SOURCE: Synergy Research Group

May 22, 2006 14:01 ET

Network Security Sales Show Mixed Results in Q1 2006

Sequential Growth Seen Across Hybrid Hardware Segments

RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- According to a recently published report by Synergy Research Group, the definitive authority for networking and telecom market research, the worldwide Network Security market dipped two percent sequentially and was up eight percent year-over-year.

Synergy segments the total Network Security market to include Hybrid Security Solutions (Firewall/VPN), Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), and SSL VPNs. Furthermore, Synergy segments the Hybrid market into Low-End, High-End, and Next Generation Appliances, and Software Solutions.

Hybrid Solution sales were flat sequentially and were up five percent year-over-year. Furthermore, IDS/IPS sales decreased nine percent for the quarter and were up 11 percent over Q1 2005, while SSL VPN sales were down three percent in the quarter and were up almost 39 percent year-over-year.

"Despite a generally flat Q1, Synergy is maintaining a positive outlook with respect to the growth potential of Network Security solutions," said Aaron Vance, Senior Analyst at Synergy Research Group. "More specifically, we believe that the market's growth will continue to be driven by more highly integrated Hybrid platforms, next generation Intrusion Prevention solutions, and the continued adoption of SSL VPN products for a growing number of applications."

Table: Q1 2006 WW SSL VPN Market Share Leaders
                    Position       Q-Q Growth
Juniper                 1              -2%
F5                      2               5%
Citrix                  3              -9%
Aventail                4               5%
Nortel                  5             -18%
Notable market share gainers for the quarter included Aventail, Cisco, F5, Juniper, McAfee, Nokia, Secure Computing, and SonicWall.

Additionally, highlights from Synergy's SSL VPN research are available on SSL VPN Central, the IT security industry's only information portal dedicated to secure remote access (www.sslvpncentral.com).

About the Report

Important Note: Synergy's Worldwide Network Security Market Share report includes 42 market share tables, as well as product definitions and granular market segmentation. Synergy also provides separate Market Share and Forecast reports for U.S., EMEA, UK, APAC, and LAM regions.

Synergy reports are available for purchase at www.srgresearch.com or by contacting Heather Wilson at 775-852-3330.

About Synergy Research Group

As a highly respected and trusted source for worldwide and regional market share and forecasting reports, Synergy offers a wide breadth of quarterly market research programs to Wall Street firms, equipment vendors, and component manufacturers. Synergy can be found at www.srgresearch.com

The contents of this press release represent Synergy Research Group's interpretation and analysis of statistics and information collected from authorized company representatives, industry sources, and Synergy's estimates. Synergy does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the statistics or information contained in this release.

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