Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) offers unprecedented opportunities for service providers to adopt new business models, radically lower costs, and increase the speed of innovation and delivery of next-generation services. While the potential benefits of NFV are enormous, ensuring effective security is a key consideration for service providers.

Protecting these highly dynamic environments requires a Security Fabric with tightly integrated security and network technologies that share intelligence and collaborate to detect, isolate, and respond to threats in real time. Fortinet recognizes the importance of having an open system that supports and secures as many NFV solutions in the industry as needed in order to meet the requirements of service provider customers. The openness of the Fortinet Security Fabric enables deep integrations with industry partner products and platforms.

Fortinet achieved VMware’s highest level of endorsement, VMware Ready™ Status for Network Functions Virtualization, as described in the VMware Marketplace Program Guide. Fortinet also achieved VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure 1.0 and 2.0 compatibility certification, as indicated in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

The solution enables virtual network functions, such as firewall, IPS NAT, DHCP, etc., in FortiGate-VM to be deployed as customized virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) instantly, completely decoupling network security functions from the underlying hardware, and thereby gaining significantly increased flexibility. This brings unprecedented agility to network and security provisioning, combined with significant CAPEX and OPEX savings.

Solution benefits include the following:

  • Software-defined security automation for service life cycle.
  • A variety of customizable security services on a single commodity device.
  • Rapid configuration and service delivery with NFV enabled vCPE.
  • Lower total cost of ownership with new security insertion rollout.
  • Unparalleled security, by leveraging the industry’s best validated security protection.

The Fortinet VMware Ready™ for Telco Cloud Infrastructure solution comprehensively addresses security aspects in NFV environments, delivering security without compromise with unprecedented agility.

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