The partnership aims to provide a flexible and cost-effective solution integrating Enea NFV Access and FortiGate Next Generation Firewall for secure SD-WAN. Already verified, the joint system is commercially deployable on any white box scaling from cost-sensitive entry-level to high-performance devices.
Moving away from traditional appliance-based connectivity to virtualized network functions on uCPE increases flexibility and lowers both operational and capital costs. Thanks to a generic and flexible platform at the customer premise, communication service providers (CSPs) can add new value-added services for managed SD-WAN to their enterprise offerings. A key requirement is flexibility to offer services for different use cases and performance requirements, which requires a scalable platform.
Enea NFV Access is a uniquely scalable NFVI software platform that makes it possible to run FortiGate secure SD-WAN on white box uCPEs with as little as 2 cores and 2 GB of RAM, and still have full management and automation capabilities. Enea NFV Access is not based on data center software like OpenStack: it is designed for edge applications and uses NETCONF to provide the management interface. It runs on any white box uCPE and integrates with any orchestration system through a REST API.