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Weaker First Quarter for Western European Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, but Security Hardware Market Still on the Rise, Says IDC

(PresseBox) (LONDON , ) According to IDC's Western European Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, 1Q08 revenues for the Western European security appliance market reached $332.08 million, an 8.1% increase over the same quarter a year ago.

According to Romain Fouchereau, research analyst at IDC, "Following the very strong results seen in 4Q07, the security appliance market saw a negative quarterly growth in its total revenue for the first time in three years. This decrease was seen across all five workloads of the security appliance tracker and reflects the weakness of the general economy rather than the decline of a particular segment. However, UTM, content management, and IPS are still showing an overall strong growth and will continue to drive the market."

The firewall/VPN market represented $92.9 million in 1Q08, a -0.3% decrease over last year's first quarter. The firewall/VPN market is becoming more mature in Western Europe, explaining the slow growth for this workload. This is also due to the fact that vendors are increasingly moving away from offering traditional firewall/VPN appliances and are starting to offer UTM solutions instead. Cisco remained the number 1 vendor in the segment, followed by Juniper Networks.

UTM represented the largest market of the tracked security appliances, with total revenue of $102.2 million in the last quarter, corresponding to 12% growth over 1Q07. Unified threat management appliances are proving very popular in Western Europe, and IDC believes UTM appliances have a role to play in organizations of all sizes. However, it is important to note that because security requirements vary between business sizes, so will the role of UTM appliances and the way in which they are deployed. Fortinet was the market leader, followed by Cisco and Checkpoint.

IDS appliances revenue reached $10.1 million in 1Q08, a 22% decrease over 1Q07. This market will cease to grow due to the shift towards IPS solutions. IPS grew 8.3% over last year's final quarter, representing a $70.6 million market. IPS growth is driven by compliance - particularly PCI in Europe - and IDC believes that IPS solutions will continue to increase as more and more compliance issues come to Europe. Cisco was market leader in both the IDS and IPS markets, followed by IBM-ISS and McAfee for IPS.

Content management appliance revenue grew by 26% year on year, reaching $56.3 million in 1Q08. The messaging security and Web security segments of SCM are following the same evolution as the threat management market, from software to appliance form factor. Given the fact that security appliances can lower costs, ease administrative overheads, facilitate management, consolidate support, scale efficiently, and integrate multiple security technologies into a single platform, their success is not surprising in the SCM market. IronPort remained the number 1 vendor in the content management appliance segment and the messaging security subcategory. Secure Computing led the Web security appliance submarket, while McAfee dominates the Web and messaging subcategory.

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04-Sep-08 Germany: Security Conference 2008: Frankfurt, Germany
10-Sep-08 Central and Eastern European Security Conference 2008: Vienna, Austria
11-Sep-08 Norway: Security Conference 2008: Oslo, Norway
18-Sep-08 United Kingdom: IT Security Conference 2008: London, UK
23-Sep-08 Denmark: Security Conference 2008: Copenhagen, Denmark
23-Sep-08 Central and Eastern European Security Conference 2008: Sarajevo, BIH
25-Sep-08 Netherlands: Security Conference 2008: Amsterdam, Netherlands
25-Sep-08 Sweden: Security Conference 2008: Stockholm, Sweden
Nov-08 Spain: Identity and Access Management Conference 2008: Madrid, Spain

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