SOURCE: Synergy Research Group

June 01, 2005 09:00 ET

US Network Security Investments Hold Strong in Q1

Hybrid Solutions, IDS/IPS, and SSL VPN Segments All Grow Showing Sequential Growth According to Synergy Research Group

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2005 -- In Q1 2005 the total Network Security market in the US grew seven percent sequentially and grew 19 percent over Q1 2004. Synergy Research Group (SRG) segments the total Network Security market to include Hybrid Security Solutions (Firewall/VPN), Standalone Virtual Private Network (VPN) Gateways, Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), and SSL VPNs. Furthermore, SRG segments the Hybrid market into Low-End, High-End, and Next Generation Appliances, and Software Solutions.

Hybrid Solution sales were up nine percent sequentially and were up nearly 24 percent year-over-year, while VPN Gateway sales were flat for the quarter and year-over-year. Additionally, IDS/IPS sales increased four percent for the quarter and were up 10 percent over Q1 2004, while SSL VPN sales were up eight percent in the quarter and were up almost 58 percent year-over-year.

"In what is seasonally a down quarter, the Network Security market in the US demonstrated no noticeable signs of softness by growing sequentially in the high single digits," said Aaron Vance, Senior Analyst at Synergy Research Group. "What's more, growth in this sector continues to be driven by emerging solutions designed to combat a myriad of perpetually evolving threats, including hackers, viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, malware, and adware, to name a few."

Table: Q1 2005 US SSL VPN Market Share Leaders

             Position      Q-Q Growth

Juniper         1              11%
F5              2              -7%
Aventail        3              -3%
Whale           4              12%
Notable market share gainers for the quarter were Cisco, Juniper, McAfee, Nokia, and Nortel.

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).

This 49-page report, containing 38 market share tables, is available for purchase at www.srgresearch.com.

Synergy Research Group (SRG) is a market research firm which specializes in quarterly market analysis, market share, forecasting, and strategic consulting. SRG offers a wide breadth of market research services to the equipment manufacturing, semiconductor, and financial communities. Synergy can be found at www.srgresearch.com.

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

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