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Fortinet has unveiled a new SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area networking) solution for organizations with a multi-cloud strategy.

The company said that the move is a way to ease the pressure on enterprises that lack expertise and IT specialists to establish secure and reliable connectivity between IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) workloads, hosted in multiple clouds and on-premises.

Forget the traditional approach

Fortinet said that what they are offering is an improvement on the usual scenarios of organizations that connect their multiple cloud environments with their on-premises data centers’ WAN.

The company said “The use of this type of traditional WAN infrastructure approach, though secure, inhibits multi-cloud capabilities and results in deployment complexity, inconsistent network performance, and expensive connectivity”

A host of features

The Fortinet solution works on all major cloud providers. According to the company, it will improve network architecture using SD-WAN capabilities between cloud environments and helping app developers and enterprise IT to build a better high-speed secure network architecture..

The result will be high-speed, better security for cloud-to-cloud networks, and performance improvement. The best parts are:

  • Automating the deployment of a consistent overlay network across different cloud networks, reducing complexity and increasing agility to save teams time and resources.
  • Offering end-to-end visibility, control, and centralized management that unifies functionality across multiple cloud environments through cloud native integrations.
  • Securely transporting application traffic between clouds without needing to backhaul through the data center, enabling better scaling of deployments and reducing latency.
  • Intelligently selecting connections based on application characteristics employing dynamic path selection, improving performance and optimizing cost by selecting the best internet or leased line link.
  • Providing an application developer-friendly API to enable programmers the ability to consistently represent their network and security requirements.

The release of the SD-WAN is available through FortiGate-VM.