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Rise of the Funnel Cloud: When Good Clouds Go Bad

In the simplest terms, the cloud allows users to store and access data and programs on someone else’s hardware, usually over the internet, rather than using their local device or network resources. But it is much more than simply offsite storage. It also includes services that allow users to replicate some or all of their local environment, from running applications to designing complex infrastructures. And it needs to be able to scale to lots of users. Simply put, you do not have a “cloud” unless...

By James CabeAugust 07, 2017

Industry Trends

Tornado warning: Commingling of public and IoT clouds?

Clouds are tricky things. It’s hard to tell where the foundations of a cloud reside. You could point at the physical infrastructure. Some of the best side-channel attacks target hardware. There is the operating system that runs everything. And there is the middleware, billing, hypervisors, drivers and web front ends. The potential attack surface of a cloud service provider (CSP) or consumption market platform is gigantic.

By James CabeAugust 07, 2017

Business and Technology

FortiCloud Now Manages FortiGate UTM Appliances

We are proud to announce that full cloud-based management is now available for our FortiGate UTM products through the FortiCloud services.  We have seen impressive growth in the adoption of our FortiCloud solution over the past several years that has validated the value of a cloud management model for Fortinet customers.  FortiCloud started 10 years ago as a cloud-based solution for log storage and analytics.  Over the years, we’ve improved those analytics and added the ability to mass deploy devices (FortiDeploy), independently...

By Peter NewtonAugust 01, 2017

Industry Trends

Bringing Your Cloud Visibility Back Into Focus

Like data center sprawl, virtualization sprawl occurs when the numbers, locations, and functions of virtual machines distributed across a network grow to the point that they can no longer be managed effectively. As organizations continue to move applications and other core workloads into the cloud, virtualization sprawl can give way to “security sprawl” if not architected properly. In order to achieve the scale, elasticity, and efficiency benefits of the cloud, the data and security elements across all environments must be integrated,...

By Darlene GannonJuly 31, 2017

Industry Trends

Preventing Cloud Blindness

For many organizations, embracing the potential of the new digital economy involves migrating services, data, and infrastructure to the cloud. The cloud is a powerfully disruptive technology. It allows businesses to be more agile, responsive, and available than ever before by transforming traditional compute architectures and best practices that have been in place for decades. Most organizations today have some sort of a cloud strategy. Nearly all of them are adopting a hybrid cloud infrastructure that combines their private cloud with one or...

By John MaddisonJune 29, 2017

Industry Trends

Software, Software all Around but Not a Tool to Use

For the past 3-4 years, there has been a lot of buzz in the Information Technology market around the Software Defined delivery of applications. In terms of meta-technology evolution, software is being used to create and deliver software. Yes, it is as confusing as it sounds. The Software Defined revolution has caught on in three distinct areas: data center and cloud, connectivity to applications, and the agile deployment or creation of services. Amazon Web Services has recently redefined the new SDDC, or Software Defined Datacenter space,...

By James CabeMay 08, 2017

Partners | Business and Technology

Fortinet Welcomes New Industry-Leading Technology Partners to Our Security Fabric Ecosystem

Today we announced the addition of eight industry-leading information technology providers to our Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program. These new partners further extend the Fortinet Security Fabric across traditional, cloud, virtual, and software-defined environments, while simplifying multi-vendor security deployments for enterprises.

By John WeltonMarch 14, 2017

Industry Trends

Byline: IoT is Everywhere - Your Security Should Be Too

IoT security challenges include weak authentication and authorization protocols, insecure software, firmware with hard-coded backdoors, poorly designed connectivity and communications, and little to no configurability. Many devices were developed around chunks of commonly available and largely untested code, compounding security vulnerabilities across thousands of devices sold through dozens of manufacturers. And to make matters worse, IoT devices are often “headless,” with limited power and processing capabilities. This not only means they can

By Jonathan Nguyen-DuyMarch 09, 2017

Industry Trends

Interoperability is the Key to Successful SDN/NFV Implementations

The key to success in the emerging world of white box hardware, SDN, NFV, NFV Orchestrators (NFVO), and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) is interoperability.  The promise of a new kind of network - easy to provision, flexible, easy to automate, and most critically, a source of new value-added functions is dependent on a whole range of disparate elements working together. This is no easy task, and it’s made no easier by the fact that there are still no widely adopted standards for interoperability. However, that did not stop the New IP Agency...

By Abel AberraMay 24, 2016