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EMEA security appliance market robust in Q3: IDC

Middle East market still not saturated with essential security solutions, say analysts

EMEA security appliance market robust in Q3: IDC
The security appliance market in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) showed moderate 2.4% year-on-year growth in Q3.

The EMEA security appliance market reached $624.9m in the third quarter, a 6.6% increase over the same quarter a year ago, according to IDC's Europe, Middle East and Africa Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker.

Shipments declined by 1.8%, year on year, with 171,158 units shipped. For the first three quarters of 2013, security appliance market factory revenue totalled about $1.8bn, representing a 4.2% increase over the same period in 2012.

EMEA market highlights

Cisco remained the top overall security appliance vendor with 18.7% market revenue share for Q3 and 19.5% for the first three quarters of 2013. In Q3 the gap between Cisco and Check Point, its closest rival, shrank to 0.7 percentage points.

Unified threat management (UTM) remained the largest and fastest growing security appliance segment. In Q3, UTM appliances increased by 37.7%, year on year, representing 45.3% of total market revenue.

"The security appliance market in Europe, Middle East and Africa keeps on showing really good results quarter after quarter," said Romain Fouchereau, Security Appliance programme manager at IDC. "The strong demand for security products is driven by the need to secure cloud access and deployments, the increasingly large demand for mobility, and the requirements from organisations for multipurpose and scalable solutions."

Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa market highlights

The security appliance market in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) showed moderate 2.4% year-on-year growth in Q3, reaching $144.7m in factory revenue. CEMA factory revenue for the first three quarters of 2013 totalled $435.2m and rose by 5% compared to the same period in 2012.

"In 2013 the share of firewall and UTM appliances continued to grow and reached 72.2% of the total revenue share, as CEMA markets are not yet saturated with essential security solutions," said Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. "Moreover, demand for single-function IDP and VPN appliances is shifting towards multifunction Firewall/IDP and UTM appliances."

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