Security vendor Fortinet has opened a datacentre in Frankfurt to extend its cloud services offering for European customers.
The new datacentre joins existing facilities in the UK, the US, Canada, Japan and Germany, and will make the firm's FortiCloud and FortiSandbox Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings available from a European datacentre.
FortiCloud is an analytics and log-retention platform, whereas FortiSandbox is a detection and mitigation tool.
"We have had a long-term presence in Germany and view this as an extension to those services previously offered, enabling us to continue to grow our FortiCloud business," said Ben Wilson, senior director of product management at Fortinet.
"One of the key elements of Fortinet's Security Fabric is its flexibility, and flexibility also drives our FortiCloud services. It's a perfect fit; some competitors do offer cloud services as well – however, FortiCloud is much more than SaaS. It's about encompassing device management as well, creating simplicity to deploy, manage and monitor under a single platform."
The firm claims that the datacentre will enable customers to keep private data within European borders.
"Enterprises require not only security but agility from their security providers. FortiCloud allows us to deliver both elements within a hugely scalable architecture. That said, it's clear that cloud services and management are applicable to all sizes of organisations. Historically, cloud management has been seen more as an SMB requirement, but certainly in the past three years more and more enterprises are moving to cloud platforms. If anything, this shows that we are capable of delivering the Fortinet Security fabric solutions no matter what the customer or architecture preferences or requirements," said Wilson.
Wilson said that Fortinet's distributors – including Arrow, Exclusive Networks and Wick Hill – are set to benefit from the extended cloud offering across Europe.
"Everything we do is channel driven; the demand for these cloud services is driven through our channel partners. We and they see this as complementary, not competitive to what they do. They sell our cloud services. After all, we have been doing this with them since the original FortiCloud service first launched in 2007," he said.
Fortinet launched a separate MSP partner programme in September to enable its Gold and Platinum EMEA partners on its Global Alliance partner programme to earn more from managed services.
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