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Market Trends: Enterprise Firewalls Use Platform Offerings to Extend Value

Published: 10 August 2018

ID: G00367475

Analyst(s): Eric Ahlm


Enterprise firewall providers are fighting off becoming a commodity by pivoting to a platform play for threat detection and prevention. This research note advises technology product managers how to stay ahead in the product transformation race to come.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Advanced Threat Capabilities Influence Enterprise Firewall Market Share
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Enterprise Firewall Market Is Evolving to Better Service Buyer Demand for Threat Detection, Prevention and Response
    • Vendors’ Selling Challenge: What Is Core? What Is Third Party?
    • Shifting Value to an Integrated Platform Solution Requires Heavy Lifting
  • Buyer Trend
    • Security Buyers Are Looking at Vendor Consolidation More Than Ever Before
  • Technology Trend
    • Advanced Threat Detection and Response Becomes a Collaborative Effort
    • Extended Capabilities Require Extended Evaluation Criteria and Testing
    • Extending Threat Detection and Prevention to New Environments

Contrarian View

  • If Enterprise Firewall Providers Continue to Build Platforms, the Definition and Role of the Firewall Itself Changes

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