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UTM systems lead security appliance growth

Jack Loo | Nov. 23, 2012
Cisco, Check Point and Fortinet lead the AP market, says IDC

Security systems Unified Threat Management (UTM), Firewall/VPN, and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) are driving the growth of the security appliance market in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region, according to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker.

IDC analysts observed that UTM showed the biggest growth at 21.4 percent, followed by Firewall and IPS at 11.3 percent and 10.6 percent respectively year-on-year.

Research from the Tracker indicates that the market recorded US$344.5 million in revenues in the second quarter of 2012. This represents a growth of 10 percent from the same quarter in 2011.

Among the vendors, Cisco continues to lead the overall security appliance market, according to IDC. Check Point and Fortinet gained market share and became the second and third players in the market, while Juniper Networks continued to lose market share and held fourth place in the quarter.

"The increased attention to sound IT network infrastructure, compliance with regulatory requirements, and easy-to-manage solutions have drawn much focus on the security appliance," said Naveen Hegde, senior market analyst, Asia/Pacific Software Research, IDC.

"The growing interest in mobility, cloud, and big data has also increased the complexity of the threats and thus a higher demand on security appliances," added Hegde.

Research from the Tracker indicate that the market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent and will reach US$2.6 billion by 2016 in customer revenue.

UTM systems will be leading the demand curve again, according to IDC analysts, taking a share of 37 percent of the total security appliance market by 2016 as against 29 percent in 2011.


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