- The two companies are expanding their strategic alliance to provide an integrated offering of network and security functionality so that users can remotely access business applications with the same guarantees as if they were in-office.
- The new service, FlexWan by Fortinet, will be first launched in Spain and soon extended globally throughout Telefónica's worldwide footprint in Europe and the Americas.
Madrid and Sunnyvale (California), October 18, 2021
Telefónica Tech, Telefónica's digital business unit, and Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, are expanding their current strategic alliance, announcing today the launch of a new global managed service centered around a security-driven networking approach to SD-WAN. The new service converges networking and security functionality into a single integrated offering to empower the hybrid work era and enable users to remotely access business applications with the same connectivity and security guarantees as if they were in-office.
The remote and hybrid work model adopted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic is predicted to continue, even as offices begin to reopen, organizations have been migrating many of their services to the cloud to allow employees to work from anywhere. Combining the global capabilities of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN with the managed security and cloud services of Telefónica Tech ensures quality of experience and security no matter where users are located by providing agile connectivity and next-generation managed security ready for multi-cloud environments.
This new managed service, FlexWan by Fortinet, is an evolution of the FlexWan service as it now natively integrates cybersecurity and will be first launched in Spain and soon extended globally throughout Telefónica’s worldwide footprint across Europe and the Americas. Backed by strong technical expertise, the new service will allow Telefónica Tech clients to leverage state-of-the-art managed security and advanced connectivity. Built on the principles of security-driven networking, the converged networking and security managed service will also enable the extension to SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) to allow Telefónica customers to accelerate the digitalization of the workplace securely and with the best performance possible with state-of-the-art connectivity.
Hugo de los Santos, Director of Cybersecurity and Cloud Products and Services at Telefónica Tech, says: "This new converged network and security offering is essential for our clients so that their digital transformation and migration to the cloud is fast and secure. Our long experience with Fortinet has shown us that it is a great ally in evolving our Managed Security Services (MSS) to a converged and secure SD-WAN network. This alliance undoubtedly reinforces our positioning as a benchmark technological partner for those companies that need to advance in digitization in the safest way possible and reinforce their resilience."
John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet, adds: "We are proud to expand our collaboration with Telefónica Tech to combine its managed security services and intelligence operations carried out from SOCs with our secure SD-WAN and SASE products. We are dedicated to working with our partners to develop solutions based on security-driven networking principles to solve customer challenges and protect people, devices and data everywhere."
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