Fortinet adds SDNS to DC environment

BENGALURU: Security solutions provider Fortinet has unveiled its new Software-Defined Network Security (SDNS) framework to provide advanced threat protection through the integration of security into the modern data center (DC) environment.

The new framework provides actionable steps in delivering a comprehensive approach to securing the data center, while providing extensible platform for infrastructure integration with technology partners including HP, Ixia, PLUMgrid, Pluribus Networks, Extreme Networks and NTT.

“There is likely no single SDN platform that all enterprise and service provider customers are going to standardize on,” said Rajesh Maurya, Country Manager, India & SAARC for Fortinet. “Hence, the reason we are developing an eco-system to support different SDN platforms through proprietary and open Application Programming Interfaces (API’s). The key is providing scalable security modules that can be called on-demand, at the orchestration level.”

Fortinet’s efforts in the software-defined arena began more than five years ago with the first FortiGate-VM virtual appliances designed to secure increasingly virtualized and consolidated data centers.

These efforts have expanded, along with the ongoing transformation of the data center, including: new Fortinet security appliances to support Microsoft Azure; membership in HP’s AllianceOne program to deliver pre-integrated; optimized security for HP’s SDN portfolio; integration with Cisco’s application-centric infrastructure (ACI), and network security efforts for VMware vSphere and SDDC customers.

Fortinet has been working closely with a large and growing number of partners to tightly integrate security within their key infrastructure platforms. These platforms include SDN controllers, orchestration frameworks, hypervisors, cloud management, security management and analytics. Fortinet is currently working with more than two-dozen technology providers to ensure protection from cyber threats.

“The integration of Fortinet with Extreme Networks’ SDN platform gives organizations the ability to combine industry leading security and compliance solutions with the freedom of open standards and interoperability,” said Markus Nispel, Vice President of Software and Solutions at Extreme. “While making the deployment, service provisioning, management and operations of software defined networks seamless and cost effective, the integrated solution protects organizational assets by dynamically applying security policies to users, applications, and devices from the cloud to the edge,” added Nispel.

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