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Fortinet Protection Technology Services SFR Busines Clients

Fortinet : 15 March, 2011  (Application Story)
Telecommunications operator selects FortiGate and FortiClient appliances for unified network security for its managed services

SFR Business Team has selected Fortinet’s technology as the cornerstone of its SIS (Secure Internet Services) managed security services, designed for large enterprises (over 500 employees) and public organisations. Fortinet’s FortiGate integrated network security appliances and FortiClient endpoint software respectively serve as the technology platforms for SFR Business Team’s network and endpoint security offerings.

As a subsidiary of Vivendi and the number one alternative telecommunications operator in Europe, SFR offers landline, mobile and Internet connectivity to over 26 million consumer and corporate subscribers. As part of its strategy to offer new value-added services to its enterprise customers, SFR Business Team decided to introduce hosted managed security services that would provide a converged infrastructure for the complete protection of corporate networks, as well as their fixed and mobile (Wifi, 3G, ADSL) users, while simplifying deployment and maintenance.

After conducting a thorough analysis of the different security solutions available on the market, SFR Business Team identified Fortinet as a preferred vendor capable of providing a unified security platform to address end-to-end IT security, from the network to the endpoint. Other key selection criteria included Fortinet’s comprehensive suite of security functions; the unique virtualisation capabilities of FortiGate; and key product features such as the IPSec VPN client integration on FortiClient.

“While the majority of enterprises depend on the Internet to conduct their business, many of them still don’t have the right IT resources and internal policies in place to ensure the security of their key IT assets,” said Pierre Pfister, VP Marketing at SFR Business Team. “SFR Business Team targets those enterprises with a security strategy based on a fixed-mobile convergence approach. With Fortinet, we can deliver that vision to our customers, who benefit from consolidated security, based on a single technology and a unified environment from the network to the end-user.  With our solution, they enjoy maximum security and minimal complexity.”

With Fortinet’s solutions fuelling its SIS services, SFR Business Team offers to corporate clients, who subscribed to its 9Connect high-speed Internet access or its 9ipnet MPLS  VPN package, a complete range of security services including firewall, IPSec and SSL VPN, antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS), Web filtering and anti-spam. SFR Business Team’s SIS Expert services give access to additional security functions such as DMZ connectivity and firewall redundancy.

To manage the security of its 9ipnet clients, SFR Business Team has deployed two FortiGate-5140 carrier-class security chassis in a virtualised mode on twelve FortiGate-5001-series blades, allowing them to manage thousands of customers from one hardware platform and isolate the security services offered to each customer. For large accounts subscribing to the 9ipnet service and 9Connect clients, SFR Business Team provides dedicated FortiGate multi-threat security appliances, ranging from the ForitGate-110C to the FortiGate-3810A models, which are either hosted by SFR Business Team or deployed in a CPE mode.

SFR Business Team’s endpoint security is based on Fortinet’s FortiClient software, which provides a full range of threat protection for PCs and laptops, even when being used on insecure public networks. The integration with FortiGate allows SFR Business Team corporate clients to facilitate VPN (IPSec and SSL) for remote users, enhance WAN optimisation to accelerate performance, and extend network security policies to the endpoints.

SFR Business Team also selected Fortinet’s FortiAnalyzer appliance to power their Web portal, from which customers can access reports on network usage and attempted attacks.

“The sophistication of today’s Internet threats coupled with the increased mobility of the workforce force corporations to adopt end-to-end IT security solutions,” said Patrice Perche, senior vice president of international sales & support at Fortinet. “With our integrated security platform, MSSPs and telco carriers, such as SFR Business Team, benefit from a high-performance technology, based on a common operating system and user interface, which allows them to offer an easy to manage packaged security solution that provides comprehensive protection for the extended enterprise.”

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