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Infonetics: SDN and NFV to Bring About Shift in Data Center Security Investments

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Data Center Security Products report, which tracks data center security appliances and virtual security appliances.


“Historically, data centers have been protected by big-iron security solutions and complex webs of security appliances and load-balancing infrastructure,” says Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. “But as more providers virtualize their data centers and roll out SDNs and NFV, we anticipate a fairly significant revenue transition from hardware appliances to virtual appliances and purpose-built security solutions that interface directly with hypervisors, with SDN controllers via APIs, or orchestration platforms.”


  • The ported virtual security appliances segment of the data center security market grew 10% in 2013 over 2012, to $437 million
  • Meanwhile, sales of purpose-built virtual security appliances totaled $150 million in 2013, up 44% from the prior year
  • Cisco, Juniper, and Fortinet are the top 3 revenue share leaders in the data center security appliance market
  • Massive interest in SDN- and NFV-compatible security solutions is expected to drive consolidation among established security players, virtualization platform vendors, and specialist vendors
  • Infonetics is projecting a cumulative $1.35 billion will be spent on purpose-built virtual security appliances from 2014 to 2018


Infonetics’ biannual data center security report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for purpose-built virtual security appliances and multiple segments of ported virtual security appliances and data center security appliances. Vendors tracked: Arbor Networks, Blue Coat, Check Point, Cisco, Fortinet, GenieNRM, HP, ISS, Juniper, McAfee, Narus, SonicWall, Sourcefire, Stonesoft, Symantec, Trend Micro, WatchGuard, Websense, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:



Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at


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N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard [email protected] +1 408-583-3335

N.A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne [email protected] +1 408-583-3395

Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song [email protected] +86 21-3919-8505

Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics [email protected] +81 3-6408-5566

South Korea 대한민국 Doug Moon, MBAP [email protected], +82 2-3453-9400


Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at

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