Firewall deployments in the public clouds are complex, require many steps, lack standardization in the Multi-Cloud environment, and do not offer the same functionality as the on-premise deployment. For example, at a minimum, a cloud engineer needs to do the following for a successful cloud firewall deployment in any CSP environment:
In this blog, we cover the Fortinet firewall integration with the Alkira solution and how this integration makes the enterprise customers' deployment super simple and standardized across different regions and cloud providers.
Bringing Fortinet to the Alkira network services marketplace allows customers to automatically deploy firewalls in the Alkira Cloud Exchange Point® (CXP), globally distributed multi-cloud points of presence. The firewalls are consumed as a service, allowing them to easily inspect both east-west and north-south traffic flows while maintaining full control of their security posture. By connecting multi-cloud networks through the Alkira Cloud Services Exchange ® with integrated Fortinet FortiGate enabled as a service, cloud engineers no longer need to deploy a Security VPC in each cloud region. They can selectively choose which traffic flows to apply service insertion through the Fortigate without worrying about traffic symmetry or multiple route tables.
Figure 6: FortiGate Dashboard Showing Interfaces and Zones
Alkira and Fortinet solution integration unlock the true potential of the cloud. It is a win-win solution for customers as they deploy an enterprise-grade security firewall in the cloud without compromising any functionality due to the limitations of the cloud-native constructs. Leveraging the Alkira network cloud for their deployments, enterprises can achieve speed, simplicity, elasticity, and efficiency, thus enabling IT teams to meet business needs on time.
Alkira Cloud Area Networking is a full stack, edge-to-cloud, enterprise-grade network. With built-in routing and network services. 100% cloud-built. With no agents to install. And delivered as-a-service.
Just auto-connect your clouds, sites, users, and even SD-WAN fabrics. Instantly deliver networking for site-to-site, Internet/SaaS applications within and across clouds. All with single-pane visibility, HA, and segmentation. We automate all the tedious network plumbing for you.
Immediately spin up and autoscale best-of-breed network services from your favorite vendor. They’re fully integrated into your new network. No more complicated routing domains. No more over-provisioning. No more security compromises. And no more deployment delays.
With Alkira Cloud Area Networking, you can stand up new global networks and cloud onramps in hours instead of months. One cloud or many. And for the first time, enjoy an elastic network that scales up and down based on business demand.
And the best thing about Cloud Area Networking? It’s delivered as a service. No hardware to buy. No software to download. No cloud to learn. With Alkira, your network team will move faster. Manage less. And save more.
Reach out and schedule a demo today to learn more about how Alkira can help simplify cloud area networking for your organization.
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Ahmed Abeer is a Sr. Product Manager at Alkira, where he is responsible for building a best-in-class Multi-Cloud Networking and Security Product. He has been in Product Management for over ten years in different big and small organizations. He has worked with large enterprise and service provider customers to enable LTE/5G MPLS network infrastructure, automate Layer 3 Data Centers, enable Next-Gen Multi-Cloud architecture, and define customers’ Multi-Cloud strategies. Ahmed’s technical expertise in Cloud Computing and Layer 2/Layer 3 network technologies. Ahmed is a public speaker at various conferences & forums and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering.
Deepesh Kumar is a Solutions Architect and product specialist in the computer networking industry with over 6 years of experience. He currently works as part of the post-sales team at Alkira and focuses on working with customers to design and deploy the Alkira solution. Prior to working here, he worked at Viptela, which was acquired by Cisco Systems. He holds a master's degree from San Jose State University.
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