Vertel reveals the top 10 technologies that will impact workplaces between 2020 and 2025

SD-WAN set to be a pillar technology in the digital workplace

 Vertel, Australia’s largest privately-owned telecommunications carrier, has revealed the top 10 technologies that will impact workplaces between 2020 and 2025 in a research paper commissioned by Vertel and undertaken by Tech Research Asia.

According to the report, SD-WAN and the Future of Work: A guide to the role technology will play moving forward, “The technologies and policies we’ve adopted to enable the flexible digital workplace of 2020 will continue to evolve exponentially. The industry will see as much change in the next five years as it saw in the decade from 2010 to now. Recent global events have acted as a disruptive force that has accelerated the adoption of alternative work practices and it’s unlikely we will return to our previous behaviours.”

The top 10 technologies that will underpin the way employees work between 2020 and 2025 are:

  1. Software-defined workplace infrastructure.
  2. 5G-enabled systems.
  3. Artificial intelligence and virtual assistants.
  4. Simplified unified communications and collaboration in real time.
  5. The digital twin of Internet of Things (IoT) designed and quantified workplaces.
  6. Traceability systems.
  7. Self-healing security systems.
  8. Virtual reality and augmented reality.
  9. Autonomous and semi-autonomous machines.
  10. Automation everywhere.

Tony Hudson, commercial director, Vertel, said, “Importantly, the research has revealed that SD-WAN will be a pillar technology in enabling the digital workplace of the future. This will be seen in many industries such as aged care, education, emergency services and construction. As the workforce demands more flexibility and mobility, SD-WAN has an important role to play in helping organisations legitimise these as part of the reality.”

SD-WAN turns organisations’ wide area network (WAN) into a software-enabled and managed environment. More than this, SD-WAN supports workloads that are increasingly located away from company offices such as in the cloud.

Tony Hudson said, “Tech Research Asia identified some of the key reasons that SD-WAN will be a pillar technology including offering a more agile approach to managing connectivity and providing more granular information on the network and user behaviour. Its ability to balance employee needs with strong security was also called out, which is an increasingly important consideration for organisations in an environment where cyberattacks are on the rise and becoming more targeted.”

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About Vertel

Vertel is a wholly-owned, Australian national telecommunications carrier with over 40 years’ experience and have built a reputation as fixed and mobile critical network experts. With a broad range of fixed and mobile network and cloud services, underpinned by excellence in delivery and on-going operations, we specialise in serving customers with high availability, performance, management and security requirements for business, mission and life-critical operations. As the world’s first wireless carrier to achieve MEF certification for its Ethernet Layer 2 service, we can design, build and deliver carrier-grade connectivity and applications for organisations throughout Australia.

Fortinet reports second quarter 2020 financial results

Second quarter 2020 highlights 

  • Total revenue of $615.5 million, up 18 per cent year over year 
  • Product revenue of $211.9 million, up 12 per cent year over year 
  • Billings of $711.5 million, up 14 per cent year over year (1) 
  • Deferred revenue of $2.32 billion, up 24 per cent year over year 
  • GAAP operating margin of 19.0 per cent, up 460 basis points year over year 
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 27.3 per cent, up 370 basis points year over year (1) 
  • GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.68 
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.82 (1) 
  • Cash flow from operations of $247.0 million 
  • Free cash flow of $216.1 million, up $38.3 million year over year (1) 
  • Cash paid for share repurchases of $156.1 million 

Fortinet® (Nasdaq: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. 

“Strong demand for secure SD-WAN and work-from-home capabilities helped power 18 per cent second quarter revenue growth. Secure SD-WAN billings were approximately 12 per cent of second quarter billings, making this the first time in which SD-WAN represented over 10 per cent of quarterly billings,” said Ken Xiefounder, chairman and chief executive officer. “With the network edge stretched across the entire digital infrastructure, we believe networking and security will continue to converge. Recent Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE, market momentum further validates our security-driven networking approach. Our OPAQ Networks acquisition means Fortinet will have one of the most comprehensive SASE platforms.” 

Financial highlights for the second quarter of 2020 

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $615.5 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 18.0 per cent compared to $521.7 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Product revenue: Product revenue was $211.9 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 11.6 per cent compared to $189.9 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Service revenue: Service revenue was $403.6 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 21.6 per cent compared to $331.8 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Billings (1): Total billings were $711.5 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 14.3 per cent compared to $622.4 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Deferred revenue: Total deferred revenue was $2.32 billion as of June 30, 2020, an increase of 24.4 per cent compared to $1.87 billion as of June 30, 2019. 
  • GAAP operating income and margin: GAAP operating income was $116.7 million for the second quarter of 2020, representing a GAAP operating margin of 19.0 per cent. GAAP operating income was $75.2 million for the same quarter of 2019, representing a GAAP operating margin of 14.4 per cent. 
  • Non-GAAP operating income and margin (1): Non-GAAP operating income was $168.2 million for the second quarter of 2020, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 27.3 per cent. Non-GAAP operating income was $123.1 million for the second quarter of 2019, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 23.6 per cent. 
  • GAAP neincome and diluted net income per share: GAAP net income was $112.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to GAAP net income of $72.7 million for the same quarter of 2019. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.68 for the second quarter of 2020, based on 165.4 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding, compared to GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.42 for the same quarter of 2019, based on 175.1 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. 
  • Non-GAAP net income and diluted net income per share (1): Non-GAAP net income was $135.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to non-GAAP net income of $101.6 million for the same quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.82 for the second quarter of 2020, based on 165.4 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding, compared to $0.58 for the same quarter of 2019, based on 175.1 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. 
  • Cash flow and free cash flow (1): In the second quarter of 2020, cash flow from operations was $247.0 million compared to $195.1 million in the same quarter of 2019. Free cash flow was $216.1 million during the second quarter of 2020, compared to $177.8 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Share repurchase: In the second quarter of 2020, cash paid for share repurchases was $156.1 million compared to $33.8 million in the same quarter of 2019. In July 2020, Fortinet’s board of directors has authorised the increase of $500.0 million to $3.0 billion of our outstanding common stock and extended the share repurchase program through February 28, 2022. As of August 6, 2020, $1.05 billion remained available for future share repurchase. 

Guidance 

For the third quarter of 2020, Fortinet currently expects: 

  • Revenue in the range of $630 million to $645 million 
  • Billings in the range of $705 million to $730 million 
  • Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 78.0 per cent to 79.0 per cent 
  • Non-GAAP operating margin in the range of 25.5 per cent to 26.5 per cent 
  • Diluted non-GAAP net income per share in the range of $0.76 to $0.78, assuming a non-GAAP effective tax rate of 22 per cent. This assumes a diluted share count of 168 million to 170 million. 

These statements are forward looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements section below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. 

Our guidance with respect to non-GAAP financial measures excludes stock-based compensation, amortisation of acquired intangible assets and gain on intellectual property matter. We have not reconciled our guidance with respect to non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures because certain items that impact these measures are uncertain or out of our control, or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. 

(1) A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” 

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCareFortiManagerFortiAnalyzerFortiOSFortiADCFortiAPFortiAppMonitorFortiASICFortiAuthenticatorFortiBridgeFortiCacheFortiCameraFortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloudFortiConnectFortiControllerFortiConverterFortiDBFortiDDoSFortiExplorerFortiExtenderFortiFoneFortiCarrierFortiHypervisorFortiIsolatorFortiMailFortiMonitorFortiNACFortiPlannerFortiPortalFortiPresence , FortiProxyFortiRecorderFortiSandboxFortiSIEMFortiSwitchFortiTesterFortiTokenFortiVoiceFortiWANFortiWebFortiWiFiFortiWLCFortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. 

Fortinet again named the fastest growing SD-WAN vendor, continues innovation to deliver SD-WAN anywhere

New FortiGate 80F is the latest expansion of Fortinet’s industry-leading SD-WAN portfolio

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “With the increase in work from home and adoption of multi-cloud, a truly effective SD-WAN solution must be able to be implemented anywhere. Fortinet’s dedication to SD-WAN innovation has resulted in the industry’s most extensive and secure SD-WAN solution, able to be deployed across the home, branch, campus and multi-cloud. Fortinet’s continued positive trajectory in the SD-WAN market is a testament to our ability to deliver the best application experience and cost savings for our customers.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced new market share figures and continued SD-WAN innovation with its newest SD-WAN appliance, FortiGate 80F.

Fortinet delivers true secure SD-WAN

A true secure SD-WAN solution—such as Fortinet Secure SD-WAN—consolidates advanced routing, integrated next-generation firewall (NGFW), self-healing SD-WAN capabilities, and intuitive orchestration into a single, organically developed solution. It provides infrastructure and operations leaders with robust WAN capabilities that support dynamic path selection of the latest high-performance digital applications while significantly simplifying and automating operations across home, branch, campus and multi-cloud. Fortinet’s ability to deliver SD-WAN anywhere and support diverse use cases has helped the vendor standout and lead in the market.

Market momentum and support for key SD-WAN use cases

Fortinet has again been named the fastest growing SD-WAN vendor in the latest Omdia report (“Omdia Market Share: Data Center Network Equipment Q1 2020”). The report notes 247 per cent year-over-year growth in Fortinet’s SD-WAN revenue.

Additionally, according to Gartner market share data, Fortinet has had the highest revenue growth change in SD-WAN equipment market share worldwide between 1Q19-1Q20. Fortinet currently sits as the second highest vendor based on revenue for SD-WAN hardware worldwide for 1Q20, according to the latest Gartner market share report.[1] The same report counts Fortinet amongst the highest three vendors in worldwide market share for SD-WAN equipment by revenue for 1Q20. Fortinet attributes this market momentum to its ability to deliver SD-WAN anywhere – from home to branch to cloud – and support a variety of diverse use cases, including:

  • Complex Fortune 1000 deployments: Fortinet Secure SD-WAN enables customers to achieve business agility with flexible and robust SD-WAN, security and optimisation in an integrated solution. This allows global wide area networks with distributed branch offices to avoid and overcome network impairments such as congestion, latency and packet loss to self-heal and improve performance. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN offers application-centric implementation and centralised end-to-end orchestration with automation to simplify operations and reduce time and cost to deploy, provision and manage change. More on Fortinet’s ability to support complex Fortune 1000 deployments from customer Kevin Morrison, VP ITC Operations at Rollins:

“Fortinet Secure SD-WAN addressed our connectivity, security and management challenges with a comprehensive solution supporting advanced routing, SD-WAN and security in a single appliance. With integrated SD-WAN functionality and security, we are able to simultaneously improve application performance and our overall security posture. The current state of the world has really re-emphasised the positive impact of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for us. We were quickly able to support remote employees and ensure continued connectivity globally, and we have also still been able to remotely test, implement, and deploy Fortinet solutions in our branch offices.”

  • Cloud-centric WAN: Fortinet Secure SD-WAN provides accelerated cloud access with capabilities for cloud on-ramp to seamlessly connect overlay tunnels to multi-cloud. With internet primarily used to access cloud workloads, Fortinet’s integrated advanced security provides secure access, automation and visibility into cloud applications. It also enables SD-WAN between clouds and empowers enterprise IT to build a seamless cloud-to-cloud network and security architecture. More on Fortinet’s ability to support Cloud-centric WAN from customer Dirk van Gelderen, Group Information Security Officer at De Heus Animal Nutrition:

“The ability to on-ramp our branch offices to the cloud through Fortinet Secure SD-WAN enables us to extend last mile optimisation to all users. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN helped us improve user experience and effectively connect to our multi-cloud environment.”

  • Large scale, compact footprint: Fortinet Secure SD-WAN offers integrated WAN edge, WiFi, LTE and security functions to securely connect end-users to critical applications over direct internet links. This provides reliable application access with intelligent traffic steering, failover and consistent policy enforcement for compliance. With intuitive orchestration and zero touch provisioning, replication of business policies at-scale across distributed branch offices is simplified to reduce deployment cycles at limited staff hours. More on Fortinet’s ability to support large scale, compact footprint deployments from customer Miguel Raúl González, IT Operations Management Director at Grupo Universal:

“The shift from a communications infrastructure to Fortinet solutions was key for us. We achieved centralised 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 optimised bandwidth thanks to Secure SD-WAN, which has saved us USD$70,000 per year.”

New FortiGate 80F

Fortinet continues to innovate and expand its product portfolio with the announcement of a new Secure SD-WAN appliance – FortiGate 80F – powered by Fortinet’s purpose-built SD-WAN ASIC in a desktop form factor, with built-in bypass interfaces to deliver reliable connectivity during planned or un-planned outages. FortiGate 80F supports complex Fortune 1000 deployments with the industry’s best performance, automated overlay at-scale and advanced networking capabilities to achieve the highest possible quality of experience. FortiGate 80F is also available with built-in WiFi or built-in POE, making it perfect for WAN edge and branch consolidation to support large scale, compact footprint deployments.

Security Compute Rating is a benchmark that compares the performance of Fortinet’s purpose-built ASIC-based next-generation firewall appliances to other NGFW and SD-WAN vendors in that same price range that utilise generic CPUs for networking and security capabilities. The FortiGate 80F powered by Fortinet’s SOC4 security processor, highlights the security processor advantage, enabling the following Security Compute Ratings:

Specification​FortiGate 80F (SOC4)​Industry Average​Security Compute Rating​Cisco

Viptela

– ISR 1100-8P​

Cisco Meraki

MX84​

VeloCloud

620

Versa CSG

750​

CloudGenix– ION 2000​
Firewall10Gbps1.18Gbps8x1.75Gbps0.5Gbps1Gbps2.5Gbps0.15Gbps
IPsec VPN6.5Gbps0.39Gbps16x0.33Gbps0.25Gbps0.2Gbps0.8GbpsN/A
Threat prevention0.90Gbps0.24Gbps3xN/A0.32GbpsN/A0.15GbpsN/A
SSL Inspection0.7GbpsN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Concurrent

Sessions

1,500,000201,6667xN/AN/A480,000100,00025,000
Client to

GW Tunnels

250010025xN/A100N/AN/AN/A
Connections per second45,0003,65012xN/AN/A48002500N/A
SSL VPN0.95GbpsN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

 

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM.

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Reference: 

[1] Gartner, Market Share: Enterprise Network Equipment by Market Segment, Worldwide, 1Q20, Christian Canales, Naresh Singh, Joe Skorupa, Nat Smith, 29 June 2020

Fortinet unveils cloud-to-cloud SD-WAN solution to simplify and enhance multi-cloud applications

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud showcases Fortinet’s ability to deliver scalable, cost effective SD-WAN anywhere

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “For enterprises deploying applications and workloads across multiple clouds, the need to seamlessly manage connectivity and maintain security across the diverse infrastructure is higher than ever. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solutions provide connectivity and security across diverse cloud infrastructures while optimising application user experience. Fortinet enables enterprises to realise the true potential of SD-WAN by enabling it to be implemented anywhere. From home, campus to cloud, data center to cloud, and now cloud to cloud, Fortinet delivers the industry’s most scalable, cost effective and secure SD-WAN solution on the market.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud, a networking and security solution that solves common application performance, visibility, cost, and control challenges associated with multi-cloud deployments by enabling SD-WAN across multiple clouds and regions.

Most enterprises today – 93 per cent by recent estimates – have a multi-cloud strategy in place and work with multiple cloud providers to meet a number of business needs, including disaster recovery, data backup, application resiliency, and global coverage. However, managing and securing an assortment of different private and public cloud workloads and environments remains a challenge, with many organisations choosing to connect their clouds via their on-premises data centre WAN edge. The use of this type of traditional WAN infrastructure approach, though secure, inhibits multi-cloud capabilities and results in deployment complexity, inconsistent network performance, and expensive connectivity.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud is a new approach to establishing secure and high-performance connectivity between public cloud workloads running on multiple clouds without increasing cost and complexity. Available in all major cloud providers, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud enables a consistent network architecture leveraging SD-WAN capabilities between clouds and empowers application developers and enterprise IT to build a high speed and seamless cloud-to-cloud network and security architecture. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud uniquely offers a secure and effective infrastructure for maximising the benefits of enterprise multi-cloud deployments by:

  • Automating the deployment of a consistent overlay network across different cloud networks, reducing complexity and increasing agility to save teams time and resources.
  • Offers end-to-end visibility, control, and centralised management that unifies functionality across multiple cloud environments through cloud native integrations.
  • Securely transports application traffic between clouds without needing to backhaul through the data centre, enabling better scaling of deployments and reducing latency.
  • Intelligently selects connections based on application characteristics employing dynamic path selection, improving performance and optimising cost by selecting the best internet or leased line link.
  • Provides an application developer-friendly API to enable programmers the ability to consistently represent their network and security requirements.

Fortinet performance advantage on-premises and in the cloud

Fortinet delivers Secure SD-WAN as an integrated feature of its industry-leading FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall, powered by the industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC to enable better application experience, higher performance, and better cost efficiency – with Security Compute Ratings up to 17 times better than competitor solutions. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud, delivered via FortiGate-VM, a virtual appliance, is powered by Fortinet’s patented vSPU technology and maintains a performance advantage in the cloud, including over 20Gbps of IPsec performance – 10 times the industry average – for fast encrypted connections over internet and leased line links to reduce operational costs. By leveraging the broad FortiGate-VM footprint across all major cloud platforms, as well as market leading FortiGate appliances on-premises, enterprise organisations can benefit from cloud-agnostic consistent multi-cloud networks without compromising on security and performance.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud, which securely connects applications and workloads across multiple clouds, complements Fortinet’s existing Secure SD-WAN Cloud On-Ramp capabilities to securely connect users and offices to applications and cloud workloads.

SD-WAN for the entire end-to-end enterprise

Fortinet delivers a Secure SD-WAN product portfolio designed for the entire end-to-end enterprise with physical appliances for large data centres, branch offices, remote sites, and home offices, as well as virtual appliances for multi-cloud deployments. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN’s ability to scale from home office to branch to cloud all tied to a single operating system via the Fortinet Security Fabric ensures networking and security policies seamlessly work across multiple environments and cloud platforms, enabled by the latest threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs.

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“Node4 uses Fortinet technology to solve our customers’ biggest challenges and requirements, and also in our own network to improve performance for our cloud and SaaS services. Fortinet’s dynamic approach to cloud security and connectivity ensures our data is protected no matter where it goes. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud will allow us to maximise the full potential of our multi-cloud strategy.”
– Paul Bryce, CCO at Node4

“Our customers are rapidly embracing multi-cloud and need solutions that can secure and connect their complex ecosystems. We always lead with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solutions as Fortinet provides a consistent feature-rich platform that is both stable and secure. Fortinet has done an excellent job combining the needs of security and the needs of real-time performance into one multi-cloud platform. “
– E. Burke Anderson, President, CEO at North Atlantic Networks

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM.

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Fortinet achieves MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification

Demonstrates Fortinet Secure SD-WAN’s ability to comply with the highest industry standards required by service providers to deliver SD-WAN services

Nan Chen, president, MEF, said,MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification is a competitive differentiator that aims to help organisations make informed decisions when selecting an SD-WAN solution. We congratulate Fortinet on this achievement, which shows its commitment to addressing WAN transformation requirements of both service providers and enterprises.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced that Fortinet Secure SD-WAN has been certified to support MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services. This certification aims to establish a common language for defining SD-WAN technologies and enables communication service and technology providers to validate that their solutions comply with the highest industry standards for performance, assurance, and agility.

Fortinet is among some of the earliest SD-WAN technology vendors certified by MEF, the world’s defining authority for standardised services designed to address the most demanding networking needs of today’s digital transformation efforts. The organisation is comprised of 200 members and is supported by over 130 service providers worldwide. Spirent, MEF’s SD-WAN Authorised Certified Test Partner, validated Fortinet’s conformance to the industry-leading SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) global standard.

Fortinet has been actively engaged as a member of MEF since 2017, and is closely partnering with MEF to develop new SD-WAN security standards. Fortinet currently leads a key Initiative in the MEF Applications Committee on Application Security for SD-WAN Services (MEF 88) and has won two MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept awards, one for developing security standards for secure connections between separate SD-WAN devices, and another for ensuring application security for SD-WAN services.

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“Fortinet has demonstrated SD-WAN market leadership as a certified SD-WAN product. We believe MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification will help to eliminate confusion in the market and accelerate the adoption of SD-WAN. It is an important step in providing enterprises a standards-based benchmark to select an SD-WAN vendor.”
– Marc Cohn, head of virtualisation at Spirent, and primary Spirent representative on the MEF Certification Committee

“Achieving MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification serves as another proof point of Fortinet’s commitment to MEF and our ability to support service providers in delivering differentiated managed SD-WAN services. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with MEF to define SD-WAN and security standards to support service providers and their customers.”
– John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet

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Fortinet leads the market with Secure SD-WAN innovation, able to scale from home office to branch to distributed cloud

Fortinet solidifies its position as one of the fastest growing SD-WAN vendors with over 300 per cent year-over-year growth and maintains top 3 position in SD-WAN market

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “SD-WAN is not just for the branch, it’s an important technology for the entire end-to-end enterprise. With applications for work from home, campus to cloud, data centre to cloud, and the ability to connect clouds together, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is a hugely impactful technology that improves user experience and drives cost efficiency and time savings for organisations. Fortinet is one of the fastest growing SD-WAN providers and the only major player in this market with an internally developed offering that provides security and networking in a single solution.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced new innovations and continued market share momentum for its Secure SD-WAN solution. The flexibility and scalability of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN has helped customers of all sizes deploy at home offices, in branch offices and between distributed clouds while providing the best possible user experience and security.

A highly scalable and flexible SD-WAN solution

Fortinet delivers Secure SD-WAN as an integrated feature of its industry-leading FortiGate next-generation firewall, powered by the industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC to enable better application experience, higher performance, and better cost efficiency. To help implement network changes that ensure business continuity for an expanding remote workforce with minimum IT staff and infrastructure resources, FortiGate’s broad product portfolio with built-in SD-WAN offers flexible business policies from a centralised Fabric Management Center console. These intuitive policies allow faster configuration rollouts at scale within minutes to enable the best performance for collaboration applications such as voice/video conferencing and SaaS applications.

Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN product portfolio is not limited to just enterprise use cases and comes in a wide range of appliances, ranging from solutions that cater to large data centres, down to appliances designed for branch offices, remote sites, and even small home offices. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN’s ability to scale from home office to branch to distributed cloud has helped the solution further standout.

  • Home office: Offered as a desktop appliance with built-in LTE, FortiGate 40F supports “super users” at home who require their applications to work without fail for business critical activities such as customer video demonstrations. With the minimal footprint of Fortinet’s desktop appliance, remote workers can procure and install a solution at their home offices to handle routing, security, and wireless needs in a single, integrated platform. The critical advantage of extending SD-WAN functionality to individual teleworkers, especially super users, is that they can enjoy on-demand remote access as well as dynamically scalable performance regardless of their local network availability. And when others in the organisation rely on these individuals to do their jobs quickly and efficiently, SD-WAN functionality can make all the difference.
  • Branch: Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is perhaps the most well-known for supporting complex branch deployments with advanced routing and cloud on-ramp capabilities, which has helped thousands of customers to reduce their use of point products such as legacy routers, while improving business application experience.
  • Distributed cloud: For organisations with applications in distributed clouds, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN offers the most comprehensive technology building blocks for interconnecting clouds for better user experience. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is available in every cloud provider and enables the industry’s highest IPsec throughput at 20Gbps to interconnect clouds. With native application steering and cloud integration framework, as well as fully programmable API, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN helps customers to connect hundreds of cloud environments.

Fastest growing SD-WAN vendor

Fortinet is one of the fastest growing SD-WAN vendors and is positioned among the highest three vendors in worldwide market share for SD-WAN equipment by revenue.

As noted in Gartner’s March 2020 SD-WAN market share report titled, “Market Share: Enterprise Network Equipment by Market Segment, Worldwide, 4Q19,” Fortinet has the third highest revenue market share at 10.4 per cent for the Enterprise WAN Edge Equipment worldwide for 4Q19.

Fortinet also appears amongst the top three SD-WAN vendors in a recent Omdia report (“Omdia Market Share: Data Center Network Equipment Q4 2019”). This report shows Fortinet as the fastest growing vendor among all other SD-WAN vendors. The same report notes 305 per cent year-over-year growth in Fortinet’s SD-WAN revenue.

A commitment to organic innovation

Fortinet is the only major player in this market with an internally developed offering that provides security and networking in a single solution. Fortinet announced new capabilities for Secure SD-WAN as part of FortiOS 6.4, including enhanced analytics, a new SD-WAN orchestrator and more segmentation options.

  • Secure SD-WAN orchestrator: To help organisations overcome challenges associated with manually managing legacy routers, Fortinet introduced an intuitive Secure SD-WAN orchestrator as part of the Fortinet Fabric Management Center. This allows customers to significantly simplify centralised deployment and enable automation using intuitive workflows to save time and offer business centric policies.
  • Enhanced analytics: To help organisations gain visibility into network and application performance (both real-time and historical statistics), Fortinet Secure SD-WAN offers enhanced analytics, as well as enhanced compliance, and delivers new SD-WAN reports via the Fabric Management Center. A single console and rich SD-WAN analytics help customers fine-tune their business and security policies to improve quality of experience for all users.
  • Dynamic segmentation: Many enterprises encounter challenges with implementing flexible deployment options for their diverse branch office infrastructure at-scale and face difficulties when creating segments to configure unique policies and rules for each network/user. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN innovation within FortiOS 6.4 ensures these segments are communicated/carried forward to the entire network seamlessly and ensures the unique policies are enforced end-to-end.

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“Fortinet always provides high quality products and support. With integrated security, routing and SD-WAN all in one appliance, it was a solution that both our network and security teams could rally behind, thus leading to better collaboration and enabling us to architect a solution for our complex multi-tower requirements.”

—Marco Fernandes, Security Solution Manager, IBM

“As a power generation company, we needed a solution with high security standards to protect ourselves from an attack from the outside, while also ensuring that communications don’t go down in the middle of a critical operational process. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN offers us centralised control and network security across multiple power generation plants, allowing us to make better decisions based on a constant flow of information. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN has been essential to helping us achieve our long-term digital innovation goals while also addressing the important availability needs that we face daily given the nature of the energy sector.”

—Daniel Briff, Manager of Operation and Maintenance of Power Plants in Sullair Argentina

“MSSPs like ours operate in a very competitive and dynamic environment. Attracting and retaining customers requires the ability to differentiate innovative offerings from the competition. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN makes this easy by integrating networking and security functionality into a single appliance, reducing infrastructure sprawl. It also lays the groundwork for additional value-added services to be created with minimal overhead, resulting in lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to other solutions. For example, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN enables us to effectively leverage redundancy, optimisation and load balancing to achieve optimal application performance—all while giving us the ability to deploy new branches in minutes with zero-touch provisioning.”

—Mohammad Aimaq, System Engineer, Fusion Computing Limited

“Our legacy WAN infrastructure was too complex to achieve our digital innovation goals. Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution simplified our deployment while improving the performance of our applications and connection to the cloud.”

—Martin McManus, CIO, Kennards Hire

“Fortinet’s highly scalable solution allows us to deliver a wide range of deployment options to fit the needs of our customers. This ease of deployment reduced implementation cycles for our staff and decreased the number of IT support tickets. Plus with integrated security and advanced routing features, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN provides consolidation at an incredible value; it’s a no-brainer for organisations looking for a cost effective solution that doesn’t skimp on functionality.”

—Robert Short, VP of Sales, Liquid Networx

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Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and ™ denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM.

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.