Infonetics: Virtualization Driving Enterprise Data Center Security Purchases, Budgets Growing 57 Percent

Infonetics LogoVirtualization is a driving factor for the purchase of new security solutions, according to 76 percent of respondents from a recent survey by IHS Inc. subsidiary, Infonetics Research. The survey examined 137 medium and large businesses North America which operate their own data centers.


“The battle for data center security domination is raging, particularly at the high end of the appliance market. 2014 brought major market share changes, and this will continue in 2015 as buyers jump ship to get the throughput, interfaces, connection performance, and detection and mitigation technologies they need,” said Jeff Wilson, research director for cybersecurity technology at Infonetics Research. “The somewhat isolated market for virtual appliances and virtualization-aware security solutions is merging with software-defined networking (SDN) in the data center, and this combination will lead to explosive market growth.”

The Infonetics’ 2015 Data Center Security Strategies and Vendor Leadership: North American Prospectus1Enterprise Survey details enterprises’ plans for deploying security solutions in data centers, as well as their thoughts on leading data center security vendors. Additional findings from the report include:

  • Businesses participating in Infonetics’ survey spent an average of $9.6 million on data center security solutions in 2014, with plans to grow spending 57 percent in 2016.
  • Cisco did very well across the board in respondent data center security solution supplier leadership ratings: its lowest score was higher than any other vendor’s highest score.
  • Strength in data center security buying criteria is primarily a function of overall brand strength.
  • Vendor ratings by enterprises participating in the study found:
    1. Juniper jumps up for technology innovation and price.
    2. Palo Alto has a surprisingly high score for management relative to its overall brand awareness and strength.
  • Infonetics’ 27-page annual data center security survey provides an in-depth look at the security plans of organizations that operate their own data centers.
  • The study covers data center security purchase drivers, deployments, interface speed and throughput requirements, spending plans and suppliers, and features enterprises’ ratings of 11 vendors.
  • Vendors covered in the report include: Arbor, Check Point, Cisco, F5 Networks, Fortinet, HP, Juniper, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro, VMware.