According to results from the latest IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Security Appliance Server Tracker, the security appliance server market in Asia/Pacific reached $164.8 million in customer revenue in the fourth quarter of 2005. The security appliance server market in Asia/Pacific for the full year 2005 amounted to $549 million, representing a year-on-year growth of more than 39 percent.

"The unified threat management (UTM) market received a boost as major vendors introduce more comprehensive products with many features. As a result, UTM appliances are increasingly being adopted by customers, especially those who are looking for security appliance servers for branch offices or off-site departments," said Willie Low, market analyst, IDC Security Research, IDC Asia/Pacific. "On top of that, the prices have become more competitive, such that there is something at the right price point for even the budget conscious small businesses."

The market demand for standalone firewall/VPN appliances remained strong, taking up 53 percent of the overall security appliance server market in 2005. However, there are indications that some customers are switching to UTM appliances, which offer more functionality in a single box. This trend is especially obvious in the countries with more sophisticated IT users.

Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) saw significant growth in 2005. While this contributed only 6 percent of the overall security appliance server market in 2004, its share in 2005 more than doubled that of the previous year. This growth was partly due to customers' preference for IPS appliances to intrusion detection systems (IDS), given that IPS possesses pre-emptive capabilities. Customers' increased understanding of the need for an in-depth defense strategy with multiple layers of protection was also a key growth driver for the IPS market.

IDC foresees sustained strong growth in the security appliance server market over the next five years, in line with customers' increased awareness of the need to protect their network infrastructure and critical business processes. A security appliance server at the edge of the network is oftentimes the first line of defense from Internet threats for many companies. IDC forecasts the security appliance server market in Asia/Pacific to grow at 15.6 percent CAGR, reaching $1,134 million in 2010.

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