Virtual Security Appliance Market up 57% in 2011, Driven by Cloud and Data Center Buildouts

In its December 2011 Virtual Security Appliances report, market research firm Infonetics Research forecasts global revenue from virtual security appliances to finish the 2011 year 57% higher than in 2010.


“The adoption of server virtualization within wiring closets and data centers at organizations of all sizes and the rollout of infrastructure to deliver IT services in the cloud is driving significant change in the technical requirements for security solutions, presenting unique challenges. Some of the more vexing challenges include solving the inter-virtual machine threat problem without falling into the expensive trap of installing security software on every single virtual machine, deploying security technology that protect the broad range of applications running in virtualized environments, and navigating the complex web of vendors, standards, APIs, and architectures in play for securing virtual environments. These challenges represent key drivers for the virtual security appliance market and reflect why the market is growing so fast,” explains Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.


  • After more than doubling in 2010, in 2011 the global virtual security appliance market easily passed the half-billion-dollar mark for the first time, expected to hit about $670 million, up 57% year over year
  • In the 5 years from 2010 to 2015, Infonetics forecasts the virtual security appliance market to more than quadruple, to $1.75 billion
  • Since Juniper Networks’ acquisition of Altor Networks, virtually all of Juniper’s major competitors have increased their product development and marketing focus for virtual appliances, including Trend Micro, Cisco, Check Point, F5, Blue Coat, Citrix, IBM, Symantec, HP, IBM, Enterasys, Fortinet, and Watchguard
  • Specialists like Vyatta and Catbird are still making waves in the virtual security appliance market, and the virtualization platform vendors themselves (VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft) are also in the mix for security solutions


Infonetics’ Virtual Security Appliances report provides worldwide and regional market size and forecasts for licenses, revenue, and revenue-per-license for the 4 main security technologies most widely available in a virtual appliance form factor: content security gateways, firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs), Secure Socket Layer (SSL) VPNs, and intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems (IDS/IPS).