According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, factory revenue rose in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) compared to Q1 2012, while unit shipments declined over the same period.

Worldwide factory revenue was up 3,4% year-over-year to $2-billion, as shipments decreased -6,8% to 472 306 units.
The shipment decline was due in large part to Cisco, which has transitioned to new appliances with a higher price point causing revenue to remain more consistent compared to declining units.
The year-over-year growth rate for factory revenue was the lowest since Q1 2010.

Geographically, Canada saw the highest year-over-year growth in the quarter (16,4%), followed by Japan (8,6%). Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) continued to see steady growth (7,1%) and accounted for more than 16%
of worldwide factory revenue.

Western Europe also built on a strong fourth quarter and saw factory revenue rise 3,9% versus 1Q12. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was the only region to see a year-over-year increase in unit shipments in the quarter
(2,8%). The US recorded a -0,2% decline in factory revenue and a unit decrease of -10,2% compared to 1Q12.

“The government sector seemed to impact the results somewhat in the US,” says John Grady, research manager: security products at IDC.
“However, all organisations continue to prioritize security within their overall IT budget. With advanced, targeted threats a growing concern, IDC expects continued high single-digit growth in the overall security appliance
segment over the course of 2013.”

Cisco continues to lead the overall security appliance market with a 16,6% share in factory revenue for the first quarter, but this was down from 17,8% in the prior year period. Check Point held the number two spot with
a 12,5% share for the quarter as revenue increased 5,7% compared to the first quarter of 2012. Fortinet saw the largest revenue growth among the top five vendors at 16,6%.

The combined shares of the top five global vendors represented 49% of the market in Q1 2013. Blue Coat, Palo Alto Networks, and Sophos were some of the vendors outside the top five seeing strong growth in the

At the functional market level, the unified threat management (UTM) segment saw the largest year-over-year revenue growth at 36,4% and accounted for 37,1% of security appliance revenue in 1Q13, as multi-function
appliances continued to drive growth in the overall market.

The firewall/VPN market declined 21,2% year-over-year, but still represented 20,9% of security appliance revenue in the quarter.

The content security segment rose by 6,8% compared to the prior year and accounted for 20,3% of the market, while IDP saw modest growth of 0,3% compared to the prior year period.

“While businesses continue to explore the opportunities for migrating to a private cloud network as a new technology paradigm, unified security prospects will continue to expand rapidly into other small and medium-
size businesses where demand is greater than ever,” says Ebenezer Obeng-Nyarkoh, senior research analyst: worldwide trackers group at IDC.