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Another Strong Performance for the Security Appliance Market in Q2 2021, Fueled by Double-Digit Growth in the UTM Market and Asia/Pacific Region, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass. – According to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, vendor revenue in the overall security appliance market grew 12.2% year over year in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21) reaching nearly $4.7 billion. This was an increase of more than $505 million compared to the second quarter of 2020. Total security appliance shipments grew 15.0% year over year in 2Q21 to nearly 1.3 million units.

The Unified Threat Management (UTM) market continued to grow at a healthy pace of 17.1% year over year and accounted for 65% of total vendor revenue for security appliances in 2Q21. All other security markets – Content Management, Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP), and Virtual Private Network (VPN) – had single-digit annual growth rates except for Traditional Firewall, which showed a slight decline in the quarter.

“The global security appliance market delivered another quarter of strong growth in Q2 2021, which highlights the relevance of security hardware as part of mixed strategies designed to protect hybrid ecosystems within different vertical industries,” said Carlo Dávila, research manager, Enterprise Trackers at IDC.

Regional Highlights

On a global basis, the Americas (combined) accounted for 48.2% of the total security appliances market revenues in 2Q21, while the Asia/Pacific region (including Japan) had a dynamic growth rate of 23.4% in the quarter. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) was a standout with the fastest year-over-year revenue growth of 33.8%, followed by the Middle East and Africa (MEA) with 14.9% growth.


Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Security Appliance Vendor Revenue, Market Share, and Growth, Second Quarter of 2021 (revenue in US$ millions)
Vendor 2Q21 Revenue 2Q21 Market Share 2Q20 Revenue 2Q20 Market Share 2Q21/2Q20 Growth
1. Palo Alto Networks $877.4 18.9% $759.4 18.3% 15.5%
2. Cisco $749.8 16.1% $711.4 17.2% 5.4%
3. Fortinet $665.2 14.3% $534.4 12.9% 24.5%
4. Check Point $425.6 9.1% $420.0 10.1% 1.3%
5. SonicWALL $172.6 3.7% $164.1 4.0% 5.1%
Rest of Market $1,763.0 37.9% $1,558.5 37.6% 13.1%
Total $4,653.6 100.0% $4,147.8 100.0% 12.2%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker Q2 2021, September 9, 2021

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