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Centralized Management of the FortinetManager

A centralized management system for your Fortinet devices is essential to ensuring that you are running your systems as efficiently as possible. The Fortinet Manager can perform many tasks, including policy-based provisioning, device configuration, and update management. Whether you are managing hundreds of devices or thousands, the FortinetManager provides the necessary scale and scalability to get you there.

Policy-based Provisioning, Device Configuration, and Update Management

Whether you’re looking for a centralized management solution for your FortiGate(r) devices or you’re looking to centralize the management of your FortiAnalyzer appliances, FortiManager provides comprehensive policy-based provisioning, device configuration, and update management. These features help you maximize the protection of your network management system and ensure that your network is always secure.

FortiManager supports custom web portals, making it easy to provide your users with a user-friendly interface for monitoring and controlling their Fortinet security environments. Using the RESTful API, you can create and customize your web portals to accommodate the needs of your users.

FortiManager also supports role-based administration. This means you can assign users different permissions depending on their roles in the organization. For example, a network administrator can assign permissions to specific groups of users, such as those who configure VPN connections. These groups can then be given access to the Log View, Events Management, Reports, and Security Policies.

In addition to supporting role-based administration, FortiManager also includes a hierarchical database of objects. This allows you to manage network security policies in a logical and consistent manner. You can also define global objects that all of your users can share. You can even create a multi-tenancy architecture with a single console that can be used to manage all of your Fortinet products.

Scalability to Manage Up to 100,000 Fortinet Devices

Having a centralized management solution for your security appliances is essential, especially when the need for rapid incident response is paramount. In today’s environment, the attack surface has grown by leaps and bounds, with the number of connected devices increasing dramatically. And with increasing business demands, it becomes more difficult to manage and secure the various network and security appliances.

To make the most of the investment in your network and security infrastructure, Fortinet has introduced the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. This solution integrates the best-in-class security and routing features with advanced WAN functionality. It is able to scale to support over 100,000 SD-WAN sites and is designed to protect your organization’s most critical assets.

With Fortinet’s integrated security stack, you can be assured that all your devices are managed, monitored, and secured in one central location. This also allows you to reduce your operational costs and time spent administering your network.

Another important factor is the ability to provide real-time visibility into your network and security, allowing you to detect network issues before they cause any damage. This technology also enables the automation of configurations, security updates, and software upgrades. In addition, FortiManager can be deployed as a physical appliance, a VM, or as a SaaS solution.

The Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is also a scalable solution, meaning it is able to manage even the most complex and demanding use cases. You can expect it to deliver maximum security and reliability while improving the user experience of your applications.

API for Automation and Orchestration

Using the API for automation and orchestration of the FortinetManager can help your network team streamline the process of onboarding new services and reduce the amount of time required to manage the network. This technology helps to decrease the execution time of automated processes and eliminates the backlog of repetitive tasks.

Fortinet offers a suite of community-built tools, like the Fortinet Developer Network, that can help you get started. You can also access sample codes and tutorials for various Fortinet solutions, including FortiAnalyzer and FortiManager.

API orchestration is the act of integrating several applications into one offering. Typically, this method involves merging many different internal and external APIs into a single front end.

API-first automation can be especially useful for organizations with legacy network infrastructure. These legacy systems provide functions that need to be automated. Without the right tool, these functions would require manual intervention. Instead, organizations have leaned on open-source tools to provide them with CLI-based automation.

The modern network infrastructure is likely to include a well-defined and easy-to-use API. This could be a central management interface or an orchestrator that includes controller-based solutions.

Besides the fact that APIs can reduce your network’s workload, they can speed up the onboarding of new applications. In addition, they can eliminate repetitive tasks, thereby freeing up your network team to focus on more important strategic activities.

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