Fortinet signs VADition to UK distribution team

Fortinet signs VADition to UK distribution team

Fortinet has unveiled VADition as its second UK distributor after its efforts to sign Sphinx were derailed last month.

The unified threat management vendor dropped Noxs and was planning to appoint Sphinx following a distribution review in October. VADition, which will work alongside incumbent VoiceComms Warehouse (VCW), was also on the shortlist.

Paul Judd, UK and Ireland country manager at Fortinet, claimed VCW and VADition’s relatively small stature could work to its advantage, with both operating as a “virtual part of its team”.

“Both VCW and VADition are focused on what they do and are not spreading themselves thinly across a thousand different vendors. There are no plans to appoint another distributor, because right now they can give us the coverage we need,” Judd said.

Neil Ledger, co-founder of VADition said the distributor would spend the coming months building a seven-strong, Fortinet-focused team.

“Fortinet needs value-added distributors because the market still needs making. Fulfilment houses have lots of very young employees taking orders over the telephone, but to make a market you need specialist and mature people who understand the technology and can spec a network,” Ledger said.

Graham Jones, chief operating officer at Fortinet Gold partner Integralis, agreed: “We respect VADition hugely because it is one of the only distributors that can actually help system integrators. Fortinet has to rely on both itself and its partners to create demand and I think that has been lacking on the distribution side.”

Ledger claimed the Fortinet deal would be “largely complementary” to its relationship with Juniper, which recently took on VADition for its Advanced Technologies.

Fortinet recently lowered the bar of entry to its basic-level Bronze tier, with resellers no longer required to attend four-day training sessions and carry evaluation stock.

VCW and VADition will now help to manage Bronze partners when they become over-stretched by providing pre- and post-sales engineers, as well as evaluation stock, according to Judd.