Alkira and Fortinet Partner to Secure Cloud Area Networking Traffic

Next-generation cyber security solutions and services secure enterprise traffic to the cloud, in the cloud, and across clouds

AWS re:Inforce – July 26, 2022 – Cloud Area Networking pioneer Alkira today announced at AWS re:Inforce a partnership with Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions. Alkira’s integration with Fortinet provides automated configuration and deployment of firewall services to protect traffic to and inside all major public cloud providers. Alkira automates all of the network plumbing, allowing customers to insert firewall services across their Cloud Area Networking infrastructure. The features enabled by the partnership are now available to all Alkira and Fortinet customers.

Alkira Cloud Area Networking is the fastest way to unify an enterprise’s on-prem infrastructure with a public cloud(s). It’s an enterprise-grade network with built-in routing and network services–100% cloud-built, with no agents to install, and delivered as-a-service.

“This integration demonstrates the continuing momentum behind Cloud Area Networking,” said Atif Khan, CTO, Alkira. “Modern organizations have a tough time managing a messy sprawl of sites, regions, users, SD-WAN fabrics, and clouds. They need a quick way to connect all these pieces together. Cloud Area Networking does that.”

Alkira and Fortinet have made it easier to secure Cloud Area Networking traffic. Enterprises can secure their clouds by leveraging their existing Fortinet investment. Alkira customers in turn can extend their Fortinet firewalls to protect cloud workloads. Alkira automates the network plumbing, allowing customers to instantly apply these services across their entire Cloud Area Network and across multiple cloud providers.

“Alkira and Fortinet’s partnership illustrates the value in securing enterprises’ clouds,” Khan added. “Customers can immediately spin up and autoscale their Fortinet firewalls across the Cloud Area Networking infrastructure. There’s no complicated routing domains, no risk of overprovisioning, and no more deployment delays.”

Key features enabled by the partnership include:

  • FortiManager integration: Alkira and Fortinet are seamlessly integrated. This means your Security Team can manage FortiGate firewalls with the FortiManager platform they know and trust. Spin up new FortiGate virtual firewalls with just a few clicks, and Alkira will take care of the rest.
  • Auto-mapping of zone to segments: Alkira’s Fortinet integration allows enterprises to extend existing zones on their firewalls into and across clouds. Alkira takes existing on-prem security and expands it to multiple clouds.
  • Auto-scaling: Customers can automatically scale Fortinet firewalls when traffic surges and then reduce them when traffic normalizes. This reduces the likelihood of network outages.

“Organizations are relying more and more on Cloud Area Networking to operate their businesses,” said Vinod Sunderraj, Senior Director, Cloud Security Product and Solutions at Fortinet. “Safeguarding traffic between users, sites, and multiple clouds can be incredibly complex. This collaboration and integration with the Fortinet Security Fabric provides a quick, easy, and reliable way to protect Cloud Area Networking traffic, securing traffic to the cloud, within the cloud, and between clouds.”

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