FortiMonitor and FortiAIOps are now part of the Fortinet Fabric Management Center
AIOps network operations can now be accelerated with FortiMonitor and FortiAIOps from Fortinet (on 9th June 2021).
According to Fortinet, “We’re expanding our Fabric Management Center – NOC to provide comprehensive monitoring and automation with FortiMonitor and FortiAIOps. Through these tools, businesses can provide better services to users and grow more profitably. Network operations teams must ensure the quality of the user experience on any application from anywhere to succeed in the digital transformation. For a NOC to successfully manage complex and diverse networks, the right tools must be integrated into an integrated platform.”
NOC Services is designed to handle many different functions for a company’s network, but they must be monitored to ensure all is running smoothly.
FortiMonitor now extends network monitoring beyond the Fortinet Security Fabric to third-party networks, applications, and clouds, providing comprehensive Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM).
FortiAIOps leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) models to automate anomaly detection through automated data analysis.
IT support operations teams are constantly seeking ways to simplify the way they collect, analyze, and respond to increasing amounts of data. Fortinet’s new offerings allow these overburdened teams to gain better visibility into highly distributed data and make better decisions about what actions need to be automated. In the end, this reduces operational inefficiencies by eliminating manual tasks and optimizes the digital experience for users. This is what ESG says.
Panopta is acquired by Fortinet
In December 2020, Fortinet announced that it would acquire network monitoring firm Panopta for an undisclosed sum, as part of its plan to expand its product portfolio.
Using Panopta’s software-as-a-service platform, you can automate the management of cloud infrastructure, databases, containers, servers, virtual appliances, and network devices.
Fortinet aims to incorporate these capabilities into its Fortinet Security Fabric to create what it calls a comprehensive network and security operations management solution for enterprises and service providers.
Given the complexity and distributed nature of many IT environments, organizations need a high-performance, secure network to achieve their digital business initiatives, says Fortinet.
Security-driven networks provide organizations with the connectivity and performance necessary to protect today’s hyper-connected businesses as the convergence of security and networking.
Fortinet plans to roll out its monitoring capabilities to other products such as SASE, email, security analytics, and web application firewalls. Additionally, Panopta’s platform provides continuous monitoring and diagnostics.
According to Fortinet, Panopta’s platform is partner-friendly, so MSSPs and partners can integrate it into their offerings. The Panopta solution’s role-based access control produces a granular governance layer between customers, as well as within Network Operations Centers (NOCs) and Security Operations Centers (SOCs).
Xie explains that the acquisition will allow for visibility into hybrid environments and agile remediation of violations.
With today’s remote workforce, an application’s accessibility, performance, security, and quality all affect the end-user experience.
The Panopta solution analyzes network health metrics and application performance to identify potential problem areas that may affect user access and enables user experience monitoring.
Among the capabilities added by the acquisition are:
- An automated incident management system and unified monitoring
- More than fifty global points of presence (PoPS) with low-cost probes to simulate application performance and latency that may impact end-user experience (also known as synthetic transaction monitoring)
- Cloud-native monitoring of AWS and Azure workloads using Kubernetes
- Configurable alerting workflows with out-of-the-box integrations for enterprise and modern communication tools.
Fortinet and Panopta have not revealed whether Panopta’s executive team or employees will join Fortinet. As far as Techday is aware, Panopta executives have not made any public statements about the acquisition.
THE CLOUD AND MAM in IP Network Operations Centers
MAM (Mobile Asset Management) allows geographically dispersed teams to store, access, produce and manage all their media assets, as well as collaborate on projects from anywhere in the world. In a more phased approach to the cloud, the solution can either be used to replace or supplement an existing MAM installation on-premises or as a hybrid solution that can provide long-term benefits in the future.
MAM capabilities offered by the IP NOC include:
The ability to access all production assets and associated metadata, both within and outside the facility, through a single UI, with real-time playback and comprehensive search capabilities.
Integrated with major editing software (Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple Final Cut ProX, DaVinci Resolve), allowing video, sound, graphics, and effects teams to work on any streams or files from anywhere.
This allows production teams to work with both audio and video sources, such as IP files and streams.
Archiving and restoring content to a local or cloud-based archive from anywhere in the world and across multiple storage tiers is possible.
Network Operations Centers Powered by IP: The Future
Traditional broadcast operations centers will always exist, but the new IP standard offers limitless opportunities for streaming and broadcasting. The migration was well underway before 2020, but the unprecedented events last year have prompted many teams to make the transition now.
IP-based video acquisition and cloud-based MAM solutions integrated into the IP NOC services smooth the way-enabling video operators to meet their immediate demands today, while also positioning them ideally for the IP future.
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