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Infrastructure Refresh and New Features Drive Worldwide Security Appliance Market Expansion in Q1 2018, According to IDC
[June 07, 2018]

Infrastructure Refresh and New Features Drive Worldwide Security Appliance Market Expansion in Q1 2018, According to IDC

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, the total security appliance market saw positive growth in both vendor revenue and unit shipments for the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18). Worldwide vendor revenues in the first quarter increased 14.3% year over year to $3.3 billion and shipments grew 18.9% year over year to 838,098 units.

The trend for growth in the worldwide market driven by the Unified Threat Management (UTM) sub-market continues, with UTM reaching record-high revenues of $2.1 billion in 1Q18 and year-over-year growth of 16.1%, the highest growth among all sub-markets. The UTM market now represents more than 53% of worldwide revenues in the security appliance market. The Firewall and Content Management sub-markets also had positive year-over-year revenue growth in 1Q18 with gains of 17.4% and 7.5%, respectively. The Intrusion Detection and Prevention and Virtual Private Network (VPN) sub-markets experienced weakening revenues in the quarter with year-over-year declines of 13.0% and 3.0%, respectively.

Regional Highlights

The United States delivered 42.3% of the worldwide security appliance market revenue and was the major driver for spending in Q1 2018 with 16.7% year-over-year growth. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) had the strongest year-over-year revenue growth in 1Q18 at 15.9% and captured 21.0% revenue market share. The more mature regions of the world - the United States and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) - combined to provide nearly two thirds of the global security appliance market revenue. Both regions had positive growth in the single-digit range. EMEA saw an annual increase of 11.6%. Asia/Pacific (including Japan)(APJ) and the Americas (Canada, Latin America, and the U.S.) experienced year-over-year growth of 13.1% and 16.3%, respectively.

"The first quarter of 2018 exhibited strong growth for network security due to consistent double-digit growth across nearly every region and continued momentum from UTM as vendors reported $240.6 million more in revenue for 1Q18 than in 1Q17. Firewall and UTM are the strongest areas of growth as network refreshes drive perimeter security refreshes and as vendors add new features and improve performance across all product lines," said Robert Ayoub, program director, Security Products.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Security Appliance Revenue, Market Share, and Growth, First Quarter of 2018 (revenues in US$ millions)
Vendor     1Q18 Revenue     1Q18 Market Share     1Q17 Revenue     1Q17 Market Share     1Q18/1Q17 Growth
1. Cisco (News - Alert)     $533.31     16.43%     $434.28     15.28%     22.80%
2. Palo Alto (News - Alert) Networks     $450.89     13.89%     $364.03     12.81%     23.86%
3. Check Point     $374.50     11.54%     $355.75     12.52%     5.27%
4. Fortinet (News - Alert)     $351.17     10.82%     $299.70     10.55%     17.17%
5. Symantec     $139.35     5.05%     $162.04     5.70%     9.6%
Other     $1,873.76     42.29%     $1,225.84     43.14%     11.99%
Total     $3,246.58     100.0%     $2,841.63     100.0%     14.25%
Source: IDC (News - Alert) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker Q1 20118 June 7, 2018

In addition to the table above, a graphic illustrating the worldwide revenue market share of the top 5 security appliance companies over the previous five quarters is available by viewing this press release on

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International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. To learn more about IDC, please visit Follow IDC on Twitter (News - Alert) at @IDC and LinkedIn.

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