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WatchGuard Taking Channel by Storm
Feb 25, 2008 (08:02 AM EST)

SEATTLE, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- WatchGuard(R) Technologies, a global provider of network security solutions, today announced a string of substantive channel victories, evidencing worldwide channel success and skyrocketing demand for WatchGuard security appliances.

"WatchGuard channel partners are in the ideal position of having best in class network security solutions backed unwavering dedication and the industry's most robust and comprehensive channel programs," said Mark Romano, Global Director of Channel Marketing at WatchGuard. "As the channel knows, the need for reliable network security never goes away. Customers want superior alternative solutions that deliver uncompromising levels of security without over-inflated costs. Because of WatchGuard's price/performance leadership position, we see current market trends accelerating demand for our award-winning appliances."

WatchGuard Recognized with Leading Channel Chief by CMP Channel's CRN

WatchGuard Global Director of Channel Marketing, Mark Romano, has been named a 2008 Channel Chief by CRN, the flagship publication of CMP Channel, the No. 1 destination for technology vendors and marketers looking to reach the $373 billion Solution Provider channel. CRN Channel Chiefs are recognized as influential executives who consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies.

Top Channel Chiefs were chosen based on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.

"Successful channel programs and strategies help fuel the booming Solution Provider ecosystem, and each of this year's Channel Chiefs should be applauded for building and advocating the most successful of those programs and strategies," said Dan Dignam, vice president and publisher of CMP Channel.

VARBusiness Recognizes WatchGuard as #1 Alternative

Likewise, VARBusiness recently released results of its own channel research on VARs' favorite alternative vendors. In the security hardware category, WatchGuard scored highest of all alternative vendors with a commanding 26 percent VAR preference. The next nearest alternative vendor listed was Symantec at 15 percent. Clearly, the research indicates that VARs are predominately looking to WatchGuard for network security appliances as their number one alternative choice to Cisco or Juniper.

Follows on Recent Awards

Fuelling the fire of WatchGuard's channel momentum are several recent stand-out accolades. Last week, Frost & Sullivan awarded Watchguard with their "2008 North American Network Security Technologies Technology Innovation of the Year Award" in recognition to the company's pioneering efforts and innovation of technologies for virtual private network (VPN) gateway security services.

This honor was recently preceded by WatchGuard winning the CRN security bake-off review, "Putting UTM to the Test;" receiving "BEST FOR: Maintaining high security" from Inc. Magazine's February technology feature, "Remote Control Working from Wherever;" and being awarded CMP Channel's, "Top Five Bestseller" for Network Security Hardware and VPN categories, as well as taking "#1 Top Growth Bestseller" for the VPN category.

About CRN ( )

CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 25 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals. CRN can be found on the web at .

About CMP Channel ( )

CMP Channel is the one stop shop customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its print products which include CRN and VARBusiness, their accompanying websites, the broader ChannelWeb network, the Group's XChange worldwide face-to-face conferences and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers and best practices for vendors.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. ( )

Since 1996, WatchGuard(R) Technologies, Inc. has been the advanced technology leader of network security solutions, providing mission-critical security to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard Firebox(R) X family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances provide extensible network security, unparalleled network visibility, management and control. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity(R) Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle and has offices serving North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit .

WatchGuard, Firebox, and LiveSecurity are registered trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners. Contacts: Chris McKie Jimme Peters WatchGuard Technologies 24/7 Consulting 206-613-3760 503-289-5354

CONTACT: Chris McKie of WatchGuard Technologies, +1-206-613-3760, or; or Jimme Peters of 24-7 Consulting,+1-503-289-5354, or

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