Setup a basic site-to-site IPsec VPN between headquarters and branch office using FortiGates running FortiOS v5.0.
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With network traffic growing exponentially, application performance and cost of internet traffic are two of the biggest IT challenges that organizations face. Until now, network managers and administrators lacked a comprehensive solution for monitoring and securing network resources and bandwidth while meeting user expectations for fast and secure application response.
WAN optimization reduces bandwidth usage between data centers and clients devices by applying advanced compression algorithm, data caching and other techniques to reduce the transmission of data. This results in more effective use of bandwidth, better application performance and reduces the high costs of WAN links between data centers.
Fortinet combines WAN optimization and Multi-threat protection in the FortiGate consolidated security appliances. This reduces the complexity and maintenance overhead faced by many IT organization. FortiGate appliances support WAN optimization and web caching to improve application performance and security of traffic passing between locations on your wide area network (WAN) or from the Internet to your web servers.
You can also use the FortiGate unit as an explicit web proxy and caching server to improve the performance of your web servers. Fortinet Endpoint solution such as FortiClient supports WAN optimization and fully integrates with the FortiGate consolidated security appliances.
We think highly of the FortiGate appliances ability to provide various security functions within one appliance, rather than forcing us to implement specific security software one by one. In addition, we liked its clear fee structure for initial licensing based on an annual per store cost. The deployment of FortiGate appliances enabled us to share a huge amount of data in a secure manner. We plan to drive further development, including a management system to understand all aspects of our outlets, such as photo shooting status, the delivery of commercial messages to our customers to highlight our outlets and the delivery of streaming images to our employees as part of training. Furthermore, we will consider developing a dedicated store system tailored for digital photography, rather than use a common POS system for retail outlets modified for photo studios.