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Recognizing Fortinet’s Partner of the Year Winners

By Bill McGee | January 12, 2017

Fortinet just announced the winners of their annual Partner of the Year awards. 2016 continued Fortinet’s growth in both revenue and market share, and saw us capture the attention of the security market with our debut of the Fortinet Security Fabric. Click here to read the full release. 

Our thousands of dedicated partners, who work tirelessly to provide security solutions and services to their customers, has fueled this success. Which is why each year we take the opportunity to thank our entire partner community at our Accelerate conference, and to single out a handful of partners whose efforts deserved special recognition.

FortiHero - Outstanding Global Partner of the Year:

This year, the FortiHero Award was presented to Santa Monica Networks Group, from Finland. Formed in 1989, Santa Monica Networks Group provides a broad range of IT networking and security technologies and services for their customers, and are widely recognized for their technical expertise and innovative solutions.

Regional Partners of the Year:

These partners demonstrated consistent success in the planning, design, implementation, and support of Fortinet solutions across their regions of operation.

US/Canada:                           CDW, US and INSA, Canada,

LatAm:                                    GTLink, Mexico         

EMEA:                                     Orange Cyberdefence, France        

APAC:                                      Syscom Computer Engineering, Taiwan    

Japan:                                     Otsuka Corporation, Japan

Distribution Partners of the Year:

Distribution partners do much more than simply warehousing and fulfillment. Many are also engaged in reseller training, support, and customer outreach, and play a vital role in the success of the companies they represent. This year, the best Fortinet distribution partners across the world were:

US / Canada              Ingram Micro, US     

LATAM                        Westcon Groups            

EMEA                          Exclusive Network Group

APAC                           Innovix Distribution Limited, Hong Kong

Japan                          SCSK Corporation                                                                                            

Enhanced Technology Partners of the Year:

Enhanced technology partners provide extra support for the design and implementation of complex, innovative, and sophisticated security deployments. This requires an extra level of expertise and commitment to such things as training and certification across a wide range of technology fields. Here is the list of this year’s best partners providing enhanced technology services.

US / Canada              SHI

LATAM                        Gamma Ingenieros

EMEA                          SAS Innovative Solutions (KSA), Saudi Arabia

APAC                           O2 Networks Pty Ltd., Australia

Japan                          Hitachi Systems, Ltd.                                                                              

Growth Partner of the Year:

Fortinet’s continued ability to grow at triple the rate of the market is due in large part to partners who are committed to growing their business. We have recognized the following partners for their impressive growth over the past year.

US / Canada              VLCM

LATAM                        DANRESA

EMEA                          Business Connexion Pty Ltd., South Africa

APAC                           MEC, Philippines

Japan                          SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp

Ken Xie, Fortinet’s Founder and CEO, said, "I would like to congratulate this year’s winners for their significant achievements in 2016. These partners demonstrated a commitment to deliver the very best cybersecurity solutions and defend their customers against today’s increasingly advanced threat landscape. I would also like to extend my gratitude to all of our partners for their dedication and achievements in 2016. Working together, we have all greatly contributed to a more secure digital future."

This year's award winners were announced at the Fortinet Accelerate 2017 global partner conference, held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Representatives from nearly 700 different partner organizations from over 90 countries attended this year’s Accelerate conference, making it our most successful event ever.

Congratulations to our award-winning partners, and to all who helped make 2016 a successful year!