Enea, Fortinet Partner to Accelerate Adoption of Secure SD-WAN on uCPE

Enea, Fortinet Partner to Accelerate Adoption of Secure SD-WAN on uCPE Image Credit: mkabakov/Bigstockphoto.com

Enea announced a partnership with Fortinet, a global supplier of cybersecurity solutions, around secure SD-WAN for white box universal customer premise equipment (uCPE).

The partnership aims to provide a flexible and cost-effective solution integrating Enea NFV Access and FortiGate Next Generation Firewall for secure SD-WAN. Already verified, the joint solution is commercially deployable on any white box scaling from cost-sensitive entry-level to high-performance devices.

Moving away from traditional appliance-based connectivity to virtualized network functions on uCPE increases flexibility and lowers both operational and capital costs. Thanks to a generic and flexible platform at the customer premise, communication service providers (CSPs) can add new value-added services for managed SD-WAN to their enterprise offerings. A key requirement is flexibility to offer services for different use cases and performance requirements, which requires a scalable platform.

Enea NFV Access is a uniquely scalable NFVI software platform that makes it possible to run FortiGate secure SD-WAN on white box uCPEs with as little as 2 cores and 2 GB of RAM, and still have full management and automation capabilities. Enea NFV Access is not based on data center software like OpenStack: it is designed for edge applications and uses NETCONF to provide the management interface. It runs on any white box uCPE and integrates with any orchestration solution through a REST API. 

Vinod Sundarraj, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Fortinet
Onboarding FortiGate on Enea NFV Access provides a tremendous opportunity for CSPs to save costs by virtualizing network functions on any white box uCPE, and to benefit from a world-class cybersecurity solution.

Adrian Leufven, SVP of Enea's OS Business Unit
Fortinet is a leader in network security and perfectly positioned to provide secure SD-WAN solutions for the quickly growing uCPE market. We are very happy to announce this important partnership and look forward to providing secure and flexible solutions based on our joint offering.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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