SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

July 20, 2011 18:53 ET

Infonetics Research: Intrusion prevention system (IPS) survey highlights move to integrated solutions

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 20, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its IPS Drivers, Spending, and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, for which medium and large organizations with intrusion prevention system products were surveyed to assess their needs and to analyze trends in the IPS market.

IPS is a core piece of the data center for many medium and large enterprises, a key part of public and private cloud security infrastructure, and a critical defense against an ever-growing tide of threats, including the current onslaught of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The IPS market is hotly contested and growing quickly, defying the recession in 2009 and posting double-digit revenue growth in 2010, says Infonetics.


"Now that the core technology is available to deliver integrated IPS devices (a top-5 driver for buying IPS solutions in our latest survey), enterprise customers are likely to deploy them down the road. This by no means indicates the death of standalone IPS, but we expect standalone IPS products and vendors to morph over the next 2 years, with more blurring between IPS, unified threat management (UTM), firewalls, and next-gen firewalls," notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.


  • Cisco is the leader in the IPS market, though they are likely to face a serious challenge in the future from rivals like Juniper and SonicWALL that sell integrated IPS solutions
  • HP, McAfee, and Sourcefire have the best chance of competing head-to-head with Cisco for pure IPS sales over the next 2 years
  • Nearly half of all survey respondents plan to buy IPS from a new vendor or multiple vendors, while 53% plan to buy from their current IPS/firewall vendor
  • Virtually all survey respondents have deployed IPS functionality integrated into a variety of security devices, indicating a decrease in reliance on standalone IPS appliances and an increase in the use of integrated devices (UTM and next-gen firewalls with built-in IPS both show good growth between now and 2013)


Infonetics Research's 18-page IPS survey looks at IPS deployment plans and how users feel about the major IPS vendors: which ones they use, who catches their attention, and their relative strengths and weaknesses. The report includes analysis and end-user responses to questions about IPS purchase drivers and barriers, budgets, expenditures, product types, and vendor selection strategy.

The survey features respondent ratings of 7 IPS vendors: Check Point, Cisco, HP (TippingPoint), IBM ISS, Juniper, McAfee, and Sourcefire, based on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service and support. Vendors named in additional open-ended questions in the survey include Check Point, Cisco, Enterasys, HP/TippingPoint, IBM ISS, Juniper, McAfee, SonicWALL, Sourcefire, and Symantec.


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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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