NAC appliance market expected to double in 2007

The nascent NAC enforcement appliance market nearly quadrupled between 2005 and 2006, topping $83 million worldwide, and is expected to double in 2007, says Infonetics Research in its latest market size and forecast report, NAC Enforcement Appliances.

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By  Administrator Published  May 31, 2007

The nascent NAC enforcement appliance market nearly quadrupled between 2005 and 2006, topping $83 million worldwide, and is expected to double in 2007, says Infonetics Research in its latest market size and forecast report, NAC Enforcement Appliances.

The year 2005 was the first that a measurable volume of network access control enforcement appliances shipped, and since then it has been growing fast, with many vendors reporting strong first quarter performance in 2007, says the report. In addition, many vendors say they have massive sales pipelines and significant increases in the average deal size on the table for the rest of the year.

"The NAC enforcement appliance market is in its commercial infancy. Many companies have been evangelising NAC technology and solutions for years, but it's only been recently that some of the early architectures have become less of a focus and nearly all vendors have gelled around some type of enforcement appliance-based architecture. This consolidation is driving the strong short- and long-term growth we're forecasting, but there are still a few nagging issues holding the market back from reaching its full potential," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research.

The report continues that the NAC enforcement appliance manufacturer revenue grew 16% between Q4 2006 and Q1 2007.

In-line appliances accounted for over half the worldwide NAC enforcement appliance revenue in 2006, out-of-band appliances accounted for less than half, and Ethernet switch-based products account for a very small percentage. These proportions though are all set to change significantly by 2010.

While North America accounted for about three-fourths of all NAC enforcement appliance revenue in 2006, and EMEA, Asia Pacific, and CALA made up the remainder, the report claims that the regional market share will also change drastically by 2010.

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