Digital transformation is a strategic initiative for the majority of distributed organizations in 2019. The need to support cloud-based applications across sites has led many organizations to switch from wide area networks (WANs) to software-defined WANs in an effort to eliminate performance and operational bottlenecks. SD-WAN is cheaper, faster, and more flexible than legacy WAN. This, however, expands the attack surface.
Digital transformation has led to the need to protect data categories, sources, and endpoints that simply didn’t exist ten years ago. Companies are addressing this risk by adding security and monitoring solutions to their SD-WAN environments, increasing cost and complexity.
Fortinet’s FortiGate is a unified offering that combines next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities. This single box solution builds on the benefits of SD-WAN by providing powerful, yet easy to use, protection from threats while enabling a level of visibility and management that cannot be delivered by point solutions aimed at solving a single need.
For this validation, ESG analysts leveraged their experience with and research into existing case studies, along with interviews with customers who detailed their improved experiences planning, deploying, and maintaining FortiGate environments compared with previously deployed WAN and SD-WAN solutions. The focus was on the benefits they realized by shifting from WAN to SD-WAN to the unified experience of Secure SD-WAN. All customers interviewed expressed a very high level of satisfaction with their Fortinet Secure SD-WAN deployment. They reported increased levels of business agility, security, and job satisfaction, along with a dramatic lowering of network costs.
This ESG Economic Validation focused on the quantitative and qualitative benefits organizations can expect from deploying Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN. ESG created the insights in this paper based on forward-looking research, reviews of existing case studies detailing deployment decisions and post deployment impact, and the experienced opinions of our industry analysts. ESG also validated the ability of Secure SD-WAN to help achieve business goals through interviews with IT professionals at distributed organizations who have experience operating both Fortinet and other WAN/SD-WAN solutions.
ESG Economic Validation
ESG completed a quantitative and qualitative economic analysis studying the impact of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN compared with SD-WAN offerings from other vendors and traditional WAN. ESG’s Economic Validation process is a proven method for understanding, validating, quantifying, and modeling the economic value propositions of a product or solution. The process leverages ESG’s core competencies in market and industry analysis, forward-looking research, and technical/economic validation. ESG conducted in-depth interviews with end-users to better understand and quantify how Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN has impacted their organizations, particularly in comparison with previously deployed and/or experienced solutions.