XO Teams With Fortinet, BAE on AWS Managed Security

PRESS RELEASE — HERNDON, Va. and SUNNYVALE, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – XO Communications (XO), in collaboration with BAE Systems and Fortinet, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTNT), is offering a Managed Security Bundle for businesses using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect service.  The new AWS Direct Connect-enabled managed security bundle enables XO customers to procure high-speed connectivity to the AWS Cloud with industry-leading firewall technology and managed security from a single provider.  As a result, IT professionals can conserve precious business resources rather than monitoring their AWS Direct Connect security themselves.

XO integrates firewall technology from Fortinet and highly-respected managed security services from BAE Systems into the XO MPLS network for customers accessing AWS Direct Connect that sign up for the managed security bundle.  Fortinet is a global leader of cybersecurity solutions and BAE Systems is a leading managed security services provider. 

“Our new managed security bundle for AWS Direct Connect is an integral element of our network-enabled cloud strategy helping businesses to effectively and efficiently leverage both public and private cloud services to maximize their business productivity,” said Jake Heinz, senior vice president of marketing and product at XO Communications.  “In today’s environment where data security is a top priority, businesses can effortlessly leverage services designed for a higher level of security for their AWS Cloud data accessed through the XO network.”

“We are committed to our strategic partners and expanding Fortinet development and collaborative initiatives on AWS,” said Chad Whalen, vice president of cloud services at Fortinet.  “Uniting with key Fortinet partners like XO and BAE to support this AWS Direct Connect managed security bundle enhances the customer experience with high speed connectivity to the AWS Cloud, leading Fortinet firewall technology and managed security from a single provider.”

XO expanded its AWS Direct Connect capabilities in 2014 and currently offers secure network connectivity for enterprises at speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps.

About XO Communications
XO Communications provides the technology that helps business and wholesale customers compete in a hyper-connected economy.  In the U.S., XO owns and operates one of the largest IP and Ethernet networks that customers rely on for private data networking, cloud connectivity, unified communications and voice, Internet access, and managed services.  To learn more about XO Communications, visit or  XO Communications is also on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) protects the most valuable assets of some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organizations across the globe.  The company’s fast, secure and global cyber security solutions provide broad, high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT infrastructure.  They are strengthened by the industry’s highest level of threat research, intelligence and analytics.  Unlike pure-play network security providers, Fortinet can solve organizations’ most important security challenges, whether in networked, application or mobile environments – be it virtualized/cloud or physical.  More than 210,000 customers worldwide, including some of the largest and most complex organizations, trust Fortinet to protect their brands.  Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog or FortiGuard Labs.

About BAE Systems
At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries.  Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is a business division of BAE Systems that delivers solutions that help clients to protect and enhance their critical assets in the intelligence age.  Our intelligent protection solutions combine large-scale data exploitation, ‘intelligence-grade’ security and complex services and solutions integration. We operate in four key domains of expertise: cyber security, financial crime, communications intelligence and digital transformation.

Leading enterprises and government departments use our solutions to protect and enhance their physical infrastructure, mission-critical systems, valuable intellectual property, corporate information, reputation and customer relationships, competitive advantage and financial success.

For further information about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, please visit

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