Arbor Networks and Radware are leading the distributed denial of service (DDoS) prevention appliance market. Juniper is also becoming aggressive in the market.
The acquisition of Webscreen enabled Juniper to take on market leader Arbor Networks.
Besides Juniper, other established networking/security players including F5 and Fortinet are looking to grab more share in the DDoS prevention appliance market.
“DDoS prevention appliances are the first line of defense against brute-force attacks like those we saw aimed at U.S. financial institutions last September, and most service providers and large enterprises are investing heavily in them,” said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.
Revenue for DDoS prevention solutions will grow in double digits through 2014.
Many DDoS vendors are reporting growth in direct sales to enterprises, though conventional wisdom says that large enterprise customers are looking at cloud-based solutions for DDoS mitigation.
There are many enterprise environments where data simply cannot leave privately-owned networks and data centers to be scrubbed in the cloud, mostly for compliance reasons.
Global DDoS prevention appliance revenue grew 30 percent in 2012, to $275 million.
The data center segment is now the largest market for DDoS mitigation solutions, surpassing the carrier transport segment.
DDoS prevention for mobile networks will see strong growth, with a 25 percent CAGR from 2012 to 2017, thanks to the transition to IP and data, massive increases in capacity, and a new role as a juicy and highly visible target for attacks.
In 2012, Infonetics Research said that due to rapid adoption of cloud computing by businesses, the data center and virtual security appliance market is expected to reach $4.4 billion by 2016.
Cisco was leading the data center and virtual security appliance market with nearly a third of global revenue in 2011, followed by Juniper, McAfee, HP, and Fortinet.