Fortinet announced an expanded technology alliance with Microsoft through its Fabric-Ready Partner Program and new integrations for cloud security services. Microsoft has joined the Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program, further integrating Fortinet Security Fabric threat information, intrusion prevention, and management capabilities into Microsoft Azure Security Center (ASC) to better protect cloud workloads. In addition to FortiGate Enterprise Firewalls, FortiWeb virtualized Web Application Firewalls (WAF) are now available on Azure Security Center for multi-layered application threat protection. FortiGate Enterprise Firewalls are now available on-demand in the Azure Marketplace.
According to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, more large enterprises are likely to move workloads away from traditional and virtualized environments toward the cloud, with the number of enterprises hosting at least one workload on an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform set to increase to 41 percent by 2018. In order to drive this increase in adoption of IaaS, enterprises need to be sure that their data is kept safe as it moves to and through a cloud-computing model.
Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC at Fortinet, said, “To keep pace with evolving infrastructure requirements for on-demand resources, automated policies, and real-time threat intelligence, security must adapt with the business. Fortinet and Microsoft share a commitment to help enterprises securely move their data to the cloud so their business strategies can benefit from the elasticity, scale and performance of cloud-based services. We welcome Microsoft as a Fabric-Ready Partner and look forward to continued collaboration to deliver automated, adaptive security capabilities at cloud-scale for our global enterprise customers.”