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2021 Annual Report Card Winners: Solution Providers Give Top Grades To Key Vendors

Rick Whiting

For the 36th year, solution providers scored vendors in 24 technology categories based on their performance in product innovation, support, partnership, and managed and cloud services.

Network Security – Enterprise: Fortinet

Channel Chief: Jon Bove, VP, Channel Sales

This is the first of two technology categories won by Fortinet in this year’s ARC.

The fact that Fortinet not only won but dominated this category is impressive given that eight companies were competing.

Fortinet won with an overall score of 88.3. That included top scores for product innovation (91.7), support (86.6), partnership (89.5), and managed and cloud services (84.7).

WatchGuard placed second with an overall score of 84.8. Aruba (an HPE company) came in third with an overall score of 84.7 – but did outscore everyone in product quality and reliability with an impressive 101.2 – and consumption-based/subscription pricing (81.0).

SonicWall scored 84.1 overall in this technology category while Sophos scored 81.1, Barracuda Networks scored 80.2, Check Point scored 76.4 and Symantec (a division of Broadcom) scored 68.1.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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