Fortinet Furthers SASE Stature with OPAQ Acquisition

July 20, 2020

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

With SASE reaching network vernacular status, it’s no surprise to see the space sizzle with activity. From mergers and acquisitions, to partners, the channel and certifications, Fortinet (News - Alert) is full steam ahead finding a way to stay on the front page in SASE news.

Today, Fortinet announced the acquisition of OPAQ Networks, adding the OPAQ Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) cloud solution to its SASE armory. For Fortinet, the ZTNA solution fortifies the claim of SASE best in class, further enhancing a formidable portfolio.

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO, Fortinet noted “The recent SASE market momentum further validates our Security-driven Networking approach and underscores what we’ve been saying for years. In this era of hyperconnectivity and expanding networks; with the network edge stretching across the entire digital infrastructure, networking and security must converge.”

The secure access service edge is the new frontier for enterprise networking, and an arena proving to be a hotbed of action in recent months. It’s as though the pandemic is providing a proof of concept across verticals, showcasing the priority of security as organizations segue to critical applications in the cloud and the growing remote workforce.

“In fact the acquisition of OPAQ actually further enhances our existing SASE offering enabling Fortinet to deliver the most complete SASE platform on the market. The Fortinet SASE platform delivers the broadest security and industry-leading SD-WAN and networking offerings that can all be delivered to customers and partners through a flexible, cost efficient and patented zero-trust cloud architecture,” continued Xie.

What do you know about SASE?

Learn about the latest in SASE and SD-WAN at the SASE Summit Summer Series with multiple event dates in August and September, 2020. Learn why SASE matters about how SASE and SD-WAN work together, how SASE is essential to your digital transformation, the importance of self-healing networks and much more.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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