Fortinet has announced that they are working to integrate their security platform with SDN products everywhere. This is the first in a series of steps that leads down the road to
software defined security so that they can grow from their
number 2 in the data centre position.
Being Software Defined
Fortinet is working with a number of vendors to ensure that their vritual firewall will be integrated into SDN platforms. Today they are working with 30 or more vendors to ensure that Fortinet APIs are being used so that Fortinet is a key partner in SDN sales.
Everywhere you look, SDN platforms are courting partnerships with network appliances companies for load balancing, firewalls and security. Its fair to says that buyers have been reluctant to invest in SDN with the promise of
does better, costs more and searching for the
reduces operations, save money. But VMware NSX has shown that companies are willing to spend big on security if SDN can give them that.
Fortinet is Partnering Up
Of course, appliance vendors are working to ensure that they become part of the SDN applications. Partnerships with HP VAN, Pluribus & Plumgrid are well established but Fortinet is working hard to widen their reach with up 30 more SDN companies. This includes VMware NSX, Cisco VTS or ACI, OpenDaylight and others.
The purpose of these partnerships is for Fortinet firewalls to be part of the policy engines of those controllers and to take firewall configuration from those controllers and to have single integrated policy. Instead of configuring your Fortigate firewall as a separate function, it will be integrated into a single configruation process on the SDN application/controller.
Is that Software-Defined Security ? I’m not sure where SDN/SDS will end up but this looks a good starting point as network security changes in the face of SDN.