Fortinet offers 'cybersecurity' to software-defined DCs

Staff writer
02 Dec 2015

Fortinet has announced the launch of its FortiGate VMX next-generation and internal segmentation firewall (NGFW/ISFW).

The company said its FortiGate VMX with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform enables organizations to automate advanced cybersecurity in the software-defined data center.

Working in collaboration with VMware, Fortinet developed the FortiGate VMX to fully leverage the capabilities of the VMware NSX network virtualization platform, enabling customers to automate the insertion, deployment and orchestration of FortiGate VMX for threat protection inside their data center environments.

Cherry Fung, Fortinet’s country manager for Hong Kong and Macau, said “NTT Com Security has been working closely with our clients and industry leaders like Fortinet to leverage the security benefits of network virtualization.”

“Bringing cloud and security technologies together with the VMware vSphere and VMware NSX platforms enables our clients to benefit from greater security and efficiency as we transition them to a fully software-defined data center (SDDC), while empowering our customers with even better levels of managed service,” she said.

Recent high-profile security breaches have highlighted the need for security solutions that expand beyond the traditional edge defense strategies and segment networks internally, avoiding the rapid spread of threats once inside the data center.

VMware brings an SDDC approach to network security with micro-segmentation, isolating communications across unrelated networks, controlling the communications within a network and integrating with advanced security services like Fortinet’s Internal Segmentation Firewalls.

The native security capabilities of VMware NSX, including micro-segmentation, distributed firewalling and security operations automation, enable policy-based segmentation of network traffic and threat protection at the workload level controls for East-West traffic.

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