SOURCE: Fortinet

March 20, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Certified as Five-Star Vendor From CMP's VARBusiness Magazine for Second Consecutive Year

Magazine Also Names Karl Soderlund One of the "25 Channel Executives You Need to Know"

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2007 -- Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today was recognized by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top information technology vendors in terms of the partnership programs it offers to solution providers that sell its products and services to end users. Fortinet's certification as a Five-Star Partner, for the second consecutive year, is an acknowledgement of the company's commitment to and strength of its FortiPartner Program for IT integrators, solution providers, resellers and consultants.

Fortinet was specifically recognized for its success in the Americas, and Karl Soderlund, vice president of sales, Americas, was also ranked No. 6 on the magazine's list of "25 Channel Executives You Need to Know."

Of the 250+ vendor-program entries reviewed for the past year, only 60 companies received the coveted Five-Star rating in the magazine's 13th annual Partner Programs Guide survey. The guide appears in the March 19, 2007, issue of VARBusiness.

"We applaud vendors like Fortinet for demonstrating best practices and for the leadership roles they have achieved within the IT distribution channel," said Lawrence M. Walsh, editor of VARBusiness.

"From our inception, Fortinet has been focused on its channel and fully committed to building and maintaining strong, strategic and mutually beneficial relationships with our channel partners," said Soderlund. "While many vendors speak boldly about their channel commitments, few actually demonstrate such through the development and execution of superior and rewarding programs. Being one of only 60 vendors across the entire IT industry to receive VARBusiness' Five-Star Partner recognition is a testament to the strength of our FortiPartner Program and high degree of value we place on our channel partners."

FortiPartner Program participants are selected for long-term growth and success. The three-tier program provides platinum, gold and silver partners with access to a deal registration element as well as easy access to a recurring revenue stream through automated delivery of Fortinet's FortiGuard™ family of real-time security subscription services. Additionally, solutions are selectively distributed and all purchases require a reseller agreement; product access is limited by partner tier and certification requirements.

FortiPartners not only benefit from the channel program enhancements, but from Fortinet's market-leading multi-threat security systems. FortiGate systems integrate eight essential security applications and services, enabling partners to flexibly recommend, sell and deploy tailored solutions for their customers. Unique to Fortinet is its FortiGuard subscription services -- antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, and anti-spam -- that provide automatic updates for customer systems to help protect them against security threats. This provides Fortinet partners the opportunity for a recurring revenue stream, and allows them to centrally manage all customer subscription renewals via one system and one vendor.

More information on the designation can be found in VARBusiness' 12th annual Partner Programs Guide, which appears in the publication's March 19, 2007, issue and can be accessed online at: http://www.crn.com/it-channel/197801586;jsessionid=CHLMZL1AJTI2MQSNDLPSKHSCJUNN2JVN. For the "25 Channel Executives You Need to Know," visit the slideshow at: http://v3.crn.com/var/slideshows/2007/march_channelexecs/6.jhtml?articleid=197801348.

About VARBusiness Magazine (www.varbusiness.com)

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site, www.varbusiness.com.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet® is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat 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 antispam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended 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 eight times over by ICSA Labs (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Fortinet is a registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer, FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient, and FortiReporter are trademarks of the Fortinet, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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