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London, ON - (September 20th, 2011) – A recent Unified Threat Management /Next Generation Firewall (UTM/NGFW) mid-market Vendor Landscape report released by Info-Tech Research Group listed WatchGuard, SonicWALL and Fortinet as market Champions. In the report, Info-Tech Research Group warns that without a proper UTM/NGFW solution, businesses may be unaware of modern security threats leaving them vulnerable to attack.

“As network traffic becomes ubiquitously Web traffic, content level awareness becomes crucial. Firewalls can’t protect traffic they can’t see,” said James Quin, Lead Research Analyst, Info-Tech Research Group. “Enterprises can continue the deployment of older UTMs supplemented with newer point solutions, or they can once again consolidate, streamline, and improve through current UTM/NGFW solutions, but they need to do something.”

The report lists WatchGuard as the leading market Champion. Praised for its balance of product strength and vendor capabilities at a very attractive price point, WatchGuard also received the “Best Value Award.”

SonicWALL’s all round capabilities, focus on the Small/Medium enterprise, and price points that are hard to beat landed them in the Champion quadrant as well. According to the report, they have the best combination of features and price for the mid-market and are growing in the enterprise space.

Fortinet, a vendor that helped define the UTM term and space with their FortiGate solution, continues to lead the market with unmatched feature/functionality and pricing stabilization only helps their cause. They are also listed as a Champion in the report.

Palo Alto Networks is recognized as an Innovator in the UTM space and was awarded the “Innovation Award.” According to Info-Tech, their App-ID, Content-ID, and User-ID technologies have defined the next frontier of perimeter protection and established the new bar for the market.

For the full list of Info-Tech Research Group’s recommendations for selecting a UTM/NGFW vendor, visit:

Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category. This review focused exclusively on UTM/NGFW solutions for the mid-market.

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Published: September 20, 2011
Last Revised: September 21, 2011


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    Ralph Fry | 12-04-2018

    This appears to be a press release from 2011? Is there not a more current document to provide on NGFW?

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 12-05-2018

      Thanks for bringing an out-of-date publication to our attention.We don’t have any current publications on NGFW. We do have a blueprint from 2016 that may help, depending on what you are looking for. It’s called Select and Implement a Next Generation Firewall. We also have a Software Reviews Category Report for NGFW from October 2018.

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