SOURCE: Fortinet


August 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Migros Relies on Fortinet to Help Secure Its Entire Group Network

Fortune Global 500 Retailer Chooses FortiGate High-End Network Security Appliances for Broad Protection, High Performance and Ease of Management

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) -- a leading network security provider and the worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that Migros Group, Switzerland's largest retail company, has deployed a cluster of FortiGate®-3951B high-end network security appliances to provide perimeter security for the entire group network. Migros opted for Fortinet's FortiGate solution for its broad protection capabilities, high throughput as well as ease of management and maintenance.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the Migros Group is a Fortune Global 500 company with 50 companies and 84,000 employees and generates an annual 25 billion CHF. The group's independent companies, as well as 10 regional cooperatives, have consolidated the essential parts of its IT, including perimeter security. In order to protect data traffic and ensure Internet access without performance loss, even in peak hours, Migros needed a high-speed firewall, which would protect and filter all inbound and outbound HTTP traffic of every Migros company in real time, scan for viruses and prevent intrusions.

After considering different network security solutions, including those from Check Point Software, Migros selected Fortinet's FortiGate-3951B appliances to provide firewalling, IPS, antivirus and web filtering. The two devices were deployed in a cluster mode in Migros' datacenter for high availability.

"When we evaluated the ideal security appliance, we had several criteria in mind, including high speed, low latency throughput and a large number of 10 Gig ports. Furthermore, we required an appealing price performance ratio, prompt updates of anti-threat signatures and ease of use," said Philipp Jacky, telecommunications manager at Migros IT services. "Fortinet's FortiGate appliances offer substantial benefits over point solutions as they consolidate a wide range of security functions and integrate custom high-speed ASICs, allowing us to sustainably improve our levels of security and performance while reducing administration and maintenance costs."

Fortinet's FortiGate-3951B is a powerful integrated network security appliance, which integrates proprietary FortiASIC™ processors to deliver firewall performance of up to 120 Gbps. Fortinet's device helps enable real-time performance and protection of the network as well as core applications such as SAP, Oracle and SQL. At Migros, the Fortinet appliance monitors and controls no less than 145 SAP instances, 220 Oracle and 230 SQL databases, as well as data traffic for 325 Unix servers plus 4,239 physical and 405 virtual Windows servers.

"After evaluating solutions from several vendors, Migros is entrusting Fortinet to help protect its online shops and entire group network," said Patrice Perche, Senior Vice President of International Sales and Support at Fortinet. "This further demonstrates that our FortiGate multi-function appliances meet the high standards of performance and security that large enterprises demand, with the additional benefits of greater flexibility, scalability and lower total cost of ownership than traditional point security solutions."

About Migros (
Migros is Switzerland's biggest retailer. With its more than 84,000 employees coming from over 140 countries, Migros is also the biggest private employer in the country, realizing a turnover of 25 billion Swiss francs (approx. 17.5 billion euros) in 2009. The majority of goods sold by Migros are produced by Migros industries in Switzerland. Migros is a federation of ten regional cooperatives with over 2 million members; various companies as well as a series of foundations also form part of the Migros Group. Besides the traditional areas of Grocery Retailing and Specialized Goods Retailing, the Retailing Department (with the Swiss discounter Denner, the Globus department stores, the oil company Migrol, etc.), the Travel section (with Hotelplan, Interhome, etc.), and the area of Financial Services (Migros Bank) also represent important areas of business for the Group.

About Fortinet (
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and the market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2010 Fortune Global 100. Fortinet's flagship FortiGate product delivers ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of security designed to help protect against application and network threats. Fortinet's broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure the extended enterprise - from endpoints, to the perimeter and the core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world.

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