Fortinet to provide first line of defence for NEC cloud platform
By Digital News Asia October 3, 2013
- NEC’s cloud supports automatic configuration, deployment and operation of IaaS environments
- FortiGate is first 3rd-party next-gen firewall to be certified by NEC to protect its cloud platform
NETWORK security company Fortinet said that its FortiGate platform has been selected by NEC as the firewall for the latter’s MasterScope Virtual DataCenter Automation cloud platform software.
The NEC software, announced in May, supports automatic configuration, deployment and operation of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environments within enterprise and service provider data centres.
While the platform is initially geared for the Japanese market, NEC plans to expand sales to additional markets, including North America, Europe and Asia, Fortinet said in a statement.
The MasterScope Virtual DataCenter Automation software (click diagram to enlarge) is the first cloud platform software to use software-defined networking (SDN), which automates cloud operations through OpenFlow, the communications protocol that gives access to the forwarding plane of a network switch or router over the network.
The software is linked to the company’s Programmable Flow Controller PF6800 and enables centralised control of virtual servers and virtual networks.
“Software defined networking is more than a buzzword,; it’s a reality. But the question on minds today is how to secure [it],” said Norio Kubota, country manager for Fortinet Japan.
“We believe we’ve found an answer with our collaboration with NEC. With its MasterScope Virtual DataCenter Automation software, we are able to automatically route all of a customer’s internal and perimeter traffic through our next-generation firewalls, which greatly improves the customer’s security posture while reducing provisioning time and costs for operators,” he added.
NEC’s cloud platform makes it possible to automate operations for changing network settings arising from virtual server retrieval requests from users, a process that has up until now been time consuming for server administrators, Fortinet said.
Fortinet’s FortiGate network security platform is the first third-party next-generation firewall to be certified by NEC to protect its cloud platform, the network security company added.
Since 2010, NEC and Fortinet have worked together to deploy the FortiGate platform as the security resource in the SDN environments NEC has built. The integration of FortiGate in MasterScope Virtual DataCenter Automation represents another step in enhancing the security of SDN environments in the cloud.
“We are pleased to be extending our relationship with Fortinet to our new secured cloud platform,” said Akinori Itou, general manager of NEC’s System Software Division.
“By combining our strength in cloud platform development with Fortinet’s strength in network security innovation, we believe we are perfectly positioned to offer our customers a secure software defined cloud platform that offers high levels of reliability, usability and simplified operability,” he added.
To protect the company’s MasterScope Virtual DataCenter Automation cloud platform software, NEC’s specifically chose Fortinet’s FortiGate-3000 series and FortiGate-1000 series next generation firewalls (NGFW).
These network security appliances provide exceptional throughput, ultra-low latency and a wide range of configuration options for next generation environments that have requirements for lightning fast transactions, such as financial services, Voice over IP (VoIP), BYOD/ Mobile and Web 2.0 applications, Fortinet claimed.
All FortiGates integrate the purpose-built FortiOS operating system with custom FortiASIC processors and the latest-generation CPUs to provide broad, high-performance security, the company added.
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