Today, we are pleased to announce that Fortinet has become the first vendor to offer customers a converged next-generation firewall and secure SD-WAN solution that can be deployed and run natively inside Azure Virtual WAN. Achieved via the integration of FortiGate-VM, this offering expands our already broad coverage of cloud on-ramp and security use cases and further simplifies management and deployment of secure SD-WAN solutions across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. FortiGate-VM offers the same industry-leading next-generation firewall, Secure SD-WAN, and IPS capabilities as those found in our award-winning FortiGate appliances. And, as part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, our broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity mesh platform, customers get the benefit of consistent policies and visibility across their hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Addressing Cloud On-ramp and Multi-cloud Security Challenges

Microsoft introduced the Azure Virtual WAN as a networking service that brings networking, security, and routing together to provide a single operational interface. However, to securely on-ramp into, between, and within the cloud, customers require next-generation firewall functionality with end-to-end SD-WAN capabilities. With this integration, customers can use a Managed Application to deploy FortiGate-VM into the Azure Virtual WAN hub, where the FortiGate will be deployed and configured automatically to peer via BGP with the Virtual WAN hub router, extending next-generation firewall and secure SD-WAN capabilities to the cloud. To further simplify the process, FortiGate-VM can be deployed directly from Azure Marketplace, or can be deployed from the virtual hub via the Azure portal.

Customers can use the one-touch configurations from the Azure Virtual WAN portal to enable security policies and routing for North-South, East-West traffic, and internet-bound traffic. This allows them to apply FortiGate-VM’s extensive security services including IPS, application control, and SSL, as well as SD-WAN services such as application steering, to Virtual WAN traffic. And for the first time from any vendor, customers will be able to weave security services into the Virtual WAN infrastructure. The solution is scalable, load balanced and configured for active-active highly resilient deployments. This means customers can extend their Fortinet Security Fabric into their Virtual WAN in a scalable and automated fashion.

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