Cisco security appliance market share dips in Q3, Blue Coat slips

Networking vendor Cisco’s security appliance market share has decreased to 15.9 percent in the third quarter of 2013 from 16 percent in the same period last year.

Cisco is not the only vendor to see decline in market in the third quarter. Cisco’s dip in share was marginal.

CheckPoint’s security appliance market share dipped to 12.4 percent from 12.7 percent.

Juniper Networks’ security appliance market share declined to 6.2 percent from 7.9 percent.

On the other hand, Fortinet’s security appliance market share increased to 6.4 percent from 5.9 percent, IDC said.

Palo Alto Networks surpassed Blue Coat as the fifth largest appliance vendor, with a share of 5.3 percent on 46.1 percent growth versus the prior year.

IDC says security appliance market revenue rose 6.5 percent year over year to $2.2 billion, as shipments increased 0.3 percent year over year to 490,323 units.

Geographically, security appliance market in Canada rose 12.0 percent, followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) which grew at 9.2 percent. Western Europe rebounded from a weak second quarter and saw 7.9 percent growth. The United States was also strong with 5.3 percent growth, accounting for 39 percent of worldwide factory revenue.

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John Grady, research manager, Security Productsat IDC, said: “While concerns about government spending and macro conditions at the regional level continue to be an issue, it’s obvious that security spending, while not immune to overall budget pressures, remains a key priority for organizations. Specialized threat prevention, distributed denial of service protection, and application control continue to be key drivers for security deployments.”

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Security Appliance Revenue, Third Quarter of 2013
(revenues in $ millions)

Vendor       3Q13
      3Q13 Share       3Q12
      3Q12 Share       3Q13/3Q12
Cisco       $345       15.9%       $326       16.0%       5.9%
Check Point       $270       12.4%       $258       12.7%       4.6%
Fortinet       $139       6.4%       $120       5.9%       15.7%
Juniper       $135       6.2%       $160       7.9%       -16.0%
Palo Alto Networks       $115       5.3%       $79       3.9%       46.1%
Others       $1,166       53.8%       $1,094       53.6%       6.6%
Total       $2,170       100%       $2,037       100%       6.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, December 12, 2013

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