Ariston Thermo Deploys Fortinet for Global Security
Nov 26, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Fortinet, a provider of high-performance network security, announced that Ariston Thermo Group, a company focusing on thermic comfort manufacturing, has deployed FortiGate network security appliances to protect a network of 2,000 employees across 70 locations around the world.
According to a release, the manufacturer has also implemented Fortinet's FortiMail secure messaging solution to protect 3,500 mailboxes from spam and other malware targeting emails. Fortinet products were chosen primarily for their features, performance and ease of management.
Ariston Thermo Group offers a range of products, systems and services that provide heating and hot water and are designed for maximum comfort and minimum energy consumption. With 6,700 employees worldwide and total revenues of 1.25 billion euros, Ariston Thermo Group is present in over 150 countries and annually sells 6.4 million products that are manufactured in 19 production sites spread across 10 countries.
Ariston Thermo Group decided to make changes to its security infrastructure to achieve greater flexibility, performance and centralized management. For firewall protection, the company selected Fortinet's FortiGate-620B over competing products from Cisco, Juniper and Palo Alto Networks because of its breadth of integrated security functions, virtualization capabilities and configuration flexibility. For secure messaging, Ariston Thermo Group selected Fortinet's FortiMail-400B because of its superior anti-spam functionality and reporting capabilities.
"The virtualization environment provided by Fortinet allowed us to simplify the firewalling configuration. The new implementation has made the infrastructure more manageable, more flexible, more robust and reliable," said Laura Laici, team leader of the Technological Competence Center at Ariston Thermo Group. "And FortiMail provided us with a strong anti-spam service and streamlined reporting. Fortinet's appliance also simplifies our log search, which saves time and results in fewer calls to our help desk."
In order to consolidate all the branch offices' Internet accesses into one centralized access, Ariston Thermo Group has implemented a centralized Internet architecture from its global headquarters in Fabriano, Italy. At the network perimeter, the implementation of a cluster of FortiGate-620B appliances in redundant configuration provides broad network security and, thanks to virtualization, enables the routing functionality required for the Internet access consolidation across Europe. Ariston Thermo also deployed FortiGate-111C devices, in order to benefit from the same security functions -- including firewall, IPS, application control, anti-virus and Web filtering -- in Vietnam and India local networks.
In a second stage, for messaging security, Ariston Thermo Group has deployed a cluster of FortiMail-400B appliances to protect against malware coming from Web and mobile traffic. The solution helps protect email traffic across Europe, Russia and Vietnam. It processes 75,000 emails per day and allows for centralized Internet access, standardization and increased reliability.
"Ariston Thermo is a long-standing customer of ours that has taken advantage of our broad product portfolio to standardize their network security worldwide," said Patrice Perche, senior vice president of International Sales & Support at Fortinet. "We help many global manufacturing organizations reduce the complexity of securing their network by providing solutions that allow scalable and broad protection against network-level and content-level threats without degrading performance of critical applications or network availability."
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