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|Fortinet Expands the Security Fabric with Enhanced Software-Defined Wide Area Networking Capabilities|
|Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:03:52 AM|
New SD-WAN Functionality Combined with Security Fabric Features Enable Distributed Enterprises to Increase Flexibility with Reduced Cost and Complexity
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Apr 4, 2017
John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions at Fortinet ďIncreasing adoption of public cloud requires Wide Area Networking infrastructures that can reliably and efficiently connect branch offices to corporate resources. SD-WAN technology offers flexible connectivity options, quality of service features, automated network connection services and simplified deployment to keep up with the shifts in enterprise traffic usage. The benefits and capabilities of SD-WAN are now built into FortiOS 5.6 to deliver a seamlessly integrated solution that simplifies our customersí transition to a more flexible, scalable and secure software-defined network infrastructure.Ē
Fortinetģ (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced the latest expansion of its Security Fabric, featuring enhanced SD-WAN functionality that is integrated with Fortinetís proven security capabilities. FortiOS version 5.6 consolidates advanced security with software-defined networking functions. This integration enables distributed enterprises to simplify their infrastructures, reduce WAN costs and securely provide their users with direct access to the public cloud, datacenter and SaaS services they need to successfully compete in the digital economy.
Facing the increasing access and connectivity demands of todayís digital economy, businesses are looking to SD-WAN solutions to overcome the limited scale, higher costs and increased complexity characteristic of traditional WAN architectures. Despite these advantages, many enterprises are hesitant to adopt SD-WAN solutions due to the security concerns of allowing direct access to sensitive SaaS services and data, along with rising threat trends like SSL encrypted malware, ransomware and an ever-increasing volume of advanced intrusion attempts.
High-Performance Security for SD-WAN
Fortinetís enhanced SD-WAN solutions address these challenges by consolidating its Security Fabric protections with SD-WAN functionality to reduce complexity without sacrificing security effectiveness or network performance. Deployment options include FortiGate Enterprise Firewalls and FortiHypervisors to give distributed enterprises the flexibility to tailor implementations to meet their individual security and networking needs.
Fortinet delivers these enhanced SD-WAN capabilities leveraging its proprietary Security Processing Unit to accelerate security and networking-specific tasks. This optimized architecture delivers deep security analysis and inspection capabilities that meet and exceed enterprise-class, general-purpose CPUs that power competing products.
Optimized SD-WAN with Security Fabric Control and Visibility
Distributed enterprises can leverage the benefits of centralized management, visibility and automation capabilities of the Fortinet Security Fabric to reduce complexity and increase IT efficiency. Fortinet enhanced SD-WAN includes zero-touch deployment options and new orchestration and service chaining capabilities.
Security Fabric Ecosystem of SD-WAN Partners
The open nature of the Security Fabric gives distributed enterprises the flexibility of leveraging Fortinetís expanding ecosystem of Fabric-Ready SD-WAN partners. Fortinetís well-defined APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) enable deep integration with the Fortinet Security Fabric and partners undergo solution validation with a commitment to ongoing interoperability as part of the program. The Fabric Ready program simplifies implementation and operation of multi-vendor SD-WAN architectures.
Fortinetís enhanced SD-WAN features will be included in the FortiOS version 5.6 update available April 11.