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Fortinet joins VMware NSX Partner Ecosystem

Move aimed at advancing security for the software-defined data centre

Penel says the software defined data centre promises a highly automated and easily managed platform.
Penel says the software defined data centre promises a highly automated and easily managed platform.

Fortinet, a global provider of high-performance cyber security solutions, has announced that it has joined the VMware NSX partner ecosystem.

Fortinet also revealed its new FortiGate-VMX firewall appliance, which will enable greater security for customers within agile, elastic software-defined data centres based on VMware vSphere and VMware NSX virtualisation platforms.

"The SDDC promises a highly automated, easily managed platform that embraces and secures all applications, for fast, safe deployment across data centres, clouds and mobile devices," said Alain Penel, regional vice president, Middle East at Fortinet. "Fortinet and VMware are uniquely positioned to deliver on this promise, providing the highest levels of security in virtualised environments."

According to Fortinet,  software defined networking and software defined data centres are creating very dynamic environments, which challenge the status quo of how network services are delivered.

"Purpose-built virtual security appliances will be increasingly used alongside hardware appliances to secure enterprise data centres, which are becoming increasingly dynamic due to rapid adoption of server virtualisation and SDN, " said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst, Security for Infonetics. "Fortinet is doing well in enterprise data centres, with a string of new customer wins and highly competitive hardware price-to-performance; this success will be bolstered by virtual appliance integration with VMware's virtualisation and SDDC platform."

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