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Orange and Fortinet expand partnership with SASE initiative

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 11 Mar 2022

Orange Business Services and Fortinet are partnering with the shared aim of delivering a disruptive approach to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). 

The companies state they will do this by integrating Fortinet’s Security-driven Networking technologies into the Orange telco cloud infrastructure.

This reinforces security and networking convergence, while optimising performance regardless of the user’s location. This approach - with built-in integration and automation - ensures real-time service updates and an unparalleled user experience, according to a statement.

Digital acceleration, the move to 'work from anywhere', and the adoption of cloud connectivity have altered how network infrastructures and security need to be constructed.

SASE converges networking and security in the cloud, supporting dynamic, secure internet access as part of a 'work-from-anywhere' strategy to connect everyone and everything using cloud-based applications.

SASE extends security capabilities, allowing all types of enterprises to take advantage of zero-trust network access and firewall-as-a-service, for example, regardless of location.

This next chapter in the Orange-Fortinet partnership, which has also yielded Flexible SD-WAN based on Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, provides the foundation for cloud-native transformations at scale for improved business agility and resilience, the companies state.

The result is a fully controlled end-to-end globally available SASE solution that bridges the gap between the user and the application. It delivers a secure and managed service from the Orange telco cloud infrastructure, boosted by cybersecurity expertise and capabilities with Orange Cyberdefense.

Fortinet EVP of products and CMO John Maddison comments, “Digital acceleration and the shift to support ‘work from anywhere’ is driving the hybrid convergence of networking and security to enable zero trust across all edges.

"Expanding upon our longstanding relationship with Orange, we’re pleased to further integrate our Security-driven Networking technology into the Orange infrastructure to enable a converged networking and security solution, unmatched in terms of visibility, management capabilities, resilience, and user experience.”

Orange Business Services EVP global solutions Anne-Marie Thiollet says, “This innovative partnership is a continuation of our cloud-focused network evolution.

"By integrating Fortinet Security-driven Networking technologies into the Orange telco cloud infrastructure, we enable our customers to easily adopt a cloud-native environment that is increasingly critical for businesses globally. At Orange Business Services, we facilitate the deployment and take-up of technologies that drive innovation and business growth for our customers in a fast and secure way.”

Orange Business Services is a network-native digital services company and the global enterprise division of the Orange Group. The company is focused on connecting, protecting and innovating for enterprises to support business growth.

Leveraging its connectivity and system integration expertise throughout the digital value chain, Orange Business Services supports global businesses in areas such as software-defined networks, multi-cloud services, Data and AI, smart mobility services and cybersecurity.

It securely accompanies enterprises across every stage of the data lifecycle end-to-end, from collection, transport, storage and processing to analysis and sharing.

Fortinet aims to protect people, devices and data. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers integrated and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office.

In addition, the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides a training program to make cyber training and new career opportunities more widely available.

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