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Hillstone recently introduced a new, stand-alone SD-WAN solution, called HSM for SD-WAN. This is an important milestone for both Hillstone and our customers. It expands upon previous Hillstone Security Management Platform (HSM) versions to provide the first dedicated SD-WAN controller, manager and orchestrator for our secure SD-WAN solution.

Incorporating key capabilities of its predecessors, HSM for SD-WAN offers advanced capabilities including application-aware path selection, zero-touch provisioning rapid business workflow orchestration; and deep network visibility.

What does this mean for you, as an esteemed current Hillstone NGFW user, or as a valued new Hillstone customer?

Regardless of how many Hillstone NGFWs currently deployed in your network, HSM for SD-WAN gives you a wealth of advantages in orchestration, visibility, management, and others. In short, and in no particular order, here are a few of the key benefits:

Simplified orchestration with advanced overlay automation and zero-touch provisioning

Perhaps one of the most difficult and error-prone tasks associated with SD-WAN is establishing the VPN overlay network. By building templates for configurations and policies, HSM for SD-WAN automates this process with support for multiple transport types (Ethernet, MPLS, etc.) and hub-and-spoke or mesh topology (full mesh and partial mesh).

The solution also supports zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) of devices in the field with preconfigured settings. This significantly reduces configuration overhead, speeds up delivery of security services, and increases reliability, especially for large-scale deployments.

Global unified network visibility with dynamic health monitoring

Deep visibility into overall operations is one of the keys to keeping your network running smoothly. HSM for SD-WAN consolidates dynamic device health status with underlay and overlay network quality to provide a single-pane-of-glass view. In addition, it provides real-time alarms via WebUI, email or social apps, as well as enhanced data analytics for daily operation. Statistics on historical data allow further troubleshooting and optimization.

Optimized application performance with intelligent routing and content awareness

Achieving high application performance can be complicated and time-consuming. HSM for SD-WAN leverages its high network visibility, support for multiple transports, and StoneOS’s application awareness to achieve high application performance that helps ensure an optimum user experience. Traffic can be intelligently steered based on the applications or services, as well as the policies in effect and the dynamic status of the underlying transport.

For example, HSM can take advantage of inexpensive broadband internet services to intelligently route trusted SaaS traffic directly from remote branches to a public cloud data center. Alternatively, HSM could intelligently utilize a high-quality private line to HQ for on-premise, mission-critical apps. It natively supports ECMP with link load balancing and active-passive failover for high availability.

Fully integrated security

Hillstone’s SD-WAN solution supports centralized security policies and consistent network segmentation across the entire infrastructure. HSM for SD-WAN also leverages the advanced Hillstone NGFW platforms that natively integrate intrusion prevention, attack defense, malware protection, and URL filtering capability to provide perimeter protection for organizations of all sizes. It manages multiple Hillstone NGFW models, including the recently announced, future-ready A-Series, as well as the E-Series NGFWs, X-Series data center NFGWs and Hillstone CloudEdge virtual NGFW for public, private and hybrid clouds.

Improved user experience with fresh UI design and intuitive workflow

Operational overhead is always a concern for IT teams that are stretched thin. HSM for SD-WAN’s new webUI offers a single-pane-of-glass for orchestration, configuration, monitoring and management. Its dedicated full-screen dashboard possesses a global view of device distribution, rich real-time status and alarms, and statistical information, making daily operation far more efficient, and thereby saving valuable staff time. The new user interface is based on the latest UI best practices and provides simple access and efficient user interaction that minimize the occurrence of errors, unwanted actions, and search time.

New HSM hardware models for SD-WAN with support for up to 3,000 Devices

HSM for SD-WAN is supported on the new HSM-P100 and HSM-P3000 models, which come with 2TB and 25 TB storage in just 1RU and 2RU, respectively. They offer a unified interface for orchestration, configuration, monitoring and management, and can manage up to 3,000 Hillstone NGFW devices.

Learn more today!

HSM for SD-WAN includes the HSM v5.0 software and associated hardware models, and is available immediately worldwide. For more information or a demo, contact your Hillstone representative or authorized reseller today.

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