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Dell Recognized as a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM)

Dell announced today that the company has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management by Gartner, Inc.[1] This is the second consecutive time Dell has been named to the Leaders Quadrant for network security for small and medium businesses. Prior to Dell’s acquisition in 2012, SonicWALL had been placed in the leader quadrant for the Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management since 2009.

The Gartner report notes that vendors in the Leaders quadrant “are 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. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, and in enabling customers to deploy them inexpensively without significantly affecting the end-user experience or increasing staffing burdens. These vendors also have a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include reliability, consistent throughput, and products that are intuitive to manage and administer.”

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Dell offers thirteen UTM products in two main product lines to meet the needs of the small and midsize business (SMB) markets: the SonicWALL TZ Series for the smallest businesses, and the SonicWALL NSA Series for small and midsize companies. Dell targets the enterprise market with its SonicWALL SuperMassive Series, and also provides other network security solutions, such as SSL VPN and email security gateway. “Gartner defines the UTM market as multifunction network security products used by small or midsize businesses (SMBs). Gartner defines midsize businesses as those with 100 to 1,000 employees, and with revenue ranging from $50 million to $1 billion. UTM products for this market need to provide the following feature areas at a minimum:

  • Network security (stateful firewall and intrusion prevention)
  • Web security gateway
  • Remote access for mobile employees (VPNs)
  • Email security

“Gartner noted recently that the unified threat management market grew by 14.1 percent from $1.3 billion in 2012 to $1.54 billion in 2013."[2]


Patrick Sweeney, executive director of product management, Dell Security

“The Dell SonicWALL unified threat management product line offers our customers performance, productivity without compromise, and deep network security – all at an affordable price – which is very attractive to small and mid-sized organizations. Our customers tell us that the low price and comprehensive set of features are what differentiate our UTM products from others in the market, and we will continue to invest in these solutions to ensure we maintain and grow our industry-leading capabilities to meet our customers’ most pressing needs. We believe our positioning in the Leaders’ quadrant once again is evidence of our strong commitment to the UTM market.”

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[1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management” by Jeremy D’Hoinne, Adam Hils and Greg Young, August 7, 2014

[2] Gartner, “Market Share: Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls), Worldwide, 2013,” Lawrence Pingree, March 6, 2014

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