WatchGuard’s updated OS version complements the capabilities to its Unified Security Platform

WatchGuard Unified Security Platform

The newly presented capabilities make the user experience less complex, more cyber safe and reduce costs effectively.

WatchGuard Technologies, a network security vendor, has recently announced version 12.3 of its Fireware operating system for its Firebox Unified Security Platform appliances. The highlights to this update are added dynamic path selection capabilities that allow organizations to optimize WAN resources across complex, distributed networks while securing branch locations with a UTM platform focused on defense in depth.

The new SD-WAN implementations are zero-touch, made easy with RapidDeploy, WatchGuard’s centralized deployment solution. Reportedly, Businesses and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can utilize this new SD-WAN functionality to seamlessly upgrade site-based security, improve network efficiency, reduce Internet service costs and unify critical network and security management processes within a single platform.

SD-WAN market to grow 40 % by 2022

As per the conjectures by International Data Corporation, the SD-WAN market would grow at more than a 40 percent compound annual growth rate until it hits $4.5B in 2022. Businesses these days are heading to hybrid-WAN architectures and SD-WAN technology to help measure and send traffic throughout numerous WAN connections, with optimizes cost and performance.

WatchGuard’s focus on allowing organizations to optimize WAN resources with SD-WAN functionality led its way to present the highly efficient capabilities with its traditional offerings. RapidDeploy enables organizations to select policies and configurations upfront so that operationalizing a new SD-WAN deployment at scale is as easy as powering on and connecting each Firebox to the Internet. Additionally, the new version Fireware users can also utilize dynamic path selection to measure the performance of each WAN connection and select the best path for each traffic type based on those pre-configured policies.

The updated version to elevate the customer experience

Brendan Patterson, Vice President, Product Management at WatchGuard, stated, “WatchGuard already offers the industry’s most comprehensive suite of layered security services, delivered through an intuitive, unified platform for easy deployment and management. With Fireware 12.3, we’re now taking the complexity out of SD-WAN implementations too, and bringing even more value to our partners and customers.”

He added, “As businesses look to leverage SD-WAN technology to reduce OPEX and support better user experiences on the network, and as the threat actors continue to leverage advanced cyber attacks, these new capabilities offer the best of both worlds by driving down the cost and complexity of SD-WAN deployments, while protecting branch sites with industry-leading security.”

Apart from SD-WAN capabilities, Fireware version 12.3 also comprises:

  • A new Professional Services Automation (PSA) integration with Tigerpaw that enables MSPs to better manage their business with actionable data and intelligence.
  • New geo-location policy actions, which can enable less restrictive rules for policies such as DNS and Mail.
  • Faster recovery of systems with auto-restore of back-ups from USB connected storage, with more comprehensive options to restore systems in the case of a failure.
  • IPv6 Single Sign On updates, which helps organizations to see user names rather than IP addresses in their WatchGuard Dimension reports.