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Fortinet Secures and Simplifies Customer Migration to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

By Jonathan Nguyen-Duy | August 21, 2020

Customer Perspectives

Organizations are increasingly migrating data and applications to and between public cloud environments. It’s difficult for these organizations to gain visibility and control of their security posture when they rely on disparate solutions that all take different approaches to security and offer different tools. It’s also hard for a strained security team to stay on top of isolated solutions that fail to integrate. 

Through its Dynamic Cloud Security offerings, Fortinet provides customers with solutions that provide centralized management and visibility across public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. Fortinet integrates with all leading cloud service providers to give customers advanced security to protect their public clouds. Among the cloud providers, Fortinet directly integrates with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), delivering the broadest set of security use cases available for OCI.

The following customers selected Fortinet’s Dynamic Cloud Security to secure their OCI workloads or applications:

U.S. Public College Turns to Fortinet’s Dynamic Cloud Security Offerings for Seamless Integration

Located in a hot spot for natural disasters, a U.S. public college decided to migrate some of its key applications to the cloud, starting with its PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning (ERP) application suite. The college wanted to ensure that if its on-campus network was downed by a storm, it would still be able to support its tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff. Because the college began its cloud migration with PeopleSoft—an Oracle solution—they looked to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as a possible cloud service provider. When it came to securing its new deployment, this customer turned to Fortinet’s Dynamic Cloud Security offerings that seamlessly integrate with OCI

A rapid and highly successful proof-of-concept (POC) led to the selection of the FortiGate-VM next-generation firewall (NGFW) on OCI. The FortiGate-VM firewall also enabled the college’s IT team to segment the network into zones, effectively isolating its websites, applications, databases, and administrative domains. This was especially important, as numerous cyberattacks enter on-premises networks through internet-exposed interfaces in cloud environments. Segmentation prevents attacks from spreading, minimizing the risk to the rest of the college network.

Additionally, the college’s DevOps team has also migrated its testing environment to OCI. The DevOps team is benefitting from OCI’s Shapes – templates that determines the number of CPUs, amount of memory, and other resources allocated to a newly created instance – as well as preconfigured Terraform templates for FortiGate NGFWs– simplifying the customer’s secure journey to OCI. They are saving staff hours every time they spin up a test environment, which they do about 12 times a year leading to significant annual productivity gains. In addition, using templates reduces misconfigurations in the cloud, a potential source of firewall breaches.

Large Supermarket Chain Simplifies Migration to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

A supermarket chain with more than 40 stores was using firewalls in tandem with older-generation equipment. This posed several problems prompting them to search for a cloud platform to host its servers. After the company’s IT team considered different options, it chose Fortinet’s Dynamic Cloud Security offerings which provided the best solution and included a strong recommendation from Oracle. Specifically, this customer deployed Fortinet’s FortiGate-VM in the Oracle Cloud environment. 

As a result of Fortinet and OCI’s seamless integration, this customer was able to establish protection between servers, and created a secure communication channel from the cloud to the data center, allowing information to be exchanged more securely. The IT team instantly saw how Fortinet provided a single management panel with native visibility and control right inside the cloud. 

Working together with the customer and Oracle, Fortinet was able to help the customer migrate more than 40 database workloads in a secure environment to OCI. Overall, the company has been able to simplify its processes and boost network performance, while having confidence that its cloud environment isn’t vulnerable to threats.  

Identity Management Provider Secures Crucial Cloud Environments

An identity management provider had recently transitioned to an OCI-based architecture to streamline IT operations, reduce costs, and improve organizational agility and scalability. It was then looking for a security solution to protect its workloads. The company selected Fortinet’s Dynamic Cloud Security offerings, including FortiGate-VM next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) in a virtual machine (VM) footprint and high-availability configuration, to secure traffic to and from the company’s OCI instance, as well as for internal network segmentation. One differentiator of Fortinet’s offerings was the broadly supported next-generation firewall and Security Management solutions, which run natively in OCI.

The identity management provider had used FortiGate NGFWs to protect its on-premises network for years and they trusted the ability of Fortinet to secure their crucial cloud environments as well. The customer also recognized how Fortinet’s support of multi-cloud environments was beneficial for standardizing solutions across not only its OCI and on-premises environments, but also across other cloud services. 

Fortinet Delivers Dynamic Cloud Security for Customers Using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Fortinet Dynamic Cloud Security solutions provide the necessary visibility and control across cloud infrastructures, enabling secure applications and connectivity from data center to cloud. Ultimately, Fortinet gives customers the confidence to deploy any application on any cloud infrastructure. 

Learn how Fortinet’s dynamic cloud security solutions provide increased visibility and control across cloud infrastructures, enabling secure applications and connectivity from data center to cloud. 

Read these customer case studies to see how Hillsborough Community College and WeLab implement Fortinet’s dynamic cloud security solutions for secure connectivity from data center to the cloud.