Fortinet and Cisco together for the security of the SDN network

Fortinet - provider of advanced network security solutions - announced the integration of next-generation FortiGate firewalls with the Cisco ACI platform ( Application Centric Infrastructure ) for program-controlled networks (SDN).

Cisco and Fortinet cooperation will enable customers to increase flexibility, reduce operating costs, increase security as well as protect investment in the ACI platform. Integration with FortiGate enriches it with the firewall function, advanced intrusion prevention system (IPS), threat management, and other security features designed for various applications in cloud environments and data centers.

Fortinet engages in a number of initiatives to ensure the highest level of security for many different environments. Our goal is to meet the requirements of clients expecting faster and more flexible implementation of business applications and services. Integration with ACI Cisco, a market-leading platform for program-controlled networks, is part of the overall Fortinet strategy and strengthens the company's leading position in the security of data centers, "said Mary Young, vice president of Fortinet business cooperation.

The ACI platform and Fortinet security enable the implementation of an automated application-specific security policy, which in turn enables secure and dynamic scaling (on demand) of applications in data centers. For example, in cloud computing environments and managed service environments where servers, storage, and other IT infrastructure elements are automatically made available for a new application, security can be implemented without any problems. This ensures adequate security control before the application is launched, thanks to which tenants and business teams gain privacy protection, while service providers and IT departments gain greater efficiency and flexibility.

The Cisco ACI platform provides an open environment and an open API, giving our clients the choice of preferred solutions as well as suppliers during deployment. In addition, the environment allows the automation of rules-based physical and virtual resources. In combination with the capabilities offered by FortiGate devices, this ensures our mutual customers security and automation of the network - said Soni Jiandani, Cisco's vice president.

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