Appliance market booms

While many local companies continue to struggle with internet borne virulence, Western Europe appears to have finally cottoned on to the fact that technology can help.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 21, 2004

While the Middle East continues to struggle with worms, viruses and other internet borne virulence, Western Europe appears to have finally cottoned on to the fact that decent technology can help its companies protect against such attacks. Evidence of the watershed comes from IDC, which reports that security server appliance factory revenues grew by 46.2% in 4Q03 to reach US$132.4 million. Such strong revenue growth was mirrored by equally impressive unit growth of 47.1%, with unit shipments reaching 63,721. "As European organisations develop security policies, they are turning to appliances as an easy way to enforce the required security across subsidiaries and branch offices. Many organisations choose one particular appliance model and define it as the company-wide standard for all remote sites and even business partners,” says Carla Arend, senior research analyst with IDC’s European Software Group. “This approach leads to increased efficiency through the simplified management of appliances that can increasingly be centralised. Additionally, it is a convenient way to achieve compliance with security regulations," she explains.

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