The global virtual security appliance (VSA) market is expected to grow at a very fast pace over the forecast period. First quarter of 2015 witnessed growth in the unit of shipments as well as factory revenues. The VSA market is expected to double in terms of revenues over the next seven years.
Increased threat to the security systems and increased cloud adaptation are expected to drive the overall market growth over the forecast period. Data centers, enterprises and carriers will strive for extra advanced protection for their resources. They have upgraded their data centers to support huge increases in traffic and handle the huge waves of attacks they experience on a daily basis. Hence, a growth in the global VSA market is projected on account of deployment of the next generation network infrastructure by means of software defined network functions.
Global VSA market has witnessed a strong growth rate in the recent past owing to the little power consumption, easy maintenance and integration. The market has experienced a significant increase in the adoption of the VSA as there is a little investment cost associated to it as compared to the customary security appliances. It has been observed that the organizations prefer to install virtualization solutions to cut down on the power consumption and rack space constraint. The high overhead costs for physical hardware are also overcome by the virtualization solutions.
Organizations choose to purchase a server and run various virtual servers on it. This would aid in the smooth management and low maintenance of the various resources. Hence, the increased cloud adoption fuels the demand for the virtual security.
Increased investments by the government and private firms paired with the reduction in the cost of human-assisted security are expected to provide growth opportunities for VSA market. In addition, the growing need for intelligent video surveillance in areas such as banks, casinos, retail stores and museums may favorably impact market growth. The virtual security appliancemarket is poised for growth owing to the technological advancements in the security equipment field with cloud video surveillance abilities. Moreover, internet protocol (IP) based electronic access control system (EACS) are expected to provide significant market growth opportunities over the next seven years.
However, setting out security for appliances in a virtual environment may create major hindrance for virtual security appliances demand in the market. Another factor that may obstruct the VSA market growth is the lack in the number of employees with the required technical knowledge. Furthermore, high security equipment installation costs may pose challenges to the VSA market growth over the forecast period.
Virtual security appliances have given strong competition to the traditional hardware appliances. They have been an advantage to the datacenter consolidation, Green IT and whole virtualization initiatives. VSAs have increased the flexibilities of IT in terms of where and how applications will run and how to enhance the business continuity through more efficient automation.
Two major types of virtual security appliances include messaging security and web security. The high adoption rate of VSAs has enhanced the current server virtualization strategies. There has been increased frustration level among the IT managers struggling to manage the rising number of hardware boxes deployed at the gateway such as IPS, web security, VPN, firewall, UTM and messaging security.
The U.S. virtual security appliance demand accounted for the majority of the overall market in past few years. The U.S. has been benefitted mainly due to the high units of shipment in those regions representing around 40% of the global security appliance market revenue. It is projected to grow at a double digit growth rate over the next seven years.
Europe market is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. Strong demand in Germany and U.K. is expected to benefit the regional market. Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) VSA market is also expected to witness significant growth owing to the large year-over-year revenue growth largely driven by China.
Industry participants are investing in R&D to come up with innovative production techniques to cater to the existing hindrances in the market. Major industry participants include Juniper Networks Inc., Check Point Software Technologies, Trend Micro Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Fortinet and McAfee. Over the past few years, Cisco Systems Inc. remained the market leader for the overall security appliance market followed by Check Point Software Technologies and Fortinet.
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