The total security appliance market showed positive growth in both vendor revenue and unit shipments for the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), marking the eleventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, as worldwide vendor revenues in the first quarter increased 5.5% year over year to $2.47 billion, while shipments grew 9.0% year over year to a total of 580,007 units, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker.
Some highlights for Q1 2016:
- The UTM market generated $1.25 billion in revenues for year-over-year growth of 16.9%
- Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) generated revenues of $372 million and 3.8% annual growth
- The Firewall, Content Management, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) categories experienced a slow start to the year with year-over-year revenue declines of 4.2%, 6.7% and 24.2%, respectively.
- The United States market represented 43% of the total security appliance market revenue globally and is experienced year-over-year growth of 7.3% in 1Q16.
- Western Europe is the second largest region with 21% of total worldwide revenues and year-over-year revenue growth of 4.3%.
- Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) accounted for 18% of worldwide revenues and showed a slight decline of 0.9% compared to the same quarter of 2015.
"There has been a sharper decline than expected in many of the markets as the global economy is having an effect on the security market and shaping the growth rate to be lower than expected," said Elizabeth Corr, Research Analyst, Security Products at IDC.