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Network Connectivity Center: Expanding SD-WAN’s Reach With New Partners

Last month, we announced the preview launch of Network Connectivity Center, a new solution designed to simplify on-prem and cloud connectivity to Google Cloud. Today, we are excited to announce integrations with Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Versa Networks and VMware, allowing enterprises to embrace the power of automation and simplify their networking deployments even further. Network Connectivity Center lets administrators to easily create, manage and connect heterogeneous on-premises and cloud networks to Google Cloud resources such as VPCs, which leverage Google’s global network infrastructure. The solution provides a centralized management model that allows connectivity between on-prem locations and to application workloads in Google Cloud via multiple hybrid connectivity types such as Cloud VPNCloud Interconnect and third-party router appliances such as SD-WAN VMs or any other type of network virtual appliance.

Network Connectivity Center is a globally available resource that enables global connectivity, allowing third-party virtual appliances to easily connect with VPCs using standard BGP, enabling dynamic route exchange and simplifying the overall network architecture and connectivity model. Network Connectivity Center can also allow dynamic route exchange between customer sites, for site-to-site connectivity.

Developing a WAN architecture to connect multiple on-prem locations with each other and to cloud VPCs can be cumbersome. Our partners’ integrations with Network Connectivity Center make for a more unified customer experience, reducing the operational overhead of manually deploying various resources with automated workflows. 

Read on for more details about these integrations from Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Versa Networks and VMware:


Fortinet Secure SD-WAN and Adaptive Cloud Security empowers organizations to secure any application on any cloud and to deliver applications with a seamless, secure, and superior quality of experience (QoE) to its users. 

Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN integration with Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center allows customers to more effectively interconnect applications and workloads running on Google Cloud for hybrid cloud and multi cloud deployments. The result is an even more simplified, automated, and operationally efficient cloud on-ramp experience—all with the industry-best security intelligence and protection from FortiGuard Labs. More here

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN is one of the industry’s first next-generation SD-WAN that is application-defined, autonomous, and cloud-delivered.  With the integration of Prisma SD-WAN, organizations can seamlessly connect branches including remote offices, small sites, and large corporate offices to multi-cloud. This turnkey integration expands our strategic partnership, allowing organizations to simplify and further automate branch-to-cloud connectivity with our unique API-based CloudBlades platform without any service disruptions. In addition, organizations can gain deep application intelligence and visibility while extending Prisma Access capabilities, our cloud-delivered security platform, to Google Cloud and ensure security and optimal branch-to-branch connectivity. Together, Prisma SD-WAN combined with Prisma Access that leverages Google Cloud becomes one of the industry’s most comprehensive SASE solutions. More here.

Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Virtual Next-Generation Firewalls integrate with Network Connectivity Center to deliver streamlined connectivity with best-in-class enterprise security. With Network Connectivity Center, VM-Series firewalls can be deployed to provide horizontal scale, cross-region redundancy, and active-active high availability with session synchronization. More here.

Versa Networks

Integrating Network Connectivity Center with Versa Secure SD-WAN from Versa SASE delivers reliable, enterprise-grade connectivity for branch users to on-prem and cloud workloads. Versa Secure SD-WAN provides network SLA monitoring, Deep Packet Inspection, video and voice performance analytics, and Forward Error Correction to overcome underperforming links and deliver an optimal and consistent user experience.

By deploying Versa Secure SD-WAN with Network Connectivity Center, customers can achieve reliable end-to-end connectivity—from users located in branch and remote locations to the on-prem and cloud applications. The Versa Secure SD-WAN solution offers end-to-end QoS that allows for complete performance visibility across the network, thereby delivering significant savings for an organization’s total consumption costs. More here.


VMware SD-WAN™, a cloud-hosted networking service of VMware SASE, delivers secure, reliable, efficient and agile access when using Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center. This combined solution enables organizations—across all industries and around the globe—to gain simple-to-deploy, high-performance connectivity for branch office locations, data centers, cloud destinations and remote workers. VMware SD-WAN breaks down barriers to workload migration resulting from poor user experience pegged to WAN conditions.

By combining the flexibility of SD-WAN and on-demand nature of cloud, enterprises can now more easily access their Google Cloud workloads from their SD-WAN connected sites globally based on business needs in an agile manner via Network Connectivity Center SD-WAN partner integrations. More here

Global connectivity made easy

To learn more about Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center and get started, check out our documentation pages.

By: Tony Sarathchandra (Product Manager, Cloud Networking) and Ashish Verma (Technical Program Manager)
Source: Google Cloud Blog

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