IDC Expands Worldwide Security Appliance Tracker to Include Secure Content Management Appliances

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 18, 2007 – According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, appliances are quickly becoming the platform of choice in the secure content management (SCM) gateway market. The addition of SCM appliances to IDC's Security Appliance Tracker provides a more comprehensive view of the security appliance market.

The Messaging Security and Web Security segments of SCM are following the same evolution of the threat management market, from software to appliance form factor. Given the fact that security appliances can lower costs, ease administrative overheads, facilitate management, consolidate support, scale efficiently, and integrate multiple security technologies into a single platform, their success is not surprising in the SCM market.

"There is an increasing need for integration between gateway SCM technologies in order to increase overall security effectiveness as well as reduce the cost and time associated with managing point products," said Jon Crotty, research analyst at IDC. “IDC believes security appliances will continue to be the platform of choice for integrating various Web and messaging security technologies.”

The worldwide SCM appliance market reached a new milestone at the close of 2006, with more than 80 thousand units shipped worldwide, totaling $584 million in factory revenue. Among the vendors currently being tracked by IDC are, 8e6 Technologies, Ahnlab, Barracuda Networks, Borderware, Fortinet, IronPort (now part of Cisco), McAfee, Mirapoint, Secure Computing, SonicWALL, St. Bernard Software, and Trend Micro.

The total worldwide market for SCM appliances in the first quarter of 2007 was led by IronPort with 14.27% market share. IronPort has shown strong growth over the past few quarters. Secure Computing remains in second place and Barracuda finished a close third. The 1Q07 SCM appliance market was the strongest ever with worldwide factory revenue reaching over $175 million.

Worldwide SCM Appliance Market Reaches $175 Million in Q1'2007

Vendors Q1’07 Market Share 2006 Total Market Share

1. IronPort $24.98 14.3% $77.02 13.2%

2. Secure Computing $14.95 8.5% $56.34 9.7%

3. Barracuda $14.53 8.3% $51.74 8.9%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, July 18, 2007

Although unit counts and revenues for standalone firewall/VPN appliances have been slow over the past few quarters, other sub-markets such as UTM and Intrusion Detection and Prevention continue to see steady growth.

The IPS market posted 31% growth compared to the first quarter of 2006 with factory revenue reaching $193 million. IDC believes this market will continue to see healthy growth rates as internal threats continue to proliferate. Cisco remained number one, followed by TippingPoint in second place.

The UTM market posted 28% year-over-year growth with factory revenue reaching $271 million, showing that customers are interested in taking advantage of the additional security features that these appliances provide. Fortinet remained number one in this sub-market, with Cisco finishing in second place.

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker provides the ability to quickly and effectively respond to today's dynamic security server appliance market by keeping pace with evolving functionality and the rapid deployment of new models competing in the marketplace. This product provides insight into customer trends by delivering geography-specific product line and vendor market share information in an easy-to-use product interface allowing quick table customization for business planning activities.

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