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Fortinet Ranks Highest in Two Key Use Cases in 2020 Gartner Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure Report

By Nirav Shah | October 16, 2020

Digital innovation and increasing cloud application bandwidth demands have led network infrastructure and operations leaders to turn to SD-WAN as a de-facto solution for their WAN transformation and roadmap efforts. In a crowded SD-WAN market of over 80 vendors, it’s more critical than ever for organizations to be able to identify the right solution that best fits their specific use cases. The Gartner September 2020 Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure report offers essential research that we believe helps organizations to differentiate between vendors based on their deployment, operational flexibility, and application performance requirements. 

The Gartner Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities Reports

Gartner’s well-known annual Magic Quadrant reports recognizes vendors in a variety of key technical markets based on key factors, like their ability to execute and the completeness of their vision. However, there are additional Gartner reports that may provide further insight for those organizations looking to select and deploy a solution that best suits their specific use case. Gartner’s “Critical Capabilities” reports use proprietary methodologies to score organizations in critical subcategories within each Magic Quadrant area based on more granular criteria. These reports extend the value of the more general Magic Quadrant recognitions by providing deeper insight into providers’ product and service offerings for key market segments.

Fortinet Scores Highest in “Security-Sensitive WAN” (4.26/5) and” Small Footprint Retail WAN” (4.14/5) Use Cases and Scored Third Highest in the “Large Global WAN” (4.09/5) Use Case in Gartner 2020 Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure Report

This September, Fortinet was identified as a Leader in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. But just as importantly, Fortinet also received the highest scores in two use cases in the Gartner September 2020 “Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure” report. In that analysis, Fortinet’s SD-WAN solution scored highest in the “Security-Sensitive WAN” (4.26/5) and “Small Footprint Retail WAN” (4.14/5) use cases and scored the third highest for the “Large Global WAN” (4.09/5) use case.

These three use cases are characterized by key requirements, as outlined below:

Security-Sensitive WAN: A security-sensitive WAN typical in some mid- to large-scale organizations from 25 sites and higher that are focused on securing branch offices as the main priority where network and security procurements are increasingly converging.

Small Footprint Retail WAN: This category is a representative of small site/mass deployment needs that are common in such retail markets as convenience stores, quick service restaurants, gas stations, specialty retail, bank ATMs and independent insurance agents.

Large Global WAN: This category looks at the needs of larger multinational organizations with a global WAN requirement for more than 200 sites, and that spans at least two continents.

We believe that, with our Security-Driven Networking approach and custom-built ASICs, Fortinet delivers a scalable, flexible Secure SD-WAN solution that customers can deploy across the home, branch, campus and multi-cloud.

According to Gartner, “SD-WAN product differentiation is primarily based on feature breadth and/or depth, specifically on security, application performance optimization, and cloud features.” In addition, they cite that “simplified and unified security is a main driver for customers as they determine the best architectural approach for the integration of networking and security.” As an industry leader in both security and SD-WAN, we believe Fortinet offers the most comprehensive SD-WAN solution available, enabling customers to achieve best user experience at reduced cost and complexity, while delivering on our strong vision of providing a flexible and secure solution anywhere. 

Recent Recognitions for Fortinet Secure SD-WAN 

We are absolutely thrilled to be positioned as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner WAN Edge Magic Quadrant, to be named as a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure, and to be recognized in the 2020 Gartner Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure report!

Read the full 2020 Gartner Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure report.

Learn more about Fortinet Secure SD-WAN.

Gartner Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure, Jonathan Forest, Andrew Lerner, Naresh Singh, 30, September 2020.

Gartner, Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WAN Edge Infrastructure, PEERS, Published 13 April 2020

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge InfrastructurePublished 23, September 2020, Jonathan Forest, Andrew Lerner, Naresh Singh

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