African wireless to benefit from Fortinet’s Meru acquisition

Enterprises looking to boost their wireless network security, capacity and control are set to benefit from Fortinet’s pending acquisition of Meru Networks, says the Fortinet Africa team.

Perry Hutton, Fortinet Africa Regional Director, says the acquisition, to be officially signed next week, allows Fortinet to offer a far broader suite of solutions and services to a bigger market base.

“The Meru acquisition positions us to bring to market ubiquitous connectivity with strong network security, and simplified cloud-based management and control. It also allows us to take solutions to large enterprises and regional networks with thousands of access points per location; particularly in the education, enterprise, retail, hospitality and healthcare sectors,” Hutton told Biztechafrica in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tinus Janse van Rensburg, Fortinet Systems Engineer Manager for Africa, points out that organisations’ existing networks are coming under pressure amid increased demand for capacity, and the addition of multiple mobile devices. “Each person now has up to three mobile devices, all running off the same network that hosted only one device per person a few years ago. Performance requirements are increasing exponentially. Soon, we will see Wave 2 and Wave 3 WiFi standards becoming the norm, delivering speeds in the order of 3.47 Gbps to 6 Gbps. It won’t stop there. Administrators will have to meet expectations for high performance with no congestion. At the same time, administrators are challenged in identifying who is on the network and what content they are transferring,” he says.

Hutton says Fortinet is now positioned to help organisations address challenges such as these. The company’s high performance, intelligent wireless network solutions, offering high levels of security and control, will help organisations run wireless networks that efficiently meet the needs of thousands of users in small towns, office blocks, gated communities and health and education facilities, says Fortinet.

“Wireless networks need no longer be the weakest link in the enterprise IT infrastructure,” says Paul Williams, Major Account Manager at Fortinet. With 27 team members in Africa, Fortinet boasts possibly the largest niche network security team of its kind in Africa, he says, able to meet the network performance, control and security needs of medium and large organisations across the continent.

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