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WatchGuard ANZ Achieves Robust Momentum With 55 Per Cent Year-on-Year Sales Growth

  • 28 July, 2008 08:39

<p>SYDNEY – July 28, 2008 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global provider of network security solutions, today announced that its Australian and New Zealand business achieved sales growth of 55 per cent year-on-year for the second quarter 2008 ended 30 June 2008. The healthy result follows strong sales in all vertical markets but especially in the mining, government, education, financial services and retail sectors.</p>
<p>Over the past year, WatchGuard has signed 25 new partners across Australia and New Zealand and invested heavily in local recruitment with new employees added in channel support and marketing to better service partners and customers.</p>
<p>In addition, the company launched three major software releases over the past 12 months with the company attributing successful market adoption of its award-winning Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions to the increasing demands of enterprise and SME markets.</p>
<p>Indeed, WatchGuard® Technologies is now the worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) shipment growth for 2007, leading the industry with an impressive 190.2 percent rate of growth.*</p>
<p>“WatchGuard’s investments in R&amp;D, channel support, customer service and marketing have paid off, resulting in multiple product introductions, security innovations and successful market adoption," said Scott Robertson, Regional Director ANZ, WatchGuard Technologies. "Our channel programs have been well received and we’re looking forward to driving continued momentum for the second half of the year.”</p>
<p>Key to fuelling ongoing growth will be the recruitment of new sales territory appointments, the launch of targeted product channel programs and further investment in technology, resources and sales and marketing activities.</p>
<p>Increasingly of interest to businesses in Australia is WatchGuard’s Zero Carbon Upgrades, a unique initiative that allows businesses to upgrade to higher performance WatchGuard integrated security appliances without having to purchase new hardware. This eliminates the environmental impact of having to transport new appliances to the customer and the subsequent disposal of old appliances, thus further reducing the carbon footprint of every WatchGuard network security appliance.</p>
<p>"Ultimately, having satisfied customers is what is now propelling WatchGuard as a market leader. By giving customers extensive security protection, greater choices, in-depth management and control, along with flexible ownership options, WatchGuard customers benefit with an unequalled integrated security solution that grows in tandem with their business,” said Robertson.</p>
<p>* According to the IDC Vendor Profile, "WatchGuard: Changing of the Guard" (July, 2008), WatchGuard is the number one, worldwide industry leader for UTM shipment growth in 2007. The company blew past other leading UTM vendors, recording an extraordinary 190.2 percent growth rate.</p>
<p>About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.</p>
<p>Since 1996, WatchGuard® 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® 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® 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
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<p>WatchGuard, Firebox, and LiveSecurity are registered trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.</p>

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