According to the 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure report, Fortinet has become the fastest-growing company in the SD-WAN market. Because SD-WAN can help users reduce expenses, and improve the flexibility and scalability of network connections, it has been generally welcomed by enterprise customers, and the market has maintained a continuous growth trend.
Although there are many enterprises involving in SD-WAN, product architecture innovation, application architecture innovation, and foundation and function innovation continue to provide users with better solutions and experience. As the world’s leading network security company, Fortinet believes that they not only need to meet the quality of experience, network performance, scalability, and other aspects of needs but also need to deal with severe security challenges. Based on this concept, Fortinet realizes the integration of professional SD-WAN equipment and next-generation firewall (NGFW) and provides SD-WAN capabilities of strong security, high scalability for applications.
1. The dominant position of network security enterprises in SD-WAN
With the deepening of the digital transformation process and the wide use of networks in cloud computing, Wan edge infrastructure has upgraded. As a result, SD-WAN has become the fastest growing network technology in the market in recent years.
Fortinet has many advantages in the SD-WAN market, including:
･The market share continues to increase. In a market survey of global enterprise network equipment, Fortinet ranked third in the world with a market share of 10%.
･Fortinet has the highest growth rate in the global market share of SD-WAN equipment from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020.
･Fortinet ranked third in the global SD-WAN hardware revenue ranking in the first quarter of 2020.
･The number of users continues to increase. Currently, Fortinet has more than 30,000 WAN edge device users and more than 8,000 SD-WAN users worldwide, covering many industries of all sizes, including retail, life and health, manufacturing, finance, and education.
･Fortinet continues to win customers and expand channels and ecology to increase market share and expressiveness in market competition.
･Complete delivery. Fortinet is one of the vendors with the strongest security solution capabilities in this study and combined with SD-WAN capabilities, it provides the most complete solution.
･Continuous investment in innovation. Fortinet has continued to invest in its ASIC chip research and development to enable local SD-WAN equipment to still have a high-cost performance after turning on full functions.
2. Deploy SD-WAN anywhere
With the increase in-home workers and the adoption of multi-cloud, a truly effective SD-WAN solution must be able to be implemented anywhere. Fortinet is committed to SD-WAN innovation, thus forming the industry’s most extensive and secure SD-WAN solution, which can be deployed in homes, branches, parks, and multi-cloud environments.
It is learned that Fortinet security SD-WAN solution is an integrated product that integrates advanced routing, next-generation firewall (NGFW), and intuitive scheduling capabilities. It provides powerful WAN functions for infrastructure and operation managers, which can operate automatically and across homes, branches, parks, and cloud environments.
At present, Fortinet is integrating SD-WAN capabilities into a wider range of products and solutions. Fortinet’s new operating system, Forti OS 6.2, has improved the SD-WAN capabilities, providing services for SaaS, VoIP, and other businesses.
Fortinet’s development in the SD-WAN market has proved its ability to provide customers with the best application experience and save costs. Fortinet can implement SD-WAN anywhere and support a variety of use cases, so it stands out from other companies and maintains its leading position.
3. Combine the advantages of security technology to build advantages of SD-WAN
Fortinet Secure SD-WAN allows customers to achieve business agility with flexible and powerful SD-WAN, security protection, and optimization features in an integrated solution. This helps distributed branch enterprises to better overcome network quality impairments, such as congestion and delay. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN provides application-centric implementation and centralized end-to-end orchestration and automation, simplifying operations, and reducing the time and cost of deployment, deployment, and change management.
As a comprehensive solution that can support advanced routing, SD-WAN, and security protection in a single device, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN helps users easily cope with connectivity, security, and management challenges. With integrated SD-WAN capabilities and security, users can simultaneously improve application performance and improve overall security posture. Fortinet's secure SD-WAN can not only quickly support remote work and ensure continuous connectivity to the global network, but it can also remotely test, implement, and deploy Fortinet solutions in branch offices. Enterprises are increasingly adopting multi-cloud and choosing the best cloud services to meet the needs of specific applications or workloads. Fortinet’s secure SD-WAN for multi-cloud environments is built around the FortiGate-VM virtualized next-generation firewall and the Forti Manager central management console.
The solution can support a unified network and security strategy through a programmable framework, ensuring that consistent traffic protection and transmission strategies are implemented across multi-cloud environments. This application-aware network can be easily deployed and can run seamlessly across multiple public and private cloud virtual networks.
Under the influence of the new crown epidemic, enterprises’ demand for SD-WAN has increased, but the investment budget has been relatively reduced. Users can use SD-WAN technology to achieve their business goals while reducing their costs.