What to do When Multiple Clouds Create Multiple Challenges

It is now common practice for organisations to operate in multiple clouds, with remote access to resources becoming more prevalent. However, this creates networking and security challenges, as the attack surface expands, and traffic can slow down during security checks. Secure SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area Network) provides a solution to these challenges by offering resilient connections between users, branches, data centres, and multiple public clouds. It enables a security-driven networking strategy that improves performance, strengthens security, and reduces costs. With centralised management and integration of networking and security solutions, efficiency and security are enhanced.

Networking in the Multi-cloud Era

Nowadays, almost every organisation uses multiple clouds, resulting in business-critical applications and data existing outside the traditional network perimeter. This shift, along with the significant increase in remote work, presents key challenges in terms of networking and security.

Each new cloud service and every added remote user expands the attack surface. However, routing all network traffic through the corporate data centre for security screening creates performance issues. To worsen the situation, if remote user traffic is routed through a branch office and MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) connection, latency, and potential packet loss increase.

To address these challenges, Secure SD-WAN adopts a security-driven networking approach. It supplies seamless, secure, and scalable connections between headquarters, branch offices, remote users, and multiple clouds. Through this solution, network traffic moves efficiently with minimal latency.

Fortify your remote workforce, branch offices, and cloud infrastructure

Initially, SD-WAN was used to set up scalable and cost-effective links between headquarters and branch locations. However, its capabilities can also help cloud security and connectivity.

With Secure SD-WAN, SD-WAN gateways can be centrally managed and orchestrated, enabling application routing based on policy-defined links. Additionally, it automatically establishes and maintains Internet Protocol security (IPsec) tunnels for secure connections to public clouds. SD-WAN also facilitates connectivity between branch offices and cloud services, virtual networks within the same cloud, and workloads across hybrid and multiple public clouds.

The result is a scalable, resilient, and high-performance network for all users.

Our Expert Partnership with Fortinet

Fortinet is a renowned global leader in secure networking infrastructure systems. As one of only a select few companies in the UK, Daisy has demonstrated the business focus, extensive experience, and ongoing investment in Fortinet solutions required to achieve the Expert Fortinet Partner status.

As a Managed Secure Solutions Provider (MSSP) and Integrator Expert Partner, Daisy offers a comprehensive range of secure network solutions powered by Fortinet. We have the technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of Fortinet products, solutions frameworks, and architectures to deliver best-in-class secure network solutions tailored to the unique needs of our customers.

In addition, Daisy has obtained the prestigious SD-WAN Specialization status within Fortinet’s partner network. This accreditation further solidifies our position as a leading provider of SD-WAN solutions to businesses throughout the UK. Our customers can have complete confidence that we possess the advanced technical skills and expertise to implement and manage secure network so implement and manage secure network solutions utilising the cutting-edge Fortinet Security Fabric and the latest SD-WAN technology.

Public cloud as transit: forging new routes

Public cloud providers have established high-speed network backbones that you can leverage for improved performance, enhanced security, and faster provisioning. For example, you can use a cloud provider’s backbone as a transport mechanism to establish high-performance, low-latency connections between geographically separated branches.

Secure SD-WAN, deployed in each branch and the public cloud, can establish IPsec tunnels that transit the cloud provider’s backbone. This simplifies secure cloud connectivity while ensuring a superior application experience for end users.

Unleashing the power of integration with automation

The Fortinet Security Fabric integrates security capabilities across wired and wireless networks, endpoints, web applications, and the cloud. It consists of an integrated suite of security tools, supported by the Fort iOS ecosystem.

This integration allows you to correlate alarms and alerts, disseminate security intelligence in real-time, and gain deeper context into incidents. The fabric can orchestrate threat response across multiple domains, updating switch and access point policies to isolate an endpoint while conducting malware scans.

By consolidating and integrating networking and security tools within a security-driven SD-WAN solution, you can simplify your security architecture, reduce the attack surface, and promote digital innovation. The streamlined operations benefit both networking and security teams, freeing up valuable resources for strategic initiatives.

Simplifying Cloud and Network Management

Managed SD-WAN simplifies the management of WANs by automatically determining the most efficient data routing pathways, enhancing network speed and reliability. It offers businesses an effective way to reduce complexity in network configuration, making the expansion into new locations and the integration of cloud services more straightforward and cost-effective.

Reducing the necessity for specialised IT prowess and reducing operational costs, managed SD-WAN positions it as an indispensable tool for growth or those integrating diverse cloud-based services. It serves as a strategic enabler for modernisation, catering to the dynamic needs of businesses aiming for agility and scalability in the cloud-dominated landscape.

Secure and scalable

SD-WAN deployment in branch locations has been commonly used to enable access to public clouds. As organisations embrace multi-cloud strategies, they can extend their SD-WAN investments to support hybrid and multi-cloud connections. This enables efficient routing of traffic between remote endpoints, branch locations, headquarters, employees, and multiple cloud-based services.

Secure SD-WAN, with its security-driven networking approach, offers a seamless and scalable solution for multi-cloud connectivity. Our centralised monitoring and management enable real-time adjustments and status updates, ensuring optimal performance. Experience uninterrupted operations with our advanced technologies, providing robust security and proactive threat response.

For more information on how Secure SD-WAN can enable resilient, seamless, and secure networking for your multi-cloud enterprise, reach out to us today!

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