SOURCE: Fortinet

October 21, 2008 12:00 ET

Fortinet and Dimension Data Form Global Partnership

Strategic Partnership Brings Leadership Security Technology and Consultative/Integration Services to Clients in 47 Countries

SUNNYVALE, CA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- and Dimension Data (LSE: DDT), a $3.8 billion leading IT solutions and services provider, today announced a global agreement whereby Dimension Data will integrate, install and provide consultancy services for Fortinet's network security solutions to enterprises worldwide. The new partnership combines an innovative and proven security platform with Dimension Data's robust and trusted integration capabilities, which will decrease clients' time- and cost-to-market in creating secure infrastructures.

This agreement with Dimension Data, operating in 47 countries across five continents, marks Fortinet's deepest and broadest global systems integrator partnership. Fortinet's proven technology, research and development capabilities and market leadership in UTM, when combined with Dimension Data's global capabilities in consulting, integration and support, will enable Dimension Data to continue to deliver innovative and cost-effective security solutions to the market.

According to IDC, the UTM appliance market was worth $1.2B in 2007 and is projected to have a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent between 2007 and 2011 -- growing faster than any other segment of the security appliance market.

According to Neil Campbell, Managing Director, Global Security Line of Business at Dimension Data: "We are seeing this growth trend among our large global client base as integrated security appliances address key frustrations experienced by users of point security products or single-function appliances. Many enterprise clients are migrating from firewall-only platforms to integrated security offerings combining multiple applications and services in an effort to enhance and improve overall security and performance while reducing cost and complexity."

Steve Joubert, Group Executive Global Solutions of Dimension Data, said, "Two factors made it a clear decision for us to partner with Fortinet. The company has developed a strong reputation and market leadership for its security platform and breadth of products that can meet the varied needs of enterprises, service providers and carriers. This, together with our proven track record of providing high quality, cost-effective network services means the partnership is good for both companies and our clients across the globe."

Already working with 74% of the Global Fortune 100 and 60% of the Global Fortune 500, Dimension Data brings to the partnership knowledge, understanding, trust and experience in creating secure infrastructures in global markets.

"We are extremely pleased to share the global network security stage with Dimension Data," said Ken Xie, president, founder and CEO of Fortinet. "As we continue our penetration as a world-class network security provider, it's imperative that we work with highly respected and trusted partners who maintain a strong global footprint as Dimension Data does. We believe clients worldwide will gain an extra measure of confidence in building their security infrastructure through our partnership."

Comprehensive, Integrated Security Approach

The FortiGate® appliance is the flagship product in Fortinet's network security portfolio. Accelerated by security-specific ASICs, the FortiGate appliance integrates essential security applications such as antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping. All FortiGate systems are kept up-to-date by Fortinet's FortiGuard® Network, which helps ensure protection against the most damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, other unwanted network traffic and more -- around the clock and around the world.

FortiGate systems are complemented by FortiDB™, FortiMail™, FortiAnalyzer™ and FortiManager™ product families.

--  FortiDB is a newly announced product dedicated to database
    vulnerability assessment and designed to "harden" databases by detecting
    weaknesses in passwords, access privileges and configuration settings.
--  FortiMail systems are high-performance, multi-layered email security
    platforms that inspect email traffic to block unwanted spam, information-
    stealing phishing scams, dangerous viruses and a host of other email-borne
--  FortiAnalyzer systems are purpose-built appliances that provide
    valuable intelligence and simplify and centralize the collection and
    analysis of log and event data from Fortinet's FortiGate security
    appliances, delivering highly relevant network reports, valuable
    intelligence on network usage and assistance with meeting regulatory
--  FortiManager appliances minimize the administrative effort required to
    deploy, configure, monitor and maintain the full range of network
    protection services provided by Fortinet products.

About Dimension Data (

Dimension Data plc (LSE: DDT), a specialist IT services and solution provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact centre technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customized client solutions.

About Fortinet (

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs (Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec, SSL, Network IPS and Anti-Spam). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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