The SD-WAN market is so hot right now that vendors, especially security companies, can’t help but jump in.
The company also updated its operating system to power what it calls security-driven networking, including new features for SD-WAN, edge, and multi-cloud environments.
The service uses Nokia’s Nuage Networks for SD-WAN, Fortinet for virtual security services, Netcracker for VNF management, and Cisco for services orchestration.
The boost is a virtual security processing unit (SPU) technology that powers VNFs for delivering increased application security with only a small footprint that requires less storage and a boot time lasting “within seconds.”
This extends a 7-year partnership between the Oman-based service provider and Fortinet.
This approach provides a granular level of security control by matching functionality to specific use cases and business requirements.
Execs didn’t say which competitors Fortinet’s security products displaced, but it competes against companies including Palo Alto Networks, Check Point Software, and Cisco.
The company’s software enables organizations to see where business-critical data is going and if people are doing things with it that they shouldn’t be – either accidentally or maliciously.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of containers is that they can be managed by Kubernetes, which is a pre-defined operational model.
The company acquired NAC vendor Bradford Networks earlier this summer. Today it’s essentially rebranding Bradford’s technology as FortiNAC.
Fortinet bragged today that it was the only vendor with security capabilities to receive an SD-WAN recommended rating in the first NSS Labs software-defined wide area networking test report.
The security company’s impressive growth results boosted its stock and put it on track to beat its previous closing high.
According to Gartner research, there are more than 60 SD-WAN vendors, and 90 percent of them offer little or no security. Fortinet’s SD-WAN has a single controller to manage both the security and the other SD-WAN features.
Machine learning allows Fortinet’s WAF to provide almost 100 percent application threat detection accuracy without requiring additional fine tuning, the company claims.
It does this through one-click integrations with partners including AWS, Cisco ACI, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and VMware NSX.