203B board is an Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) compliant hub/switch board. When operating in content cluster mode, the FortiSwitch-5203B board is session aware and can be configured with firewall policies and other FortiGate configuration options. The FortiSwitch-5203B board itself performs firewalling, stateful inspection, VPN routing and other FortiGate functions. The FortiSwitch-5203B board load balances sessions to the worker boards using weighted load balancing.
You also connect the FortiSwitch-5203B board to your 10-gigabit network using the F1 to F8 front panel SFP+ connectors. The front panel also includes an Ethernet management interface, an RJ-45 console port for connecting to the FortiOS CLI and a USB port. The USB port can be used with any USB key for backing up and restoring configuration files.