Cisco retains No.1 position in security appliance market in 2Q13

Cisco has retained the leadership in overall security appliance market in the second quarter of 2013, says IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker.

Cisco has got 16.2 percent share in factory revenue for the second quarter, but this was flat versus the prior year period.

Check Point held the number two spot with 12.5 percent share for the quarter. Its revenue increased 4.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Fortinet surpassed Juniper to become the third largest security appliance vendor, with a 6.2 percent share in the quarter while Blue Coat overtook McAfee to round out the top five in 2Q12.

Other companies that continued to show improvements in the security appliance market include Palo Alto Networks, Barracuda, Sourcefire, and Sophos.

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Overall, factory revenue rose in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the second quarter of 2012, while unit shipments declined over the same period.

IDC said worldwide factory revenue was up 6.1 percent year over year to $2.1 billion in the quarter, as shipments decreased -1.5 percent to 483,354 units.

Multi-function appliances continue to be a major factor in slower unit growth, the research said.

Canada recorded the highest year-over-year growth in the quarter (17.6 percent), followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), which grew at 9.9 percent.

The United States was also strong with 8.7 percent year-over-year growth, accounting for nearly 41 percent of worldwide factory revenue. Western Europe slowed in the quarter and saw factory revenue rise only 0.6 percent when compared to 2Q12.

According to the research, despite the increasing prevalence of virtual and SaaS-based solutions, appliances remain the predominant delivery method for network security products.

Even with performance and functional requirements rising dramatically for many organizations, appliance-based products have continued to meet market demands, IDC said.

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