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Fortinet delivers FortiGate for AWS

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Fortinet has announced that the company’s flagship award-winning FortiGate security platform is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a division of Amazon.com, in the AWS Marketplace.

FortiGate-VM is strategically designed to help customers better mitigate potential blind spots by implementing critical network security controls including bi-directional stateful firewalling, intrusion prevention and VPN within their virtual private cloud (VPC). Today’s announcement marks the fourth Fortinet security solution available on AWS.

Last year, the company announced the availability of FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyser-VM on AWS, which enable customers to deploy security management and reporting to all FortiGate and FortiGate-VM security technologies running at the edge, in internal networks, at remote offices, within core data centres or deployed in the cloud.

And they’re able to do it from a single, centralised management platform. In 2012, the company released FortiWeb-VM for Web application security, which helps secure Web applications and meet compliance requirements.

“Our unique and innovative business model delivers a secure and reliable payment model that helps prevent fraud for our customers and their loved ones,” says James Burns, director of security for True Link Financial.

“Since we had already invested in Fortinet security solutions for our corporate network, when it came to processing credit card and other financial transactions securely in our data centre, we were confident we could rely on FortiGate-VM on AWS to provide protection, performance and encrypted communications for our mission-critical services.”

“We are pleased to see Fortinet continuing to expand its offerings on AWS through AWS Marketplace with their FortiGate platform,” says Brian Matsubara, Head of Global Technology Alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “By bringing their security platform to AWS, Fortinet is providing scalable network security controls to customers around the world.”

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 and multi-tenant cloud environments, particularly in scenarios where it is not feasible to deploy dedicated hardware.

Fortinet virtual appliances can scale quickly to meet demand and protect intra-virtual machine communications by implementing critical security controls.

FortiGate security appliances have won numerous awards and recognition, including multiple NSS Labs’ Recommended ratings and SC Magazine Awards for Best Network Security Solution and Best Integrated Security Solution.

FortiGate-VM virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances, including government certifications. In September 2013, Fortinet announced FortiGate-VM earned Common Criteria EAL 4+ Certification for FortiOS 4.3-VM.

The Common Criteria certification process is a third-party evaluation service for determining the trustworthiness of information technology security products, which is fundamentally important to the company’s enterprise and government customers.

Users can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances in clouds and virtualised internal data centres, operating together and managed from a common centralised management platform. With increasing support for AWS environments, users deploying AWS instances into Amazon EC2 or Amazon VPC can maintain corporate standards for security and compliance in the cloud.

“AWS is a global leader in IT infrastructure services with many enterprise and government agencies utilising its services. As such, it is essential that Fortinet provides the same enterprise class network security on the AWS cloud as we do for core and edge networks,” says John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet.

“We have a number of customers who have requested we port FortiGate-VM onto AWS, and we’re happy report that the technology is ready today.”