IDC reveals CEMA security appliance market growth
Market recorded 22.5% year-on-year increase driven by growing demand
The International Data Corporation (IDC) has reported double digit growth in the security appliance market in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA).
IDC's its most recent EMEA Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker shows that the CEMA market recorded healthy double-digit growth of 22.5% year on year in 2011 to total $532.90 million in factory revenues, with growing demand for network security appliances primarily responsible for driving the market's expansion.
"Sophisticated cyber-threats targeting businesses have increased, and as a result the need for security has become a priority for many executives that wish to protect their networks against such attacks," said Faysal Ayoubi, a systems and infrastructure solutions research analyst at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "The security appliance market continues to expand to fulfill growing customer demand for advanced security protection solutions."
Network security appliances saw a year-on-year increase in factory revenue of 24.8% in the CEMA region in 2011, with unified threat management (UTM) appliances proving popular.
"End users tend to go for all-in-one security platforms that are easy to implement and have low operating costs, and UTM appliances grew in direct response to these demands," said Ayoubi. "UTM, firewall, and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) appliances often become more favored by end users as they subsume the intrusion detection function, causing it to lose market share and become viewed as 'old technology'."
According to IDC, the overall outlook for the CEMA security appliance market remains optimistic as it is expected to see considerable growth across the region's fast-growing emerging markets. "There is strong demand for security projects to be implemented with greater efficiency across the CEMA region," adds Ayoubi. "Overall, IDC expects the security appliance market to witness healthy growth across all network security segments, especially the UTM segment."
The geographic coverage of the IDC's EMEA Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker includes three major regions (Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa) and 42 countries.
The security appliance market is further segmented by function, sub-function, price band, family, model, server class, and operating system.