Megaport picks Fortinet for branch-to-cloud connectivity

Megaport picks Fortinet for branch-to-cloud connectivity

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Megaport confirms the availability of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN on Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE) enabling branch-to-cloud connectivity on Megaport's global NaaS platform.

Specifically, with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN available on MVE, customers can host localised virtual SD-WAN controllers on Megaport's global platform and reduce the distance data traverses over internet paths from branch locations to critical services in public or private clouds as well as other branch locations.

Once connected to this new offering, Fortinet customers can access Megaport's ecosystem of more than 700 global data centres, over 360 service providers, and 220+ cloud on-ramps. In addition, they can access secure, multi-cloud connections to global clouds including Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and Salesforce.

"As a Fabric-Ready Partner, Megaport is able to provide its customers a pre-validated joint solution that is integrated with Fortinet's industry-leading Secure SD-WAN solution," said John Maddison (pictured), executive vice president of products and CMO at Fortinet.

"Megaport is leveraging the simplicity and orchestration benefits of Fortinet's SD-WAN solution to provide customers with a secure, seamless, and superior quality of user experience."

MVE is a globally distributed compute and network service. The compute part of the service enables customers to host NFV instances in locations where they need them, on demand, and manage them in a point-and-click manner.

The network side comprises of built-in transit gateway that provides a scalable access point for connecting networks, via the public internet, to Megaport's private software-defined network. Virtualised devices hosted on MVE can use the transit gateway to create connections between the Megaport software-defined network and their own networks.

"As businesses rapidly adopt SD-WAN technology, the ability for customers to easily host virtual instances of Fortinet SD-WAN orchestrators around the world on our platform will significantly improve edge network connectivity for global organisations," said Vincent English, CEO of Megaport.

 "Having Fortinet's SD-WAN solutions fully integrated into Megaport's global software-defined network allows our customers to optimise their SD-WAN connectivity and improve overall network and application performance at the fraction of the cost of traditional connectivity methods."

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