Industry Trends

Fortinet Moves Up and To The Right

By Bill McGee | June 02, 2016

Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls 

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls for 2016 was just released, and we believe the results show that our strategic motions and product innovations have moved us in the right direction – to the upper right. We now straddle the Challengers and Leaders Quadrant. This is the first time Fortinet has landed on the line between challengers and leaders since our recent push into the Enterprise Firewall market, this time even leaning slightly into the Leaders Quadrant.

This is important news for a couple of reasons.

First, we are already the de facto security leader in the SMB and Service Provider markets. Our accelerated expansion and acceptance into the Enterprise market space means we are the first vendor to provide a complete security solution not only across multiple markets, but also for the increasing overlap between these market segments.

More and more frequently customers cite the need for consistent and seamless policy enforcement for their highly distributed network environments, which include branch and regional offices, enterprise head ends, and service provider and cloud deployments. As workloads increasingly move dynamically between these different networks, and across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments, it is more important than ever that consistent protection be part of the enterprise security strategy. No other vendor in the security market can provide the enhanced visibility and control required by today’s distributed and dynamic digital business requirements.

And second, it is important to note that we believe the results of this report speaks volumes about Fortinet’s commitment to innovation and vision that directly benefits our enterprise customers, who increasingly need world-class protection that is also scalable and cost-effective.

Finally, Fortinet is much more than an enterprise firewall vendor. This distinction is critical. In addition to our FortiGate solution, we provide an expansive portfolio of market-leading, enterprise-class security solutions, tied together through our single pane of glass management. And with the recent announcement of the Fortinet Security Fabric, we have integrated these technologies into a proactive security architecture designed to share and correlate threat intelligence, and coordinate automated responses to threats identified anywhere across the network, from IoT to the cloud.

This differentiation cannot be overstated. According to recent surveys, enterprise security teams have to monitor an average of fourteen different security management consoles. And for larger enterprises, that number is frequently much higher. And they still have to hand-correlate threat intelligence and log files looking for advanced threats and manually configure policies and rules to respond to them. Even for “platform” solutions, or large single-vendor portfolios from competitors like Cisco, customers have to deal with multiple management consoles and complex integration challenges for solutions that ought to work together, but often don’t.

As organizations transition, to dynamic and highly distributed digital business networks and corporate models, they are increasingly looking at Fortinet as being optimally positioned to provide the sort of integrated and collaborative security solution they need. Fortinet solutions are designed to provide seamless enforcement and adaptability across physical, virtual, service provider, and cloud environments with the centralized orchestration and management, expansive visibility and control, and unified analysis and reporting today’s enterprise organizations demand.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, Adam Hils, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Rajpreet Kaur, Greg Young, 25 May 2016.

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