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Networking and security teams are constantly trying to maintain a balance between security, complexity, and application experience. This situation has become much more challenging with organizations adopting multiple clouds and hybrid cloud environments for their business needs. Fortinet’s new “Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud” solution addresses these challenges by enabling enterprise IT to build a seamless cloud-to-cloud network and security architecture that is consistent and robust across the different clouds.
Cloud infrastructure spend is rapidly becoming a larger portion of the CIO’s budget, and as a result, enterprises are increasingly adopting a multi-cloud approach for their cloud deployments. A multi-cloud strategy enables these organizations to avoid vendor lock-in and to select the best cloud services to meet the requirements of a particular application or workload. Organizations are also able to choose cost-optimized services and leverage geographically dispersed clouds for disaster recovery, to meet data sovereignty requirements, and to improve overall user experience. And a multi-cloud model also provides redundancy to reduce the risk of downtime.
For these reasons and more, enterprises are building their new data infrastructure across multiple clouds. And at the same time, IT continues to constantly evolve their cloud network infrastructure to meet new performance, security, scaling, and cost goals that have a tangible impact on their business outcomes.
However, even with so many benefits and use cases, multi-cloud is not without its challenges.
All these challenges demand a new approach for establishing secure and high-performance connectivity between multiple clouds—especially without increasing cost and complexity.
This new offering enables a unified networking and security strategy with a programmable framework to ensure consistent policies for securing and transporting traffic across multi-cloud environments. This application-aware overlay network can be easily deployed, and operates seamlessly across multiple Public and Private cloud virtual networks. It leverages internet connections as well as collocation and leased line connections to each cloud—including public cloud transport services like direct connect, express route, and interconnect—to offer the option of select different links per application and workload. And to reduce complexity and increase agility, the solution also supports repeatable deployments using automation templates and broad support for public cloud and SDN/SDDC integrations.
Next, this solution—supported by Fortinet fabric connectors that enable full integration with and between cloud providers—automatically updates dynamic addresses of workloads as they are spun up and spun down. Appropriate security policies are then dynamically tied to workloads without the need for manual intervention. In addition, cloud-native integrations, such as tag-based segmentation, enables the application of policies to segment workloads. And with pipelined automation that uses Cloud provider serverless functions, IT can decrease response times to security events through automation applied across multiple FortiGate-VM Secure SD-WAN nodes. And finally, deep packet inspection and advanced security, such as IPS and AV, provide deep visibility into any security threats across the multi-cloud deployment.
This solution can work on either cloud provider direct connections or internet links based on predefined or custom application signatures—and it also utilizes encryption to securely transport application traffic using internet links. And its SD-WAN dynamic path selection capability chooses optimal link(s) to deliver the best application experience. FortiGate-VM also offers over 20Gbps of IPsec performance for fast encrypted connections over internet links to reduce operational costs.
Here are a couple of the customer benefits Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud provides:
For those enterprises looking to reduce complexity, increase cost efficiency, and improve application experience when operating multi-cloud environments, Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud offers:
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