Gartner Magic Quadrant Recognizes Fortinet as the SD-WAN Leader for 4 Consecutive Years

Fortinet 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant's SD-WAN Leader for four consecutive years

MEC Networks is proud to congratulate Fortinet for their remarkable achievement in the world of SD-WAN. They once again secured their place in the coveted Leaders Quadrant of the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant report for SD-WAN. This marks the fourth consecutive year that they have been recognized as a leader in the field and a remarkable distinction of being the sole leader placed highest on Ability to Execute for three consecutive years.

An image depicting the Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN, featuring the top vendors and their placement in the Magic Quadrant.

In an era where networks face mounting complexity, heightened threats, and the demands of a hybrid workforce, Fortinet’s recognition is well-deserved. The network attack surface has expanded rapidly, leading to numerous challenges like staffing constraints, complex network architectures, and legacy security solutions. Many organizations have found it challenging to keep pace with these developments.

The Role of SD-WAN in Modern Networks

Modern networks require a strategy that simplifies operations, reduces complexity, and combines networking and security solutions. Secure access, reliable connectivity, and superior user experience are paramount for remote workers accessing widely distributed business applications and corporate resources. While SD-WAN can address these concerns, not all SD-WAN vendors can provide the combination of functionality, security, and support that organizations require.

Experience Success with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN

The Secure SD-WAN solution of Fortinet stands out as the first solution to tackle these challenges. Built on a common OS that ensures consistent functionality and centralized control, this solution seamlessly integrates advanced network connectivity and world-class security. It even offers integrated ZTNA to enable hybrid and multi-cloud connectivity, accelerating your digital-first journey. 

Fortinet’s deep integration and flexible deployment allow security policies to follow transactions end-to-end. Unlike most SASE solutions that stop at the network edge, Fortinet’s approach simplifies your network architecture and management overhead, accelerating deployment.

Additionally, their Secure SD-WAN solution enables the transition to 5G wireless WAN while maintaining reliable and secure connectivity, including full inspection of encrypted audio and video transmissions. The CyberRatings.org report further demonstrates the solution’s exceptional performance, even in challenging network conditions.

Beyond SD-WAN, Fortinet’s solution offers advanced capabilities such as AIOps and digital experience monitoring (DEM), seamlessly integrating into existing networking and security environments. This functionality shines in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for SD-WAN Use Cases, where Fortinet ranks #1 in On-Premises security-sensitive WAN and WAN for small branches for three consecutive years.

More Than Just SD-WAN

Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN is not just about network interconnectivity. It serves as the foundation for broader organizational goals, including SASE and SD-Branch. By integrating these solutions, they empower users and devices to securely access resources and applications with end-to-end visibility and control, regardless of location. This unique approach makes everyone’s job easier and sets Fortinet apart from the competition.

MEC Networks proudly celebrates Fortinet’s consistent leadership in SD-WAN. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

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