We are pleased to announce that Fortinet has been named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for WAN Edge Infrastructure for the second year in a row, placing highest for ability to execute for our Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution. With over 34,000 WAN Edge customers, organizations across all industries and verticals trust Fortinet to address their challenges in transforming and securing their WAN.
We believe that Fortinet’s robust networking and security capabilities that are built to meet evolving customer requirements, as well as high visibility in the market and high customer ratings, have contributed to our position as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for WAN Edge Infrastructure, placing us highest for ability to execute.
Five years ago, Fortinet led the industry by pioneering a security-driven networking approach to SD-WAN with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, powered by the world’s only SD-WAN ASIC to accelerate performance. Because of this approach, our customers worldwide are able to realize superior quality of experience for their users, and a simplified architecture with accelerated security, all powered by one operating system to achieve operational efficiencies across all WAN and cloud edges. We believe these attributes of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN contributed to our position in the Leaders Quadrant with the highest placement for ability to execute.
Fortinet Secure SD-WAN Is Perfect for the Work-From-Anywhere Model
Today, users are connecting to the network and business-critical applications from anywhere, and according to a recent IDC survey, that trend is not expected to end anytime soon—it is estimated that more than half of workers are expected to have a hybrid work schedule post-COVID. This is why ensuring remote workers‘ quality of experience and security are top of mind for organizations.
To address these needs, Fortinet has pioneered built-in Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) Access Proxy functionality and Secure SD-WAN in a single solution at no additional cost. This enables organizations to provide consistent quality of experience as users move and work inside and outside the office, and increases an organization’s security posture effectiveness. Furthermore, organizations can eliminate device sprawl, and enforce one policy consistently across all edges, including off- and on- network users protecting the entire digital attack surface.
Why the Integration of Networking and Security Is Key
Transforming the WAN without transforming security can create challenges for organizations as the volume and sophistication of cyberattacks increase and the digital attack surface grows. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN converges networking and security, allowing organizations to confidently adopt a cloud-first strategy and secure users and business-critical applications.
Enabling Secure and Continued Connectivity at Branch Locations with SD-Branch
Organizations across retail, financial services, law firms and other market segments are looking to simplify their infrastructure by building a software-defined branch. Fortinet’s Secure SD-Branch solution extends the features of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN across the entire branch network to deliver the most secure and manageable remote branch.
In addition to being named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for WAN Edge Infrastructure, Fortinet was named as a Customers’ Choice in the February 2021 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WAN Edge Infrastructure report for the second year in a row in recognition of the reviews that customers have provided for our Secure SD-WAN solution.
Fortinet has always been committed to being at the forefront of SD-WAN innovation as customer use cases change and networks continue to evolve. We were not only the first vendor to transform and secure the WAN powered by a single operating system, FortiOS, but also pioneered key SD-WAN features such as integrated security and now ZTNA capabilities. With the lowest TCO in the industry, advanced security, and high-performance connectivity, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivers best-of-breed security and SD-WAN functionality to customers around the globe.
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Gartner, Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Evan Zeng, 20 September 2021.
Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WAN Edge Infrastructure, By Peer Contributors, 5 February 2021.
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