Network security revenue up in 1Q06

By | June 2, 2006

Worldwide network security appliance and software revenue climbed 2% to $1.2 billion between 4Q05 and 1Q06, and is forecast to reach $6 billion in 2009, according to Infonetics Research´s Network Security Appliances and Software report. Many customers, while still investing in firewalls, VPNs, IDS/IPS, and gateway AV, are also looking deeper into NAC and content security solutions, which is delaying some core network security purchasing until later in 2006.

“VPN/firewall functionality — the core of most integrated security appliance products — is truly reaching the commodity stage,” said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. “New silicon vendors are making it possible for manufacturers to build and sell multi-gigabit VPN/firewall appliances for under $5,000, with that number declining rapidly over the next year. In addition, new security vendors are building Ethernet switches that offer full security on every single port at very affordable prices, driving prices down and making competition fiercer for all integrated security products.”

Integrated security appliances and software make up 76% of worldwide network security appliances and software revenue, IDS/IPS 14%, gateway anti-virus 10%; by 2009, gateway anti-virus grows to 14% of the total. Cisco remains the revenue leader overall, with 35% of total network security appliances and software; strong router sales helped Cisco increase share this quarter.

Companies tracked: AEP, Array, Avaya, Aventail, Check Point, CipherOptics, Cisco, Citrix, CA, CyberGuard, D-Link, Enterasys, F5, Fortinet, Intel, Juniper, Lucent, McAfee, NETASQ, Netilla, Nokia, Nortel, Secure Computing, SonicWALL, Symantec, TippingPoint, WatchGuard, Whale, ZyXEL, and others.

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