SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

April 05, 2011 11:26 ET

Infonetics Research: Security spending for virtualized environments to spike; Microsoft, Cisco, VMware early brand leaders

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - Many companies are moving to a virtualized server infrastructure to take advantage of the overabundance of computing resources in their networks, save energy and cost, and make their IT infrastructure more robust, but they are starting to realize that this may all come at the expense of security. Market research firm Infonetics Research recently conducted a survey of end-user companies that have deployed server virtualization about their buying plans for security.

The survey, Security for Virtualized Infrastructure: North American Enterprise Survey, is a 20-page report of buyer plans, deployment drivers, budgets, strategies, and ratings of vendors in the space.

ANALYST NOTE
"While the market leader in the data center/cloud security space is at this point undecided, at the center of the leadership puzzle is the emerging segment of security solutions for virtualized environments. Microsoft, Cisco, and VMware lead in brand awareness and strength overall now, but this is only one (admittedly early) piece of the virtualization/data center security leadership puzzle. It's possible that when it comes down to who will actually be able to best monetize security solutions for virtualized environments, players with much lower brand presence will do better than some of the players with stronger overall brands, if they deliver a better product," contends Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

VIRTUALIZED INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The virtual server security market is new and fragmented, marked by a mix of vendors, including virtualization vendors, application and database vendors, server and data center heavy hitters, client security players, and network security vendors
  • The top 3 drivers for deploying new security solutions for virtualized environments are preventing new threats specific to virtual environments, preventing inter-virtual machine (inter-VM) threats, and maintaining secure server configurations
  • The confluence of media hype, maturing product offerings, and strong buyer interest will make 2011 the year brand leadership and mindshare are established in the virtualized infrastructure security market, followed by a breakout spending year in 2012
    • Respondent companies expect to spend an average of 51% more on security for virtualized environments in 2012 than they did in 2010

SECURITY FOR VIRTUALIZED INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT SYNOPSIS
For its Security for Virtualized Infrastructure survey, published in March 2011, Infonetics surveyed qualified IT purchase decision-makers at 105 North American companies with 101 or more employees that have deployed server virtualization technology. The resulting report includes end-user responses to questions about drivers for deploying security for virtualized infrastructure, spending plans, architecture, strategies, technologies, manufacturers installed and under evaluation for future purchases, and manufacturers they consider to be among the top 3 vendors in the virtual infrastructure market.

The survey includes respondent ratings of Check Point, Cisco, Juniper/Altor, Microsoft, Reflex, and VMware on 8 criteria: security, technology, product roadmap, management, price-to-performance ratio (value), pricing, financial stability, and service and support. Vendors named by respondents in open-ended questions or rated when prompted include Check Point, Cisco, Citrix, Crossbeam, F5 Networks, HP, IBM, Juniper/Altor, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Reflex, Symantec, and VMware.

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