Fortinet announced that the company has joined the VMware NSX partner ecosystem. Committed to providing leading security solutions for virtualization, Fortinet also revealed its new FortiGate-VMX firewall appliance, which will enable greater security for customers within agile, elastic software-defined data centers based on VMware vSphere and VMware NSX virtualization platforms.
Rapid industry adoption of cloud and virtual infrastructure has created a need for transforming the way security is applied in the data center. With Fortinet’s new VMX solution, VMware vSphere and VMware NSX customers will be able to leverage Fortinet’s leading approach to security, which automates the orchestration of network security with seamless centralized management across physical and virtual domains.
“The SDDC promises a highly automated, easily managed platform that embraces and secures all applications, for fast, safe deployment across data centers, clouds and mobile devices,” said Rajesh Maurya, Country Manager, India & SAARC at Fortinet. “Fortinet and VMware are uniquely positioned to deliver on this promise, providing the highest levels of security in virtualized environments.”
In many data center environments, hardware security appliances are deployed at the aggregation layer and can only see “north-south” traffic passing through the physical network. Conversely, inter-VM traffic (i.e. “east-west” traffic) does not leave the virtual switch in the virtual host, and network virtualization and software-defined architectures further exacerbate the volume of virtual traffic.
To address these challenges, the FortiGate-VMX solution interoperates with VMware virtualization solutions in the SDDC, providing API integration that gives customers greater visibility and control of virtual network traffic regardless of network topology. In addition, orchestration with VMware’s platform allows for automatic protection of new workloads.
The FortiGate-VMX firewall appliance will be available in March of this year.