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Fortinet Achieves MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Certification

Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced that Fortinet Secure SD-WAN has been certified to support MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services. This certification aims to establish a common language for defining SD-WAN technologies and enables communication service and technology providers to validate that their solutions comply with the highest industry standards for performance, assurance, and agility.

Fortinet is among some of the earliest SD-WAN technology vendors certified by MEF, the world’s defining authority for standardized services designed to address the most demanding networking needs of today’s digital transformation efforts. The organization is comprised of 200 members and is supported by over 130 service providers worldwide. Spirent, MEF's SD-WAN Authorized Certified Test Partner, validated Fortinet’s conformance to the industry-leading SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) global standard.

Fortinet has been actively engaged as a member of MEF since 2017, and is closely partnering with MEF to develop new SD-WAN security standards. Fortinet currently leads a key Initiative in the MEF Applications Committee on Application Security for SD-WAN Services (MEF 88) and has won two MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept awards, one for developing security standards for secure connections between separate SD-WAN devices, and another for ensuring application security for SD-WAN services.

As the use of business-critical, cloud-based applications and tools continue to increase, distributed organizations with multiple remote offices are switching from performance-inhibited wide-area networks (WANs) to SD-WAN. SD-WAN is a software-defined wide-area network architecture to enable digital innovations. SD-WAN solutions transform an organization’s capabilities by leveraging the corporate WAN as well as multi-cloud connectivity to deliver high-speed application performance at the WAN Edge of branch sites. SD-WAN provides a dynamic path selection between—MPLS, 4G/5G, or broadband—ensuring organizations can quickly and easily access business-critical cloud applications. But SD-WAN solutions don’t provide in-built security which is critical for direct internet access. Secure SD-WAN enables organizations to enable NGFW with SD-WAN in simplified offering.

“Achieving MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification serves as another proof point of Fortinet’s commitment to MEF and our ability to support service providers in delivering differentiated managed SD-WAN services. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with MEF to define SD-WAN and security standards to support service providers and their customers.”

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet “Fortinet has demonstrated SD-WAN market leadership as a certified SD-WAN product. We believe MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification will help to eliminate confusion in the market and accelerate the adoption of SD-WAN. It is an important step in providing enterprises a standards-based benchmark to select an SD-WAN vendor." - Marc Cohn, Head of Virtualization at Spirent, and primary Spirent representative on the MEF Certification Committee “MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification is a competitive differentiator that aims to help organizations make informed decisions when selecting an SD-WAN solution. We congratulate Fortinet on this achievement, which shows its commitment to addressing WAN transformation requirements of both service providers and enterprises.” -Nan Chen, President at MEF