SD-WAN Roundup: InfoVista’s Unique Approach, Fortinet’s ‘Native’ SD-WAN


… fully virtualized, which gives customers hardware flexibility. Using a single virtual network function allows for different deployment models and doesn’t require a separate box for visibility for the WAN edge.

“We are not a monolithic solution [where] you have to buy the hardware and the software and everything from us,” Asava said. “We are a virtual network function, and we can sit on any UCPE device that’s out there in the marketplace.”

InfoVista sells 100 percent through partners, according to Asava.

Fortinet Leans In

The security vendor has already been embedding its offering into other companies’ SD-WAN platforms, but its new FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall offers its own SD-WAN.

The company said it updated its operating system to make security a “native component.” It’s a response to customers who have expressed concern about using SD-WAN vendors that partner for security.

John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions, says application consumption models are migrating to the cloud at a fast clip.

“As our customers move toward direct internet access, they understand the growing need for next-generation firewall capabilities and high SSL inspection performance. To make sure customers realize the benefits of SD-WAN without compromising security, Fortinet has evolved our advanced SD-WAN features in the latest FortiOS releases,” Maddison said. “This focus on secure SD-WAN is clearly resonating with the hundreds of customers and partners who are taking advantage of Fortinet’s unique combination of next-generation firewall and SD-WAN in the same offering, managed through a single centralized controller.”

Read Fortinet’s full announcement.


Cato Networks announced what it calls the “first identity-aware routing engine for SD-WAN.”

The Cato Cloud now builds policies based on identity and group affiliation.

“Identity awareness adds business context to our end-to-end, converged and secure MPLS alternative, making it easier and simpler for IT to align with today’s dynamic business requirements and deliver an optimal user experience, everywhere,” CEO and co-founder Shlomo Kramer said.

Cato made other enhancements to its offering, including high-availability deployment and real-time network analytics.

Read Cato’s full announcement.

Quick Hits
  • Nokia’s Nuage Networks, which partnered with InfoVista in February, is now working with Globe Telecom to offer SD-WAN in the Philippines. Read the company’s announcement.
  • Our sister site, Light Reading, interviewed Aryaka’s chief marketing officer about the company’s offerings. Watch the video.
  • Windstream partnered with VeloCloud to connect customers to cloud applications. Check out the announcement and look for a bfreakdown from us later today.

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One comment

  1. Avatar Steve Owen August 2, 2018 @ 12:45 am

    Didnt realize how small SD-WAN Market is but how much press it drives. A solution desperate for a market.

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