Premier industry research group publishes Q2 2006 report and WatchGuard tops revenue in the $1,500 - $4,999 priceband
Seattle, WA - September 13, 2006. WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: WGRD), a leading provider of Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions, announced that industry research group Infonetics, which publishes the quarterly "Network Security Appliances and Software Equipment Market Share & Forecasts," released its latest report and highlighted WatchGuard as the revenue leader in the $1,500 - $4,999 priceband, the primary sector for WatchGuard's flagship product, the Firebox X Core.
WatchGuard recently introduced the Firebox X Core e-Series which features enhancements to its products in this sector, offering more ports, increased firewall and VPN performance, and support for advanced networking functionality that provides greater security and flexibility.
"From day one WatchGuard has focused on building highly integrated security solutions for SMBs, and have been a leading player in the lower price bands for quite some time, so we weren't surprised to see them step into first place this quarter; this is their primary business," said Jeff Wilson, Principal Analyst, VPNs and Security at Infonetics Research, Inc.
"The Infonetics report is testament to WatchGuard's powerful security product line and the great value it offers small and mid-sized businesses," said Stephen Wampler, WatchGuard director of product marketing and product management. "Our users clearly appreciate the strength of these products and the ease of management that provides powerful network security without the added complexity offered by other products on the market."
The Firebox X Core e-Series also comes in a UTM bundle, a comprehensive all-in-one, hardware and security services package that includes Gateway AntiVirus / Intrusion Prevention with anti-spyware, spamBlocker, WebBlocker and LiveSecurity support. By offering a packaged solution set, WatchGuard makes it easier for resellers to provide their customers with more complete protection, and end-users benefit as the deployment of multiple security services only requires a single license.
Like all of WatchGuard's Firebox product line, the Firebox X Core e-Series appliance uses WatchGuard's unique Intelligent Layered Security with its powerful proxies that proactively block malware to provide true Zero Day attack prevention from new and unknown threats. WatchGuard's Gateway AV/IPS engine stops malware not detected by proxies. spamBlocker blocks unwanted e-mail in real time, including new image-based threats. WebBlocker boosts productivity by blocking undesirable URLs and web content that adversely affect productivity and may also infect a network with malicious code. The cooperation of these security functions means less network degradation than competitive offerings.
WatchGuard's ground-breaking LiveSecurity Support package includes security experts, consultants, and engineers that continuously monitor the network security landscape, provide ongoing education with training, user forums, Web chats, editorials, breaking threat alerts, in addition to the software updates, technical support and hardware warranty expected from a support organization. Innovative educational tools - such as SecurityWise, easily understood network security training sessions; and video "cubecasts" that address security threats in an informative, actionable manner - set WatchGuard's support apart from the rest. Combining the appliance, robust security capabilities, and ongoing educational and support services into a single unit allows WatchGuard customers to benefit from a complete and comprehensive security solution right out of the box.