The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker Q4 2019 revealed that total security appliance market saw increased unit shipment and revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2019 (4Q19).
Worldwide revenue increased 9.4% year over year in 4Q19 to US$4.8 billion. Unit shipments experienced similar growth, increasing 21.1% year over year to nearly 1.3 million units.
The traditional firewall market segment accounted for the most significant worldwide revenue growth. This segment accounted for over US$192 million more in revenue for 4Q19 than in 4Q18.
"The fourth quarter capped 2019 with double-digit sequential and strong annual growth, largely stemming from increased UTM penetration worldwide and strong regional trends driving firewall growth in the Asia/Pacific and Middle East regions," said Pete Finalle, senior analyst, Security Products, IDC.
- Despite being the largest overall segment, unified threat management (UTM) grew by 5.8% year over year and represented 57.1% of the worldwide security appliance market in 4Q19.
- The Web security and messaging security segments continued to show strong signs of growth, increasing by 6.8% and 24.6% year over year, respectively.
- Intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) joined hybrid VPN and IPsec VPN as the only market segments to experience declining revenue this quarter.
Not up and not down
- Declining hybrid VPN and IPsec VPN growth was offset by positive SSL VPN growth, resulting in flat VPN market growth year over year.