WatchGuard Named to CMP Channel's 2008 CRN Channel Bestsellers List

Mar 31, 2008 (08:03 AM EDT)

SEATTLE, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- WatchGuard(R) Technologies, a global provider of network security solutions, today announced that it has been named to the CMP Channel 2008 CRN Channel Bestsellers List, a list that helps technology Solutions Providers make strategic decisions about the top selling products in the IT Channel. The list recognizes the most popular technology categories and brands being sold through the Channel today.

"This award marks back-to-back Channel Bestseller wins for WatchGuard and our channel partners," said Mark Romano, Global Director of Channel Marketing at WatchGuard. "Not only does this signify that WatchGuard gives channel partners best in class solutions for VPN and network security, but it means that consistently, WatchGuard is giving its customers a superior price/performance solution for their business needs."

Channel Embracing New WatchGuard VPN SSL and UTM Appliances

According to WatchGuard, two factors are fueling demand for VPN and Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions. First, businesses are increasingly deploying new mobility-based solutions to allow remote and mobile workers to easily and securely access corporate resources. This represents a tremendous market opportunity for WatchGuard and its channel partners.

Recently, Frost & Sullivan awarded its 2008 Network Security Technology Innovation of the Year Award to WatchGuard for its SSL VPN technology. This award-winning SSL VPN technology is now integrated and available on all WatchGuard UTM appliances as well as its new WatchGuard SSL VPN family of enterprise access devices.

Second, the need for strong security at competitive price points continues to drive demand for high-performance, multi-threat network security appliances. Here, as evidenced by the CRN Bestseller status, WatchGuard has consistently offered its channel partners with award-winning UTM solutions backed by industry leading channel support programs. For these reasons, WatchGuard continues to lead in CRN's Bestseller listings for VPN and Network Security categories.

"The CRN Bestsellers List helps Solution Providers make important product decisions and educated recommendations, and we applaud the vendors who made the 2008 list," said Robert C. Demarzo, senior vice president and editorial director, CMP Channel.

CRN partnered with the NPD Group, the world's leading provider of technology market research information to compile the data. The CRN Channel Bestsellers list represents the top five best-selling technologies in 21 technology categories, the leading Channel Bestseller in each category, and the Top Growth Bestseller. Channel Bestsellers are determined by market share data from January through December 2007.

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 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.

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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 and WatchGuard SSL VPN remote access solutions 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 Jimme Peters of 24|7 Consulting,+1-503-289-5354, , for WatchGuard Technologies

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