WatchGuard® Technologies announced that it has been named a "Leader" in Gartner's 2013 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM). According to the report, "The Leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of making and selling UTM products that are built for midsize business requirements. The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that's designed for ease of use." This recognition follows a recent independent performance test from Miercom that confirmed WatchGuard's UTM offering (XTM 850) is nearly 3.5 times faster than competitive solutions, when all standard UTM features are enabled.
"We've never been more excited about the market opportunity Unified Threat Management presents to our customers, our company and our investors, and are honored to again be positioned in the leaders quadrant," said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate strategy at WatchGuard. "WatchGuard is focused on delivering a best-of-breed experience to our customers. This report recognizes the emphasis we continually place on ensuring customer success."
The report also notes that vendors in the leaders quadrant "also have a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include reliability, consistent throughput, and a product that's intuitive to manage and administer." Gartner notes that the UTM industry continues to grow; fueled by refreshes of first-generation technologies and SMB growth in emerging markets.
WatchGuard's family of UTM security appliances offers best-of-breed security tools combined with industry-leading performance. Additionally, with flexible and centralized management tools and web UI, businesses of all sizes can quickly and easily deploy WatchGuard appliances and monitor their networks.