Infonetics Releases Firewall Strategies and Vendor Report
Aug 21, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Infonetics Research released excerpts from its new High-End Firewall Strategies and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, which explores the drivers, strategies and technology choices that are shaping enterprises' use of firewalls.
"Without a doubt, the move to faster network technologies is forcing enterprises to look at upgrading every moving part of their IT infrastructure, firewalls included," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research, in a release. "Many enterprise buyers are eyeing firewall products with 100G-plus aggregate throughput and support for 40G and 100G ports over the next year."
-Buyers have a need for speed: Upgrading to high-speed network interfaces on security appliances was named as the #1 driver for investing in firewalls by over 3/4 of enterprises surveyed
-Security leads the list of criteria for selecting a firewall supplier by a wide margin
-57 percent of respondents plan to spend $500,000 or more on firewalls in 2014, signifying a shift to higher spending categories
-Infonetics expects 2013 to bring market share changes as Fortinet, Check Point, Palo Alto, and Dell SonicWALL get their firewall offerings into more data center and large campus deals while Cisco and Juniper continue to fend off challengers
Infonetics' 16-page firewall strategies survey is based on interviews with purchase-decision makers at 104 large organizations that have deployed firewalls. The report covers firewall purchase drivers, interface speeds, throughput requirements and spending plans. The study includes a vendor scorecard with enterprises' ratings of firewall manufacturers (Barracuda Networks, Crossbeam/Blue Coat, Huawei, Sourcefire, Stonesoft, WatchGuard).
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