MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the enterprise firewalls market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Fortinet with the 2012 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Penetration Leadership. Fortinet's aggressive product development strategy and unwavering focus on product value has enabled it to ably serve the exacting enterprise firewalls market, which requires firewalls that are highly scalable, reliable, and have cutting-edge features.
"Fortinet offers a strong value proposition of comprehensive network security in a single, easily deployed network appliance, which allows businesses of all sizes to reduce the hardware investment costs associated with multiple-point security products," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Chris Rodriguez.
Fortinet's operating system, FortiOS, powers all FortiGate® security products, and each FortiGate® device includes a full suite of security technologies. These include next-generation firewall (NGFW), secure socket layer (SSL) Web content filtering, gateway antimalware, on-device sandboxing, cloud-based IP reputation management, wide area network (WAN) optimization, as well as vulnerability and identity management.
Fortinet's security subscription bundle provides automatic updates to several of the security technologies included in the FortiGate® device from its FortiGuard® Labs global threat research team. Fortinet is also helping customers take advantage of virtualization and cloud infrastructure with a wide range of security products (including FortiGate®) for VMware and Citrix Xen Virtual Machine environments.
Fortinet recently announced select product support for the Amazon Web Services environment, allowing customers to deploy the same technology on-premise as well as in the Amazon cloud. Fortinet has also invested heavily in central policy management, log analysis, reporting capability and threat intelligence functions to address enterprises' increasing tendency to centralize network management.
"Fortinet's 'single-pane-of-glass' approach offers a management console that provides users with improved visibility and control of policies, content and users," noted Rodriguez. "This product value was first recognized by small- and medium-sized businesses, which represented the core of Fortinet's customer base for many years; however, enterprises of all sizes and types are now looking to reduce operating expenses."
In recent years, Fortinet has assembled a number of high-end FortiGate® appliances for enterprise main offices, data centers and service providers. The most scalable FortiGate® appliance is the 5000 Series, a chassis-based firewall with multiple blade servers, which can reach up to 480 Gbps of firewall throughput with the full array of 14 firewall blades.
Fortinet announced the latest major release of its secure OS, FortiOS 5.0, which includes more than 150 new features. It will enable businesses to solve security challenges thrown up by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture and will assign policies automatically based on user ID and device type. Fortinet is also adding protection technologies, such as in-line sandboxing and reputation systems, to find and block advanced malware on the corporate network or detect compromised systems.
"Fortinet has consistently provided quality security products that are built from the ground up with custom hardware to enhance product performance," remarked Chris Rodriguez, Senior Industry Analyst. "Furthermore, Fortinet has demonstrated the ability to understand enterprise requirements and deliver new features and technologies that provide the most value."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing market share within its industry. The recipient has shown strategic excellence in product innovation, marketing, and sales strategies that have resulted in the largest gain in market share over the past two to three years.
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Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) helps protect networks, users and data from continually evolving threats. As a global leader in high-performance network security, we enable businesses and governments to consolidate and integrate stand-alone technologies without suffering performance penalties. Unlike costly, inflexible and low-performance alternatives, Fortinet solutions empower customers to embrace new technologies and business opportunities while protecting essential systems and content. Learn more at www.fortinet.com.
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