Fortinet collaborates with VMware to deliver advanced security services for unified virtual, physical networks

Demonstrates hypervisor-level security policy enforcement for businesses embracing a software-defined data centre architecture.

Fortinet, a world leader in high-performance network security, announced a proof of concept designed to secure traffic traversing virtual networks at the hypervisor level. With this approach, the security enforcement point is no longer required to be directly in the flow of traffic on the physical network, and allows for injecting security controls before the traffic traverses the virtual network layer.

Specifically, the proof of concept will show secured traffic flow in a VMware virtualised network environment that highlights security policy enforcement of communication across and between physical and logical workloads.

"Historically, security controls were required to be directly in the path of affected communication flow. Our VMware integration allows for a much less intrusive design and enables dynamic policy control," said Elie Bitton, senior director, product management – virtualisation and management for Fortinet. "This demonstration enhances our already mature unified threat management VM product line and gives our customers yet another choice regarding how they want to deploy security for cloud and software-defined data centre architectures. As customers begin to virtualise the cloud network with the new VMware NSX network virtualisation platform, we will provide holistic security across virtual and physical infrastructures."

As leading IT organisations move toward software defined data centres, they are looking for solutions that can be inserted and deleted on demand to after maximum agility and service quality. VMware NSX will virtualise the network and provide a platform for logical security and network services. VMware NSX will leverage a distributed service framework to facilitate partner service insertion.

"VMware is working with a best-in-class security ecosystem of partners to automate and simplify security for customers embracing network virtualisation as they transition to the software-defined data centre," said Milin Desai, director, product management, VMware. "Together, VMware and Fortinet are collaborating to ensure smooth operations, IT efficiency and business continuity as customers virtualise their networks."

Fortinet virtual appliance advantage

FortiGate virtual appliances and virtual domains enable the deployment of consolidated network security to protect virtual infrastructure and increase visibility and control over communications within virtualised environments.

Flexible and scalable

Fortinet virtual appliances can be scaled quickly to meet demand and protect intra-virtual machine communications by implementing critical security controls within a virtual infrastructure, running on VMware, Citrix and open source Xen. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, users can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and can be managed from a common centralised management platform. Additional virtual appliances that have hardware appliance counterparts include FortiManager, FortiMail, FortiAnalyzer, FortiWeb, FortiAuthenticator, FortiADC, FortiCache and FortiScan.


Fortinet virtual and physical appliances also enable network segmentation into multi-tenant environments. This enables the creation of virtual domains and virtual administrative domains in order to segregate a network into separate domains for subscribers or business units. FortiGate, FortiManager, FortiMail, and FortiWeb appliances and virtual appliances support virtual domains and virtual administrative domains.

Control and visibility

FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer deliver centralised management, visibility and analysis of networks and current threat profiles. Together, they provide the integrated visibility and control needed to secure physical and virtualised infrastructures. In addition, real-time automatic updates from FortiGuard services keep organisations protected from the latest threats.

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