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Alliance for unified IT security

Fortinet : 21 February, 2008  (Company News)
Fortinet and Riverbed unite to provide a unified threat management solution that combines the best of the companies' products.
Riverbed Technology and Fortinet has announced an alliance that enables the two companies to deliver complementary best-of-breed security and application acceleration solutions to enterprise customers for managing their distributed workforces.

Through Fortinet's Elite-level membership in the Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA), Fortinet, Riverbed and their channel partners can immediately provide security and WDS solutions for remote offices, data centres and mobile workers that are functionally superior to those of competing alternatives.

"Together, Riverbed and Fortinet address the need that enterprises have to secure their data; accelerate the performance of applications running on wide area networks (WANs); and reduce IT infrastructure complexity and costs," said Mark Williams, principal architect for enterprise infrastructure at Mercury Insurance. "Implementation of two market-leading technologies such as WDS solutions from Riverbed and Fortinet's ASIC-accelerated integrated security appliances should meet this need while instilling confidence in enterprise companies of all scales."

This partnership takes advantage of the complementary capabilities of the companies' two product lines and the ability to cross-sell to their broad global customer bases. Riverbed and Fortinet combined have nearly 30,000 customers, spanning enterprise vertical markets and service providers, and approximately 2,000 distributors and resellers who can benefit from the comprehensive solutions that this partnership will produce.

'As a provider of comprehensive IT solutions for global enterprise customers, HP Network Services certainly sees the need for unified security and application acceleration solutions to improve network security, performance and total cost of ownership,' said Dan Socci, vice president of HP Network Services. 'We've already had a successful partnership with Riverbed and Fortinet in delivering these services to customers in EMEA and look forward to expanding our relationship to other parts of the world.'

Enterprises across all industries are more geographically distributed and increasingly face the challenge of managing and delivering services to branch offices, telecommuters and other mobile workers. At the same time, IT is more decentralised than ever, creating performance and security issues. Reconciling these competing demands while at the same time delivering secure, high-performance applications and data over WANs is a challenge that many IT organisations currently face.

Fortinet, the confirmed worldwide UTM market leader according to IDC, provides ASIC-accelerated integrated security appliances, 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, Web filtering, spyware prevention and anti-spam - designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats.

Delivered via its flagship FortiGate family of appliances, Fortinet provides a flexible and extensible platform of security applications and services that enable customers to deploy and centrally-manage the same comprehensive level of protection at remote locations as they have for headquarters and data centre environments. In addition, Fortinet's virtualised network security allows enterprises to virtualise, or 'divide' multi-threat security appliances into multiple, separately provisioned and managed instances through integrated virtual domain, or VDOM. Now, with this partnership with Riverbed, a distributed network topography no longer means making compromises in network security or performance.

"This alliance marks the coming together of two industry visionaries and leaders - Riverbed and Fortinet - to address enterprise requirements for keeping bad traffic out of the network and accelerating and securing known good traffic and applications," said Michael Rivers, vice president of corporate development for Fortinet. "Our approach of consolidating critical network security applications and services onto a single high-performance platform has proven successful in the market because it reduces the complexity and cost of securing a network. Our partnership with Riverbed offers a very complementary approach to addressing another key network requirement - acceleration of applications and data over the WAN."

WDS solutions from Riverbed accelerate applications and data for remote offices, data centres and mobile workers across WANs, making them run up to 100 times faster. The speed delivered by Riverbed WDS solutions allows organisations to be more nimble, flexible and competitive by enabling IT consolidation without sacrificing user performance, allowing higher productivity for remote offices, eliminating end user frustration caused by slow applications, dramatically shortening backup and replication times, reducing traffic on WANs, and even enabling mobile workers to be significantly more productive.

"More than 3500 customers have chosen Riverbed," said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed. "We deliver the industry's best-performing WDS solutions for the applications that are important to business. And, we deliver that market-leading speed in a broad set of scalable solutions that integrate simply and easily into existing IT infrastructure, from the data centres at the world's largest companies, down to single individuals using laptops. When our customers require a comprehensive security solution, we recommend that they select a best-of-breed solution such as Fortinet. By partnering with Fortinet, we are able to provide our existing and new customers a broad and more comprehensive solution versus our competitors."
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