SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

December 10, 2009 18:41 ET

Infonetics Research: Carriers rate security vendors, enterprises discuss virtual security in two new surveys

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - As part of its Continuous Research Service (CRS) series of security surveys, Infonetics Research ( published two new reports in December: Network Security Vendor Ratings: Global Service Provider Survey and Virtual Security Deployment Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey (view tables of contents and survey questionnaires).

For the network security vendor ratings survey, Infonetics asked decision-makers at 22 incumbent, competitive, and wireless service providers in EMEA, North America, Asia Pacific, and Central and Latin America to name the vendors they use now and are evaluating for future purchases, and to rate eight security vendors: Check Point, Cisco, IBM ISS, Juniper, McAfee, SonicWall, TippingPoint, and WatchGuard.

"When it comes to security, service providers are not interested in technology wars or theoretical possibilities; they just want to protect their assets and their customers' assets. They're willing to deal with small, focused vendors if those vendors build tailored solutions for them, but for the most part they want to buy security solutions from large, established companies. Carriers have a lot riding on successful implementations of security, and they need a large neck to choke if something goes wrong," explains Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

In Infonetics' virtual security survey, network security managers from 109 large North American companies that have deployed virtual servers were asked about server virtualization strategies, technologies, top vendors, and drivers for purchasing security solutions for their virtual environments.

Again, Jeff Wilson, lead analyst for both reports: "The top drivers for investing in virtual security are a mix of specific security issues, like providing a security equivalent to non-virtualized infrastructure and preventing VM-specific threats, and configuration/management issues like maintaining server configurations and improving performance. Investing in virtualized security solutions should absolutely improve the level of security in virtual environments AND make them perform better."


To view the tables of contents and questionnaires Infonetics used to interview service providers and enterprises for these reports, log in or join the Infonetics service portal at From the portal, go to RESEARCH, then SECURITY.


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Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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