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Fortinet UTM: A Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Leader 8 Times in a Row

By John Maddison | June 28, 2017

Fortinet’s UTM solutions have been positioned in the leader’s quadrant of Gartner’s annual Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management report for the 8th time in a row. In this year’s report, Gartner placed us for  our solution with the highest placement for our ability to execute on that vision.

Unified Threat Management, or UTM, solutions consolidate security and networking functions into a single device to simplify business infrastructures from small to medium business, distributed enterprises, and even for Carriers and MSSPs providing customized security services within a complex, multi-tenant environment.

Fortinet has maintained its position as the leader in this market by delivering the broadest, most powerful, and highly automated UTM security solution available, designed to protect all points in the network – from IoT to cloud, physical and virtual networks, and wired and wireless environments with a wide range of powerful security and networking tools.

We believe that organizations should never have to choose between performance and protection.  Which is why Fortinet’s UTM solutions consistently provide the most powerful solutions, with the best price to performance ratio in the industry. A significant reason behind this success is that our UTM devices are built using our patented series of security processors. By offloading CPU-intensive security inspection and decryption functions to specialized silicon, such as our latest SOC3 (System on a Chip) processor, we are able to provide the most cost-effective, high-performance solution on the market.

The Leading Solution for Small to Medium Businesses and Distributed Enterprises

Price, performance, and function are some of the reasons, why According to the just-released 2017 Q1 and historical report from IDC, Fortinet consistently ships the most security appliances in the industry. To date, we have shipped over 3.1 million UTM appliances to more than 310,000 customers, which is more than our next two competitors combined. And we continue to ship more than 100,000 devices every quarter.

The reason for this success is simple. Fortinet UTM solutions enable small to medium business (SMB) to protect themselves across the entire threat spectrum with integrated high performance next generation firewall, web and email filtering, data loss prevention, and more. And unlike others in this market, Fortinet’s UTM solutions also enable you to address your networking needs with extensive routing, switching, access control, Wi-Fi, LAN, and WAN capabilities.

These capabilities are all administered through FortiManager’s unified, single-pane-of-glass management console. FortiManager consolidates and simplifies operations for the smaller IT teams found in many SMBs. It automates the provisioning and management of devices, centralizes policy distribution and orchestration, and helps maintain regulatory compliance to reduce operational burdens. In addition, new SaaS-based controls and management provide ease of use for SMBs. These controls also simplify customer management for Channel Partners who provide operational services to their customers.

Support for MSSPs and Carriers

In addition to being the preferred solution for SMBs and distributed enterprises, Fortinet’s UTM devices are the preferred solution for MSSP and Carriers around the world, enabling them to quickly provision and manage customized, managed security for their multi-tenant environments. FortiManager sophisticated interface allows service providers and distributed enterprises to scale to thousands of devices for simultaneous control across even the most demanding environments.

Unlike most other solutions in this space, Fortinet UTM solutions support a suite of tools that enable service providers and larger enterprises to more easily deploy and centrally manage complex and geographically dispersed architectures:

  • FortiDeploy offers MSSPs a bulk provisioning tool that automates the simultaneous roll out of FortiGate, FortiWiFi, and FortiAP solutions with a single-click.
  • FortiPortal is a cloud-based, single-pane-of-glass management tool that enables MSSPs and larger distributed enterprises to manage all their customer or branch networks. This centralized management console offers customizable and branded dashboards for multi-tenant policy management and analytics. 

Part of the Fortinet Security Fabric Architecture

Fortinet UTM solutions have been engineered to work as a seamless component of the Fortinet Security Fabric. This means that they are able to see and correlate real-time threat information with the full range of fabric-ready solutions available, from SIEM tools and sandboxes to access points and endpoint security. In addition, as part of the Security Fabric, organizations are able to implement unified controls over FortiGate, FortiAP, and FortiSwitch devices, as well as a growing ecosystem of third-party Fabric-Ready partners.

As part of the Security Fabric, Fortinet UTM solutions allow organizations to extend their visibility and control across their increasingly elastic and distributed network environments, from IoT to the cloud. They are also connected to our worldwide FortiGuard threat intelligence data, to quickly and effectively identify and respond to threats found anywhere, by any device.

Fortinet’s UTM solutions are so much more than an all-in-one security device. They play a critical role in an active and coordinated security strategy that encompasses the entire organization.

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls), 20 June 2017

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