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WatchGuard Vaults Over 500,000 Network Security Appliance Milestone

  • 30 April, 2008 06:55

<p>WatchGuard’s Australian Channel Partners Laud Vendor’s 500,000 Network Security Appliance Milestone</p>
<p>Global Installed Base of WatchGuard Unified Threat Management (UTM) Appliances Pass 500,000 Threshold; Highlights Accelerated Growth Opportunity for Channel Partners</p>
<p>SYDNEY – April 30, 2008 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global provider of network security solutions, today announced that it surpassed the 500,000 unified threat management (UTM) installled base milestone, driven by increased enterprise demand for multi-layered network security and unprecedented channel growth in key markets.</p>
<p>“By working with our local channel partners, WatchGuard is accelerating the market for unified threat management security appliances, and is expanding the adoption of UTM as a cost-effective, highly secure means of securing mission critical network resources and data,” said Scott Robertson, Regional Director Australia and New Zealand, WatchGuard Technologies.</p>
<p>“This milestone marks an inflection point of multi-threat security appliances as businesses move beyond protecting against spam, viruses and intrusion prevention to more holistic, extensible network security.”</p>
<p>In Australia, WhiteGold Solutions and Firewall Systems exemplify the growing opportunity for channel partners in providing integrated security.</p>
<p>Dominic Whitehand, WhiteGold Solutions, said, “As a business that constantly seeks to converge and unify world-class technology and people to create real value for our customers and their end users, we have naturally partnered with WatchGuard for their breadth and depth of quality UTM solutions over the past five years. The current growth potential for channel partners is fantastic. In fact, for the last twelve month period, we were awarded WatchGuard Best Growth Distributor Asia Pacific 2007."</p>
<p>Firewall Systems Marketing Director, Nick Verykios, added, “This milestone mirrors the local experience we have encountered with the uptake of WatchGuard UTM appliances actually being used as UTM appliances and not just as a firewall/VPN. Our Fireproof pro services, FireBlanket Advanced Hardware Replacement and FireChief Certification training services coupled with the WatchGuard Firebox UTM technology has proven to be a perfect complete UTM solution for our resellers to sell to the growing swell of mid-market UTM opportunities. This technology and service bundle coupled with WatchGuard’s Live Security Service will ensure continued strong penetration in our market.”</p>
<p>Recent industry analyst reports confirm WatchGuard’s view of accelerated UTM growth among industry segments. WatchGuard attributes the increasing acceptance of UTM in the enterprise and SME markets to an increased focus on return on investment, lower total cost of ownership, investment protection and other related factors, such as ease of management, high-performance, and greater network visibility and granular control.</p>
<p>Relentless Drumbeat of New UTM and VPN Introductions Skyrockets WatchGuard</p>
<p>In late 2007, WatchGuard took the leading price/performance position in the industry with its UTM appliances. This was confirmed by an independent review and test of raw speed versus cost of appliance, in which WatchGuard squarely came out as the highest performing cost/megabyte throughput UTM device, and was likewise proclaimed as having “the best firewall price/performance punch.”</p>
<p>Building on its price/performance lead, WatchGuard soon unveiled its most robust and capable appliance upgrade with WatchGuard Fireware® 10 and Edge 10. With these free software upgrades, WatchGuard customers gained enhanced business security, greater network visibility and unprecedented network management capabilities, further vaulting WatchGuard ahead in providing the best in class, multi-threat security solutions.</p>
<p>By the beginning of 2008, WatchGuard had received numerous awards and industry accolades for its pioneering work. This included the coveted Frost &amp; Sullivan, “2008 North American Network Security Technology of the Year Award” for the company’s SSL VPN technology. This award-winning SSL VPN technology is now available in all WatchGuard UTM appliances, as well as the new WatchGuard SSL VPN 500 and 1000 enterprise SSL VPN appliances.</p>
<p>WatchGuard Application Proxy Firewall Technology – Foundation for 500,000 Units Installed</p>
<p>Key to eclipsing the 500,000 install base milestone is the WatchGuard application proxy firewall technology. All WatchGuard UTM appliances use WatchGuard’s application proxy firewall technology, which is fundamentally more secure than competitive offerings that rely on packet filtering alone. Packet filtering only inspects the bottom three-to-four layers of the OSI communication model (physical, datalink, network and transport), leaving several layers, including layer-7, the application layer, vulnerable to exploitation.</p>
<p>By enforcing deep packet inspection in concert with its application proxy firewall technology, WatchGuard UTM appliances can inspect all seven layers of the OSI model, thus providing unmatched, holistic and extensible network security.</p>
<p>About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
Since 1996, WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. has been the advanced technology leader of network security solutions, providing mission-critical security to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard Firebox® X family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances and WatchGuard SSL VPN remote access solutions provide extensible network security, unparalleled network visibility, management and control. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle and has offices serving North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit http://www.watchguard.com/.</p>

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