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Fortinet and Nutanix

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Fortinet and Nutanix Network Security Solution

Fortinet and Nutanix form a software-defined solution with secure, scalable, hyperconverged infrastructure for virtualized applications. FortiGate-VM operates on Nutanix AHV to deliver deeper visibility into applications.

Using Nutanix Cloud, you can make your data center work more efficiently, run apps as you would like, regardless of scale, and unify your cloud infrastructure, bringing everything under a central umbrellaNutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution that delivers any application at any scale.

What is Nutanix?

Nutanix is a set of tools you can use to build cloud infrastructure. In reality, you can think of it as a combination of both tools and “materials,” which, when combined, allow you to construct your own cloud infrastructure.

Further, Nutanix serves as a cloud unification tool. Many network admins already have virtual machines and other cloud devices in place. However, the ways these solutions interact with each other may not provide the best experience for either end-users or the admins and their team. With Nutanix, you can converge your various virtual resources into a single location, making them easier to manage and tweak.

How Does Nutanix Work?

Nutanix is a set of tools you can use to build cloud infrastructure. In reality, you can think of it as a combination of both tools and “materials,” which, when combined, allow you to construct your own cloud infrastructure.

Further, Nutanix serves as a cloud unification tool. Many network admins already have virtual machines and other cloud devices in place. However, the ways these solutions interact with each other may not provide the best experience for either end-users or the admins and their team. With Nutanix, you can converge your various virtual resources into a single location, making them easier to manage and tweak.

How Fortinet Enhances the Nutanix Experience?

The FortiGate-VM offers organizations the ability to design hyperconverged infrastructure that is both scalable and secure. It runs on Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) and gives you visibility into the applications your business is running while also preventing cyber threats. Because Nutanix AHV, like other hypervisors, manages and runs virtual machines, using it in conjunction with a FortiGate-VM can give you security across your entire VM architecture.

In this way, you are free to use cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid cloud solutions as you see fit—without having to worry whether your deployments are increasing security risks. Also, you can use FortiGate-VM to segment traffic, according to the application that uses or generates it, then inspect it for known and zero-day threats. Because you are able to control and inspect traffic, you can use the FortiGate-VM and Nutanix to both enhance safety and optimize how you use your resources.

Returning to the automated checkout example, you can use a FortiGate-VM within a Nutanix AHV architecture to block a malicious actor from accessing your database. For example, suppose a hacker tries to levy an insider attack via an SQL injection meant to access the database containing sensitive user information. Even if they get past any security services on the physical layer of the point-of-service (POS) system, you can still thwart the attack. The FortiGate-VM can be positioned in front of your database and inspect all submissions users try to send to it. If, while inspecting traffic, the FortiGate-VM detects an SQL injection, it can reject the transmission, protecting the company and its customers.