Gartner Research

Market Trends: Next-Generation Enterprise Network Firewalls, Worldwide, 2012

Published: 14 September 2012

ID: G00235282

Analyst(s): Lawrence Pingree


This research provides product managers and product marketing professionals critical insight into the latest market trends in the next-generation enterprise network firewall market.

Table Of Contents


Market Trends

  • Market: In the Midst of Transforming Delivery Options, Enhancing Content Inspection, and Increasing Protection and Performance Capabilities
  • Market Structure
    • Managed Security Service Providers Drive Some Demand for Multifunction Firewalls
    • Network Device as a Service and Cloud-Based Management Continue to Transform Network Security Market Structure and Delivery Models of the Future
  • Buyers Trend
    • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Requirements Lead to Further Deployment in Many Organizations
    • Application Control and the "Dropbox Effect" Drive Customers' Need for the Latest Firewall Technology
    • Low False-Positive Detections and Depth of Signature Coverage Remain Important Factors for Buyers
    • Customer Fears of Performance Still Inhibiting Anti-malware Inspection
  • Regional Market Trends
    • PCI Compliance Concerns in Europe and Asia/Pacific Increasing Demand
    • Regional Firewall Technology Providers May Create Difficulties for North America-Based Providers
  • Technology Trends
    • Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking Are Transforming Network Security
    • Application Control Features Deliver Visibility Into the Shadow IT
    • Identity Awareness Enhances Application Control, Acceptable Use Enforcement and Advanced Threat Detection
    • Firewall Providers Focus on Increasing Customer Efficiencies With Enhancements to Change Control and Compliance Reporting
    • Inspected Throughput a Critical Consideration for Customers Who Wish to Consolidate Network Security Capabilities
    • Providers Continue to Enhance Anti-malware and Anti-botnet Capabilities Through Reputation Feeds

Contrarian View

  • IT Transitions Completely Away From Data Centers and On-Premises Protections

Vendors to Watch

  • Cisco
  • Check Point Software Technologies
  • Dell SonicWALL
  • Juniper Networks
  • Meraki
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Stonesoft
  • WatchGuard

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