Fortinet’s Secure, Simple, Scalable Ethernet Solutions
Legacy Ethernet LANs face many challenges including exponential growth in devices and applications, increased throughput demands from wireless LANs, and complex security implementations. Rather than asking how to secure traditional Ethernet LANs, Fortinet takes a security driven networking approach offering Ethernet as an extension of the security infrastructure through FortiSwitch and FortiLink. Features such as NAC are included with no additional licensing. FortiSwitch offers a broad portfolio of secure, simple, and scalable Ethernet switches ideal for Secure SD-Branch and applications ranging from desktop to data center.
Secure Ethernet LAN Use Cases
How do you secure and enable the edges of your network? The remote enterprise branch poses a challenge to network administrators faced with limited IT budget and staff. Fortinet’s Secure SD-Branch solution leverages the FortiSwitch to provide secure Ethernet access that is simple to deploy and easy to scale from the smallest remote branch to a campus. FortiSwitch can also leverage Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning to simplify management of the LAN Edge through FortiAIOps.
Local-area networks (LANs) in campus settings are dynamic and complex, making them challenging to secure and manage. By leveraging the FortiGate Next Generation Firewall as a LAN controller, IT can simplify their work load by consolidating functions into a single management interface that converges both networking and security.
Securing the wireless at new branches can be expensive, difficult, and time consuming to deploy. The same simplicity, manageability, and security offered in our Secure SD-WAN solution leveraging the FortiGate NGFW can be carried over into wired and wireless access management to create a Secure SD-Branch. FortiSwitch, integrate directly into the FortiOS security infrastructure via our FortiLink protocol.
Secure Ethernet Switching Product Details
Fortinet’s Ethernet switches can be managed standalone or integrate directly into the Fortinet Security Fabric via the FortiLink protocol. FortiLink is a key supporting technology of the FortiSwitch, that enable its ports to become extensions of the FortiGate security appliance. When connected via FortiLink the security polices of the FortiSwitch can mirror the FortiGate making Firewall interfaces and Switch ports equally secure. Centralized management through the FortiGate simplifies deployment and provisioning of FortiSwitch with no touch auto-discovery, one click VLAN and security policy assignment. With an integrated access layer, the FortiGate provides consolidated visibility and reporting easing management and troubleshooting. Lastly, FortiLink enables stacking of up to 300 switches per FortiGate, depending on the model. All of these features are included and have no licensing fee.
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