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!
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!
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!
- 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
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Thursday 9th May 2019, 09:00 BST
event run in partnership with
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Greater visibility
- improved automation and functionality
- Granular protection
- SD-Wan capabilities
- Application Control
- More Fortinet fabric integration
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.
For more updates like these, be sure to follow us on social media.
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!