Alibaba and Fortinet have announced the expansion of Fortinet Security Fabric offerings and new automation capabilities for Alibaba Cloud – to provide streamlined and consistent security for organizations with hybrid cloud infrastructures.
The combination of Alibaba Cloud and the Fortinet Security Fabric would provide organizations with the ability to extend security visibility and control from the data center to the cloud and the ability to ensure that organizations employ consistent security policies no matter where their applications are deployed.“Fortinet is committed to helping customers make their journey to the cloud even more secure by integrating more tightly with Alibaba Cloud and supporting additional cloud security use cases,” said John Maddison, EVP of Products and Solutions at Fortinet. “To further support resource-constrained teams, today’s announcement is helping our joint customers automate additional security processes and more seamlessly integrate into their application life cycle.”
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Cloud Native Integration
By implementing the Fortinet Security Fabric on Alibaba Cloud, customers can apply consistent security policies throughout their hybrid cloud infrastructures and can realize multi-layer security protection and operational “benefits” for running applications on Alibaba Cloud.
Sodexo and Fung Group are among the global customers leveraging Fortinet’s cloud native integration with Alibaba Cloud to secure its hybrid cloud environment. Sodexo is using Fortinet’s FortiGate VM to deploy secure VPC on Alibaba Cloud, effectively aggregating and securing its globally distributed infrastructure. Fung Group would also take advantage of the integration with the deployment of the FortiGate VM on Alibaba Cloud, which enables “consistent” visibility and security management across its cloud environments.
“Sodexo chose to work with Fortinet for its commitment to the cloud and its native integration of security capabilities into Alibaba Cloud,” said Krone Cai, Head of IS&T at Sodexo China. “Fortinet provides us with a robust solution to deploy advanced architecture on Alibaba Cloud with reinforced security. This was critical for Sodexo as we expand the business in China and consolidate our workloads and applications to Alibaba Cloud. With Fortinet and Alibaba Cloud’s integrated security solution, we are able to stay agile to our customer needs while protecting sensitive information in both a cloud and on-premise setup. This is very key to our commitments in proving quality of life services to our clients and consumers.”
Alibaba Cloud’s extended collaboration with Fortinet leverages Fortinet’s breadth of cloud security offerings that are part of the Fortinet Security Fabric. Additional benefits of this expanded partnership would include:
- Native Integration – Fortinet’s security solution will natively integrate with Alibaba Cloud for seamless integration with workloads running in Alibaba Cloud. As a Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner, Alibaba Cloud will integrate its APIs with the Fortinet Security Fabric to provide more consistent and effective end-to-end security to end users.
- Broad Protection – The Fortinet Security Fabric for Alibaba Cloud includes a broad range of Fortinet security offerings including: FortiGateVM, FortiWeb, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer and Fabric Connectors. These solutions address a broad set of use cases including protecting cloud workloads, securing hybrid cloud and cloud-based security management.
- Management and Automation – With the expanded integration, Alibaba Cloud’s security functionalities can be managed through the Fortinet Security Management tools across both Alibaba Cloud and on-premises deployments to streamline security operations. Customers can leverage automation capabilities provided by The Fortinet Security Fabric, leveraging APIs and stitches for example, to further streamline and automate operations.