Batteries Plus Bulbs Plugs into Power of Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN Solution to Simplify Operations and Improve User Experience
“For IT, complexity is a hinderance to agility and scalability.
Batteries Plus Bulbs is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone/tablet repair franchise with a nationwide network of stores. The retailer offers more than 60,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories -- offering the widest selection of battery and light bulb products available to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels. In 2014 and 2015, the company was named as one of the Top 10 Best Franchises to Buy in America by
Previously, the company employed a cybersecurity infrastructure that featured a legacy firewall administered by a managed security services provider (MSSP) and other, non-integrated tools managed in-house. To further protect their infrastructure based on previous setup shortcomings, Batteries Plus Bulbs deployed and managed various point products, including an intrusion prevention system (IPS) and antivirus tools. In addition to the hassle of managing multiple point products, the team had limited visibility into the company’s overall security posture.
Now, the retailer’s solution is built on FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) installed at each store, with built in Secure SD-WAN functionality. The FortiOS operating system underlying the NGFW technology also enables all other Fortinet Security Fabric solutions—including third-party solutions developed by Fabric Partners—to be seamlessly integrated, eliminating the previous silos that hampered visibility for the IT team. One particularly welcome feature of the FortiGate NGFWs is FortiGate Secure SD-WAN functionality, which the company uses to connect its 740 stores to the headquarters. As part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution combines networking and security features, such as advanced routing, application control and next-generation firewall, enabling Batteries Plus Bulbs to manage and configure its WAN and security system from a single-pane-of-glass view via FortiManager. This robust software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology enables the company to safely use the public internet to scale network traffic, rather than relying solely on expensive multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) circuits.
Batteries Plus Bulbs has experienced the following results from the Fortinet SD-WAN deployment:
- Increased Application Visibility: Batteries Plus Bulbs greatly increased the level of visibility of the company’s security posture, infrastructure, and business application prioritization. With its prior solution, the retailer did not have access to actionable insights about what risks the company faced or what could be done about them. Now, the team can draw security information by glancing at a screen and can drill down to any level of detail needed. This allows the retailer to take a more proactive stance to managing security.
- Heightened Analytics & Reporting: An integrated security architecture with analytics-powered security and log management capabilities adds to Batteries Plus Bulbs’ increased visibility. The retailer also utilizes FortiManager VM and FortiAnalyzer. As part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiAnalyzer supports analytics-powered use cases to provide better detection against breaches. Further, these tools enable centralized management from a single pane of glass, detailed reporting, workflow automation, and trends analysis.
- Improved WAN Performance: Automated multi-path intelligence, a key feature of FortiOS for SD-WAN, significantly reduces latency for Batteries Plus Bulbs and its 740 locations by selecting the most efficient route for business-critical traffic through the tracking of granular WAN path information.
- Simplified Management: With an integrated solution, Batteries Plus Bulbs manages both SD-WAN optimization and security capabilities using a single interface. This integration of network and security operations makes it easy to tie traditionally network-centric issues such as performance and functionality to critical NGFW capabilities and SSL data inspection. The single console management helps the retailer better allocate its IT resources to increase productivity and reduce business costs.
- Scalability: With Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution, Batteries Plus Bulbs can continue growing its business and expanding operations, easily and securely adding new SD-WAN branches to its growing network, making adding additional security products and services very easy. Batteries Plus Bulbs credits having a single provider with giving them economies of scale and confidence, knowing that services added later will be compatible because of the depth and breadth in Fortinet’s Security Fabric.
“Because of our Fortinet Security Fabric and SD-WAN deployment, Batteries Plus Bulbs and its 740 locations boasts better application performance and simplified operations. Our previous infrastructure utilized numerous point products that led to a lack of visibility. With the integrated
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