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Hughes Wins Fortinet 2017 Global Partner of the Year Award


Hughes Recognized for Leadership in Customer Service, Business Growth, and Security Expertise

Germantown, MD, March 19, 2018Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), a global leader in SD-WAN technology and services, announced today that it was named Fortinet’s 2017 Global Partner of the Year. Hughes was honored during Fortinet’s Accelerate 18 global partner and user conference, an annual gathering of more than 2,300 top customers and partners from around the world. The Fortinet 2017 Partner of the Year Awards recognize outstanding cybersecurity sales, customer experience, collaboration and marketing achievements from the company's distributors, resellers and service providers.

The Hughes and Fortinet relationship spans 12 years and includes over 50,000 units deployed and managed for customers to ensure the security and performance of their networks. The Hughes Secure SD-WAN Gateway integrates Hughes broadband optimization tools and SD-WAN technology with Fortinet’s leading UTM security into a single unit, providing exceptional premise edge security and network optimization.

At Accelerate 18, Hughes was also announced as a new member of the Fortinet Fabric-Ready partner program. Through this program, Hughes will leverage the managed SD-WAN Gateways and security services to allow for the rapid reporting and coordinated reaction to security events throughout the network.

“Hughes and Fortinet have a shared vision for enabling distributed enterprises to better compete and embrace digital transformation under the umbrella of a robust and secure, high-performance network. Now customers can focus on their business rather than their network,” said Mike Tippets, VP Enterprise Marketing at Hughes Network Systems.

“We are excited to honor Hughes as Fortinet’s 2017 Global Partner of the Year,” said Patrice Perche, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Support at Fortinet. “Hughes has played a critical role in delivering the advanced protections of the Fortinet Security Fabric to the market in 2017 and has demonstrated exceptional leadership in driving customer security and success. We congratulate their achievements and look forward to continued success for all of our partners in 2018.”

Accelerate 18 offers a unique opportunity for partners and customers to gain insights about Fortinet’s Security Fabric architecture, provide direct feedback to Fortinet leadership, learn to maximize Fortinet’s enablement programs, and share best practices with the cybersecurity industry’s best and brightest. You can learn more details about the Fortinet Partner program here.

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