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Adapt to Business Changes with Flexible Licensing

By John Maddison - EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet

Jul 27, 2023 07:17 IST 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When it comes to technology, the one thing you can count on is change. Requirements evolve over time as organizations adapt their environments and deployments to meet new demands and challenges. But in the past few years, this rate of change has skyrocketed. What an organization needs one quarter may be drastically different than what it needs the next. IT teams need flexible cybersecurity solutions to address this near-constant evolution in enterprise networking needs. And the licensing models for those solutions should be just as flexible.

John Maddison - EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet


Flexible licensing programs that allow organizations to pay by usage have emerged as a solution to this challenge. Although there will always be a need for traditional product licensing models, usage-based pricing offers an additional way to leverage solutions and adapt to dynamic business needs.


Provision Only the Services You Need

With usage-based pricing, you can provision services and solutions when you need them and only pay for what you use. As your business needs evolve, you can dynamically scale your solutions up or down and in or out to fully secure your technology initiatives, no matter how they may evolve or shift over time.


For maximum flexibility, you should seek out licensing options that can be applied in all the environments where you need to deploy your solutions, including on-premises, physical and virtual data centers, clouds, hybrid clouds, and hybrid mesh firewall environments. Additionally, look for flexible licensing programs that offer a wide portfolio of solutions and services rather than one or two.


Simplify Deployment and Purchasing

With usage-based licensing, you can eliminate excessive procurement cycles and lead time because teams don’t have to preplan and presize their deployment purchases and risk underestimating or overestimating their needs. They can deploy exactly what they need rather than go through a procurement process whenever additional solutions and services are called for.


Additionally, select usage-based licensing programs can help organizations meet their minimum-use commitments with cloud providers. IT teams can use solutions offered through a flexible licensing program within their cloud environment and the spend counts toward their minimum commit. This means organizations can get the most out of their budget, their cloud provider, and their usage-based pricing program.


Maximize Flexibility

Usage-based cybersecurity licensing provides the flexibility you need to right-size services to your multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, and hybrid mesh firewall environments. Look for solutions that let you:


  • Increase and decrease capacity and services as you go without any procurement hassles


  • Centralize administration and visibility of all license entitlements with reports


  • Deploy and run supported solutions in any cloud, virtualized data center, or on-premises deployment


  • Purchase through a marketplace to help reduce minimum use commits with cloud providers


  • Automate the whole license life-cycle management with rich API support


It’s also important to look for a program that includes validated solutions. Between marketing hype and pay-for-play efficacy reports, it can be challenging to understand which solutions and services will offer the best protection for your environment. Third-party testing is the best way to get objective data to inform your purchasing decisions because these organizations have little incentive to modify their results in favor of a vendor. Look for a flexible licensing program with solutions and services that have been vetted by these sources.


Discover FortiFlex Flexible Licensing

Our mission at Fortinet is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to procure and deploy the cybersecurity solutions they need. Our FortiFlex usage-based security licensing program offers a simple, transparent, points-based approach, so customers can freely deploy and scale only the cybersecurity solutions they need.


The FortiFlex program covers a wide range of Fortinet solutions and services for virtual solutions and services for physical hardware. All can be managed from a single console, and users are billed in 24-hour increments so organizations can right-size daily.


We’re committed to expanding our flexible licensing and purchasing options across more Fortinet solutions and services in the future.


Find out how FortiFlex gives you more choices as you look at ways to address your unique business challenges.


About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 595,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, and FortiGuard Labs.



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John Maddison - EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet
John Maddison - EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet
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