Fortinet Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

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The alliance to provide enterprises and service providers the most mature, scalable and reliable security solutions across multiple cloud architectures, says Fortinet.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that enables on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and networks inside Equinix IBX data centers. By bringing together cloud service providers with enterprises and enabling them to establish private, high-performance connections, the Equinix Cloud Exchange gives cloud users direct access to the services they need to build sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions.

"As more and more enterprise customers incorporate cloud deployments into their overall infrastructure, there is a fundamental effect on how network security is designed and deployed,” said Chris Sharp, vice president of cloud innovation at Equinix. “As businesses move more and more sensitive data to cloud infrastructures, the addition of Fortinet’s carrier-class solutions to our Cloud Exchange will enable large global customers to deploy a robust virtualized security infrastructure without compromising performance.”

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an approach in which control is decoupled from hardware and given to a software application called a controller. SDN enables rapid changes in switching and routing policies independent of physical architecture, which can cause security policies to become easily outdated and lead to gaps in protection.

Virtualized Fortinet appliances are well suited to SDN/NFV orchestration for enabling and protecting SDN environments. Fortinet products support the routing protocols and VPN technology necessary for administrators to implement new infrastructures while maintaining proper security policies.

"Our FortiPrivate Cloud and FortiGate and cloud/SaaS management solutions offer the unique ability to integrate seamlessly into the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Combined, they offer a significant opportunity for customers to pick cloud services best suited for their respective applications, workloads and business needs,” said Rajesh Maurya, Country Manager, India & SAARC, for Fortinet.

“Security is top of mind for anyone moving to more efficient -- yet more complex -- cloud environments. We are excited to offer Equinix Cloud Exchange customers the peace of mind in knowing in that their critical assets are continually being protected, regardless of their cloud environments.”

 


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