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Fortinet Intros SD-WAN Appliance, Inks More Secure SD-WAN Partnerships

February 12, 2020 / David Ramel

Few companies in the exploding software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) space have been as busy as security-centric Fortinet lately, as it introduced a new appliance and formed partnerships with Equinix and Amdocs. The company touts its alternative approach to the typical scheme of organizations adding security to existing SD-WAN solutions, instead weaving in SD-WAN connectivity functionality into its "next-gen firewall."To that end, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company last week announced FortiGate 40F, a secure SD-WAN appliance based on its patented SoC4 SD-WAN ASIC for small and midsize businesses, emphasizing affordability, a small form factor and optional built-in LTE or WiFi connectivity to ease the deployment of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN in those smaller organizations.