Learn How Fortinet Can Protect Your Azure Environment at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Attending Microsoft Ignite this year? Come meet the expert Fortinet team at this year’s Microsoft Ignite event, from November 4-8, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You will have an opportunity to learn more about our recent Microsoft Ignite announcements, participate in hands-on security demos, attend essential theater sessions, and meet with top security professionals at our expert bar. Fortinet is also proud to be a Gold Sponsor at this year’s Ignite event.

Fortinet Security Fabric for Microsoft Azure Platform

The Fortinet Security Fabric for public cloud extends consistent, best-in-class enterprise security to MS Azure and then seamlessly interconnects security policies and protects business workloads across on-premises and cloud environments, including multi-layered protection for born-in-the-cloud applications.

Plan on visiting Fortinet at Booth 519 to experience how the Security Fabric has been designed to complement native Azure Security. The Fortinet Security Fabric provides public cloud users with the ability to apply and manage consistent policies throughout their multi-cloud infrastructures, resulting in consistent enforcement and visibility. And as a native Azure solution, the Fortinet Security Fabric offers deep, multi-layer protection and operational benefits for securing applications over Azure as well as for managing global security infrastructures from the cloud.

Fortinet at Ignite

Hands-on Demo Stations: To provide attendees with critical information about these four essential cloud security solutions we look forward to welcoming you to Booth 519. We will have live demo stations available covering the following four topics and technologies:

Expert Bar: While there, you can also visit with our professional Cloud and Microsoft Technical team at our Expert Bar open throughout the entire event. They will be available to answer questions, discuss solutions, and help with your organization’s unique requirements.

Fortinet Security Fabric Theater: We will also have an ongoing series of essential presentations in our in-booth theater. Topics will include:

1. Securing Your Cloud On-Ramp using Azure Virtual WAN and Fortinet Secure SD-WAN

Learn how Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution tightly integrates into the Azure Virtual WAN architecture to provide cloud connectivity that is automated, optimized, fault resistant and secure.

2. Protecting Containers and Kubernetes Clusters with Fortinet

Learn how to protect applications hosted on containerized, serverless, and virtualized infrastructures, including securing North/South traffic utilizing K8S/Azure connectors and securing East/West traffic using Kubernetes clusters. Additionally, see how Fortinet’s WAF, Sandbox, and AI technologies can further protect cloud-based applications.

3. Creating a Scalable Cloud Security Architecture

This session will review tested and recommended cloud architectures utilizing security best practices, with a focus on scalability and high assurance. This will include an explanation of how different VM instance sizes (using a vendor that truly takes advantage of multiple cores) is key in building a scalable design.

4. Leveraging Machine Learning and AI to Secure Cloud Native Applications

This presentation will showcase how Fortinet uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to detect the latest threats, as well as how Fortinet’s FortiWeb solutions leverage these technologies to secure your applications – both in and off the cloud.

5. Enhancing Platform Security with FortiCWP

Cloud security depends on customers sharing security responsibility, which can lead to confusion, misconfigurations, and security gaps. Learn how Fortinet’s cloud workload protection solution, FortiCWP, integrates with Azure’s native security technologies to stop misconfigurations, identify suspicious behaviors, track compliance with leading compliance regimes, and provide essential Cloud security analytics and posture management.

Fortinet Customer Session in The Hub: On Monday, November 4, from 2:15PM – 2:35PM in Theater D, Fortinet customer Shiva P. Thatipelli, Architect, Infrastructure & Operations at CarMax, will discuss “Why CarMax selected Fortinet on Microsoft Azure for their Cloud Deployments”.

Attendees will learn why and how CarMax has deployed highly available FortiGate virtual appliances to achieve complete automation using Azure Native Load balancers. Exploring the FortiGate appliances through Pay-as-You go model and converting to Bring Your Own License, CarMax has been successfully using FortiGate solutions in the cloud for the past two years. In this session, Shiva will walk attendees though his journey of deployment, management, and protecting the CarMax perimeter in their hybrid Azure cloud environment.

Important Links

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s MS Ignite conference. We’d love to help you learn more about how Fortinet’s multi-cloud solutions provide the necessary visibility and control across cloud infrastructures to enable secure applications and connectivity – from the data center to the cloud.

  • For more information about how Fortinet can help protect your Azure Cloud infrastructure, stop by Booth 519.
  • Here are a few links to help you learn more about the Fortinet security solutions designed for the Azure Marketplace.

Learn more about how Fortinet’s dynamic cloud security solutions give organizations the confidence to deploy any application on any cloud infrastructure. 

Read these customer case studies to see how Cuebiq and Steelcase implement Fortinet’s dynamic cloud security solutions for secure connectivity from data center to the cloud.

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Customers Choose Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for a Cloud-Ready Branch

Why a Healthcare Agency in the Middle East Chose Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN Solution to Connect Nearly 150 Clinics to their Private Cloud

Organizations increasingly rely on new business applications to deliver valuable resources and services, and nowhere is this more critical than in the healthcare industry. This is especially true for remote clinics and offices where access to data, resources, and time-sensitive information is essential for patient care. However, because so many applications in use are latency-sensitive – such as video conferencing tools used for consulting, or bandwidth intensive ­– such as those used for reviewing test or lab results where large files need to be accessed and reviewed, performance is a growing concern.

Recently, Fortinet had the opportunity to work with a major government agency tasked with providing and overseeing health services in the Middle East, provided through nearly 150 branch offices connected to their private cloud by MPLS. These MPLS connections were designed to provide 50Mbps of connectivity, but as the organization adopted new business applications and services over CitrixXenApp, their links had become saturated. However, replacing them with 1Gbps connections was cost-prohibitive.

They also required direct internet access at each branch office, which required the addition of NGFW solutions to secure connections and data. And at the same time, they needed high-speed connectivity to their private cloud for their SaaS applications and other resources, which meant that an optimized experience was required when accessing their datacenters.

Designed to Meet Current and Evolving Requirements

One of our first concerns was making sure that any proposed solution was designed to meet current and evolving requirements. The Fortinet team interviewed doctors and nurses at one of their clinics and then designed an SD-WAN proof of concept which provided direct internet connectivity as well as a high-performance connection back to headquarters and their private cloud. This solution was built around the new FortiGate 100-F, which includes the industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC, a purpose-built processor designed to enhance application steering and performance.

Optimizing the connection between end users and cloud applications requires an application-centric routing system that can support things like link classification. When a user wants to use Office365, for example, the SD-WAN solution needs to be able to automatically recognize and classify the first packet with the proper application information to ensure that all subsequent traffic is dynamically steered to the right link. The resulting link and application performance optimization can produce speeds multiple times faster than non-optimized connections, while also better enabling end-to-end security.

After a short trial, the staff reported that application experience and performance had increased exponentially, and were very happy with the results. The IT director not only liked the increased performance and security, but was also pleased with the seamless management and orchestration system that tied security and network functionality into a single interface.

Why Fortinet Secure SD-WAN

In spite of deep discounts offered by their incumbent vendor, Cisco Systems, Fortinet won this opportunity around three basic advantages: 

  • 91% WAN cost savings/year: First, the customer realized that the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution would save them 91% of their WAN costs when compared to upgrading their MPLS connections using other SD-WAN solutions.
  • Faster Application Steering & High Performance: With Fortinet’s industry-first SD-WAN ASIC, we demonstrated our ability to support and enhance their connections to over 3,000 applications to improve productivity and user experience.
  • Secure Local Breakouts at the Branch: The customer also liked the ability to increase the security posture at their nearly 150 clinics, especially given their Direct-Internet-Access use-case. The integrated NGFW capabilities built into the FortiGate 100-F appliance helped them avoid product sprawl, while the integrated single-pane-of-glass management solution reduced management overhead for both network connectivity and security functions.

Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution brings connectivity, performance, and security together in a highly optimized package. As a result, organizations are able to not only enjoy unparalleled price/performance advantages, but ongoing cost of ownership savings due to its unique integrated security and networking framework combined with a powerful unified management interface.

Learn how Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN Solution uses a security-driven networking approach to improve user experience and simplify operations at the WAN Edge.

Read these customer case studies to see how Warrior Invictus Holding Co., Inc. and the District School Board of Niagara implemented Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN to alleviate network complexity, increase bandwidth, and reduce security costs.  

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