SASE from Fortinet & Masergy: Converging best-of-breed network and security solutions recognized by Gartner

Posted on October 6th, 2020

With network and security solutions each recognized by Gartner, Fortinet and Masergy have partnered together to compete in the budding new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) industry with converged offerings that are differentiated in the market. Here’s how Gartner names our solutions in their respective 2020 Magic Quadrant reports and how our unified SASE solutions deliver more value to businesses seeking the simplicity of consolidated network and security strategies.

Best-of-breed networking and security recognized by Gartner

Both Masergy and Fortinet have never thought of SD-WAN as a siloed product–each company has always built their solutions on the notion that security must be intrinsic to the network. With a shared appreciation for security-driven networking, Masergy and Fortinet are the perfect partner pair for companies seeking SASE solutions.

More than just a concept, SASE is a solution framework and an emerging market where SD-WAN and a sphere of network and security functions are being consolidated into one unified service. Comprised of SD-WAN, firewall as a service, secure web gateway, and other security features, SASE solutions serve as the culmination of network and security convergence. SASE takes closely linked (yet individual) industries and unites them in one service that is cloud delivered and cloud managed.

Investors seeking out SASE solutions are demanding best-of-breed technologies converged into one solution, and it’s here where the Masergy-Fortinet offering stands above the rest. We are uniquely positioned to compete in this new market with Gartner-recognized offerings that come in a single, seamless SASE solution delivered as a fully managed cloud service.

Here’s how Gartner names our individual solutions.

Capability Gartner Magic Quadrant Report 2020 Company Position
SD-WAN WAN Edge Infrastructure Fortinet: Leader
Cloud Firewall Network Firewall Fortinet: Leader
Secure Web Gateway Network Firewall Fortinet: Leader
Managed Network Services Gloabl Network Services Masergy: Visionary

Masergy selected Fortinet to be our primary SD-WAN edge device manufacturer because of their expertise in security. And last week, Fortinet announced it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner September 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, placing higher in its ability to execute and further in its completeness of vision when compared to their 2019 position.

Beyond SASE: A unique portfolio

Our solutions are further differentiated when you take a look at Masergy’s entire portfolio of offerings, delivering the full spectrum of security services needed to protect corporate data whether it’s in a data center, on prem, and in the cloud.

  • Fortinet SD-WAN edge devices with built-in security including next-gen firewalls, advanced routing, and secure web gateway
  • 24/7 network monitoring and response services provided by Masergy’s own NOC
  • Unified Threat Management capabilities as well as a full menu of security service options spanning network security, cloud security including CASB, endpoint security, identity-based security, shadow IT discovery, and more
  • 24/7 threat monitoring and response from Masergy’s global SOC services, which bring over a decade of leadership in managed security service excellence
  • Real-time visibility and control in an online portal for client access, giving IT managers the advantages of simplified management alongside a lower total cost of ownership
  • AI-powered automation that automatically evaluates the network, offering suggestions on how to optimize bandwidth usage and cloud application performance

Our joint offering is unique because we bring together best-of-breed providers into a single, cloud-native architecture that delivers simple, efficient solutions all while minimizing daisy chains and providing the industry’s most competitive services level agreements that Masergy is known for.

Truly transforming the WAN edge requires a security-driven approach to SD-WAN that encompasses advanced technologies and end-to-end security services from the leaders in each industry. It’s all possible when you partner with Masergy and Fortinet. Together, our companies will continue to disrupt the industry with solutions that are rooted in security-driven networking principles and designed to deliver the most flexible and innovative SASE capabilities.

Learn more about SASE from Fortinet and Masergy

Ajay Pandya

Ajay Pandya is Director of Product Management and leads the team for Network Solutions team at Masergy. He has over 20 years of telecom experience in product development, engineering, consulting, and sales and has helped global service providers, utilities, transportation companies, public sector entities, and enterprises for their networking and IT needs. He has an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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