SOURCE: Fortinet

December 23, 2008 12:00 ET

Fortinet's FortiGate-620B Earns Top Honors as eWeek Channel Insider Best Product of the Year

Leading Network Security Vendor Lauded for Outstanding Network Protection and Consistent Channel Support

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 23, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that its FortiGate-620B enterprise security appliance has been named one of the top 10 products of the year by eWeek Channel Insider. After scoring high marks in a recent eWeek Channel Insider review, Fortinet's latest ASIC-based appliance, with 16 Gbps firewall and 12 Gbps VPN throughput, was selected as the number one network security product of 2008.

eWeek Channel Insider reviewed roughly 200 products throughout the year, but the Fortinet FortiGate-620B's ability to offer a "plethora of protection" for enterprises pushed the product to the top of its class. Solutions were evaluated on innovation, functionality, up-sell and value-add service opportunities and market potential, coupled with the vendor's channel support program. eWeek Channel Insider Reviewer and Executive Technology Editor Frank Ohlhorst lauded Fortinet for offering "excellent channel support and keep[ing] partners involved in the upgrade and renewal processes, helping them to derive residual income."

The FortiGate-620B is the second in a family of enterprise-class products that leverages the accelerated performance and expanded network capabilities typical of Fortinet's highest-end systems. The FortiGate-620B appliance was praised for its ability to "do less with more" by integrating eight core security functions, including antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS), spyware prevention, anti-spam, Web content filtering, traffic shaping, VPN and firewall. Customers can choose to purchase FortiGate appliances for all of these functionalities, or integrate just a few functions. Expandable up to 24 ports, the FortiGate-620B offers the highest port density in its class, which is the key driver behind the flexibility that enterprise companies can now have for internal network security segmentation.

"Fortinet's channel has been an instrumental part of our success and we continually strive to equip our partners with valuable, innovative and necessary products to solve their customers' challenges," said Anthony James, vice president of products at Fortinet. "We're happy to receive this accolade from eWeek Channel Insider as it publicly echoes the positive feedback and market demand for this very high performance, fully integrated mid-enterprise security solution."

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

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 VPN, SSL VPN, Network IPS, and Anti-spam. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Copyright © 2008 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and ™ denote respectively federally registered trademarks and unregistered trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates, including, but not limited to, the following trademarks: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiManager, FortiMail, FortiClient, FortiCare, FortiAnalyzer, FortiReporter, FortiOS, FortiASIC, FortiWiFi, FortiSwitch, FortiVoIP, FortiBIOS, FortiLog, FortiRespons and, FortiDB. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Certain statements in this release attributed to third parties, such as certain statements or conclusions attributed to the eWeek Channel Insider, have not bee independently verified by Fortinet and Fortinet does not separately endorse or adopt such statements.

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