DDoS appliances spurred by application-layer attacks; Content security, SSL VPN sales flat in Q3

DDoS investments spurred by application-layer attacks: A new raft of network attacks at the application layer is prompting both enterprises and service providers to increase investments in DDoS appliances, according to Infonetics Research. The global DDoS prevention appliance market rose 6 percent sequentially to $89 million in Q3 2013. Leading the market from a vendor perspective is Arbor Networks, which holds a 50 percent market share, followed by Radware. The majority of DDoS prevention growth will be seen in the Caribbean and Latin America where a number of service providers are deploying their first mitigation solutions. Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics, said the growth of DDoS prevention appliances continued throughout 2013 "as non-stop attacks plague a wide variety of industries, and large enterprises and service providers look to protect their users and data from a new wave of sophisticated DDoS attacks." Wilson added that "An increasing number of application-layer attacks, which older DDoS detection and mitigation infrastructure can't identify and block, are forcing companies to make new investments in DDoS solutions." Release

Infonetics DDoS appliances 2013

Content security, SSL VPN went flat in Q3 2013: The network security appliance (NSA) market may have remained flat sequentially in Q3 2013, but it rose 3 percent over the same period a year ago. Although content security and SSL (secure socket layer) VPN (virtual private network) segments grew during the period, it was not enough to offset softness in small and medium business (SMB) firewalls. "SMB firewall revenue declined in the low single digits, as ASPs fell on flat sequential unit shipments," said Casey Quillin, senior analyst for Data Center Appliance Market Research at Dell'Oro Group. "Although it was a flat quarter for the total NSA market, the Content Security and SSL VPN segments did post positive revenue growth, with almost every vendor in these two segments realizing positive sequential sales." Quillin added that Q3 2013 content security revenues "were the highest since we began tracking the segment." Release

Fiber, VDSL broadband CPE grows market share: The trend of service providers migrating their existing copper networks to support VDSL2 services and rolling out fiber to the home (FTTH) networks is driving up fiber-based CPE shipments. A new ABI Research report said that fiber-based CPE will represent 26 percent of overall broadband CPE shipped in 2014. The research firm also expects VDSL CPE will make up over 25 percent of DSL CPE device shipments in 2014. ZTE was the dominant vendor, taking a 13 percent market share. However, Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) took over second place from Huawei after acquiring Motorola's Home division this past April. Despite these gains, ABI said that overall broadband CPE shipments are only forecast to grow to 150 million in 2014. Release