Fortinet acquires SASE cloud player OPAQ Networks

Fortinet acquires SASE cloud provider OPAQ

Mumbai: Fortinet, a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) cloud provider based in Herndon, Virginia. Fortinet said in a statement on Thursday, however it has not disclosed this deal’s financial details.

“SASE has become a topic of increased industry discussion and interest for enterprises and partners alike,” wrote John Maddison, VP – Networking, Fortinet in a blog.

“That’s because today’s organizations require immediate, uninterrupted, and secure access to network and cloud-based resources and data – especially business-critical applications – no matter where their users are located,” added Maddison.

For Fortinet, QPAQ Networks‘ acquisition is a very strategic one as it further strengthens the company’s existing SASE platform. Fortinet’s Security Fabric it will be integrated with OPAQ’s patented ZTNA solution, giving the Sunnyvale, California headquartered company an edge in the industry over the competition.

OPAQ acquisition actually further enhances our existing SASE offering enabling Fortinet to deliver the most complete SASE platform on the market.,” said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO – Fortinet.

“Fortinet SASE platform delivers the broadest security and industry-leading SD-WAN and networking offerings that can all be delivered to customers and partners through a flexible, cost efficient and patented zero-trust cloud architecture,” added Xie.

“The recent SASE market momentum further validates our Security-driven Networking approach and underscores what we’ve been saying for year,” stressed Xie.

OPAQ’s Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) cloud solution protects organizations’ distributed networks – from data centers, to branch offices, to remote users, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Fortinet’s Security Fabric combined with OPAQ’s patented ZTNA solution enhances Fortinet’s existing SASE offering and other product capabilities.

Moreover, OPAQ’s purpose-built, partner-friendly platform empowers MSSPs, carriers and high value-add partners to easily integrate the SASE multi-tenant platform into their own offering. And add value to business and government organization customers with their Network Operations Centre (NOC) and Security Operations Centre (SOC) expertise and advanced professional services.

Given remote workforce trends, with exponentially more users, devices, applications, services, and data outside of a traditional enterprise edge than inside.

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