Cisco, Check Point, Juniper, McAfee lead network security market

Infotech Lead India:
Cisco, Check Point, Juniper, McAfee and Fortinet led the network security market in 2012.

Infonetics expects possible share changes in 2013.

The top 3 content security vendors for 2012 are McAfee, Blue Coat, and Cisco.

Worldwide, network security appliance and software revenue grew 10 percent in 2012 to $6.3 billion, and is up 7 percent from the year-ago 4th quarter, at $1.7 billion.

Integrated security appliances have gained share every quarter since Q4 2011.

Following several quarters of declines, global content security gateway revenue (appliances and software) grew 4 percent in Q4 2012, to $748 million.

The content security market contracted slightly in 2012, falling to $2.9 billion.

Appliances accounted for over 60 percent of content security gateway revenue in 2012, according to Infonetics.

IDC on Wednesday said in 2020 there will be approximately 1.9 billion computers, 2.6 billion smart phones, 2 billion consumer electronics and 25 billion of embedded and intelligent systems. The growth potential of Internet of Things (IoT) is monumental and ensuring secure network connections will become an important issue.

“In the network security appliances and software market, vendors are actively jockeying to take advantage of competitor slip-ups,” observes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

Challengers like Palo Alto, Fortinet, Sourcefire, and Dell SonicWALL will continue to make life interesting for Cisco, Check Point, and Juniper in 2013.

There was a slight rebound in the content security market in the 4th quarter with appliance products leading the way, the content security gateway market contracted slightly in 2012.

Vendors in this space are navigating two tricky transitions: from products to services/SaaS, and from single-function solutions to integrated solutions.

Infonetics expects the content security market to be close to flat in 2013, growing in the low single digits.

According to IDC, network security platforms are moving towards a more specialized and custom design to adapt to the changing environment and traffic volume in the future. Beyond unique exterior design, increasing multi-core performance and technology integration, it is far more important to design solutions tailored to specific application needs.

In 2013, NEXCOM, released new network security hardware aimed at different application needs of the telecommunication, industrial control and high-throughput industries. For telecommunications, NEXCOM provides NEBS Level 3 certified Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) blade servers and rackmount servers; for industrial controls, it offers EN50155 certified transportation computers and platforms with DIN-rail mounts for factory environments.

As for high-throughput solutions, NEXCOM can design customized solution according to the customers’ needs using different central processor units, NPUs and network switch chips.

Ambika K
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