Aug 3, 2020

Fortinet named the fastest-growing SD-WAN vendor

Networking
Cybersecurity
hardware
Harry Menear
2 min
With 247% year-on-year revenue growth, Fortinet is the fastest growing SD-WAN solutions provider in the market
With 247% year-on-year revenue growth, Fortinet is the fastest growing SD-WAN solutions provider in the market...

Fortinet, the california-based cybersecurity solutions provider, has been identified as the fastest-growing provider of software defined networking in a wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions in the world.

Independent analysis and consulting firm Omdia released a new report last week containing statistics for the Q1 2020 data centre networking equipment market. The report found that Fortinet had reported year-on-year revenue growth of 247%.   

Furthermore, in a June report by Gartner, Fortinet was also found to have the highest revenue growth change in SD-WAN equipment market share worldwide between 1Q19-1Q20, and currently sits as the second largest vendor based on revenue for SD-WAN hardware worldwide for 1Q20. 

“With the increase in work from home and adoption of multi-cloud, a truly effective SD-WAN solution must be able to be implemented anywhere. Fortinet’s dedication to SD-WAN innovation has resulted in the industry’s most extensive and secure SD-WAN solution, able to be deployed across the home, branch, campus and multi-cloud, “ said Fortinet’s EVP of Products and CMO, John Maddison. 

"Fortinet’s continued positive trajectory in the SD-WAN market is a testament to our ability to deliver the best application experience and cost savings for our customers.”

In a company press release, Fortinet attributed this market momentum to its ability to deliver SD-WAN anywhere – from home to branch to cloud – and support a variety of diverse use cases, including: Complex Fortune 1000 deployments, cloud-centric WAN and large scale deployments with a compact footprint. 

According to Fortinet customer, Kevin Morrison, VP ITC Operations at Rollins, “Fortinet Secure SD-WAN addressed our connectivity, security and management challenges with a comprehensive solution supporting advanced routing, SD-WAN and security in a single appliance. With integrated SD-WAN functionality and security, we are able to simultaneously improve application performance and our overall security posture. The current state of the world has really re-emphasized the positive impact of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for us. We were quickly able to support remote employees and ensure continued connectivity globally, and we have also still been able to remotely test, implement, and deploy Fortinet solutions in our branch offices.”   

Last week, Fortinet also announced the launch of a new Secure SD-WAN appliance: FortiGate 80F. The solution is reportedly powered by Fortinet’s purpose-built SD-WAN ASIC in a desktop form factor, with built-in bypass interfaces to deliver reliable connectivity during planned or unplanned outages. 

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Jun 22, 2021

Cologix invests in hybrid cloud connectivity across Canada 

Cologix
Interconnection
hyperscale
colocation
2 min
In response to rapid interconnection growth, Canadian data centre operator Cologix is investing in two facilities in Vancouver and Toronto. 

Canadian and US data centre operator Cologix is investing in two data centres in Canada, in response to “record growth in interconnection in Canada,” reportedly due to “accelerated customer demand to access clouds, software, networks and other key stakeholders at the edge.” 

In order to meet this increased demand for interconnection to support public and hybrid cloud services, Cologix has invested an undisclosed sum to acquire an interconnection facility from Zayo Group Holdings in Vancouver, and add a further 10 MW of IT capacity to its existing hyperscale facility in Toronto. 

Cologix's CEO, Bill Fathers, noted that “We continue to invest in deep connectivity and scale in Canada in response to accelerated demand for cloud deployments at the network edge,” adding that Cologix currently hosts 75% of Canada’s direct cloud onramps in its data centres, as well as providing its customers “access to thousands of miles of dark fiber routes in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.” 

Fathers also emphasised the fact that “This site acquisition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where data centre space is in short supply, fits into Cologix's interconnection growth strategy by continuing to expand our Canadian footprint to support edge cloud traffic growth."

Located in downtown Vancouver, the new site purchased from Zayo Group Holdings is located at 175 West Cordova Street. The site comprises more than 65,000 square feet of real estate, and Cologix plans to begin expanding the facility immediately, adding an additional 4.2 MW of capacity in the coming year. 

Cologix’s Toronto data centre TOR4, is connected to an extensive dark fibre network which adjoins it to the company’s largest data centre in the city, TOR1. The newly announced expansion will add a further 10 MW of capacity to the site, as well as expand its total floorspace by approximately 50,000 square feet. 

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