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Three Years in a Row: Fortinet Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN

By Nirav Shah and Rami Rammaha | September 15, 2022

Two Years in a Row: Fortinet is ranked #1 for three of five use cases – Remote Workers, Security-sensitive WAN, & WAN for Small Branches – in the 2022 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for SD-WAN Report

We are pleased to announce that Fortinet has been named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN for the third year in a row, is placed highest in Ability to Execute for the second year in a row, and has been consistently recognized for Completeness of Vision. We believe our placement as a Leader is a testament to our ongoing investment, prioritization, and commitment in our Secure SD-WAN solution to address evolving customer needs across verticals and use cases. Fortinet is also the only vendor to have been ranked #1 in three of the five use cases in the companion Gartner Critical Capability report for the past two years for Remote Worker, Security-Sensitive WAN, and WAN for Small Branches.

That Fortinet vision first led to our integrating SD-WAN and NGFW to secure network transformation. We were also the first to deliver SD-WAN integrated with Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) enforcement to better secure and connect hybrid work. And by delivering the industry’s only SD-WAN ASIC, Fortinet enables organizations to achieve massive scale and high-performance without security compromises – all controlled using a single management system.   

With over 19,000 SD-WAN customers worldwide, organizations across all industries and verticals trust Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to address their challenges in transforming and securing their WAN.

We believe that our placement as a Leader is due in part because Fortinet Secure SD-WAN’s on-premises and cloud-delivered security, cloud on-ramp, deployment flexibility, and scalability capabilities are built to meet evolving customer requirements. We also believe that it was our ongoing investment in developing advanced solutions—such as Secure SD-WAN support for SASE, predictive artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps), and built-in SaaS monitoring leveraging digital experience monitoring (DEM)—that contributed to our being positioned as a leader in this year’s Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN and helped place us highest in ability to execute and recognized for completeness of vision.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN: A future-proof solution that protects your investment

Networks are growing increasingly complex. At the same time, the network attack surface is rapidly expanding while inefficient network operations compound complexity. Addressing modern complexity, threat exposure, and operational inefficiencies requires an SD-WAN designed to adapt to today’s rapidly evolving business environment.

Enable the seamless convergence of SD-WAN and AI-powered security

Using a single, consistent operating system—FortiOS—combined with integrated advanced security services—such as deep SSL packet inspection, DNS/URL/Video filtering, AV, in-line sandbox, IPS, and IoT/OT security services, and more—Fortinet delivers superior security and optimized user and network experience. And with the industry’s only SD-WAN ASIC, a custom processor designed specifically to offload critical SD-WAN functions, organizations can achieve all this while ensuring high-performance. We believe this ability has contributed to our #1 ranking in the “Security-Sensitive WAN” use case for the last four years.

Support for your hybrid workforce

With its built-in universal ZTNA enforcement functionality—at no additional cost—organizations can provide consistent quality of experience for users moving between the office and off-premises locations while ensuring consistent security posture effectiveness for today’s mobile workforce. Enforcing one policy consistently across all edges, including off- and on-network users protects the entire digital attack surface while eliminating device sprawl. We believe abilities such as these contributed to our having been ranked #1 in the “Remote Worker” use case for the past two years.

Accelerating your digital-first journey and enabling a seamless transition to SASE

Transforming the WAN without transforming security can create challenges for organizations, especially as the volume and sophistication of cyberattacks increase and the digital attack surface grows. However, this requires converging on-premises SD-WAN and security with cloud-delivered security. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN provides seamless and secure connectivity to hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Its single OS design allows Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to converge networking and security everywhere, simplifying operations, centralizing management, and ensuring consistent capabilities and enforcement. This unique ability to secure users and business-critical applications in any location allows organizations to confidently adopt a cloud-first strategy and accelerate their digital-first journey.

Simplify your remote offices with Secure SD-Branch

Organizations across retail, financial services, law firms, and other market segments are looking to simplify their infrastructure by building a software-defined branch. Fortinet’s Secure SD-Branch solution extends the features of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN across the entire branch network to deliver the most secure and manageable remote branch. Integrating network and security functions, combined with unified management, accelerates deployment while simplifying branch network architectures. We believe this has played a key role in our having been ranked #1 in the “WAN for Small Branches” use case for three years in a row.

Seamlessly shift to LTE/5G Wireless WAN

As LTE/4G/5G connectivity becomes a primary branch link, there is a need to ensure that such connectivity is reliable and secure. By tightly integrating connectivity with a Secure SD-WAN solution with a single, unified management platform, that shift can be easily facilitated, managed, and maintained. 

Enhance both IT and user experience

As operations become more complex, it is essential that organizations can identify and respond to connectivity and security issues faster than ever. This requires the ability to quickly see and troubleshoot problems and precisely pinpoint where an issue is coming from. And perhaps more importantly, predict and address potential issues before they become critical. Adding advanced AIOps and SaaS monitoring with DEM capabilities makes this possible, improving the overall experience for users and IT.

In addition to being named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN, Fortinet was also named a Customers’ Choice in the March 2022 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WAN Edge Infrastructure report—for the third year in a row—in recognition of the reviews that customers voluntarily submit about their experience with our Secure SD-WAN solution.

Fortinet’s commitment to our customers is reflected in these recognitions

Fortinet has always been committed to being at the forefront of SD-WAN innovation. And this commitment continues as customer use cases change and networks continue to evolve. Because of Fortinet’s unique approach to delivering Secure SD-WAN, customers worldwide realize superior quality of experience for their users, and a simplified architecture with accelerated security for their organization, helping them compete more effectively and efficiently in today’s digital marketplace.

To learn more about Fortinet’s Leader position, download the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN report.

To learn more about Fortinet’s #1 rankings, download the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for SD-WAN report.

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Gartner, Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN, Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Karen Brown, 12th September 2022.