Fortinet Expands Training Platform to 500,000 Users on Amazon Aurora
The training arm within Fortinet, a leader in cybersecurity solutions, operates under the guiding principle of closing the cybersecurity skills gap. With that mission, the company established the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute in 2015. In 2016, the team was poised to transition from its off-the-shelf, solution-as-a-service (SaaS) application to building an in-house learning platform, but it first needed a managed infrastructure solution to support the platform. Fortinet turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to identify a managed solution, ultimately choosing to build on Amazon Aurora MySQL-Compatible Edition and the open-source Moodle learning management system (LMS), secured by FortiWeb Cloud WAF-as-a-Service, a solution that defends web applications and the API attack surface. The move to a managed infrastructure, while maintaining robust cloud security, freed up Fortinet’s training systems team to focus on product development and roll out the first build in just 6 months—twice as quickly as planned. With more time to innovate, Fortinet was able to create the on-demand, hands-on labs portion of its learning platform, using Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition to reduce costs by 50 percent.
With Aurora, we were able to expand exponentially, and as a managed service, we didn’t have to allocate any resources to database upgrades, management, and optimization. It was exactly what we needed.”
Manager of Training Systems, Fortinet
Extended Learning Platform to 500,000 Users on Amazon Aurora
Expanded Reach with Partners as a Content Provider
Automated Manual Tasks Reduce Certification Time from Weeks to Hours
Freed Up Staff to Build Innovative Lab Platform that Cut Costs by 50%
Made Courses Globally Accessible Without Slowing Performance
Because Amazon Aurora stores copies of Fortinet’s data in database clusters replicated across multiple Availability Zones, the lab platform is readily accessible from almost anywhere at any time. “With Aurora, we’ve achieved the scale to provide the level of service our global user base expects,” Roscoe says. “We’re confident in its Auto Scaling of replicas to handle large read traffic, automatic failover, and continuous backup and recovery.” As the program becomes more widely used internationally, the training systems team is also exploring Aurora Global Database, allowing a single Amazon Aurora database to span multiple AWS regions and bring data points closer to the end user for even faster service.
Fortinet Reference Architecture
Benefits of AWS
- Reaches 500,000 Network Security Expert certifications
- Accelerates certification issuing from weeks to 24 hours
- Saves 9,600 hours a year in manual tasks with automation
- Reduces lab costs by 50%
AWS Services Used
Amazon Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database built for the cloud, that combines the performance and availability of traditional enterprise databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.
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