Next-gen firewall and SD-WAN combo help Fortinet to gain traction in the SD-WAN marketplace

Bangalore: Fortinet, a global cybersecurity provider said that it has gained significant traction in the SD-WAN marketplace by delivering a comprehensive SD-WAN solution that provides both SD-WAN and security functionality in a single integrated offering for distributed enterprise branches.

The growing appeal ofSD-WAN technologies has caught the attention of the IT world and many are realizing the benefits of efficient cloud adoption, broad application visibility and lowered operating costs. But without the right solution, the speed and agility of SD-WAN can come at the expense of security. To respond to this pervasive industry challenge, Fortinet produced the industry’s first NGFW-centric approach to SD-WAN by tightly integrating SD-WAN functionality into the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall. This approach produces a compelling solution that combines the increased scalability, flexibility, simplicity and cost savings of SD-WAN with industry-leading security protection.

Hundreds of customers from around the world have already chosen Fortinet for their secure SD-WAN solution. Amongst this group, Fortinet has seen three distinct use cases emerge that tackle the most difficult challenges in the distributed enterprise branch. In response to customer feedback, the latest updates to the FortiOS operating system have directly addressed these issues.

“The enterprise branch is undergoing intense digital transformation and we’re seeing application consumption models rapidly move to the cloud. As our customers move toward direct internet access, they understand the growing need for next-generation firewall capabilities and high SSL inspection performance. To make sure customers realize the benefits of SD-WAN without compromising security, Fortinet has evolved our advanced SD-WAN features in the latest FortiOS releases. This focus on secure SD-WAN is clearly resonating with the hundreds of customers and partners who are taking advantage of Fortinet’s unique combination of next-generation firewall and SD-WAN in the same offering, managed through a single centralized controller,” said Rajesh Maurya, Regional VP India & SAARC – Fortinet.

Fortinet takes a customer- and partner-centric approach to improving its SD-WAN functionality and allowing customers to rapidly adopt cloud applications while keeping security a top priority. Through recent updates to the FortiOS operating system that make SD-WAN a native component of the Fortinet Security Fabric and the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall, Fortinet gives customers the right tools for undergoing digital transformation without the security risks inherent in other solutions that don’t take a security-first approach.

Three distinct use cases such as digital transformation at enterprise branch, reduce WAN opex spending while maintaining high application performance, consolidation of networking and security and hundreds of satisfied customers prove that Fortinet has the security and networking expertise to tackle the industry’s toughest challenges in implementing SD-WAN.

“As a leader in the distributed enterprise market, Fortinet deeply understands the needs of customers looking to deploy the newest WAN initiatives, such as SD-WAN. Fortinet has been evolving SD-WAN as an industry-leading feature of its FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall to offer a compelling combination of SD-WAN and security in a single appliance. This significantly increases business agility, simplifies customer deployment and provides single-pane-of-glass management for better visibility and protection,” said Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research.

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