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May 13, 2014

Fortinet Announces Support for Secure Access to Microsoft Azure Platform

By allowing support for secure access to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, Fortinet (News - Alert), a provider of high-performance network security solutions, has enabled the industry’s broadest secure access to cloud environments.

The move is said to benefit customers who are moving their mission critical applications and are demanding secure access to sensitive data and application workloads.

Venkat Gattamneni, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft (News - Alert) Azure at Microsoft, stated, “Microsoft Azure’s cloud scalability, performance and economic benefits make it a convincing choice for customers wanting to leverage the cloud while continuing to use existing on-premises infrastructure. These customers require secure VPN access from office and branch networks to the cloud, and Fortinet’s next-generation firewall platforms extend on-premises datacenters to the cloud while enabling security.”

Fortinet already supports Windows Server with Hyper-V and stated that as it is working with customers to extend on-premises infrastructure to the cloud using Microsoft Azure, it wanted to ensure a high level of security and seamless data access across multiple environments. It possesses the potential to offer powerful threat prevention for network, email, Web and content across any combination of cloud, network and virtualized environment.

The newer versions of Fortinet Fortigate security appliances have been tweaked in such a way that they are capable of helping customers to seamlessly mitigate potential blind spots by implementing critical network security controls including bi-directional stateful firewalling, intrusion prevention and VPN within their virtual private cloud. They also offer full support for VPN access to the Microsoft Azure Virtual Network service, allowing organizations to quickly and easily create secure VPN tunnels linking on-premise networks and cloud environments.

Fortinet added that it is pleased to work closely with Microsoft to bring the same level of broad and best-in-class security that companies rely on for private networks to these growing cloud connections. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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