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Exploring Fortinet’s SD-WAN with Nouveau (Video)

Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the latest buzzword making a noise in the IT press and here at Nouveau we think with good reason.

SD-WAN uses software and cloud-based technologies to simplify the delivery of WAN services to branch offices and remote workers via internet-based connectivity.

Benefits of SD-WAN:

• Provision new connections fast
• Enhance application performance and improve productivity
• Maximising cost efficiency by utilising all internet services
• More reliable connectivity for cloud and on-premises applications for branches and remote workers

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for high-performance security

Whilst many solutions combine SD-WAN and network security, Fortinet is the only Next Generation Firewall vendor to offer an integrated, centrally managed solution with security, wired, wireless and SD-WAN in one platform.

Together with Fortinet, we hope you learn why SD-WAN is making the headlines!

Dan Jennings – Ohio Valley Wrestling Q&A

Daniel Jennings, part of our excellent networking team at Nouveau, will be embarking on an exciting three-month sabbatical to train as a wrestler over in the United States. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer Daniel this opportunity and are almost as excited for him as he is for himself!

Whilst we will miss Dan around the office for the next three months, we eagerly await his return so he can share his adventure with us all.

In the meantime, we thought it would be a good idea to throw some questions Daniel’s way in order to give you some insight as to what his trip is all about!

 

1. How long have you been working at Nouveau?

I have been working for Nouveau for almost 5 years starting as a Junior support engineer answering calls and fixing level 1 issues and working my way up to a Networking Engineer with a focus on our SIEM (FortiAssist service).

 

2. Tell us about your trip! What are you getting up to?

I am traveling to Ohio (Kentucky) to train for 3 months under Al snow. During this time I will be training for 4 days traveling and competing in matches for 2 days and spending 1-day doing theory analysing match and crowd psychology.

 

3. What is Ohio Valley Wrestling?

Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is one of the top training academies in the world and has produced some current superstars such as Brock Lesner, Batista, Randy Orton, and the Miz. They also have one of the longest running TV Series in history with over 1000 episodes to date.

 

4. What inspired you to take on this challenge?

After the passing of my father I have tried to push myself in every aspect of my life to live without any regrets. I went to my first training session over 2 years ago where they got me to bump on a mat since then I have not looked back.

 

5. Are you going to miss Nouveau? 😉

I will. I have been with this company for a long time and will miss the staff and the challenges that come with the role, but I look forward to coming back in a few months to get back to work!

Oxford University Escape Rooms Learning Session with Nouveau and Fortinet

Join us for an enjoyable interactive learning session

Join Nouveau at the Said Business School at 9:00am on Thursday 9th May to experience Fortinet’s very own Escape Room session. In this interactive learning session, it’s your job to follow clues to uncover how a nuclear power plant was hacked. Using your investigative skills alongside the power of the Fortinet Security Fabric, you will have 30 minutes to complete your task. If you fail, the consequences for the world will be devastating!

Enjoy tea and coffee, as well a selection of continental breakfast options, while you wait for your session to begin, and use the time as a chance to ask Nouveau and Fortinet’s experts about any security questions you may have.

As well as performing world-saving heroics in the escape room, learn more about real-world applications of the Fortinet Security Fabric with further learning sessions from Fortinet and an important company update form Nouveau.

We look forward to seeing you at our event!

What is an escape room?

The point of an escape room is to search for clues and solve puzzles whilst having a ton of fun while doing so! Fortinet’s escape room focusses on solving problems around cyber-security and using your expertise to get the job at hand completed within 30 minutes.

The value-add to Fortinet’s escape room sessions is that they double up as an enjoyable interactive learning session. This session will focus on learning about Fortinet’s broad range of products and services and their impact on your industry.

This session is suitable for anyone interested or involved in cyber-security. You don’t have to be a cyber-security expert to complete this challenge.. but that doesn’t mean we won’t get your brain working!

We have a limited number of slots available, so be sure to sign up now to guarantee your spot!

Agenda:

  • 09:00 – Arrive at Said Business School, Park End Street
  • 09:15 – Nouveau Company News and Fortinet Update with Continental Breakfast Selection
  • 09:40 – Escape Room Teams are decided
Group 1 in escape room (30 mins) Group 2 in Fortinet Security Fabric talk with Fortinet (30 mins)
  • 10:10 – 10-minute break
  • 10:20 – Switch session
Group 2 in escape room (30 mins) Group 1 in Fortinet Security Fabric talk with Fortinet (30 mins)
  • 11:00 – End of event

Event Details:

 

Address:

Saïd Business School

Park End Street

Oxford

OX1 1HP

 

Date:

Thursday 9th May 2019, 09:00 BST

event run in partnership with

Fortinet News Update

Fortinet News Update

Upgrade and Save!

 

Were you aware that Fortinet has a trade up programme for end-of-order (EOO) Fortinet units for new models which allows you to access the latest Fortinet solutions, bringing you improved performance, updated security, and an advanced feature set whilst benefiting from real cost savings – up to 10%?

 

Call 01189 186822 and learn whether you have an EOO Fortinet unit and can benefit from this trade up programme and cost savings by end of March 2019.

Today's IT Challenges - Why now for SD-WAN?

 

What is Fortigate SD-WAN?

As businesses adopt the use of Saas/Iaas applications in multiple clouds, user application experience is suffering because WAN networks designed for a different era are not ready for the explosion of WAN traffic that cloud adoption brings.

 

Fortigate SD-WAN replaces separate WAN routers, optimisation and security devices with a single solution that is application-aware, offers automatic WAN path control and multi-broadband support to improve application performance and reduce operating expenses and complexity. Fortinet provides native SD-WAN along with integrated advanced threat protection.

 

According to ITProPortal, 2019 is the year of SD-WAN. That’s why we are running a webinar with Fortinet to our customers on Wednesday, 8th May, 2019  to help our customers understand the true capabilities of SD-WAN.  If you would like to register your interest in the webinar, please send an email to marketing@nouveau.co.uk.

 

In the meantime, you can learn more about SD-WAN here. Here you can find one of our SD-WAN case studies and download the official Fortinet guide.

End of Engineering Support Date

 

Fortinet continually improves the operating system (known as FortiOS), to provide greater functionality and protection and releases new firmware versions for our clients to benefit from.

 

This means that older versions are withdrawn and recently we were notified that FortiOS 5.2 and below have been retired.  We are aware that a number of our Fortinet clients are running this firmware version and we would recommend that you upgrade to a newer version to achieve:

 

We appreciate that any upgrade requires careful consideration and planning and our team are here to help and ensure that any upgrade goes as smoothly as possible.

To learn more about the benefits of upgrading to a later firmware release speak to your Account Manager.

Advance Notification of End of Life 8x5 Bundle SKUs

 

Considering the critical increase of the threat landscape, our customers should benefit from our best support services, including round-the-clock access to support services, and advanced replacement service for hardware failures. As a result, the 8×5 Bundle SKU’s will be removed for all product families. Standalone FortiCare 8×5 SKU’s will still be available.  We have been advised that this will take effect in the next couple of months.

 

Speak to your Account Manager to understand the wider value of 24 x 7 and how you can start benefiting straight away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing to hello@nouveau.co.uk or by calling in on 01189 186822.

For more updates like these, be sure to follow us on social media.

Nouveau at GibCyber 2018 – Registration Form

Nouveau at GibCyber 2018 – Registration Form

Fortinet Escape Room 26th September

Please register to book your seat at the GibCyber 2018 Fortinet and Nouveau escape room. Can you solve the security puzzle?

If you are interested in attending one of our two escape room sessions at GibCyber on the 26th September 2018, please book your seat below by submitting the form. There are 10 spaces available, so register quick!

Register here:

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Could you kindly express our gratitude to your engineers for the excellent work they carried out for us. “

Farhad | London Borough of Hounslow

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” The company I work for has been using Nouveau Solutions for the past 15+ years and I have had the pleasure myself to build up a good, close relationship with them for about 12 of those years.

Nouveau Solutions have dedicated teams for each different area that are made up of very knowledgeable technicians and engineers that specialise in their specific area of expertise. It is due to this that I always feel confident that Nouveau Solutions will be able to deliver us any IT services that we may request from them (there has been a lot over the years).

They have always gone above and beyond to deliver high quality professional IT services to meet any requirements that we throw at them within any timeframes that we may set.

On top of the ad-hoc IT services we request from Nouveau Solutions, they also monitor, manage, maintain and support some of our network infrastructure and have always been on hand to resolve any issues that may be noticed via their monitoring or raised by us within a timely manner.

We also purchase the majority of our IT equipment including hardware, software and licensing through Nouveau Solutions which is always at a reasonable price and always received within a timely manner.

Since day one of our relationship with Nouveau Solutions we have been appointed to the same one account manager which has allowed him to get to know our business very well. The service that has been provided by him to us has been nothing but exceptional. He always comes across as knowledgeable in any business discussions that we may have and has always been happy to take the time to communicate with us, make us aware of anything that we need to be aware of, or provide us with updates on anything.  I have always had the impression that his main priority is to ensure that we are happy with everything that Nouveau Solutions provides to us and he will do anything to ensure that is the case.

All in all, I have nothing but praise to offer for Nouveau Solutions and would highly recommend them to any company that was looking for an IT services company.  There are definitely no plans here to switch to a different IT services company for the foreseeable future.

Here’s to many more years with using Nouveau Solutions! “

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Hassan Ashraf | IT Service and Infrastructure Manager | Everlight Radiology

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” In the summer of 2017, I approached Nouveau in the hope of finding a competent partner that could help us through an upcoming hardware refresh. A priority of ours was to discover a local business (within 20 miles) that excelled and specialised in HPE, Dell, Fortinet and Microsoft/Office 365 as we planned to refresh our whole core infrastructure,. This included storage, infrastructure hosting and networking (core, access and perimeter) for our headquarters and our other branches. After an extensive phase of speccing, detail planning and quoting, Andy Swain and his team were able to offer a “spot on” solution for our demands with a very high cost/value ratio. This project led to a very open and trusting partnership with Nouveau and made them our No.1 partner within IT. “

Stefan Nader | Ensilica

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