Palo Alto Networks™, the leader in next-generation firewalls, today announced that it was named to the first annual listing of the InformationWeek Startup 50, revealed earlier this week in InformationWeek magazine and on InformationWeek.com.
The InformationWeek Startup 50 is a list of the top 50 business technology startups selected by InformationWeek readers and editors. Companies were selected in a three-step process that involved nomination, online voting and editorial vetting. The technologies and the companies were evaluated on the following criteria:
• Innovation and their ability to inject new ways of doing things into business processes;
• Value, which is reflected in lower costs, increased sales, higher productivity or improved customer loyalty; and
• Enterprise-readiness, meaning that a product or service scales and can be deployed and managed as necessary by IT professionals.
Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation firewalls enable enterprises to see and control applications, users and content – not just ports, IP addresses and packets – using three unique identification technologies: App-ID, User-ID and Content-ID. These identification technologies enable enterprises to create business-relevant security policies – safely enabling organizations to adopt new applications, instead of the traditional "all-or-nothing" approach offered by traditional port-blocking firewalls. By embracing the next generation of firewalls, organizations can eliminate a host of redundant security solutions used to support the shortcomings of legacy firewalls while saving money. Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation firewalls are built for enterprise deployments with platforms powered by its unique single pass parallel processing (SP3) architecture, offering organizations up to 10Gbps of firewall throughput.
"It was difficult to limit ourselves to 50 startups because there’s a lot of exciting companies out there," said Andrew Conry-Murray, Business Editor, InformationWeek. "That said, we believe the InformationWeek Startup 50 have innovative solutions to critical business problems and are worthy of enterprise consideration."
"The industry is realizing that legacy security infrastructure can’t keep up with today’s complex applications and threats, and they need to control applications, users, and content for improved security, performance, and cost," said Lane Bess, Palo Alto Networks CEO. "As the only firewall manufacturer to receive this award, it’s gratifying to continue to receive validation from enterprises and the industry for our unique solution solving the complex security and performance issues of today."
InformationWeek editors and readers identified young companies that are ready to address the critical challenges facing the enterprise. Whether it is securing networks, cutting costs or streamlining IT operations and business processes, the InformationWeek Startup 50 provides IT professionals and executives insight on new and innovative solutions from the named companies. The full list of the InformationWeek Startup 50: Business Technology Companies to Watch, along with analysis by InformationWeek editors, can be found online.
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About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks™ (paloaltonetworks.com) is the leader in next-generation firewalls, enabling unprecedented visibility and granular policy control of applications and content – by user, not just IP address – at up to 10Gbps with no performance degradation. Based on patent-pending App-ID™ technology, Palo Alto Networks firewalls accurately identify and control applications – regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or SSL encryption – and scan content to stop threats and prevent data leakage. Enterprises can for the first time embrace Web 2.0 and maintain complete visibility and control, while significantly reducing total cost of ownership through device consolidation.
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