Being responsive to users, partners, and customers means deploying applications and services much more quickly than in the past. At the same time, organizations still need to ensure confidentiality and privacy in today’s increasingly consolidated environments. In this video, Cisco and Fortinet talk about how their consolidated solution meets these joint goals by leveraging software-defined networking (SDN).
This past summer, the companies integrated Fortinet’s FortiGate with Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) so customers can extend the agility and operational benefits of SDN security solutions through physical or virtual FortiGate security appliances. The integration enables security features such as firewalls, advanced intrusion prevention (IPS), and threat management to seamlessly operate with the ACI fabric for a variety of cloud and data center use cases.
Joint customer Qbranch, a Swedish service provider, talks in the video about how orchestration of Fortinet’s SDN security framework with ACI helps the company reduce costs and provide better service delivery in its multitenant environments.
Qbranch customers demand higher value layer 4 through 7 services and depend on the provider to make numerous changes on their behalf. Historically, this has led to challenges with manually provisioning firewalls and security policies. “When you have a large amount of policies, it’s hard to know which ones are still being used and which ones aren’t,” Qbranch network architect Rok Podgrajsek says.
Qbranch says the FortiGate-ACI integration helps the company segment security between its own customers as well as orchestrate customers’ changes. “We’re looking to integrate as many functions as possible to ACI, which will make it easier for us to orchestrate in terms of adding and moving firewalls,” Podgrajsek says.
Watch the video to learn more about how the Fortinet-ACI integration helps enterprises and service providers achieve greater agility in their cloud and data center networks, while maintaining the highest levels of security, privacy, and compliance.