EMEA security appliance market stays flat
Decline in MEA region offset by growth in UK and Germany, IDC says
The EMEA security appliance market saw a slight decrease in revenue during the second quarter of 2015, according to IDC's latest research.
Describing the market as "flat", IDC said that EMEA security appliance revenue reached $837.65m in Q2 2015 - a 0.2% decline on the year-ago quarter. This was despite shipments increasing by 4% year-on-year to total 183,885 units for the quarter.
However, IDC said that the future was still looking positive for the market, and predicted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% to 2019, yielding a market value of $4.59bn.
As for Q2 2015, however, unified threat management (UTM) appliances were the only product category that increased in value, expanding 12.9% year ono year. As a result, this category's value share reached 59.3% of the total. IDC said that it expects UTM to remain the largest product category over the next five years, representing about 62% by 2019.
Check Point secured the top position in Q2 2015 in the overall security appliance vendor market with 19.2% value share, IDC said. Cisco's market share has increased for the past three quarters and represented 16.8% value market share. With a very strong second quarter (40.6% annual growth in value), Fortinet took the third spot with 11.1% of the market.
In the emerging markets of CEMA, security appliance hardware shipments contracted 2.2% year on year in 2Q15. Vendor revenue declined in turn by 6.7% over the same period, to $150m, IDC said.
"Central European and Gulf region countries are slowly regaining health as confidence in the market increases," said Mohamed Hefny, senior analyst, systems and infrastructure, IDC. "Amid geopolitical tension and instability, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are still in decline."
UTM adoption continued to increase, taking the largest share of shipments to CEMA. The product category reached maturity and, with many successful stories from neighbouring Western European countries, end users are no longer hesitant about consolidating their data centre security.
The Western European market showed moderate growth in security appliances, with $646.79m in value in 2Q15, representing 2.4% growth over the same quarter in 2014. The main market driver of the security appliance market in Europe remains UTM solutions, which represented over half of the value (56.5%) in 2Q15, with associated 16.9% growth.
"The European appliance market is driven by the UK and Germany - the two largest economies - which represented over 45% of the total Western European market last quarter," said Romain Fouchereau, manager, security appliance research, IDC.
"Unified threat management appliances continue to be the main market driver in Western Europe, and although IDC sees organisations' interest in IDP products, they often prefer to have it deployed through UTM/NGFW rather than a standalone product."