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WatchGuard Recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management

August 22, 2013

Leading UTM vendors simplify deployment of new features and emphasize business needs

Singapore, Aug 22, 2013 – (ACN Newswire) – WatchGuard(R) Technologies, a global leader in business security solutions, today announced that it has been named a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM).*

According to the report, “The Leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of making and selling UTM products that are built for midsize business requirements. The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that’s designed for ease of use.” This recognition follows a recent independent performance test from Miercom that confirmed WatchGuard’s UTM offering (XTM 850) is nearly 3.5 times faster than competitive solutions, when all standard UTM features are enabled.

“We’ve never been more excited about the market opportunity Unified Threat Management presents to our customers, our company and our investors, and are honored to again be positioned in the leaders quadrant,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate strategy at WatchGuard. “WatchGuard is focused on delivering a best-of-breed experience combined with industry-leading performance to our customers. This report recognizes the emphasis we continually place on ensuring customer success.”

Gartner notes that the UTM industry continues to grow; fueled by refreshes of first-generation technologies and SMB growth in emerging markets. WathGuard identified this growing trend and responded by setting new standards in its UTM’s capabilities along with investment in staff to support local markets, resulting in a tremendous increase in sales across APAC, with industries that have traditionally not seen WatchGuard as an enterprise level security solution. To date, WatchGuard’s quick and easily deployable appliances are used by verticals including government, banking and financial services, broadcasting, utilities and BPO, to service their needs.

This phenomenal development has earned continuous recognition of the WatchGuard brand and its products with APAC posting an impressive 21% YoY growth in Q2 of 2013 and highlighted by SEA’s 55% increase in sales, as the highest YoY growth region. Singapore recorded the highest growth in SEA with a 121 per cent increase in sales, closely followed by Philippines at 92 per cent, Malaysia at 81 per cent and Thailand at 68 per cent. The sales increase was boosted by the newly released XTM 800, 1500 and 2500 smart firewalls, specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s enterprise customers with up to 35Gbps throughput and 10Gbps UTM, along with the launch of the new Wireless Access Points which provide the same security and protection solutions to both wireless and existing wired physical networks.

Commenting on this impressive growth, Scott Robertson, VP of WatchGuard APAC said, “We have experienced a significant increase in demand across the horizon of our robust and scalable security solutions in this year’s Q2, which is a testament to the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and a willingness to listen to the needs of its customers.” Robertson added, “WatchGuard’s UTM solutions offer cost savings and uncompromising performance that are demanded by businesses across the board and WatchGuard delivers on this by incorporating world’s fastest processors from Intel and Freescale. Their modern, multi-core processors give our UTM solutions the power they need to run all of their engines in parallel without causing a bottleneck in performance. Plus, it gives us ‘head room’ to add future UTM engines as security trends demand.”

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

* Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management” by Greg Young and Jeremy D’Hoinne, July 19, 2013

About WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard Korea is part of WatchGuard(R) Technologies, Inc., who since 1996 has been a global leader of business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of Smart Firewalls provides; smart security through seamless integration of multiple security services; smart management by providing a single console for deploying and maintaining services; and smart performance to ensure that customers of all sizes can securely operate at the pace of business. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity(R) Service, an innovative support program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit www.watchguard.com .

WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

Source: WatchGuard Technologies

Contact:

Charles Lim
WatchGuard Technologies Inc.
+65 6536 7717
Charles.Lim@watchguard.com

Joy Tampi
Priority Consultants for WatchGuard Technologies Inc.
+65 6338 1006
joy.tampi@priorityconsultants.com
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