Network Security Sales Grow Slightly in Q2 2006


According to a recently published report by Synergy Research Group, the worldwide Network Security market remained flat compared to Q1 2006 and was up six percent year-over-year.

Synergy Research Group (SRG) segments the total Network Security market to include Hybrid Security Solutions (Firewall/VPN), 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 down one percent sequentially and were up three percent year-over-year. Furthermore, IDS/IPS sales increased four percent for the quarter and grew 16 percent compared to Q2 2005; in addition, SSL VPN sales were up five percent in the quarter and were up over 29 percent year-over-year.

"Despite a generally flat Q2, 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, SRG believes that the market's growth will continue to be driven by more highly integrated Hybrid platforms, next gen. Intrusion Prevention solutions, and the continued adoption of SSL VPN products for a growing number of applications."

Table: Q2 2006 WW SSL VPN Market Share Leaders Position Q-Q Revenue Growth Juniper 1 5% Citrix 2 14% F5 3 -6% Aventail 4 0% Nortel 5 1%

Notable vendors gaining market share for the quarter included Citrix, Fortinet, Juniper, Nokia, 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 (