A Software-Defined Wide-Area Network, or simple SD-WAN, helps enterprises extend tools and resources to remote teams. In today’s distributed workforce, the ability to work remotely must be congruent with having all the tools required to effectively complete a job. SD-WAN is one way businesses ensure their own success in this regard.
That said, SD-WAN is not without some risks. Using SD-WAN leaves businesses with a vulnerable “edge” that can be potentially be penetrated by savvy hackers. Simply put, it’s not enough to have SD-WAN, businesses must also implement safeguards to protect it.
Fortinet offers best-in-class protection against SD-WAN threats, and has multiple customer testimonies to prove it.
An expansive pioneering bank was looking to deliver a high-quality customer solution that provided wide-spread, secure bank access to customers. With over 150 ATMs and 100 branches, their network requires synchronicity in a multi-cloud environment.
After implementing SD-WAN and moving into the cloud, they uncovered multiple security gaps along the WAN edge from a number of point products as well as challenges with their remote bank branches.
They were able to solve these problems by implementing a Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution. Not only did it meet their security needs, but it also simplified their security management to a single-pane-of-glass solution…in other words they were able to bring their security management view on to a unified dashboard view integrating multiple streams of information into a single display.
In another case, a major home-goods retailer changed their infrastructure from Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) to SD-WAN in order to save money. They selected Fortinet because it’s consolidated WAN solutions with LAN-Wireless and Access Switching was more cost and resource effective.
A third customer testimony from a school district suggests incorporating Fortinet’s SD-WAN solution allowed them secure internet access for 80,000 students, guaranteeing a consistent application experience in a complicated, hybrid-cloud environment. All of this was done in a way that was both cost and resource effective.
SD-WAN is growing at a rapid pace. Fortinet is one of the only security vendors to include, by default, their firewall offerings and native security. IT Vortex is a Fortinet partner and uses secure SD-WAN to displace legacy MPLS, saving companies money and increasing security.