Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure – Fortigate
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on February 11th, 2019
Fortinet has been recognized as a Challenger with furthest in Completeness of Vision in Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.
Distributed enterprise branches transitioning to a digital business model are having a significant impact on network WAN. The adoption of cloud services and increasingly mobile work force are accelerating advancements in WAN technologies. With enterprises directly accessing the internet, it’s becoming critical to deploy next-generation security strategies along with enabling multi-path WAN to improve application performance.
SD-WAN functionality is built in to every Fortinet NGFW/UTM Firewall as part of the baseline operating system. Organizations will increasingly look to SD-WAN to provide high-performance cloud access as a business-critical requirement. The direct cloud access, application performance and industry-leading security provided by Fortinet SD-WAN is resonating with our customers and we believe this is a key reason Fortinet is winning major WAN edge opportunities.
SD-WAN functionality, Fortinet SD-WAN provides a number of benefits, including:
Built-in Advanced SD-WAN Functionality: FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls all include built-in SD-WAN functionality combined with enterprise-class security. For Fortinet’s 300,000+ existing customers, a total of over three million devices currently deployed can be made SD-WAN-ready with just a software upgrade.
Leader in Next-Generation Firewall Security: Fortinet SD-WAN, which is integrated into the FortiGate next-gen firewall, offers branches the ability to inspect SSL traffic for malware and detect malware attacks using URL filtering, IPS, antivirus and sandboxing. Gartner has also recognized Fortinet as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls.
Automation with Business Intent: Fortinet SD-WAN enables enterprises to translate high-level business policies into application and user-level policies. Automation is tied into the solution, all the way from dynamically choosing the best WAN path to orchestration and provisioning using REST APIs. In this case, with the help of automation, Fortinet enables enterprises to increase team productivity—something that is critical during an era of acute cybersecurity skills shortages.
Single-Pane-of-Glass for SD-Branch: Fortinet is one of the few vendors that can manage both networking and security from a centralized location. Fortinet further simplifies branch office management by providing the capability to manage WLAN and Ethernet switches to enable SD-Branch.
Fortigate SD-WAN is very important for the deployment of distributed branches where internet and intranet connectivity is not robust like Nepal. Fortinet SD-WAN does not need any extra licenses and supposed on Fortigate D and E models.