Fortinet Secure SD-WAN Delivers 300% RoI Over Three Years and Payback in Eight Months, New Independent Study Finds

Fortinet®, a global company in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, recently announced a business benefit analysis of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN and its ability to support large enterprises by delivering 300% RoI over three years and payback in eight months.

As one of the top SD-WAN vendors, Fortinet commissioned a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study by Forrester Consulting to analyze the value that Fortinet Secure SDWAN can provide to large enterprises, examining both the network and security impact on customers’ businesses.

As part of the independent study, Forrester interviewed business decision-makers with experience across industries and geographies, including retail, healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing. Collectively, the organizations deployed Fortinet Secure SD-WAN and other Fortinet products, such as switches, wireless LAN, and wireless WAN, and have more than $1 billion in annual revenue, up to 8,500 sites, and up to 133,000 employees.

Based on customer feedback, Forrester developed a composite model for the study and built out a three-year financial model to reflect the costs and benefits of the investment.

Key findings from the study and benefits for customers include:

  1. Eight Months Payback and 300% RoI: Customers deploying Fortinet Secure SD-WAN achieved a 300% return on investment over three years with payback in eight months. These benefits include a reduction in communications costs, increased productivity of security and network teams, improved network and security performance, and increased productivity of deployment teams.
  2. 65% Reduction in Network Disruption: With enhanced network performance enabled by Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, business users experienced a 65% reduction in the number of network disruptions.
  3. 50% Improvement in Resolving Issues: Fortinet offers increased visibility and effective, broad protection, allowing security and network teams to identify and remediate network issues more quickly. Improving time to issue resolution by as much as 50% enabled the composite organization to reassign security and network team resources to higher value activities, resulting in a three-year, risk-adjusted productivity benefit of $1.4 million.
  4. Increased Productivity of Deployment Team: Fortinet Secure SD-WAN enabled the composite organization to save time by 75% per new deployment, resulting in significant efficiencies for the deployment team.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN Transforms and Secures WAN

Prior to implementing Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, the organizations used a combination of technologies and vendors to manage, maintain, and monitor their networks. These solutions, which relied on MPLS, internet, and assorted hardware, lacked visibility and adequate security coverage, forcing network engineers and administrators to spend excessive time identifying and resolving unanticipated problems on an ad hoc basis. Additionally, scaling and modifying existing solutions became increasingly cost-prohibitive and time-consuming.

Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC and Southeast Asia at Fortinet, said, “Large enterprises around the world continue to turn to Fortinet to achieve their digital acceleration goals with solutions that converge networking and security. We’re pleased that Forrester has quantified both the network and security benefits of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, which will advance our commitment to helping customers make informed decisions with validated solutions.”



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