SOURCE: Fortinet

September 10, 2008 12:00 ET

Leading Managed Service Providers Worldwide Embrace Network Security Solutions by Fortinet

MSSPs Attracted by Performance, Flexibility and Scalability of Fortinet's Security Solution

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that leading managed security services providers (MSSPs) around the world are turning to Fortinet for scalable, flexible and high-performance network security solutions. Fortinet's FortiGate® integrated security platform, along with the company's sophisticated management, logging and reporting appliances, are ideally-suited to meet the varied needs of all types of MSSPs.

MSSPs such as Belgacom, Chunghwa Telecom, NTT Communications, Orange Business Services and Verizon Business have chosen Fortinet solutions as the basis for providing an array of managed services to help address the security needs of their customers while saving on both capital and operational expenses. With Fortinet's flexible FortiGate security platform, MSSPs benefit from multi-layer security, ASIC-accelerated performance and modular scalability -- enabling them to optimize their deployment and management costs.

Securing the MSSP Data Center

MSSPs operating a centralized architecture, like N9uf Cegetel, require highly scalable performing security solutions to cope with real-time service delivery for their entire customer portfolio. The chassis-based FortiGate-5000 Series is ideally suited to this scenario as it provides multi-gigabit performance and a full suite of security modules enabling the implementation and delivery of a wide range of security services -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, Web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping -- which can be combined based on customers' specific requirements. FortiGate-5000 Series virtualization capabilities enable the concurrent service and management of up to 3,500 separate customer domains per chassis. As a result, customer services can be customized 'on demand' to access any combination of Fortinet's security applications.

"With Fortinet, we can deliver our customers various combinations of security functions as a real-time service -- all from a single appliance," said Laurent Jacquet, marketing director for enterprise products at N9uf Cegetel. "What the end customer experiences is a seamless, effective and reliable choice of security services, while we enjoy the best potential returns from our business model with a platform that can scale as our customer base grows."

Customer Premise Deployments

In scenarios where Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) is remotely deployed, tightly integrated security capabilities available onboard high-performance appliances are critical. Fortinet's suite of FortiGate appliances incorporate critical security functions and are specifically designed for high-performance content processing at the application level. Fortinet's product offering is therefore tailored to MSSPs' needs, allowing them to support and manage many types of deployment, both in terms of size and services, at minimal management costs. In parallel, Fortinet's FortiManager™ is a centralized management platform that allows MSSPs to deploy security services to thousands of customers and eases the administrative efforts required to deploy, configure, monitor and maintain a full range of network protection services.

"Working with Fortinet, Verizon Business is giving customers an all-in-one solution that eases the burden associated with managing the complex security risks of the extended enterprise," said Kerry Bailey, vice president of Verizon Business Security Solutions. "In our pursuit to provide customers with excellent technologies to meet their specific needs, we are pleased to include Fortinet in our line-up for unified threat management."

Fortinet also offers MSSPs other valuable solutions and services. The FortiAnalyzer™ appliance is key to any managed security offering as it securely aggregates and analyzes log data from FortiGate security appliances to provide MSSPs with a comprehensive view of both their own and their clients' network usage and security information -- including traffic, event, virus, attack, content filtering and email filtering data. FortiManager™ provides a centralized management platform for the Fortinet appliances. In addition, the Fortinet FortiGuard® Network enables MSSPs to deliver real-time security updates to their customers as a managed service in order to ensure current protection against the latest Internet threats.

"MSSPs have been around for more than a decade now, but it's only now that we're seeing a demand from the enterprise for such services," said Andre Stewart, vice president of worldwide sales, support and business development at Fortinet. "In order to build a successful and profitable business model, MSSPs have to look closely at their deployment and management costs while giving visibility to their clients on results. Fortinet's broad security platform, along with our analysis and reporting tools, have been developed to meet those specific requirements."

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

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