Inherently Secure Switching Provides Relief for Lean IT Team

“We had to dedicate a lot of staff hours to managing the legacy switches and everything attached to them. FortiSwitch has significantly reduced that complexity.”

– Rick Huang, Senior Director of IT, Fortinet

 

A pioneer in integrated security and SD-WAN, Fortinet has experienced unprecedented market success, leading to rapid expansion of the company’s facilities in North America and Europe. Committed to support this growth without compromising security, the Fortinet IT team decided to apply its security-driven networking principles using elements of the Fortinet Security Fabric.

Fortinet deployed FortiSwitch data center switches at its network core and FortiSwitch secure access switches at the network edges to connect users and applications at multiple sites. The FortiSwitch appliances also provide connectivity and power to FortiAP wireless access points (APs), FortiCamera security cameras, and FortiRecorder video security appliances. By using the FortiLink mode to deploy the switches through FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFWs), the IT team reduced switch deployment time by 90%, while ensuring that network security policies and access layer functions can be managed through a single pane of glass. As a result, Fortinet has halved its network troubleshooting time, saving thousands of dollars a year on network management costs.

Learn how Fortinet leveraged FortiSwitch in conjunction with FortiGate and other elements of the Fortinet Security Fabric to support burgeoning growth in this case study.

Business Impact

 

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90% reduction in switch deployment time

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Up to 50% reduction in time to troubleshoot network issues, leading to annual savings of around $10,000

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Inherently secure switching, with consistent policy management

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Easy scalability to support high throughput for both internal and cloud-based applications

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Ability to centrally manage globally dispersed access switches

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