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Grupo Universal

Grupo Universal Integrates Communications and Security with Secure SD-WAN

"The shift from a communications infrastructure to Fortinet solutions was key for us. We achieved centralized management that provides greater control over each of our branch locations. The integrated Security Fabric has also helped improve external and internal cyberattack detection within our infrastructure. Single-pane-of-glass management has unified our patch management and helps manage FortiGate appliances. In addition, we have optimized bandwidth thanks to Secure SD-WAN, which has saved us $70,000 per year."

Miguel Raúl González, IT Operations Management Director at Grupo Universal


Grupo Universal, a Dominican Republic conglomerate, is comprised of 10 subsidiaries that provide insurance, financial, and other services. With 55 years in the making, Grupo Universal is an established innovator in the Dominican Republic and is known for helping the greater community with products and services. With these ideals in mind, they launched their digital and technological transformation in 2017.

To keep pace with today’s digital economy, Grupo Universal wanted to decentralize infrastructure, enable secure wireless connectivity, and provide high-performance networks to meet user and technological demands. With Fortinet, Grupo Universal IT teams were able to integrate FortiGate Secure SD-WAN with other Security Fabric solutions, deploying high-performance communications infrastructure with end-to-end security. Additional Security Fabric integrations enabled network access control for devices across the network, all managed with a single pane of glass.

Learn more about Grupo Universal’s journey of selecting and deploying the Fortinet Security Fabric in this case study.

Business Impact


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Improved performance and communications speeds with redundant links across all locations

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Cost savings of $30,000 per year in communication links and $70,000 per year in WAN optimization

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Faster cloud access and cloud-hosted applications with local breakouts

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