Fortinet – providers for high-performance network security has announced support for secure access to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. In the wake of organizations continuing to migrate mission critical applications to the cloud, secure access to sensitive data and application workloads stands critically important.
Customers can now immediately benefit from a secure virtual private network (VPN) access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering while leveraging Fortinet’s broad and multi-layered security technologies across network, application besides content security.
“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,” alleged Venkat Gattamneni, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. Informing that – “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.”
All Fortinet FortiGate security appliances 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. Moreover, all FortiGate appliances exclusively provide centralized management of virtualized and physical infrastructures by means of a “single-pane-of-glass” approach to management.
By way of adding support for Microsoft Azure on top of its prevailing support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, Fortinet now affords the industry’s broadest range of security solutions for virtualized infrastructures.
“As we work with customers to extend on-premises infrastructure to the cloud using Microsoft Azure, we need to ensure both a high level of security and seamless data access across multiple environments,” held Michael Xie, founder, CTO and president of Fortinet. Supplementing that -“Fortinet is unique in its ability to deliver powerful threat prevention for network, email, Web and content across any combination of cloud, network and virtualized environment.”
Microsoft Azure is rapidly gaining impetus braced with 57 percent of Fortune 500 enterprises as customers. Azure now accounts for more than 20 percent of the enterprise cloud computing market, a number that is projected to grow to 35 percent in 2014 as stated by Forrester Research, Inc., Analyst James Staten in an April 2013 Bloomberg News article titled “Microsoft Azure Sales Top $1 Billion Challenging Amazon.”
“Microsoft Azure is clearly a compelling solution for organizations that are looking to improve and extend availability of their IT services,” stated Rajesh Maurya, Country Manager, India & SAARC for Fortinet. Purporting that – “We are 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.”