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Our Customers Emphasize the Value of FortiGate Secure SD-WAN in Gartner Peer Insights Reviews

By Fortinet | January 04, 2019

Across industries, organizations are deploying an increasing number of cloud services and cloud-enabled products. This digital transformation has led to the adoption of SaaS and multi-cloud solutions. To extend the benefits of these changes to the entire network, customers need to re-think their WAN design for efficient and secure access. Without such changes, digital transformation can strain WAN infrastructure, damage performance, reduce visibility, and impact the user experience. To overcome this challenge, many organizations have begun to look toward adopting SD-WAN solutions.

An SD-WAN infrastructure amplifies the benefits of an integrated and efficient WAN edge. However, it is essential for organizations that upgrade to SD-WAN that they upgrade their security tools as well. That’s because SD-WAN solutions are simply not sufficiently secured by traditional perimeter defenses.

Modern SD-WAN solutions not only need to offer uninterrupted performance, but must also be reinforced with features to secure distributed networks from advanced cyberattacks, especially for those branch offices that also include direct Internet access to online and cloud-based resources. This stark reality is why 72% of executives surveyed in a recent Gartner report stated that securing their SD-WAN deployment was their top concern.

FortiGate Secure SD-WAN

To meet the security demands of modern networks, Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN solution incorporates all of the security features organizations need to protect their distributed networks. It is application aware, offers single-pane-of-glass visibility and management, includes integrated advanced threat protection, improves cloud application performance, and reduces costs by leveraging multi-broadband connectivity.   

FortiGate Secure SD-WAN has been well received by the industry, earning a “Recommended” rating from NSS labs and positive feedback from users on Gartner Peer Insights. Hear what some of our users had to say about our secure SD-WAN solution below.

Easy To Deploy And Use

Network Security Administrator, $3B-$10B Energy and Utilities Company

“The FortiGate Firewalls are currently among the best in the Market for their extremely simplified UI, ease of deployment and maintenance.”

Easy Integration With Excellent Hardware Architecture

Infrastructure and Operations, $3B-10B Finance Company

“Integrated easily into our environments. Hardware architecture is a competitive advantage to manage policy processing.”

Simple SD-WAN Solution To Replace Costly MPLS

Network Engineer, Education

“We wanted a solution that was built into a firewall for ease of deployment and cost savings. After evaluating all of the vendors, we ended up going with Fortinet - largely for the SD WAN offering. After doing a proof of concept, we found that using the SD-WAN solution actually resulted in less latency between sites compared to our MPLS. We were able to save at least $10k a month by removing the MPLS, which was a huge return on our investment. Not only was the SD-WAN offering great, but the entire package of Fortinet products paired together greatly improved our overall security posture and gave us more insight into our network.”

Fast Set Up And Scalability For SD-WAN

Senior Information Security Manager, $3B-10B Manufacturing Company

“SD-WAN as it is, is a technology advance for a new era of WAN solutions, in particular Fortinet has a fast set up and scalability with all features inside NGFW.”

Easy Implementation And Help Us To Simplify Our Connections

Sr. Global IT Security, $500M-1B Services Company

“Excellent solution, very flexible and easy to operate, with FortiGate SD-WAN we could remove our MPLS and simplify our operations worldwide.”

Final Thoughts

As enterprise networks become more distributed, SD-WAN will become the preferred networking choice to ensure performance along with essential agility and simplicity for critical business applications. However, organizations must be careful that they do not employ these solutions without considering how to effectively address their unique security needs. Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN is the only solution available on the market today that ensures an optimized WAN experience that includes a fully integrated suite of advanced security measures. 


Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end users based on their own experiences, and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.


Read more about how Fortinet’s security-first approach to SD-WAN continues to gain momentum.

Read our blog: “IT Leaders Are Concerned About SD-WAN Security

Read the Gartner report: “Survey Analysis: Address Security and Digital Concerns to Maintain Rapid SD-WAN Growth