Fortinet – a global leader in high-performance network security –announced the virtual appliance versions of its FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer product families are now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and in the AWS Marketplace.
The centralised security management and network security analysis solutions help customers better manage their security and reporting processes from their core networks to AWS. This announcement marks the second and third virtual appliances Fortinet has deployed on AWS. Last year, the company announced the availability of a virtual appliance version of the FortiWeb Web application firewall.

“We are pleased that Fortinet is expanding its offerings on AWS and through the AWS Marketplace with FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer,” says Brian Matsubara, head of Global Technology Alliances, AWS. “Fortinet security solutions complement AWS’ shared security model by providing our joint customers with additional security capabilities.”

FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyzer-VM provide customers the important tools they need to simplify network security management and reporting,” says Chris Rodriguez, senior network security industry analyst with Frost and Sullivan.

“The secure infrastructure provided by AWS, coupled with Fortinet’s innovation in network security management and reporting is a powerful combination for businesses moving their Web applications to the cloud.”

FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyzer-VM virtual appliances on AWS enable customers to deploy broad security management and reporting of all FortiGate and FortiGate-VM security technologies running at the edge, in internal networks, at remote offices, within core data centres or deployed in public or private clouds, all from a single, centralised management platform.

FortiManager virtualised security management appliances offer the same powerful network security management features as FortiManager hardware-based appliances, with the convenience and simplicity of a stackable license model that enables easy growth within network environments.

Fortinet virtual appliances allow businesses to deploy a mix of physical and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralised FortiManager platform.

Additional features include: support for up to 10 000 appliances or virtual domains (VDOMs) from a single appliance for efficient management of any size deployment; centralised configuration, policy-based provisioning, update management and end-to-end network monitoring; and simplified management of network security by grouping devices into geographic or functional administrative domains (ADOMs).

FortiManager-VM also supports easy VPN policy and configuration management and can act as a local distribution point for software and policy updates and provide reduced administrative burden and operational costs with fast device provisioning, detailed revision tracking and thorough auditing capabilities.

FortiAnalyzer virtualised security reporting appliances securely aggregate log data from Fortinet devices and other syslog-compatible devices. Using a broad suite of easily-customised reports, users can filter and review records, including traffic, event, virus, attack, Web content and email data, making it easy to mine the data to determine security stance and helps assure regulatory compliance.

Additional features include: over 550 reports and customisable charts to help identify attack patterns, manage acceptable use policies and demonstrate policy compliance; network capacity and utilisation data reporting, which makes planning and managing networks more efficient; and a scalable architecture, allowing the device to run in collector or analyser modes for optimised log processing.

There are also advanced features such as event correlation, forensic analysis and vulnerability assessment, which provide essential tools for in-depth protection of complex networks.

“Working with AWS is a key part of our ongoing strategy to expand our rich portfolio of cloud computing solutions,” says John Maddison, VP of marketing for Fortinet.

“FortiAnalyzer-VM and FortiManager-VM give businesses the flexibility to easily extend our award-winning and third-party certified security technologies on AWS. We look forward to continuing to support customers around the world with our innovative VM security solutions.”